CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 2016

Robert F. Dorr Dies

Robert F. Dorr died of brain cancer at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Virginia on June 12. He prolifically wrote about 80 books and more than 6000 magazine articles on military and aviation history. The ex-Air Force pilot contribute many stories, fiction and non-fiction, for men's adventure magazines in the 1960s and 70s such as Male, Bluebook for Men, Stag, Climax, Real, For Men Only among others. One of his latest books, A HANDFUL OF HELL (New Texture, 2016), is a collection of his pulp stories in the 1960s and 70s. His last novel, CRIME SCENE: FAIRFAX COUNTY (2016), is a sequel to HITLER'S TIME MACHINE (2014; alternative historical s-f novel), featuring a former Air Force pilot and a female scientist who open up a private investigation office in Oakton, Virginia. He was 76. (June 19, 2016)

Lois Duncan Dies

Lois Duncan died on June 15 at her home in South Sarasota, Florida. Longing to be a writer from early childhood, she wrote articles and short stories for magazines sucha as Seventeen, McCall's, Redbook, Ladies Home Jounal, and Woman's Journal. She authored about 50 books ranging from Children's picture books to young adult suspense novels and adult novels. She was Edgar-nominated four times in the juvenile category for RANSOM (Doubleday, 1966); THEY NEVER CAME HOME (Doubleday, 1969); THE THIRD EYE (Little, Brown, 1984); and LOCKED IN TIME (Little, Brown, 1985) without winning. She received one of the two Grand Master Awards from the Mystery Writers of America in 2015. She was 82. (June 16, 2016; revised, June 17)

Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2016 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best mystery category are as follows:

LITTLE BLACK LIES, by Sharon Bolton (Minotaur)
THE LONG AND FARAWAY GONE, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
THE HOT COUNTRIES, by Tim Hallinan (Soho)
THE CHILD GARDEN, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
LIFE OR DEATH, by Michael Robotham (Mulholland)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at opening ceremonies at Bouchercon in New Orleans this September. (June 12, 2016)

Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for its 2016 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the hardcover category are as follows:

THE PROMISE, by Robert Crais (Putnam), featuring Elvis Cole & Joe Pike
DANCE OF THE BONES, by J.A. Jance (Morrow), featuring J. P. Beaumont & Brandon Walker
GUMSHOE, by Robert Leininger (Oceanview), featuring Mort Angel
BRUSH BACK, by Sara Paretsky (Putnam), featuring V. I. Warshawski
BRUTALITY, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam), featuring Fina Ludlow

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced during the PWA banquet in New Orleans, Louisiana during Bouchercon 2016 this September. (June 10. 2013)

Peter Shaffer Dies

Peter Shaffer (pronounced SHAFF-er) died on June 06 in a hospice in County Cork, Ireland while on trip. He may be famous as a twin brother of Anthony Shaffer (1926-2001), the playwright and screenwriter of "Sleuth," but Peter was famous as the playwright of "Equus" and "Amadeus," and won Tony Awards for these two. Peter and Anthony Shaffer wrote three novels featuring the Mysterious Mr. Verity under the Peter Antony pseudonym (notice the spelling!): THE WOMAN IN THE WARDROBE (Evans UK, 1951); HOW DOTH THE LITTLE CROCODILE (Evans UK, 1952); and WITHERED MURDER (Gollancz, 1955, as by Anthony & Peter Shaffer). Peter Antony collaboratively contributed a Mr. Verity short story, "Before and After," for London Mystery Magazine [LMM] #18 (1953), while Peter Shaffer singularly wrote a non-series story, "Suffer a Witch," for LMM #20 (1954). He was 90. (June 07, 2016)

Peter Kirby Wins Arthur Ellis

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the nominees for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Grand Master Award Recipient: Eric Wright (posthumously)
Best Novel: OPEN SEASON, by Peter Kirby (Linda Leith Publishing)
Best First Novel: THE UNQUIET DEAD, by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Minotaur)
Best Novella: "Black Canyon," by Jeremy Bates (in DARK HEARTS; Ghillinnein Books)
Best Short Story: "The Avocado Kid," by Scott Mackay (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, June 2015)
Best Book in French: L'AFFAIRE MYOSOTIS, by Luc Chartrand (Quebec Amerique)
Best Juvenile/YA: TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE, by Stephanie Tromly (Kathy Dawson Books)
Best Nonfiction: EMPIRE OF DECEPTION, by Dean Jobb (HarperCollins)
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: WHEN THE FLOOD FALLS, by Jayne Barnard

The winners were announced at The 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards Gala on May 26 at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, Canada. (May 27, 2016)

Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

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

Best Novel:
CAREER OF EVEL, by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books)
A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES, by Elizabeth George (Viking)
THE LADY FROM ZAGREB, by Phillip Kerr (Putnam)
FORTY THIEVES, by Thomas Perry (Mysterious Press)
THE WHITES, by Richard Price (Henry Holt)
THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow (Knopf)

Best First Novel:
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES, by Sascha Arango (Atria)
NORMAL, by Graeme Cameron (Mira)
THE MARAUDERS, by Tom Cooper (Crown)
PAST CRIMES, by Glen Erik Hamilton (HarperCollins)
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)
DISCLAIMER, by Renee Knight (Harper)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recepients:
Jeffery Deaver
Colin Dexter

The awards will be announced and presented at an invitation-only cocktail party in New York on July 5. (May 25, 2016)

Elizabeth Edmondson Dies

I belatedly found out that Elizabeth Edmondson died of cancer on January 11 in Oxford, United Kingdom. She was just longlisted for the 2016 CWA Endeavor Historical Dagger Award for A MAN OF SOME REPUTE and A QUESTION OF INHERITANCE (both published in 2015 by Thomas & Mercer). They are the first and second novels, respectively, in her Very English Mystery series featuring intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth. She studied Jane Austen at Oxford with Austen biographer Lord David Cecil and wrote novels and novellas related to Austen's works, beginning with MR. DARCY'S DAUGHTERS (2003) as by Elizabeth Aston. She also wrote the Mountjoy historical series under the Elizabeth Pewsey pseudonym in the 1990's. She was 67. (May 25, 2016)

CWA Dagger Longlists Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced the its 2016 Dagger Award longlists at Crimefest in Bristol on May 20. The longlistees in the Goldsboro Gold Dagger category is follows:

DODGERS, by Bill Beverly (No Exit Press)
BLACK WIDOW, by Christopher Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
AFTER YOU DIE, by Eve Dolan (Harvill Secker)
REAL TIGERS, by Mick Herron (John Murray)
FINDERS KEEPERS, by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
DEAD PRETTY, by David Mark (Mulholland)
BLOOD SALT WATER, by Denise Mina (Orion)
SHE DIED YOUNG, by Elizabeth Wilson (Serpent's Tail)

To see the longlists in all the categories, click here. The shortlists will follow in a couple of months. (May 21, 2016)

Darwyn Cooke Dies

Darwyn Cooke died of lung cancer on May 14 at his home in Florida. Of course, he was famous as a Canadian-born comic-book artist for the modern version of Superman, Batman, Catwoman, The Spirit among others. He also adapted Richard Stark/Donald E Westlake's four Parker novels into the comic-book form: THE HUNTER (2009); THE OUTFIT(2010); THE SCORE (2012); and SLAYGROUND (2013, all from IDW). He won the Will Eisner Awards for THE OUTFIT as best writer/artist and for SLAYGROUND as best letterer. He was 53. (May 15, 2016)

Jim Lavene Dies

Jim Lavene collapsed and died on May 05 unexpectedly at a hospital in Concord, North Carolina. He and his late wife Joyce (1954-2015) wrote many cozy mystery series collaboratively under their own names and a couple of pseudonyms (Joye Ames, J. J. Cook, Ellie Grant, and Elyssa Henry). The photojournalists and garden columnists wrote many cozy mysteries and created many series characters including Sharyn Howard (a sheriff in North Carolina), Peggy Lee (not the singer but a garden shop owner), Glad Wycznewski (an ex-cop from Chicago), Jessie Morton (an assistant professor, Dae O'Donnell (a psychic mayor in a North Carolina town), Stella Griffin (a fire chief in a Tennessee town), Jessie Morton (a owner of a diner in Alabama) and others for Berkley, Harlequin, Gallery and Midnight Ink Books. One of their latest novels is SWEET PEPPER HERO (Berkley, 2016), a Stella Griffin mystery. He was 63. (May 07, 2016; revised, May 12)

Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2016 has announced the nominees for the 2016 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

NIGHT TREMORS, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
THE KILLING KIND, by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
THE CHILD GARDEN, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
THE NATURE OF THE BEAST, by Louise Penny (Minotaur/Sphere)
WHAT YOU SEE, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

David Morrell will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 16 during Bouchercon to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana. (May 07, 2016)

Jon Talton Wins Spotted Owl

Orengon-based Friends of Mystery has announced that HIGH COUNTRY NOCTURNE, by Jon Talton (Poisoned Pen Press, 2015) is the winner of the 2016 Spotted Owl Award. The winner will received the award in September. (May 06, 2016)

Margaret Maron Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announce the winners (or recipients) of the 2016 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

First Place: "We on the Train!" by Margaret Maron (May 2015)
Second Place (ties): "The Lake Tenant," by Brendan DuBois (November 2015)
and "No Cabs After Midnight," by William Halstead (June 2015)
Third Place: "Rizzo's Good Cop," by Lou Manfredo (December 2015)

The awards were given at the Dell Magazine Cocktail Party on April 28. (May 06, 2016)

Maron, King Win Agatha

Malice Domestice announced on April 30 the winners for the 2016 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Cotemporary Novel: LONG UPON THE LAND, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central)
Best Historical Novel: DREAMING SPIES, by Laurie R. King (Bantam)
Best First Novel: ON THE ROAD WITH DEL AND LOUISE, by Art Taylor (Henery Press)
Best Non-Fiction: THE GOLDEN AGE OF MURDER, by Martin Edwards (HarperCollins)
Best Short Story: "A Year Without Santa Claus?" by Barb Goffman (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015)
Best Children's/Young Adult: ANDI UNSTOPPABLE, by Amanda Flower (Zonderkidz)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Katherine Hall Page
Poirot Award Recipients: Barbara Peters & Robert Rosenwald
Amelia Award Recipient: Douglas Greene

The winners were announced at the Agatha Awards banquet on April 30, 2016 during Malice Domestic 28 held in Bethesda, Maryland. (May 01, 2016)