CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 2017

Mari Hannah Wins Dagger in the Library

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) announced Mari Hannah won the 2017 Dagger in the Library on June 17 at the British Library in London. (June 23, 2017)

Ed Victor Dies

Ed Victor, a legendary literary agent, died from a heart attack after suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia on June 07 in London, England, UK. The former fiction editor of Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Knopf set up his own literary agency in 1976 and represented Benjamin Black (aka. John Banville) and the estate of Raymond Chandler among other celebrity clients. He was 77. (June 10, 2017)

Neil Gordon Dies

Neil Gordon died on May 19 of multiple myeloma in Manhattan, New York. The professor of writing at the New School in New York wrote his first novel, THE SACRIFICE OF ISAAC (Random, 1995), an international murder mystery set in Paris, and second novel, THE GUN RUNNER'S DAUGHTER (Random, 1998), about the arms trade in Israel. His third novel, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (Viking, 2003), a fugitive thriller, turned into a 2012 film directed by and starring Robert Redford. This fourth and last novel, YOU'RE A BIG GIRL NOW (Picador, 2014), a sequel, features the daughter of the exposed fugitive in THE COMPANY YOU KEEP as its protagonist. He was 59. (June 08, 2017)

James Yaffe Dies

James Yaffe died on June 04 at his home in Denver, Colorado. The former professor of English was just 15 years old when Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) bought his first mystery story, "Department of Impossible Crimes" (EQMM, July 1943), featuring Detective Pawl Dawn of DIC. He wrote five more DIC stories for EQMM before graduating from Yale University in 1948. In 1952, he resumed contributing stories for EQMM with "Mom Knows Best" (EQMM June 1952), featuring "Mom" in the Bronx who solves puzzling crimes her NYPD detective son Dave talks about at the dinner. "Mom" appears seven more stories, ending with "Mom Remembers" (EQMM, January 1968). Then after the 20-year-long hiatus, "Mom" returnes with A NICE MURDER FOR MOM (St. Martin's, 1988), a novel this time, with Dave now being widowed and working for the Legal Aid in Colorado, and "Mom" moving to Colorado from the Bronx. MY MOTHER, THE DETECTIVE (Crippen & Landru, 1997) is a collection of 8 "Mom" stories. His last novel is MOM AMONG THE LIARS (St. Martin's), the fourth "Mom", and last story is "Mom Lights a Candle" (Crippen & Landru pamphlet, 2002), a Christmas tale. He was 90. (June 08, 2017)

Marlys Millhiser Dies

Janet Rudolph of The Mystery Readers International has reported that Marlys Millhiser died of Alzheimer's disease on April 20 in Boulder, Colorado. The former high school teacher wrote her first novel, MICHAEL'S WIFE (Putnam, 1972), a gothic one, and her best known novel, THE MIRROR (Putnam, 1978), a time-travel one, before penning her mystery series featuring literary agent Charlie Greene, starting with MURDER AT MOOT POINT (Doubleday, 1992). Her last novel was VOICES IN THE WARDROBE (Severn House, 2005), the eighth in the Greene series. She was 78. (June 06, 2017)

Louise Penny Wins Pinckley

The Women's National Book Association of New Orleans has announced that Louise Penny and Trudy Nan Boyce are the recipients of the 2017 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Ficiton.

Louise Penny is the winner of the Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work, while Trudy Nan Boyce wins the Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel for OUT OF THE BLUES (Putnam, 2016), introducing Detective Sara Alt.

They will receive the awards on September 8, 2017 at the Academy of the sacred Heart/Nims Fine Arts Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (June 04, 2017)

2017 Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2017 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best private eye novel category are as follows:

WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam), featuring Gus Murphy
THE GRAVEYARD OF THE HESPERIDES, by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur), featuring Flavia Albia
FIELDS WHERE THEY LAY, by Timothy Hallinan (Soho Crime), featuring Junior Bender
WITH 6 YOU GET WALLY, by Al Lamanda (Gale Cengage), featuring John Bekker
THE STARDOM AFFAIR, by Robert S. Levinson (Five Star), featuring Neil Gulliver & Stevie Marriner

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the PWA Banquet at Bouchercon in Toronto, Canada this October. (June 02, 2017)

Donna Morrissey Wins Arthur

The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the winners for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Best Novel: THE FORTUNATE BROTHER, by Donna Morrissey (Viking Canada)
Best First Novel: STRANGE THINGS DONE, by Elle Wild (Dundurn Press)
Best Novella: RUNDOWN, by Rick Blechta (Orca Book Publishers)
Best Short Story: "A Death at the Parsonage," by Susan Daly (THE WHOLE SHE-BANG 3; Toronto Sisters in Crime)
Best Book in French: RED LIGHT: ADIEU, MONGNONNE, by Marie-Eve Bourassa (Groupe Ville-Marie Litterature, vlb editions)
Best Juvenile/YA Book: MASTERMINDS: CRIMINAL DESTINY, by Gordon Korman (HarperCollins)
Best Nonfiction Book: A DAUGHTER'S DEADLY DECEPTION: THE JENNIFER PAN STORY, by Jeremy Grimaldi (Dundurn Press)
Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (Unhanged Arthur): THE GOLKONDA PROJECT, by S.J. Jennings
Derrick Murdoch Award Recipient: Christina Jennings, founder, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury Films

The winners were announced on May 25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (May 26, 2017)

2017 CWA Dagger Award Longlists Announced

On March 19 at Crimefest Bristol, The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) announced the longlists for the 2017 CWA Dagger Awards. The longlist in the Gold Dagger category is as follows:

The Beautiful Dead, by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press)
Dead Man's Blues, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
The Girl Before, by J P Delaney (Quercus)
Desperation Road, by Michael Farris Smith (No Exit Press)
Little Deaths, by Emma Flint (Picador)
The Dry, by Jane Harper (Little Brown)
Spook Street, by Mick Herron (John Murray Publishers)
Sirens, by Joseph Knox (Doubleday)
Ashes of Berlin, by Luke McCallin (No Exit Press)
The Girl in Green, by Derek B Miller (Faber & Faber)
The Rising Man, by Abir Muckerjee (Harvil Secker)
Darktown, by Thomas Mullen (Little Brown)

To see the longlists for the 2017 CWA Dagger Awards in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at a glitzy Daggers ceremony on October 26 in London. The shortlists will be announced shortly. (May 20, 2017)

2017 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2017 has announced the nominees for the 2017 Anthony Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

YOU WILL KNOW ME, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
WHERE IT HURTS, by Reed Farrel Coleman (Putnam)
RED RIGHT HAND, by Chris Holm (Mulholland)
WILDE LAKE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the Sunday Brunch on October 15 during Bouchercon 2017 to be held in Toronto, Canada. (May 18, 2017)

Paul D. Marks Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine has announced the 2017 EQMM Readers Award winners as follows:

First Place: "Ghosts of Bunker Hill," by Paul D. Marks (December 2016)
Second Place: "Puncher's Chance," by Doug Allyn (June 2016)
Third Place: "The Dropout," by Doug Allyn (March/April 2016)

The awards were presented to the winners on April 27 at the Dell pre-Edgars party in New York City. (May 01, 2017)

William Hjortsberg Dies

William Hjortsberg died of pancreatic cancer on April 22 at his home in Livingston, Montana. He was most famous as the author of FALLING ANGEL (Harcourt, 1978), an Edgar nominee in the first novel category, which turned into the 1987 film, "Angel Heart," starring Mickey Rourke (as Harry Angel, P.I. looking for sweet-voiced crooner Johnny Favorite) and Robert De Niro. HIs other mystery novels were NEVERMORE (Atlantic, 1994) and Manana (Open Road, 2015). Before he died, he had written a sequal to FALLING ANGEL, but not found a publishing house yet. He was 76. (April 26; revised May 01)