CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2014

CWC Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the recipient of the inaugural Grand Master Award and the nominees for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

WALLS OF A MIND, by John Brooke (Signature Editions)
THE DEVIL'S MAKING, by Sean Haldane (Stone Flower Press)
PRESTO VARIATIONS, by Lee Lamothe (Dundurn)
MISS MONTREAL, by Howard Shrier (Vintage Canada)
AN INQUIRY INTO LOVE AND DEATH, by Simone St. James (Penguin Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on June 5, at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto.

And the recipient of the inaugural CWC Grand Master Award for Crime Writing in Canada is Howard Engel. (April 26, 2014)

Mike Lawson Wins Spotted Owl

Friends of Mystery, a non-profit literary organization in Portland, Oregon, has announced the winners of the 2014 Spotted Owl Awards as the best novels by authors who have lived or presently live in the Northwest Region.

Best Novel: HOUSE ODDS, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Best First Novel: LOYALTY, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam)

(April 25, 2014)

James Melville Dies

James Melville, a pseudonym of Roy Peter Martin, died on March 20 in Norwich, Norfolk, UK after suffering from Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Martin was a cultural diplomat and worked as director of the British Council in Tokyo till his early retirement in 1983. He wrote under the James Melville 13 novels featuring Superintendent Tetsuo Otani of the Kobe Prefecture Police, starting with THE WAGES OF ZEN (Secker, 1979) and ending with THE BODY WORE BROCADE (Little Brown UK, 1992), as well as 2 novels featuring Diplomat Ben Lazenby modeled on himself: DEPLOMATIC BAGGAGE, 1994; and THE RELUCTANT SPY, 1995; both from Severn. He also continued Heron Cavic's Miss Emily D. Seeton series under the Hampton Charles pseudonym, Miss Seeton being a retired British art teacher in Kent, England, and 3 Seeton novels: ADVANTAGE MISS SEATON; MISS SEETON AT THE HELM; and MISS SEETON, BY APPOINTMEN; all in 1990 from Berkley. He was 83. (April 21, 2014; revised April 24))

Ben Winter Wins Philip Dick Award

It was announced on April 18 at Norwescon 37 in SeaTac, Washington, that COUNTDOWN CITY, by Ben H. Winters (Quirk Books) won the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time in the United States. Winters' fist paperback original in the pre-apocalyptic detective triology, THE LAST POLICEMAN (Quirk Books, 2012) won the 2013 Edgar Award in the paperback original from the Mystery Writers of America.

Special citation was given to SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE, by Toh EnJoe (Haikasoru; translated from the Japanese by Terry Gallagher). (April 23, 2014)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

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

A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
A TAP ON THE WINDOW, by Linwood Barclay (New American Library)
SANDRINE'S CASE, by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious Press)
SUSPECT, by Robert Crai (Putnam)
ORDINARY GARACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE, by Ian Rankin (Reagan Arthur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during Bouchercon to be held in Long Beach, California this November.

Robert Galbraith Wins LATimes Book Prize

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has announced the winners for the 2014 LAT Books Prizes. Robert Galbraith (a pseudonym of J.K. Rowling) won the LAT Book Prize in the mystery /thriller category for THE CUCKOO'S CALLING (Mulholland).

And Susan Straight received the Robert Kirsch Award. 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 winners in all the categories, click here. The winners were announced on April 11 at Bovard Auditorium in the University of Southern California Campus. (April 13, 2014)

Harold Adams Dies

Harold Adams died on April 04 at Summit Place Senior Comunity in Eden Pairie, Minnesota. The ex-businessman started the Carl Wilcox series set at the height of the Great Depression in a small South Dakota town. Wilcon is an ex-convict and sign-painter and has to solve crimes by violence like pulp-magazine heroes. The first Wilcox novel is MURDER (Charter, 1981) and the last is LEAD, SO I CAN FOLLOW (Walker, 1999). His another character is Kyle Champion, a former TV news anchor and now a contemporary private eye, who first appeared in WHEN RICH MEN DIE (Doubleday, 1987). Champion's second and last case is THE FOURTH OF JULY WAKE (Five Star, 2003). Adams won a Shamus Award for one of his Wilcox novel, THE MAN WHO WAS TALLER THAN GOD (Walker, 1992). He was 91. (April 09, 2014)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers has announced the nominees for the 2014 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover novel category are as follows:

HER LAST BREATH, by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)
NEVER GO BACK, by Lee Child (Delacorte)
TOUCH AND GO, by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
DOCTOR SLEEP, by Stephen King (Scribner)
CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, by Owen Laukkanen (Putnam)
WHITE FIRE, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Grand Central)
THE DEMONOLOGIST, by Andrew Pyper (Simon & Schuster)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click
here. The winners will be announced on July 12 at ThrillerFest IX to be held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. In addition, Scott Turow will receive the 2014 ThrillerMaster Award and Brenda Novak the 2014 Silver Bullet. (April, 08, 2014)

Brad Parks Wins Lefty

LEFT COAST CRIME 2014 announced the winners for the 2014 LCC awards as follows:
The Lefty: THE GOOD COP, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award:
The Squid: ORDINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
The Calamari: HOW THE LIGHT GES IN, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Left Coast Crime Lifetime Achievement Award recipients:
Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini
The winners were announced at the LCC banquet on March 22 in Monterey, California. (March 23, 2014)

Krueger Wins Dilys

At Left Coast Crime held in Monterey, California on March 20, The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) announced that ORDINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books) is the winner for its 2014 Dilys Award as the mystery titles the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling the previous year. (March 22, 2014)

Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominees

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2014 Strand Magazine Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel:
THE SHINING GIRLS, by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)
SOLO, by William Boyd (Harper)
SANDRINE'S CASE, by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious Press)
A SERPENT'S TOOTH, by Craig Johnson (Viking)
RATLINES, by Stuart Neville (Soho Press)
THE DOUBLE, by George Pelecanos (LIttle, Brown)

Best First Novel:
JUST WHAT KIND OF MOTHER ARE YOU? by Paula Daly (Grove Press)
GHOSTMAN, by Roger Hobbs (Knopf)
A KILLING AT COTTON HILL, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street)
WALKING INTO THE OCEAN, by David Whellams (ECW Press)
NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT, by Derek Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Strand's Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:
Peter Lovesey and
R.L. Stine

The winners will be announced at an invitation-only cocktail party on July 09 in New York City. (March 20, 2014)

EQMM Readers Award Recipients

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

1st Place: "Archie Solves the Case," by Dave Zeltserman (May, 2013)
2nd Place: "Borrowed Time," by Doug Allyn (Sep/Oct, 2013)
3rd Place: "The Wickedest Town in the West," by Marilyn Todd (June, 2013)

They are voted by the readership of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The awards will be presented to the authors placing first, second, and third at a party prior to the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Allan Poe Awards Banquet on May 01 in New York City. (March 09, 2014)

Lippman, Florio to Receive Pinckely Prizes

The Women's National Book Association of New Orleans (WNBA-NOLA) has announced that Laura Lippman and Gwen Florio are the recipients of the inaugural Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction. The prizes were created in 2012 to honor the memory of Diana Pinckley, who was a longtime crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Laura Lippman is to receive the first Pinckley Prize for a Distinguised Body of Work, while Gwen Florio wins the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel for her first book, MONTANA (Permanent Press, 2013). (March 08, 2014)

Aimee Thurlo Dies

Aimee Thurlo died of cancer on February 28 in Corrales, New Mexico. Aimee co-wrote romance novels (sometimes under the pseudonyms Aimee Martel and Aimee Duvall) and mystery novels with her husband David Thulo (sometimes uncredited). Their most famous series charactor may be Ella Clah, a former FBI agent and a Navajo policewoman in Shiprock, New Mexico, who first appeared in BLACKENING SONG (Forge, 1995). Their other series charactors include Sister Agatha, a former investigative journalist and extern sister in New Mexico, who first appeared in BAD FAITH (Minotaur, 2002); and Lee Nez, a nightwalker/vampire police officer also in New Mexico, who first appeared in SECOND SUNRISE (Forge, 2002). Their latest THE PAWNBROKER (Minotaur, 2014; as by David and Aimee Thurlo) introduces Charlie Henry, a former Iraque War veteran and new owner of pawnshop also in New Mexico. She was 62. (March 05, 2014; Revised, March 10)

Bill Adler Dies

Bill Adler died of abdominal cancer on February 28 in Manhattan, New York. He was a writer, editor, compiler, and book packager among others. Probably he may have been famous as the compiler of "The Kennedy Wit," a 1964 bestseler. He "conceptualized" contest mystery novels including WHO KILLED THE ROBINS FAMILY? (Morrow, 1983) and its sequel, THE REVENGE OF THE ROBINS FAMILY (Morrow, 1984; both written by Thomas Chastain); THE AGENT (Doubleday, 1986; written by David R. Slavitt); and MURDER ON THE INTERNET (Morrow, 1999; written by Bruce Cassiday). He also conceptualized two mystery anthologies: MURDER IN MANHATTAN (Morrow, 1986) with stories by NY writer, and MURDER IN LOS ANGELES (Morrow, 1987) with stories by LA writers. He was 84. (March 04, 2014)

John Ridley Wins Oscar

As most of you know, John Ridley won the adaped screenplay Oscar for "12 Years A Slave" on March 02. Before writing for films and tv programs, he wrote mystery novels: STRAY DOGS (Ballantine, 1997), which was turned into the Oliver Stone-directed movie "U-Turn" with Ridley's own screenplay; LOVE IS A RACKET (Knopf, 1998); and EVERYBODY SMOKES IN HELL (Knopf, 1999). (March 04, 2014)

Juanita Bartlett Dies

Juanita Bartlett died in her sleep on February 25. She was, of course, famous as the writer-producer of the TV program "The Rockford Files," but she also produced and wrote for "The New Maverick," "The Greatest American Hero," "Ten Speed and Brown Shoe" and "Spenser: For Hire" among others. "The Deadly Maze," a episode of "The Rockford Files" written by her, was nominated for the 1978 Edgar in the TV episode category. (March 02, 2014)

Nancy Bell Dies

BV Lawson of In Reference to Murder has reported that Nancy Bell died on February 18 at her home in Pittsburg, Texas. The former sorority house mother wrote nine mystery novels, six of which feature Biggie Weatherford, a grandmother in Job's Crossing, Texas, starting with BIGGIE AND THE POISONED POLITICIAN (St. Martin's, 1996). Jackson Crain, a judge in Post Oak, Texas appear in three novels including RESTORED TO DEATH (2003). She was 81. (March 01, 2014)