CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 2015




Phil Austin Dies

Philip "Phil" Austin died of an aneurysm on June 19 at his home on Fox Island, Washington. He was one of the founding members of The Firesign Theatre for radio and record albums, where he wrote and acted and played the guitar. He was famous for portraying the loopy fictional hardboiled private eye, Nick Danger, modeled on Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, who pronounced his name "Regnad Kcin," because from behind his desk he read his name on glass office door backward. The private eye was featured in several record albums produced by the Firesign Theatre, such as "How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All" (1969), and "Nick Danger: The Case of the Missing Shoe" (1979). He was 74. (June 29, 2015)



Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for its 2015 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

THE LEWIS MAN, by Peter May (Quercus)
THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street)
THE KILLER NEXT DOOR, by Alex Marwood (Penguin)
THE DAY SHE DIED, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
THE MISSING PLACE, by Sophie Littlefield (Gallery)
THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 8 during Bouchercon 2015 to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. (June 19, 2015



CWA Dagger Award LONGlists (Part 2) Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the longlists for three other categories (Gold, Creasey New Blood, Fleming Steel) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Award as follows:

GOLD DAGGER LONGLIST:
The Shut Eye, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld/Bantam Press)
The Rules of Wolfe, by James Carlos Blake (Oldcastle/No Exit Press)
The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown/Sphere)
Missing, by Sam Hawken (Profile Books/Serpent's Tail)
Mr Mercedes, by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
Pleasantville, by Attica Locke (Profile Books/Serpent's Tail)
The Bone Seeker, by M.J. McGrath (Pan Macmillan/Mantle)
The Serpentine Road, by Paul Mendelson (Little, Brown/Constable)
Life or Death, by Michael Robotham (Little, Brown/Sphere)
The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson (Faber and Faber/Bloomsbury House)

JOHN CREASEY (NEW BLOOD) DAGGER LONGLIST:
The Abrupt Physics of Dying, by Paul E Hardisty (Orenda Books)
Dear Daughter, by Elizabeth Little (Vintage/Harvill Secker)
Dry Bones in the Valley, by Tom Bouman (Faber and Faber)
Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng (Little, Brown)
Fourth of July Creek, by Smith Henderson (Random House/William Heinemann)
The Girl in the Red Coat, by Kate Hamer (Faber and Faber)
The Killing of Bobbi Lomax, by Cal Moriarty (Faber and Faber)
The Well, by Catherine Chanter (Canongate Books)
You, by Caroline Kepnes (Simon & Schuster)

IAN FLEMING STEEL LONGLIST:
No Safe House, by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
The Defence, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
The Stranger, by Harlan Coben (Orion)
Missing, by Sam Hawken (Profile Books/Serpent's Tail)
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (Transworld/Doubleday)
Nobody Walks, by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)
The White Van, by Patrick Hoffman (Atlantic Books/Grove Press)
The Final Minute, by Simon Kernick (Random House/Century)
Runner, by Patrick Lee (Penguin/Michael Joseph)
The Night The Rich Men Burned, by Malcolm Mackay (Pan Macmillan/Mantle)
Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter (Random House/Century)
The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson (Faber and Faber)
Heartman, by M.P. Wright (Black & White Publishing)

The shortlists of these three categories will be announced on June 30 at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner. The winners of the three categories will be announced in September at another Award ceremony in London. (June 16, 2015)



Nero Wolfe Award Nominees Announced

The Wolfe Pack, the Nero Wolfe Fan Club, has announced the nominees for the 2015 Nero Wolfe Award as follows:

HARBIE'S GAME, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Press)
THE DETECTIVE & THE PIPE GIRL, by Michael Craven (HarperCollins)
FIRST LIGHT, by Al Lamanda (Five Star)
THE DETECTIVE, by James Patrick Hunt (Cengage Gale)
PETER PAN MUST DIE, by John Verdon (Crown)

The winner will be announced on December 05 at the Black Orchid Banquet to be held in New York City. (June 11, 2015)



Vincent Bugliosi Dies

Vincent Bugliosi died of cancer on June 06 at a hospital in Los Angeles, California. He was extremely famous as the prosecutor of the cult leader Charles Manson and his gang in the Tate-LaBiance killings. He co-wrote (with Curt Gentry) HELTER SKELTER (Norton, 1974) about his account of the Manson killings, and it won the 1975 Edgar in the fact crime category. He authored several true crime books and won two other Edgars for TILL DEATH US DO PART (Norton, 1978; with Ken Hurwitz) and for RECLAIMING HISTORY: THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY (Norton, 2007), while OUTRAGE: THE FIVE REASONS WHY O.J. SIMPSON GOT AWAY WITH MURDER (Norton, 1996) got nominated for an Edgar. He was 80. (June 11, 2015)



CWA Dagger in the Library Shortlist Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the shortlist for the 2015 CWA Dagger in the Library Award as follows in alphabetical order:

Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Peter James (Pan Macmillan)
Peter May (Quercus)

The Dagger in the Library honors an author's whole body of work to date. The winner of the Dagger in the Library as well as the other Dagger winners will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony at the Hotel Russel in London on June 30. (June 09, 2015)



Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for its 2015 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover category are as follows:

THE HOLLOW GIRL, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Tyrus), featuring Moe Prager
THE SILKWORM, by Robert Galbraith (aka. J.K. Rowling) (Mulholland), featuring Cormoran Strike
TOKYO KILL, by Barry Lancet (Simon & Schuster), featuring Jim Brody
HOUNDED, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur), featuring Andy Carpenter
PETER PAN MUST DIE, by John Verdon (Crown), featuring Dave Gurney

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 9 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon 2015 to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. (June 06, 2015)



C.C. Humphreys Wins Arthur

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWA) announced the winners for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Derrick Murdoch Award Recipient: Sylvia McConnell
Best Novel: PLAGUE, by C.C. Humphreys (Doubleday Canada)
Best First Novel: SIEGE OF BITTERNS, by Steve Burrows (Dundurn Press)
Best Novella: "A Knock on the Door," by Jas. R. Petrin (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, April 2014)
Best short Story: "Stone Mattress," by Margaret Atwood (in STONE MATTRESS; McClelland & Stewart)
Best Book in French: BONDREE, by Andree Michaud (Editions Quebec Amerique)
Best Juvenile/YA Book: DEAD MAN'S SWITCH, by Sigmund Brouwer (Harvest House)
Best Nonfiction Book: THE MASSEY MURDER, by Charlotte Gray (HarperCollins)
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: STRANGE THINGS DONE, by Elle Wild

The winners were announced at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on May 28. (May 29, 2015)



Big Sleep Books To Close

The Big Sleep Books will close on June 30 after 27 years of mystery-specialized book-selling business in St. Louis, Missouri. (May 29, 2015)



CWA Dagger Award Shortlists (Part 1) Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the shortlists for five categories (Short Story, International, Non-Fiction, Historical and Debut) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Awards. The International Dagger shortlist is as follows:

FALLING FREELY, AS IF IN A DREAM, by Leif GW Persson (tr Paul Norlen) - Transworld
CAMILLE, by Pierre Lemaitre (tr Frank Wynne) - Quercus
COBRA, by Deon Meyer (tr K.L Seegers) - Hodder & Stoughton
ARAB JAZZ, by Karim Miske (tr Sam Gordon) - MacLehose Press
THE INVISIBLE GUARDIAN, by Dolores Redondo (tr Isabelle Kaufeler) - HarperCollins
INTO A GAING BLAZE, by Andreas Norman (tr Ian Giles) - Quercus

To see the shortlists for all the categories, click here. The Dagger winners will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony at the Hotel Russel in London on June 30.

And Catherine Aird will receive the 2015 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony on June 30. (May 16, 2015)



Glen Orbik Dies

Glen Orbik, an American illustrator, died of cancer on May 11 in California. He was famous for his painted paperback and comic covers, including those for books by Stephen King, Donald E. Westlake, Lawrence Block, Michael Crichton, Charles Ardai and Gore Vidal published by Hard Case Crime. He was 52. (May 12, 2015)



James Watson Dies

James Watson died on April 28 in the United Kingdom. He wrote political thrillers for young adults. The lecturer in communication studies wrote his first historical thriller, SIGN OF THE SWALLOW (Nelson 1967). His best known thriller is TALKING IN WHISPERS (Gollancz, 1983), which won The Other Award from the Children's Rights Workshop and was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal in 1984. The book features three young Chileans who decide to speak out against the backdrop Augusto Pinochet's regime. His last novel is PIG MIGHT FLY e-published by Amazon Kindle in 2013. He was 78. (May 12, 2015



William Bast Dies

William Bast, an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on May 04 in Los Angeles, California. The co-producer and writer for a tv program, "The Colbys," a spin-off of "Dynasty," were a close friend and biographer of actor James Dean and wrote for a number of tv programs, sucha as "Honey West" (1965), "Perry Mason" (1965), "Mod Squad" (1969) and "Hawaii Five-0" (1973) among others. He won the 1976 Edgar in the tv feature category for "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (ABC-TV) starring Elizabeth Montgomery. He was 84. (May 11, 2015)



Edward Wright Dies

Edward Wright died from complicaitons of lymphoma on May 01 at a hospital in Los Angeles, California. The former newspaperman's first novel, CLEA'S MO0N, won the 2001 Debut Dagger for unpublished writers from the Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA). It introduced John Ray Horn, a former B-movie cowboy star and ex-con turned debt-collector in 1940's Los Angeles, and published in 2003 by Orion, a British publisher. The second Horn novel, WHILE I DISAPPEAR (Putnam 2004; UK title: THE SILVER FACE, Orion, 2004), received the 2005 PWA Shamus Award. The third and final Horn novel, RED SKY LAMENT (Orion, 2006), snagged the 2006 CWA Historical Dagger Award without any American edition. His non-series novel, DAMNATION FALLS (Orion, 2007; Minotaur, 2008) won the 2008 Barry Award for best British crime novel. No American house published his last novel, FROM BLOOD (Orion, 2010), till Vatage Point Books did in 2012. He was 75. (May 09, 2015)



Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2015 announced the nominees for the 2015 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

LAMENTATION, by Joe Clifford (Oceanview)
THE SECRET PLACE, by Tana French (Viking)
AFTER I'M GONE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
THE LONG WAY HOME, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
TRUTH BE TOLD, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Margaret Maron will receive the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be annnounced on October 10 during Bouchecon 2015 to be held in Raleigh, North Carolilna. (May 06, 2015)



Jerry Award Inaugurated

Mystery Writers Key West Fest has inaugurated the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Wrting Award to honor the late mystery writer, who died last year. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolute Amazing eBooks. Candidates wishing to compete for the award are invited to submit the first three pages of a FINISHED, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. The judging comittee includes Sandra Balzo (Healy's fiancee, writer), Shirrel Rhoades (publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks), Ted Hertel (attorney, writer), and Gary Warren Niebuhr (library director, reviewer). For more information, visit the Mystery Writers Key West Fest website. (May 04, 2015)



Ruth Rendell Dies

Ruth Rendell died on May 02 at a hospital in London of complications from a stroke suffered in January. The former journalist's first published novel, FROM DOON WITH DEATH (John Lord, 1964), featured Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford in Kingsmarkham, a fictional town in Sussex, and she wrote a number of Wexford novels and stories, some of which were filmed for the tv program, "The Ruth Rendell Mysteries," starring George Baker as Wexford. She also wrote many non-series novels under her own name and Barbara Vine pseudonym. She won four Gold Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association of Britain for A DEMON IN MY VIEW (Hutchinson, 1976); LIVE FLESH (Hutchinson, 1986); A FATAL INVERSION (Viking, 1987; as by Barbara Vine) and KING SOLOMON'S CARPET (Viking, 1991; as by Vine), and one Silver Dagger for THE TREE OF HANDS (Hutchinson, 1984) and received the 1991 CWA Diamond Dagger. She also won three Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America for "The Fallen Curtain" (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, August 1974); "The New Girl Friend" (EQMM, August 1983) and A DARK-ADAPTED EYE (Viking, 1986; as by Vine), and received the 1997 MWA Grand Master Award. She became Baroness Rendell of Babergh. Her final novel, DARK CORNERS, will be published this October. She was 85. (May 04, 2015)



Hank Phillippi Ryan Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic announced the winners for the 2015 Agatha awards as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sara Paretsky
Best Comtemporary Novel: TRUTH BE TOLD, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)
Best Historical Novel: QUEEN OF HEARTS, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Best First Novel: WELL READ, THEN DEAD, by Terrie Farley Moran (Berkley)
Best Non-fiction: WRITES OF PASSAGE, edited by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Henery Press)
Best Short Story: "The Odds Are Against Us," by Art Taylor (EQMM, November 2014)
Best Children's/Young Adult Novel: THE MUMMY'S CURSE, by Penny Warner (Egmont USA)

The Agatha winners were announced on May 2 during the Malice Domestic conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. (May 03, 2015)




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