CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in July/August 2015

Candice Fox Wins Neddie

The Australian Crime Writers Assoication (ACWA) has announced the winners for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Lawrence
Best Crime Fiction: EDEN, by Candice Fox (Random House)
Best First Crime Fiction: QUOTA, by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
Best True Crime: THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF, by Helen Garner (Text Publishing)
S.D. Harvey Short Story: "Short Term People," by Andrea Gillum

The winner were announced on August 22 in Melbourne, Australia. (August 25, 2015)

Anne Strieber Dies

Anne Strieber died on August 11 after a long battle with cancer in Santa Monica, California. The former schoolteacher married Whitley Strieber of COMMUNION fame. She managed the science-and-reality website and edited her husband's books as well as wrote three mystery novels: THE CAVE (Warner, 1997; under the Anne McLean Matthews pseudonym); THE THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (Forge, 2004); and LITTLE TOWN LIES (Forge, 2005). She was 68. (August 17, 2015)

Mystery One Is Closing

Mystery One Bookshore of Milwaukee, Winsconsin will close at the end of August (or September), as proprieter Richard Katz says. The bookstore will close but the proprietor will continue selling mystery books online. There will be a daylong goodbye party on Saturday, August 29. (August 15, 2015)

Ann Rule Dies

Ann Rule died of congestive heart failure and respiratory failure on July 26 at a medical center in Burien, Washington. When she wrote her first true crime book, THE STRANGER BESIDE ME (NORTON, 1980), under her own name, she was contributing articles for the true crime magazine, True Detective, under the male pseudonyms such as Arthur Stone, Chris Hansen and Andy Stack. THE STRANGER BESIDE ME was about the serial killer Ted Bundy. He happened to be Rule's former colleague at the Seattle crisis center; hence the title. It became a best-seller and she began concentrating on writing true-crime books, though she authored one crime novel, POSSESSION (Norton, 1983). She was nominated for the MWA Edgar four times in the fact crime category: EVERYTHING SHE EVER WANTED (Simon & Schuster, 1992); BITTER HARVEST (S&S, 1997); AND NEVER LET HER GO (S&S, 1999); and GREEN RIVER, RUNNING RED (Free Press/Macmillan, 2004). She received the 2012 True Thriller Award from The International Thriller Writers. Her latest book was PRACTICE TO DECEIVE (Gallery Books, 2013). She was 83. (July 30, 2015)

Jeff Rice Dies

Jeff Rice died on July 01 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His 1970 unpublished horror novel, THE KOLCHAK PAPERS, was turned into the 1972 TV movie, "The Night Stalker," starring Darren McGavin without Rice's permission, and its TV script writer Richard Matheson won the 1973 Edgar in the TV feature category. Then his original novel was published as THE NIGHT STALKER (Pocket, 1973). The TV movie's sequal, "The Night Strangler," was broadcast in 1973 and Rice wrote THE NIGHT STRANGLER (Pocket, 1974) based on Matheson's script. Then came the series entitled "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," which lasted only one season also starring McGavin, with Rice as series creator. He was 71. (July 29, 2015)

Gerald A. Browne Dies

Gerald A. Browne died on July 24 at his home in Oceanside, California. The former fashion photographer wrote his first novel, IT'S ALL ZOO (Doubleday, 1968), when he was living in Paris. His first suspense novel, 11 HARROWHOUSE (Arbor, 1972), was turned into the 1974 movie starring Charles Gordin and Candice Bergen, while GREEN ICE (Delacorte, 1976) became the 1981 movie starring Ryan O'Neal. His last novel was WEST 47TH (Warner, 1996). He was 90. (July 27, 2015)

Once Upon A Crime for Sale

Once Upon A Crime Bookstore, of Minneapolis, Minnesota is for sale. Present co-owners Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze have made the difficult decision to sell the mystery bookstore NOT for the financial reason but for the physical reason. They bought the store in 2002 from previous owner Steve Stilwell, and received the MWA Raven Award in 2011 for outstanding contributions to the genre. (July 20, 2015)

Tom Piccirilli Dies

Tom Piccirilli died of brain cancer on July 11. He wrote a number of novels and short stories in several fields: mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, fantasy and science fiction. He won two Thriller Awards in the paperback category for THE MIDNIGHT ROAD (BANTAM, 2007) and for THE COLDEST MILE (Bantam, 2009) and got Edgar-nominated for THE COLD SPOT (Bantam, 2008). He also won several Stoker Awards in the horror field. He was 50. (July 12, 2015)

Megan Abbott Wins Thriller

The International Thriller Writers announced the winners for the 2015 Thriller Awards as follows:

2015 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Nelson DeMille
2015 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Kathy Reichs
Best Hardcover Novel: THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
Best First Novel: THE WIGHT OF BLOOD, by Laura McHugh (Spiegel & Grau)
Best Paperback Original Novel: MOONLIGHT WEEPS, by Vincent Zandri (Down & Out Books)
Best Short Story: "The Last Wrestling Bear in West Kentuckey," by Tim L. Williams (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2014)
Best Young Adult Novel: NEARLY GONE, by Elle Cosimano (Kathy Dawson Books)
Best E-Book Original Novel: HARD FALL, by C.J. Lyons (Legacy Books)

The winners were announced during ThrillerFest X on July 11, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. (July 12, 2015)

T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award Nominees Announced

The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) has announced the nominees for the 2015 SCIBA awards. The nominees in the mystery category (also called the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award) are as follows:

MARRY, KISS, KILL, by Anne Flett-Giordano (Prospect Park Books)
THE REPLACEMENTS, by David Putnam (Oceanview Publishing)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

The winners in all the categories will be announced on October 24 in California. (July 12, 2015)

Megan Abbott, Laura Lippman Win Strand Critics

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

Strand's Lifetime Achievement Award: Otto Penzler for his contribution to the crime genre.
Best Novels (ties): THE FEVER, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown) and
AFTER I'M GONE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)

Best First Novel: DEAR DAUGHTER, by Elizabeth Little (Viking)

The winners were annnounced and the awards be presented on July 8 in New York City. (July 09, 2015)

Roger Hobbs Wins Falcon

The Maltese Falcon Society Japan has announced that Rober Hobbs won the 2015 Maltese Falcon Award for GHOSTMAN (Knopf, 2013) as the best hardboiled/private eye novel published in Japan in the previous year. Hobbs will receive a wood-carved Falcon statuette. (July 08, 2015)

Charles Runyon Dies

Charles Runyon died on June 08 in Cedar Park, Texas. It was once rumored that he died in 1987, but it turned out to be just a rumor. His first fiction sale was "First Man in a Satellite" printed in the December 1958 issue of Super-Science Fiction. He continued writing science fiction and crime fiction as well as soft-porn (using the Mark West pseudonym). He contributed mystery short stories for Manhunt, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. His first mystery novel was THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE (Ace, 1960; not 1963) and he published 13 following mystery novels (including 3 of the "Ellery Queen" paperback originals, such as THE LAST SCORE [Pocket, 1964]). POWER KILL (Gold Medal, 1972) was nominated for an Edgar in the paperback category. He was 87. (July 03, 2015)

Bill Farley Dies

Bill Farley, the founder of Seattle Mystery Bookshop in Seattle, Washington, died in his sleep on June 28. Farley and his wife, B Jo Faley came from Philadelphia to Seattle in 1989 and opened the mystery bookstore on July 1, 1990. He "retired" in 1999 and sold the store to manager JB Dickey but he came to the store a few days a week. He was 83. (July 01, 2015)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists (Part 2) Announced

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

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)
Life or Death, by Michael Robotham (Little, Brown/Sphere)

The Abrupt Physics of Dying, by Paul E Hardisty (Orenda Books)
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)
You, by Caroline Kepnes (Simon & Schuster)

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 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)

The winners of the three categories will be announced in September 29 at a special Award ceremony in London. (July 01, 2015)

Pierre Lemaitre Wins Int'l Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the shortlists for seven categories (Diamond, Short Story, International, Non-Fiction, Historical, Library and Debut) of the 2015 CWA Dagger Awards as follows::

Diamond Dagger: Catherine Aird
International Dagger: CAMILLE, by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Quercus)
Short Story Dagger: "Apocrypha," by Richard Lange (in Sweet Nothing: Stories by Richard Lange-Mullholland Press)
Non-Fiction Dagger: IN PLAIN SIGHT: THE LIFE AND LIES OF JIMMY SAVILE, by Dan Davies (Quercus)
Historical Dagger: THE SEEKER, by S.G. MacLean (Quercus)
Dagger in the Library: Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
Debut Dagger: LAST OF THE SOHO LEGENDS, by Greg Keen

The those Dagger winners were announced at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony at the Hotel Russel in London on June 30. (July 01, 2015)