CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2015

Stephen King Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners for the 2015 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King (Scribner)
Best First Novel: DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY, by Tom Bouman (Norton)
Best Paperback Original: THE SECRET HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS, by Chris Albani (Penguin Random)
Best Short Story: "What Do You Do?" by Gillian Flynn (in ROGUES; Bantam Spectra)
Best Critical/Biographical: POE-LAND, by J.W. Ocker (Norton/Countryman Press)
Best Fact Crime: TINSELTOWN, by William Mann (HarperCollins)
Best Juvenile: GREENGLASS HOUSE, by Kate Milford (Clarion Books)
Best Young Adult: THE ART OF SECRETS, by James Klise (Algonquin)
Best Television Episode: "Episode 1," teleplay by Sally Wainwright (for "Happy Valley"; Netflix)
Robet L. Fish Award: "Getaway Girl," by Zoe Z. Dean (EQMM, November 2014)
Grand Master Awards: Lois Duncan and James Ellroy
Raven Awards: Ruth & Jon Jordan (Crimespree Magazine) and Kathryn Kennison (Magna Cum Murder)
Ellery Queen Award: Charles Ardai (Hard Case Crime)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, by Jane Casey (Minotaur)
Distinguished Service Award: Charles Todd (for his 14 years of service to MWA)

The Edgar Awards were announced on April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (April 30, 2015)

Don Mankiewicz Dies

Don Mankiewicz died of congestive heart failure on April 25 at his home in Monrovia, California. The son of the Herman J. Mankiewicz, the screenwriter for "Citizen Kane, did not create "Ironside" and "Marcus Welby, M.D." but wrote tv pilots for them. He also wrote tv scripts for "Hawk" (1966), "Star Trek" (1967), "McMillan & Wife" (1974), "Lanigan's Rabbi" (1976), and "Simon & Simon" (1983) among others. He co-won (with Gordon Cotler, aka. Alex Gordon) the 1978 Edgar in the tv feature category for "Men Who Love Women" (1977), a pilot for "Rossetti and Ryan." According to Allen J. Hubin's CRIME FICTION, he wrote three mysteries, including TRIAL (Harper, 1955) which was turned into a film starring Glenn Ford. He was 93. (April 29, 2015)

Doug Allyn Wins EQMM Readers Award

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine announced the 2015 EQMM Readers Award winners in its May 2015 issue as follows:

First Place: "The Snow Angel," by Doug Allyn (January 2014)
Second Place: "Blood Red Roses," by Marilyn Todd (September/October 2014)
Third Place: "the Tavern Keeper's Daughter," by Miriam Grace Monfredo (December 2014)

The EQMM readership each voted the three best stories published in 2014. (April 28, 2015)

Cain, Shaw Win Spotted Owls

The Friends of Mystery, a non-profit organization for mystery readers in Portland, Oregon, has announced that Chelsea Cain and Johnny Shaw won the 2015 Spotted Owl Awards -- Cain for ONE KICK (Simon & Schuster, 2014), and Shaw for PLASTER CITY (Thomas & Mercer, 2014). (April 28, 2015)

Stan Burns Dies

Stan "Staniel" Burns died on April 23 at his home in Riverside, California from declining health after a 2012 auto accident. The camera repairman was also a mystery and science fiction reviewer for Mystery*File and his own fanzine Who Donut?, and a member of DAPA-Em, who frequently attended Bouchercon. You can see magnificent photos he took at mystery gatherings on his Facebook page. He was 67. (April 27, 2015)

Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWA) has announced the nominees for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

COLD MOURNING, by Brenda Chapman (Dundurn Press)
NONE SO BLIND, by Barbara Fradkin (Dundurn Press)
PLAGUE, by C.C. Humphreys (Doubleday Canada)
NO KNOWN GRAVE, by Maureen Jennings (McClelland & Stewart)
KILLING PILGRIM, by Alen Mattich (House of Anansi)

Sylvia McConnell will receive the 2015 Derrick Murdoch Award for her contribution to crime writing in Canada. She is the publisher of RendezVous Crime, which publishes crime novels written by Canadians set in Canada.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on May 28. (April 26, 2015)

Nevada Barr Wins Pinckley

Nevada Barr, the author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series, received the 2015 Pinckley Prize for Achievement in Crime Fiction on March 26 at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival from the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans.

Adrianne Harun won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel, for A MAN CAME OUT OF A DOOR IN THE MOUNTAIN (Penguin Books). The Prizes were created in 2012 to honor Diana Pinckley (1952-2012), long-time crime fiction columnist for The New Orleans Times-Picayune. (April 24, 2015)

Charlene Weir Dies

Charlene Weir (rhymes with cheer) died on April 04 in El Cerrito, California. The former nurse started writing after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Before winning the St. Martin's Malice Domestic contest for THE WINTER WIDOW (St. Martin, 1992), introducing Susan Wren, police chief in Hampstead, Kansas, she contributed several stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The seventh Wren novel, EDGE OF MIDNIGHT (St. Martin's, 2007), is her most recent book. She was 77. (April 21, 2015)

Tom Bouman Wins LAT Book Prize

The Los Angeles Times announced the winners for the 2015 LAT Book Prizes on April 18 at Bovard Auditorium on USC Campus, and Tom Bouman won the Prize in the mystery/thriller category for DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY (W. W. Norton). To see the winners in all the categories, click here. (April 19, 2015)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers announced the nominees for the 2015 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the hardcover novel categofy are as follows:

THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
BROKEN MONSTERS, by Lauren Beukes (Mulholland Books)
SUSPICION, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (William Morrow)
THAT NIGHT, by Chevy Steves (St. Martin's)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. Nelson DeMille will receive the 2015 ThrillerMaster Award, and Kathy Reichs the 2015 Silver Bullett Award. The winners will be announced during ThrillerFest X on July 11, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (April 01, 2015; revised, April 03)

Eva Hudson Dies

Eva Hudson died of cancer on February 27 in the UK. The former government officer started writing in 2005 and her first published novel, THE LOYAL SERVANT (Venatrix, 2012) won the inaugural Lucy Cavendis fiction prize from Cambridge University in 2011. She chose to take the indie route and published her novels in e-book format. Her Ingrid Skyberg series started with FRESH DOUBT (2014), Skyberg being an FBI special agent in the American Embassy in London. Before her death, she published six full-length novels, two short story collections and a novella. The unfinished fourth Skyberg nevel will be completed by her developmental editor Jo Monroe. She was 50. (March 27, 2015)

Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2015 Strand Magazine Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel:
The Fever, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Jack of Spies, by David Downing (Soho)
The Secret Plac, by Tana French (Viking)
Fear Nothing, by Lisa Gardner (Dutton)
Die Again, by Tess Gerritsen (Ballantine)
After I'm Gone,by Laura Lippman (William Morrow)

Best First Novel:
Dry Bones in the Valley, by Tom Bouman (Norton)
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (Viking)
The Home Place, by Carrie La Seur (William Morrow)
Ice Shear, by M.P. Cooley (William Morrow)
Confessions, by Kanae Minato and translated by Stephen Snyder (Mulholland Books)
The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica (Mira)

In addition, Otto Penzler will receive the Strand's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the crime genre.

The winners will be annnounced and the wards be presented on July 8 in New York City. (March 27, 2015)

Robert Rosenblum Dies

Robert J. Rosenblum (not to be confused with art historian Robert Rosenblum) died peacefully at his family home on March 12 in Berkeley, California. The New York-born began writing fiction while living Hertfordshire, England as a Brandeis student. He wrote 8 books under his own name including THE MASHROOM CAVE (Doubleday, 1973) and COVER STORIES (Delacorte, 1979), and 17 more books under 7 different pseudonyms such as Johanna Kingsley, Jessica March, Jeanne Day Lord, Angelica Moon, and David Locke. He authored ARCADE (Doubleday, 1984) using the Robert Maxxe pen-name. As Nicholas Conde, he and Robert Nathan co-wrote THE REGION (NAL, 1983), which was made into the 1987 movie directed by John Schlesinger as "The Believers", and IN THE DEEP WOODS (St. Martin's, 1989), which became the 1995 Anthony Perkins-starring TV movie scripted by Nathan and Rosenblum). His last novel is DIE, DIE, DIET (Kindle, 2012), a humorous mystery yarn featuing the Homeland Security agent "Bearcat" Stutz. He was 77. (March 18, 2015)

Left Coast Crime Award Winners Announced

Left Coast Crime 2015, "Crimelandia," announced the winners for the 2015 LCC awards on March 14 in Portland, Oregon as follows:

The Lefty: HERBIE'S GAME, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime)
The Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award:
A DEADLY MEASURE OF BRIMSTONE by Catriona McPherson (Minotaur Books)
The Rose: PIRATE VISHNU, by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
The Rosebud: THE LIFE WE BURY, by Allen Eskens (Seventh Street Books)

By the way, The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA), which had been awarding the Dylis Award every year for the mystery title the member booksellers had most enjoyed selling, dissolved as a formal organization in November 2014. Hence, no Dylis Award. (March 15, 2015)

Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures announced the nominees for the 2015 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

Best Novel:
THE MARCO EFFECT, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)
THE REST IS SILENCE, by James R. Benn (Soho Crime)
HOLLOW GIRL, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus Books)
PROVIDENCE RAG, by Bruce DeSilva (Forge)
NATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Morrow)
STRANGE SHORES, by Arnaldur Indridason (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The Barry Award winners will be announced during Bouchercon 2015 to be held this October 8 thru 11 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (March 13, 2015)