CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in January/February 2014

Marshall Browne Dies

J. Kingston Pierce of The Rap Sheet blog has reported that Marshall Browne died of cancer on February 14 in Melbourne, Australia. The ex-banker started writing novels when he was based in Hong Kong. The first three novels are set in the Far East including CITY OF MASK (Hale, 1981). Then he wrote The Melbourne Trilogy series of historical novels set in the 1880s and 1890s, starting with GILDED CAGE (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 1996). His first Inspector Anders novel, THE WOODEN LLEG OF INSPECTOR ANDERS (Duffy, 1999) won the 2000 Ned Kelly Award in the fist novel category and shortlilsted for the Los Angeles Book Prize, Anders beign one-legged Italian cop. He other series charactors are Frank Schmidt, one-eyed German banker in the Nazi Germany, featured in THE EYE OF THE ABYSS (Heinmann, 2002), and Hideo Aoki, the Tokyo police detective featured in RENDEZVOUS AT KAMAKURA INN (Random Australia, 2006). His new Anders novel, INSPECTOR ANDERS AND THE PARAGUE DOSSIER will be published later this year. He was 78. (February 27, 2014)

LAT Book Prize Nominees Announced

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has announced the nominees for the 2014 LAT Books Prizes. The nominees in the mystery /thriller category are as follows:

HOUR OF THE RED GOD, by Richard Crompton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland)
SYCAMORE ROW, by Johnn Grisham (Doubleday)
THE RAGE, by Gene Kerrigan (Europa Editions)
THE COLLINI CASE, by Ferdinard von Schirach (Viking)

In addition to that, THE MAID'S VERSION, by Daniel Woodrell (Little, Brown) has been nominated in the fiction category. And the recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award is Susan Straight, a Southern Californian, who won the 2008 Edgar Award in the short story category for "The Golden Gopher," originally printed in LOS ANGELES NOIR (edited by Denise Hamilton; Akashic Books, 2007). To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on April 11 at Bovard Auditorium in the University of Southern California Campus. (February 21, 2014)

Eric Bercovici Dies

Eric Bercovici died at his home in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was the writer-producer of TV movies and miniseries and co-won an Emmy for the NBC epic "Shogun" with author James Clavell. He penned TV scripts for "I, Spy," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Mission: Impossible," and "Hawaii Five-O" among others. He also wrote three crime novels: WOLFTRAP (Antheneu, 1979); SO LITTLE CAUSE FOR CAROLINE (Antheneum, 1981); and TREAD LIGHTLY, MY DEAR (Birch Lane, 1990). SO LITTLE CAUSE, a private eye novel set in California, was turned into the 1982 TV movie "One Shoe Makes It Murder" starring Robert Mitchum. Its TV script writer Felix Culver was nominated for the 1983 Edgar in the TV feature category. Bercovici was 80. (February 14, 2014)

Maggie Estep Dies

Maggie Estep died in Albany, New York on Feburary 12 two days after having a heart attack at her home in Hudson, NY. She may have been known as a slam poet but she also wrote fiction, including three mytery novels featuring Ruby Murphy, amateur sleuth in the world of horse racing: HEX (2003); GARGANTUAN (2004); and FLAMETHROWER (2009, all three from Three Rivers Press) and short stories: "Triple Harrison" (in BROOKLYN NOIR; Akashic Books, 2004); and "Boneshaker" (in HARD BOILED BROOKLYN; Bleak House, 2006). She was 50. (February 13, 2014)

Simon Brett to Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association (CWA) has announced that Simon Brett will receive the 2014 CWA Diamond Dagger at a gala dinner on June 30 in London. (February 04, 2014)

Fuminori Nakamura to Receive Goodis Award

Noircon has announced that Fuminori Nakamura will receive the 2014 Davis Goodis Award at Noircon 2014 to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from October 30 thru November 02. (February 03, 2014)

Agatha Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2014 Agatha awards. The nominees in the contemporary novel categoy are as follows:

THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur)
PAGAN SPRING, by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Minotaur )
CLAMMED UP, by Barbara Ross (Kensington)
THE WRONG GIRL, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

And there are three Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Dorothy Cannell, Joan Hess
and Margaret Maron
, and this year's Poirot Award Recipient is Tom Schantz.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The Agatha Award winners will be announced on May 3 at the Malice Domestic convention to be held in Bethesda, Maryland. (January 30, 2014)

Dilys Award Nominees Announced

The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) has announced the nominees for its 2014 Dilys Award, which is given annually to the mystery titles the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling. The nominees are as follows:

SEVEN FOR A SECRET, by Lyndsay Faye (Amy Einhorn Books)
THE BLACK COUNTRY, by Alex Grecian (Putnam)
SPIDER WOMAN'S DAUGHTER, by Anne Hillerman (HarperCollins)
ORDINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
PAGAN SPRING, by G.M. Malliet (Minotaur)
THE LAND OF DREAMS, by Vidar Sundstol; translated by Tiina Nunnally (University of Minnesota Press)

The winner will be announced at Left Coast Crime to be held in Monterey, California in March. (January 29, 2014)

Left Cost Crime Award Nominees Announced

LEFT COAST CRIME 2014 has announced the nominees for the LCC awards. The nominees in the Lefty (best humorous mystery novel) are as follows:

THE HEN OF THE BASKERVILLES, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)
THE FAME THIEF, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
THE LAST WORD, by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)
THE GOOD COP, by Brad Parks (Minotaur Books)
DYING FOR A DAIQUIRI, by Cindy Sample (Cindy Sample Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at an LCC banquet on March 22 in Monterey, California. (January 27, 2014)

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

SANDRINE'S CASE, by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious)
THE HUMANS, by Matt Haig (Simon & Schuster)
ORDINARY GARACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE, by Ian Rankin (Reagan Arthur)
UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, by Lori Roy (Dutton)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. All the winners will be announced on May 1, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City except the Mary Higgins Clark Award. (January 17, 2014)

Neal Barrett, Jr. Dies

Neal Barrett, Jr. died on January 12. Yes, yes, I know he was an acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer but he also wrote other kinds of novels under several pen names and house names. He authored four funny mysteries under his own name: two stand-alones (PINK VODKA BLUES [1992] and DEAD DOG BLUES [1994], both from St. Martin's) and two entomologist Wiley Moss novels (SKINNY ANNIE BLUES [1996] and BAD EYE BLUES [1997], both from Kinsington) as well as two Tom Swift juvenile novels as by Victor Appleton II (house name), two Hardy Bodys juvenile novels as by Franklin W. Dixon (house name), two Long Rider western novels as by Clay Dawson (house name), ten Lone Star western novels as by Wesley Ellis (house name), one romance novel as by Rebecca Drury, one historical novel as by Robert Reese. He was 84. (January 14, 2014)

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has announced the nominees for their their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows:
CATARACT CITY, by Craig Davidson (Doubleday Canada)
GREEN LIGHT FOR MURDER, by Heywood Gould (Tyrus Books)
ANGEL BABY, by Richard Lange (Mulholland Books)
CAUGHT, by Lisa Moore (House of Anansi Press)
THE DOUBLE, by George P. Pelecanos (Little, Brown)
The prize winner will be announced during the Bloody Words Conference, in Toronto, June 6-8, and the winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

Too see the press release, click here. (January 13, 2014)

Pat Browne Dies

Alice Maxine "Pat" Browne died of congestive heart failure in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on December 27, 2013. She and her late husband Ray B. Browne founded Ohio's Bowling Green State University's Popular Press in 1967 to publish the Journal of Pupular Culture. You could say that they "academicized" popular culture including the mystery genre in academia. With the help of her husband as the assistant editor, Pat was the first editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection, an academic journal of the mystery genre published by the Popular Press, not to be confused with the old defunct mystery story magazine of the same name. The bi-annual journal started with the first issue in Spring 1980 and continued till Pat's retirement in 2001. In 2004, Elizabeth Foxwell succeeded Pat as new editor of the revived journal currently published by McFarland. She was 81. (January 08, 2014)