CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in September/October 2014

CWA Dagger Winners (Part 2) Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the winners for the second batch of the 2014 CWA Dagger Awards as follows:

Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel: THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: AN OFFICER AND A SPY, by Robert Harris (Random House)
John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger: THE AXEMAN'S JAZZ, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)

At the same time, the winners for the 2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards were announced as follows:
Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read: ENTRY ISLAND, by Peter May (Quercus)
Film Dagger: Cold in July
TV Dagger: Happy Valley
International TV Dagger: True Detective
Best Actress Dagger: Keeley Hawes for Line of Duty
Best Actor Dagger: Matthew McConaughey for True Detective
Best Supporting Actor Dagger: James Norton for Happy Valley
Best Supporting Actress Dagger: Amanda Abbington for Sherlock

The winners were announced on October 24 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. (October 25, 2014)

Naomi Hirahara Wins TJ Parker

Naomi Hirahara won the 2014 T.Jefferson Parker Mystery Award for MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE (Berkley, 2014) on October 18 in North Hollywood from The Souther California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA). The book is the first in her new series featuring LAPD bike-cop Ellie Rush. (October 19, 2014)

Milton Bass Dies

Milton Bass died on October 14 at his home in Richmond, Massachusetts. He served as the entertainment editor and columnist for The Berkshire Eagle. He also authored 13 novels, including four westerns and seven crime novels with two detective series. One series features Benny Freedman, a San Diego private investigator, starting with THE MOVING FINGER (1986) and ending with THE BELFAST CONNECTION (1988; all from Signet). The other features Vinnie Altobelli, a cop-turned-private investigator in San Bernadino, California, starting with THE HALF-HEARTED DETECTIVE (1993) and ending with THE BROKEN-HEARTED DETECTIVE (1994; all from Pocket Books). The latter one was nominated for the 1995 Edgar in the paperback category. He was 91. (October 19, 2014)

Joseph D. McNamara Dies

Joseph D. McNamara died of pancreatic cancer on September 19 at his home in Monterey, California. He started as a beat cop in Halem of New York City and earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University before he served as police chief in Kansas City, Kansas and in San Jose, California. He wrote five so-called "cop noir" novels, and the first three feature Sgt. Finnbar Fraleigh, starting with THE FIRST DIRECTIVE (Crown, 1984). The fifth and last one was LOVE AND DEATH IN SILICON VALLEY (Xlibrary, 2012). He was 79. (September 22, 2014)

Dagger in the Library Award Longlist Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the longlist for the 2014 Dagger in the Library Award as follows:

MC Beaton (Constable & Robinson)
Tony Black (Black and White Publishing)
Sharon Bolton (Transworld Publishers)
Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Mari Hannah (Pan)
James Oswald (Michael Joseph)
Phil Rickman (Corvus)
Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
Mel Sherratt (Thomas & Mercer)
Neil White (Sphere)

This Dagger Award honors an author's whole body of work rather than a single title. A shortlist will be announced on November 3, and the winner will be awarded in London in late November. (September 19, 2014)

Adrian McKinty Wins Ned Kelly

At the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 6, The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) announced the winners for the 2014 Ned Kelly Awars as follows:

Best Crime: IN THE MORINING I'LL BE GONE, by Adrian McKinty
Best First Crime: HADES, by Candice Fox
Best True Crime: MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI, by John Safran
Sandra Harvey Short Story Award: "Web Design, " by Emma Viskic

(September 07, 2014)

Joan Rivers Dies

Joan Rivers died on September 04 in New York, NY after going into cardiac arrest during a routine procedure on her vocal cords on August 28. The controversial comedienne wrote a number of bestselling books including one mystey novel, MURDER AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS (Pocket Books HC, 2009), co-written by mystery writer Jerrilyn Farmer. It was supposed to be the first in the Red Carpet Murder Mystery series featuring celebrity interviewer Maxine "Max" Taylor and her daughter Drew modeled on Rivers herself and her daughter Melissa, but no more novels in the series followed. She was 81. (September 05, 2014)

Anthony Bruno Dies

Anthony Bruno died of a cerebral hemorrhage on August 28 at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. The aikido black belt wrote the six novels featuring FBI agents Mike Tozzi and Cuthbert Gibbons, starting with BAD GUYS (Putnam, 1988) and ending with BAD APPLE (Delacorte, 1991). BAD APPLE was adapted for the 2004 television movie starring and produced by actor Chris North. After novelizing the movie script SEVEN (St. Martin's, 1995), he wrote the three novels featuring New Jersey Parole Violators Search Unit members Loretta Kovacs and Frank Marvelli, starting wit DEVIL'S FOOD (1997) and ending with HOT FUDGE (2000, both from Forge). THE SEEKERS: A BOUNTY HUNTER'S STORY (HarperCollins, 2000) he co-wrote with Joshua Armstrong was nominated for the 2001 Edgar Award in the fact crime category. He was 61. (September 01, 2014)