CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in July/August 2017

2017 McIlvanney Prize Shortlist Announced

Bloody Scotland announced the shortlist for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize (Scottish Crime Book of the Year) as follows:

OUT OF BOUNDS, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
THE LONG DROP, by Denise Mina (Random House)
MURDERABILIA, by Craig Robertson (Simon & Schuster)
THE QUIET DEATH OF THOMAS QUAID, by Craig Russell (Quercus)

The winner will be announced at the opening creception of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival at Stirling Castle On September 8. (August 30, 2017)

Frederick Ramsay Dies

Frederick Ramsay died of kidney cancer on August 23 in Arizona. The retired Espiscopal priest published his first novel, ARTSCAPE, in 2004 from Poisoned Pen Press. It introduced Ike Schwartz, a sheriff in Picketsvill, Virginia, and this series ended with COPPER KETTLE (2017), a prequel. He had other series: The Gamaliel series (THE EIGHTH VEIL; 2012) featuring a chief rabbi in the late 20s in Ancient Jerusalem; and The Botswana series starting with PREDATORS (2009; all from Poisoned Pen Press). He almost finished his last and 20th novel, THE ONION, to be completed and published posthumously. His Ike Schwarts short story, "Two Bits, four Bits, Six Bits...," is included in an anthology, BOUND BY MYSTERY (edited by Diane D. DiBiase; Poisoned Pen Press, 2017). He was 81. (August 26, 2017)

B.K. Stevens Dies

B(onnie) K. Stevens died suddenly on August 14 in Virginia. The former college professor had the old dream of becoming a fiction writer and started writing mystery short stories. The fourth story, "True Detective," introducing Lt. Walt Johnson and Sgt. Gordon Bolt, was sold and printed in the June 1988 issue of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (AHMM). She contributed a number of short stories mostly for AHMM and sometimes for Woman's World, featuring Johnson & Bolt, female private eye Iphigenia Woodhouse, and temp secretary/amateur sleuth Leah Abrams. She published both her first novel, INTERPRETATION OF MURDER (Black Opal Books), featuring sign language interpreter Jane Ciardi, and her second one, FIGHTING CHANCE (Poisoned Pen Press), a martial arts mystery for teens, in 2015. Her recent novella, "The Last Blue Glass" (AHMM, April 2016) has been nominated for Agatha and Anthony Awards. She was 65. (August 17, 2017)

2017 CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

On July 26 in London, The Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA) announced the shortlists 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 Dry, by Jane Harper (Little Brown)
Spook Street, by Mick Herron (John Murray Publishers)
The Girl in Green, by Derek B Miller (Faber & Faber)
The Rising Man, by Abir Muckerjee (Harvil Secker)

To see the shortlists for the 2017 CWA Dagger Awards in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner on October 26 in London. (July 27, 2017)

James Grippando Wins Haper Lee Prize

The ABA Journal and the University of Alabama School of Law have announced that James Grippando won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for GONE AGAIN (Harper, 2016). The winning novel is the 12th in the Jack Swyteck series. He will receive his award on September 14 at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (July 20, 2017)

Noah Hawley Wins Thriller Award

The International Thriller Writers(ITW) has announced the winners for the 2017 Thriller Awards as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel: BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley (Grand Central)
Best First Novel: THE DRIFTER, by Nicholas Petrie (Putnam)
Best Paperback Original Novel: THE BODY READER, by Anne Frasier (Thomas & Mercer)
Best Short Story: "Big Momma," by Joyce Carol Oates (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, March-April 2016)
Best Young Adult Novel: STEEPLEJACK, by A. J. Hartley (Tor)
Best E-Book Original Novel: ROMEO'S WAY, by James Scott Bell (Compendium)
2017 ThrillerMaster Recipient: Lee Child
2017 Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Lisa Gardner
2017 Thriller Legend Award Recipient: Tom Doherty for publishing & supporting thrillers

The winners were announced at on July 15, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City during ThrillerFest XII. (July 16. 2017)

Tana French Wins Strand Critics

Strand Magazine has announced the winners for the 2017 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel: THE TRESPASSER, by Tana French (Viking)
Best Debut Novel: THE LOST GIRLS, by Heather Young (Morrow)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Clive Cussler

The winners were announced on July 12 in New York City. (July 13, 2017)

2017 Shamus Award Banquet Canceled

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 were supposed to be announced at the Shamus Award Banquet at Bouchercon in Toronto, Canada this October. However, the Shamus Award Banquet has been canceled, and the winners will be announced in September. (June 02, 2017; revised, July 09)

Helen Cadbury Dies

Helen Cadbury died on June 30 following a battle with cancer in York, UK. The former drama teacher and actor began writing the series featuring police officer Sean Denton with TO CATCH A RABBIT (Allison & Busby, 2013). The third Denton novel, RACE TO THE KILL will be out this September from Allison & Busby and the first collection of her poetry, FOREVER, NOW will be out this November from Valley Press. She was 52. (July 05, 2017)

Michael Bond Dies

Michael Bond died on June 27 after a short illness at his home in London. The former BBC camera operator was, of course, most famous as the creator of Paddington Bear, but he also created Monsieur Pamplemousese, a French restaurant inspector with a dog named Pommes Frites, introduced in MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE (Hodder & Stoughton, 1983). His last and 18th Monsier Pamplemousse ends with MONSIEUR PAMPLEMOUSSE AND THE TANGLED WEB (Allison & Busby, 2014). He was 91. (July 03, 2017)

2017 Macavity Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Readers International has announced the nominees for the 2017 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

YOU WILL KNOW ME, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
DARK FISSURES, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
BEFORE THE FALL, by Noah Hawley (UK, Hodder & Stoughton; US, Grand Central)
REAL TIGERS, by Mick Herron (UK, John Murray; US, Soho)
WILDE LAKE, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
A GREAT RECKONING, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

The winners will be announced on October 12 at opening ceremonies during Bouchercon 2017 to be held in Toronto, Canada. (July 03, 2017)