CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in January/February 2016

Donna Andrews Wins Lefty

Left Coast Crime 2016 has announced the winners for the 2016 Lefty Awards as follows (Now all Left Coast Crime awards are called "Lefty.") :

Best Humorous Mystery Novel: LORD OF THE WINGS, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur Books)
Best Historical Mystery Novel: MALICE AT THE PALACE, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley Prime Crime)
Best LCC Regional Mystery Novel: THE ACCIDENTAL ALCHEMIST, by Gigi Pandian (Midnight Ink)
Best World Mystery Novel: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)

The winners were announced on February 27 during Left Coast Crime 2016 held in Phoenix, Arizona. (February 29, 2016)

LAT Book Prize Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for the 2016 LAT Book Prizes. The finalists in the mystery/thriller category are as follows:

THE SYMPATHIZER, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)
BULL MOUNTAIN, by Brian Panowich (Putnam)
THE WHITES, by Richard Price (Picador)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

The L.A. Times Book Prizes will be announced given at at USC's Bovard Auditorium on April 9. (February 25, 2016)

Umberto Eco Dies

Umberto Eco died of cancer on February 19 at his home in MIlan, Italy. The Italian scholar of philosophy and semiotics wrote his first novel, THE NAME OF THE ROSE (1980), the Medieval murder mystery set in a 14th century Italian monastery. The novel was adapeted into the 1986 movie of the same name starring Sean Connery as a monk detective named William of Baskerville. Eco wrote more than 20 non-fiction books as well as several novels. The seventh and last novel was NUMERO ZERO (2015). He was 84. (February 21, 2016)

Warren Manzi Dies

Warren Manzi died of pneumonia on Feburary 11 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was the playwright of "Perfect Crime," the longest-running straight play in New York's Off-Broadway. The thriller play opened on April 18, 1987 at the Courtyard Playhouse in Greenwich Village and is still showing at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater in New York. The former actor wrote several short plays including "One for the Money" and "The Queen of the Parting Shot." He was 60. (February 21, 2016)

Jon Tuska Dies

Jon Tuska died peacefully on January 18 at his home in Portland, Oregon. He was famous as an expert on Western films and fiction, and wrote and edited more than 30 books, including a couple of books on mystery films: THE DETECTIVE IN HOLLYWOOD: THE MOVIE CAREER OF THE GREAT FICTIONAL PRIVATE EYES AND THEIR CREATORS (Doubleday, 1978); and DARK CINEMA: AMERICAN FILM NOIR IN CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (Praeger, 1984). He was 73. (Feburary 05, 2016)

Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2016 Agatha Awards, and the nominees in the best contemporary novel category are as follows:

BURNED BRIDGES, by Annette Dashof (Henery Press)
LONG UPON THE LAND, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)
THE CHILD GARDEN, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
NATURE OF THE BEAST, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
WHAT YOU SEE, by Hank Phillipi Rya (Forge Books)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Katherine Hall Page
Poirot Award Recipients: Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald
Amelia Award Recipient: Douglas Greene

The nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Agatha Awards banquet on April 30, 2016 during Malice Domestic 28 to be held in Bethesda, Maryland. (February 04, 2016)

Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE as follows:

THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
SORROW LAKE, by Michael J. McCann (Plaid Raccoon Press)
THE WHITES, by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt (Henry Holt)
THE DO-RIGHT, by Lisa Sandlin (Cinco Puntos Press)
THE ORGAN BROKER, by Stu Strumwasser (Arcade)

To see the press release, click here. The winner will be announced during the during the NoirCon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 26-30. (January 30, 2016)

Peter James to Receive CWA Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Peter James will receive the 2016 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA Dagger Awards ceremony in London. James is the author of the British police procedural sereis featuring Detective Superintendent Roy Grace. (Janurary 23, 2016)

Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2016 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE STRANGLER VINE, by M. J. Carter (Putnam)
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
LIFE OR DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Mulholland Books)
CAMARY, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)
NIGHT LIFE, by David C. Taylor (Forge Books)

To see the nominees of all the categories, click here. All the winners will be announced at the Edgar Banquet on April 28 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City, except the Mary Higgins Clark Award, which will be announced on April 27. (January 19, 2016)

Robert Banks Stewart Dies

Robert Banks Stewart died on Januarty 14 of cancer at home. He wrote a lot of TV scripts for British crime series, such as "Danger Man", "The Avengers," and "Doctor Who" among others. He created "Shoestring" (1979-80) for two seasons on the BBC starring Trevor Eve as computer expert-turned-private eye Eddie Shoestring, and "Bergerac" (1981-89) with John Nettles as Sergeant Jim Bergerac of the Jersey police in the Carribean Islands. Stewart wote his first novel, HURRICANE'S TAIL (Kaleidoscope Publishing, 2013), featuring British detective Harper Buchanan when he was 81. He was 84. (January 16, 2016)

Renee Paley-Bain Dies

Renee Paley-Bain died on January 08 of blood cancer at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. She was a wife of Donald Bain, famous as the co-author of "Murder, She Wrote" (MSW) series with "Jessica Fletcher," a fictional character in the TV program of the same title portrayed by Angela Lansbury. Donald, a famed prolific ghost-writer, has been writing MSW novels since GIN AND DAGGERS (McGraw, 1989), and Renee -- a former English teacher, newspaper editor and public relations professional -- started offering feminine touches on Donald's MSW novels and inserting some phrases, paragraphs, and chapters. Their first full-collaborated novel was MURDER IN A MINOR KEY (Signet, 2001) without her byline, and THE GHOST AND MRS. FLETCHER (NAL hardcover, 2015) is the first one to carry her byline with her husband Donald Bain and the fictional Jessica Fletcher. Two MSW novels will be out in the near future with her byline: DESIGN FOR MURDER coming April; and HOOK, LINE & MURDER in December 2016. She was 71. (January 09, 2016; revised, January 10)

Jim Ingraham Dies

Jim Ingraham died peacefully on December 27, 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida. The former professor of history wrote a number of short stories for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, starting in 1986. He published six novels: three featuring Maine private eye Duff Kerrigan (REMAINS TO BE SEEN; Five Star, 2008) and two featuring Florida detective Randa Sorel (SAHARA DUST; Five Star, 2011). He was 92. (January 06, 2016)