CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in April/May 2014

Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2014 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

SANDRINE'S CASE, by Thomas H. Cook (Mysterious Press)
DEAD LIONS, by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)
ORDEINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
THE WICKED GIRLS, by Alex Marwood (Penguin Books)
HOW THE LIHGT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE, by Ian Rankin (Reagan Arthur Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention in Long Beach, California on November 13. (June 25, 2014)

Daniel Keyes Dies

Daniel Keyes died on June 15 of complications of pneumonia at his home in South Florida. He may be most famous for his Hugo Award-winning short story, "Flowers for Algernon," first published in the April 1959 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and its expanded novel of the same title (Harcourt Brace, 1966) and its 1968 movie version titled "Charly" with Cliff Robertson. The former English professor also wrote psychological thrillers such as THE FIFTH SALLY (Houghton Mifflin, 1980) and THE ASYLUM PROPHECIES (Dorchester, 2009), as well as true crime books such as THE MINDS OF BILLY MILLIGAN (Random House, 1981) and UNVEILING CLAUDIA (Bantam, 1986). The latter two were Edgar-nominated in the true crime category. He wa 86. (June 18, 2014)

Honora Finkelstein Dies

Honora "Honey" Finkelstein died on May 27 at a hospital in Evansville, Illinois after a long illness. The former Naval intelligence officer was also a small-press publisher, a techinical editor, a writing teacher among other things. She and cousin Susan Smily co-wrote three mystery novels featuring Ariel Quigley, a psychic detective in Alexandria, Virginia: THE CHEF WHO DIED SAUTEING (2006; Lovey winner, Agatha nominee); THE LAWYER WHO DIED TRYING (2007); and THE REPORTER WHO DIED PROBING (2008, all from Hilliard & Harris). They also co-authored a standalone thriller, WALK-IN (Oak Tree Press, 2012). She was 73. (June 09, 2014; revised June 13)

Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for its 2014 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover PI novel are as follows:

LITTLE ELVISES, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime), featuring Junior Bender
THE MOJITO COAST, by Richard Helms (Five Star), featuring Cormac Loame
W IS FOR WASTED, by Sue Grafton (Putnam), featuring Kinsey Millhone
THE BOOD COP, by Brad Parks (Minotaur), featuring Carter Ross
NEMESIS, by Bill Pronzini (Forge), featuring Nameless Detective

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on November 14 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon in Long Beach, California. (June 11, 2014)

Richard Lange Wins Hammett

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers has announced that ANGEL BABY, by Richard Lange (Mulholland Books) is the winner for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author.

The prize winner was announced on June 07 during the Bloody Words Conference held in Toronto, and the winner will receive a bronze trophy, designed by sculptor Peter Boiger.

To see the press release, click here. (June 08, 2014)

Sean Haldane Wins Arthur Ellis

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the recipient of the inaugural Grand Master Award and the winners for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards and .

Grand Master Award Recipent: Howard Engel
Best Novel: THE DEVIL'S MAKING, by Sean Haldane (Stone Flower Press)
Best First Novel: BAIT, by J. Kent Messum (Penguin Canada)
Best Novella: THE GODDAUGHTER'S REVENGE, by Melodie Campbell (Orca Books)
Best Short Story: "Footprints in Water," by Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013)
Best Book in French: L'ENFANT PROMIS, by Maureen Martineau (La courte echelle)
Best Juvenile/YA: BONES NEVER LIE, by Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)
Best Unpublished First Novel (Unhanged Arthur): GOLD GIRL, by Rachel Greenaway

The winners were announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on June 5, at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto. (June 06, 2014)

TD Griggs Dies

Mike Ripley reports in his Getting Away With Murder column that Tim Griggs died suddenly of natural causes on October 23, 2013 in Oxford, UK. The former journalist wrote his first thriller novel, REDEMPTION BLUES (Headline, 2000) after coming back to the UK from Australia, where he had an editorial agency. His second novel, THE END OF WINTER, was not published in English until 2013 from CreatSpace, but it had been a bestseller in France and in Germany. His third thriller novel, THE WARNING BELL (Orion, 2009), was published under the Tom Macauley pseudonym. His fourth and last novel, DISTANT THUNDR (Orion, 2012) was a Victorian epic written under his new pen-name, TD Griggs. He was 65. (June 04, 2014)

Allan Folsom Dies

Allan Folsom died on May 16 of complications from melanoma in Santa Barbara, California. The former struggling screenwriter made a splash when auctioning his first novel, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (Little Brown, 1994), a bestselling thriller. But his other four novels were not so lucky. His last three novels, including THE EXILE (2004) and THE HADRIAN MEMORANDUM (2009; all three from Forge), featured ex-LAPD detective Nicholas Marten who gets involved in the international intrigue. He was 72. (May 24, 2014)

Leslie Thomas Dies

Leslie Thomas died on May 06 at his home near Salisbury in Whiltshire, UK after a lenthy illness. The former journalist may be famous for his first novel, THE VIRGIN SOLDIERS (1966) and its sequals. He also wrote The Dangerous Davies detective series starting DANGEROUS DAVIES: THE LAST DETECTIVE (Eyre, 1976), and ending with DANGEROUS DAVIES AND LONELY HEART (Heinmann, 1998). The first Davies novel was turned into the 1981 TV movie of the same name starring Bernard Cribbins as the CID officer in the London borough of Willesden with Thomas and director Val Guest co-writing the script. Also "The Last Detective" became a TV series starring Peter Davison with 17 episodes broadcast from 2003 to 2007. He was 83. (May 21, 2014)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Boucnercon 2014 has announced the nominees for the 2014 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

SUSPECT, by Robert Crais (Putnam)
A COLD AND LONELY PLACE, by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
ORDINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
THE WRONG GIRL, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS, by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur)

And Jeffery Deaver will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on November 15 during Bouchercon 2014 to be held in Long Beach, California. (May 21, 2014)

Martin Meyers Dies

Martin Meyers died on May 14 in New York, NY. The former actor began writing a series featuring New York private eye Patrick Hardy with KISS AND KILL (Popular Library, 1975), which ended with the fifth one, REUNION FOR DEATH (Popular Library, 1976). Hardy reappeared in two short stories in 1998 and 2012. Martin and his writer wife Annette wrote 7 Tonneman family novels set in 17th, 18th and 19th century New York, starting with THE DUTCHMAN (Doubleday, 1992) and ending with THE ORGAN GRINDER (Five Star, 2008), using their joint pen-name Maan Meyers. He was 79. (May 18, 2014)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the shortlists for the CWA Dagger Awards in several categories (historical, international, short story, non-fiction, and debut). The shortlist of the 2014 Endeavour Historical Dagger is as follows:

DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
THE LATE SCHOLAR, by Jill Paton Walsh (Hodder & Stoughton)
TREACHERY, by SJ Parri (HarperCollins)
THE CITY OF STRANGERS, by Michael Russell (Avon)
KITTY PECK AND THE MUSIC HALL MURDERS, by Kate Griffin (Faber & Faber)
THEFT OF LIFE, by Imogen Robertson (Headline Review)
THE DEAD CAN WAIT, by Robert Ryan (Simon & Schuster UK)

To see the shortlists of all the five categories, click here. The winners will be announced on June 30 at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner to be held in London. (May 17, 2014)

Jane Toombs Dies

Jane Toombs died on March 05 at a hospital in Ontonagon, Michigan. The former-nurse wrote about one hundred books in several genres -- romance, mystery, gothic, historical, fantasy and horror. According to her website, her suspense novels include HEART OF WINTER (Walker, 1985) and AND THEN CAME THE DARKNESS (Zebra, 1992; as by Ellen Jamison). When writing gothics and historicals she also used pen-names and house-names: Diana Sturart, Olivia Sumner, Lee Davis Willoughby, Rebecca Drury, and Jane Anderson. She was 87. (May 16, 2014)

Mary Stewart Dies

Mary Stewart died on May 09 in Lochawe (contract form of Loch Awe), Scotland. She was one of the first female writers to blend romance and mystery fiction. Her first novel, MADAM, WILL YOU TALK? (Hodder & Stoughton, 1954; Hodder & Stoughton is her all-time publisher in UK) became a bestseller and she continued writing novels in a similar vein. THE MOON-SPINNERS (Hodder, 1962) became the 1964 Disney movie starring Heyley Mills. She also authored five Merlin fantasy series starting THE CRYSTAL CAVE (1970) and ending with THE PRINCE AND THE PILGRIM (1995), as well as three children's novels including THE LITTLE BROOMSTICK (1971). She was 97. (May 16, 2014)

Charles Marowitz Dies

Charles Marowitz, a director and playwright, died from camplications of Parkinson's disease on May 02 in Agoura Hills, California. He reviewed plays for The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Times of London, The New York Times among others and directed plays such as classics by Henrik Ibsen and Shakespeare. He wrote books on directing and acting as well as plays including "Sherlock's Last Case," which parodied on the Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes tales and opened on Broadway in 1987 with Frank Langella as the Great Detective. He was 80. (May 09, 2014)

Rohan O'Grady Dies

Rohan O'Grady (a pseudonym of June Skinner) died on March 17 at a care facility in Canada. The Irish-Canadian writer's first and favorite novel, O'HOULIHAN'S JEST (Macmillan, 1961) was an Irish historical story, while her second novel, PIPPIN'S JOURNAL (Macmillan, 1962) was a Gothic tale set in England, famous for its Gorey's jacket cover. The third novel, LET'S KILL UNCLE (Macmillan, 1963), became the 1966 movie directed by William Castle. Her fifth and final novel, THE MAY SPOON (Beaufort, 1981), was written for young adults as by A. Carleon. She was 91. (May 06, 2014)

Hank Phillip Ryan Wins Agatha

On May 03 at the banquet held in Bethesda, Maryland, Malice Domestic announced the winners of the 2014 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Contemporary Novel:THE WRONG GIRL, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
Best Historical Novel: A QUESTION OF HONOR, by Charles Todd (William Morrow)
Best First Novel: DEATH AL DENTE, by Leslie Budewitz (Berkley Prime Crime)
Best Children's/YA: ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELL'S LIBRARY, by Chris Grabenstein (Random House)
Best Nonfiction: THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur)
Best Short Story: "The Care and Feeding of House Plants," by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2013)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Dorothy Cannell, Joan Hess, and Margaret Maron
Poirot Award Recipient: Tom Schantz

(May 04, 2014)

William Ash Dies

William Ash died on April 26. The former Texan hobo became a Spitfire pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and was caught by the German Gestapo. He was said to be one of several sources for the character Virgil Hilts, acted by Steve McQueen in the 1963 movie, "The Great Escape." After the war, he wrote several books, including two novels (RIDE A PAPER TIGER [1968] and TAKE-OFF [1969; both from Hutchinson]) featuring Kyle Brandeis, an editor of a small literary review who gets accidentally involved in the international intrigue. He was 96. (May 03, 2014)

William Kent Krueger Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners for the 2014 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: ORDINARY GRACE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria)
Best First Novel: RED SPARROW, by Jason Matthews (Scribner)
Best Paperback Original: THE WICKED GIRLS, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
Best Fact Crime: THE HOUR OF PERIL: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower (Minotaur)
Best Critical/Biographical: AMERICA IS ELSEWHERE: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture, by Erik Dussere (Oxford University Press)
Best Short Story: "The Caston Private Lending Library & Book Depository," by John Connolly (Mysterious Bookshop Bibliomysteries)
Best Juvenile: ONE CAME HOME, by Amy Timberlake (Knopf)
Best Young Adult: KETCHUP CLOUDS, by Annabel Pitcher (Little, Brown)
Best Television Eposode Teleplay: "Episode 1" - The Fall, Teleplay by Allan Cubitt (Netflix)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "That Wentworth Letter," by Jeff Soloway (MALFEASANCE OCCASIONAL: GIRL TROUBLE, edited by Clare Toohey; St. Martin's e-books)
Grand Master Awards: Robert Crais and Carolyn Hart
Raven Award: Aunt Agatha's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mary Higgins Clark Award: COVER OF SNOW, by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine)

(May 02, 2014)