CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2013

E. L. Konigsburg Dies

E. L. Konigsburg died on April 19 in Falls Church, Virginia after suffering from a stroke. She was famous as a children's book author, and won the Newbery Medal twice for FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER (1968) and THE VIEW FROM SATURDAY (1997). Out of 20 books she wrote, at least two books may be considered young adult mystery novels: SILENT TO THE BONE (2000; an MWA Edgar nominee in the YA category); and THE MYSTERIOUS EDGE OF THE HEROIC WORLD (2007; all from Simon & Schuster/Antheneum Books). She was 83. (April 24, 2013)

Cortright McMeel Dies

Cortright McMeel took his life on April 19 in Denver, Colorado. The former comodities broker founded and published Murdaland, a little crime magazine of noir and dark fiction in book form, which lasted only two issues. He released his first novel, SHORT, in 2010 from St. Martin's Press, and wrote short stories for Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review among others. His novella, "Painters," is a Kindle e-book. His second novel, CAGEFIGHTER, will be out in 2014. He was 41. (April 24, 2013)

Helene Juarez Phipps Dies

Helene Juarez Phipps died on April 15 after a short illness. She wrote several mystery short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, and a couple of Mystery Writers of America anthologies (COP CADE; DISTANT DANGER; and MURDER CALIFORNIA STYLE). She was 95. (April 24, 2013)

Tana French Wins LAT Book Prize

The Los Angeles Times announced the winners for the 2013 LAT Book Prizes on April 19. Tana French won the Prize in the mystery/thriller category for BROKEN HARBOR (Viking).

To see the winners in other categories, click here. (April 21, 2013)

Arthur Ellis Award Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the shortlists for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards. The finalists in the best novel category are as follows:

TRUST YOUR EYES, by Linwood Barclay (Doubleday Canada)
UNTIL THE NIGHT, by Giles Blunt (Random House Canada)
THE TRINITY GAME, by Sean Chercover (Thomas & Mercer)
THE MESSENGER, by Stephen Miller (Delacorte Press)
NICEVILLE, by Carsten Stroud (Knopf)

To see the finallists in the other categories, click here. The winners will be announce on May 30 in Toronto. (Arpil 19, 2013)

A.S.A. Harrison Dies

A.S.A. Harrison died on April 14 in Toronto, Canada. The ex-performance artist wrote four non-fiction books such as ORGASMS (Coach House Press, 1974) and ZOCICAT SPEAKS (Vinkin Penguin, 1996). Her first novel, THE SILENT WIFE (Penguin Canada trade), is a psychological thriller and will be out coming June with advance praise from several famous authors. She was 65. (April 17, 2013)

Nick Pollotta Dies

Nick Pollotta died of cancer on April 13. He was famous for his comic science fiction and fantasy novels such as BUREAU 13 (Ace, 1990), ILLEGAL ALIEN (with Phil Foglio; TSR Books, 1989) and SATELLITE NIGHT FEVER (as by Jack Hopskins; Ace, 1993). He also wrote action series under house names such as MACK BOLAN: OBLIVION PACT (as by "Don Pendleton"; Gold Eagle, 2011), STONY MAN: TERROR DESCENDING (as by "Don Pendleton"; Gold Eagle, 2009) and DEATHLANDS: SINS OF HONOR (as by "James Axler"; Gold Eagle, 2013). He was 58. (April 15, 2013)

Basil Copper Dies

Basil Copper died on April 04 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was famous as a British prolific horror writer, but he wrote a numerous private eye novels featuring Los Angeles shamus Mike Faraday starting with THE DARK MIRROR (Hale, 1966) and ending with PRINT-OUT (Hale, 1988). He also wrote many short stories featuring Solar Pons, a Homesian detective, after the death of August Derleth (the original creator of Solar Pons). He ghosted five Phantom novel for Lee Falk. He served as Chairman of The Crime Writers' Association in Britain from 1981 through 1982. He was 89. (April 08, 2013)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for the 2013 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover novel category are as follows:

THE TRINITY GAME, by Sean Chercover (Thomas & Mercer)
SPILLED BLOOD, by Brian Freeman (SilverOak)
CATCH ME, by Lisa Gardner (Dutton Books)
THE SURVIVOR, by Gregg Hurwitz (St. Martin's Press)
DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay (Delacorte Press)

2013 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Anne Rice
2013 Silver Bullet Awrad Recipient: Steve Berry

To see the nominees in the other categories, click here. The winners will be announced on July 13, 2013 during ThrillerFest VIII to be held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (April 02, 2013)

Mike Lawson Wins Spotted Owl

Friends of Mystery has announce the Mike Lawson is the 2013 Spotted Owl Award for HOUSE BLOOD (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012) the seventh in the Joe DFemarco series. (April 02, 2013)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2013 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
THE BLACK HOUSE, by Peter May (Silver Oak)
TRUST YOUR EYES, by Linwood Barclay (NAL)
DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay (Delacorte)
LIVE BY NIGHT, by Dennis Lehane (Morrow)
DEAD SCARED, by S.J. Bolton (Minotaur)

To see all the categories, click here. Two categories have been eliminated: The Best Short Story and Best British. The winners will be announced on September 19 during Bouchercon 2013 to be held in Albany, New York. (March 28, 2013)

Anthony Lewis Dies

Anthony Lewis died of complications of renal and heart failure at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts on March 25. He wrote the column, "Abroad at Home," for The New York Times from 1969 to 2001, and authored several books on law. GIDEON'S TRUMPET (Random House, 1964) won the 1965 Edgar in the fact crime category. He was 85. (March 26, 2013)

Left Coast Crime Award Winners Announced

Left Coast Crime 2013 has announced the winners for the four LCC awards as follows:

Lefty Award: THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award: DANDY GIVER AND AN UNSUITABLE DAY FOR A MURDER, by Catronia McPherson (Minotaur)
Rocky Award: AS THE CROW FLIES, by Craig Johnson (Viking)
Watson Award: BROUJA BROUHAHA, by Rochelle Staab (Berkley Prime Crime)

(March 24, 2013)

Rick Hautala Dies

Rick Hautala died of a heart attack on March 21. He was best known as a horror and speculative writer, but he wrote some horror/supense novel such as TWILIGHT TIME (ZEBRA, 1994) and IMPULSE (Pinnacle, 1996) as well as short stories for mystery anthologies such as SOLVED (Carroll & Graf, 1991), PREDATORS (Roc, 1993), and NORTHERN FRIGHTS 3 (Mosaic Press, 1995). He also collaborated with Christopher Golden on the Jenna Blake Body of Evidence YA mystery series such as THROAT CULTURE (Pocket, 2005). He was 64. (March 24, 2013

Henry Bromell Dies

Henry Bromell died of a heart attack on March 18 in Santa Monica, California. He was very famous for writing, directing and producing television shows, including "Homeland," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Brotherhood" and "Rubicon." The son of a CIA agent wrote short stories for The New Yorker in the 1970's and published two novels: THE FOLLOWER (Putnam, 1983), a suspense novel; and LITTLE AMERICA (Knopf, 2001), a spy thriller. He was 65. (March 23, 2013)

Dilys Award Winner Announced

On March 21 in Colorado Spring during Left Coast Crime 2013, The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association announced that Peter Robinson won the 2013 Dilys Winn Award for BEFORE THE POISON (William Morrow, 2012) as the mystery title of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoed selling. (March 22, 2013)

2013 Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2013 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel:
THE GODS OF GOTHAM, by Lyndsay Faye (Putnam)
BROKEN HARBOR, by Tana French (Viking)
GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown)
DEFENDING JACOB, by William Landay (Delacorte Press)
LIVE BY NIGHT, by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)

Best Debut Novel:
A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME, by Wiley Cash (William Morrow)
THE YARD, by Alex Grecian (Putnam)
THE EXPATS, by Chris Pavone (Crown)
DISAPPEARED, by Anthony Quinn (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
THE 500, by Matthew Quirk (Hachette)

Lifetime Achievment Award Recipient (for excellence in crime writing):
Faye Kellerman

The winner will be announced on July 9 in New York City. (March 20, 2013)

EQMM Readers Award Recipients Announced

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announced its 2012 EQMM Readers Award Recipients in its May 2013 issue as follows:

First Place: "Wood-Smoke Boys," by Doug Allyn (May/April 2012)
Second Place: "Mariel," by David Dean (December 2012)
Third Place: "Champawat," by Lia Matera (September/October 2012)

The EQMM Readers Award is voted by its readership. (March 05, 2013)

Willam J. Hood Dies

William J. Hood died at his home in Amagansett, New York on January 28. The ex-CIA officer wrote MOLE (Norton, 1982), a nonfiction book of the Russian spy who became an American counterspy, as well as three spy novels featuring Alan Trosper: SPY WEDNESDAY (1986); THE SUNDAY SPY (1990); and CRY SPY (1996; all from Norton). In addition, he co-wrote A LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER (Random, 2003), a biography of Richard Helms. He was 92. (March 04, 2013)