CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in January/February 2018

2018 LATimes Book Prize Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists for the 2018 LATimes Book Prizes in 10 categories. The finalists in the mystery/thriller category are as follows:

THE LATE SHOW, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
THE NIGHT OCEAN, by Paul La Farge (Penguin Press)
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books)
A BOOK OF AMERICAN MARTYRS, by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
WONDER VALLEY, by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco)

To see the finalists in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced and awarded on April 20 at the University of Southern California campus. (February 23, 2018)

Bill Crider Dies

As most of you may know by now, Bill Crider (full name: Allen Billy Crider) died of prostate cancer on February 12 at his Alvin, Texas home in hospice care. He earned a Ph.D from The University of Texas at Austin, writing a doctoral dissertation on the hardboiled detective fiction, and taught English at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas and Alvin Community College. He had been a book collector and knew everything -- well, almost everything -- about old paperback books. I have known his name since he was a regular contributor for several mystery fanzines in the 1970's, such as The Armchair Detective, The Poisoned Pen, and The Mystery Fancier. His first published novel was THE COYOTE CONNECTION (Charter, 1981), a Nick Carter spy novel, under the house name of "Nick Carter" co-written with his friend Jack Davis, while his first sold short story was "A Right to Be Dead" (printed in now-defunct Canadian Black Cat Mystery Magazine, 1981), co-written with his Texas friend Joe R. Lansdale. His real first novel under his own name was TOO LATE TO DIE (Walker, 1986), the first Sheriff Dan Rhodes book, which won the 1987 Anthony Award. The prolific writer created a number of series characters, including Carl Burns (a college professor in Texas introduced in ONE DEAD DEAN, 1988), Truman Smith (a private eye in Texas introduced in DEAD ON THE ISLAND, 1991), Dr. Sally Good, the head of the English department of a Texas college introduced in MURDER IS AN ART, 1999), Stanley Waters (a retired weatherman introduced in MURDER UNDER BLUE SKIES, 1998; co-written with Willard Scott, a weatherman), Ted Stephens (a homicide detective sergent in Texas introduced in HOUSTON HOMICIDE, 2007; co-written with Clyde Wilson, "Houston's most public private eye"), and Bill Ferrel (a pre-war Hollywood private-eye/trouble-shooter featured only in short stories). He also wrote horror novels (KEEPERS OF THE BEAST, l988) under the Jack MacLane pseudonym, YA books (MIKE GONZO AND THE UFO TERROR, 1997), western mystery novels (RYAN RIDES BACK, 1988), as well as stand-alone novels (BOOD MARKS, 1991). In the 2000's, I asked him to write a series of mystery essays for Giallo, a Japanese quarterly mystery magazine for which I was an editorial consultant, and he kindly accepted my offer. His most recent Sheriff Rhodes novel was DEAD, TO BEGIN WITH (St. Martin's, 2017), and I heard the next and probably last Rhodes novel will be out sometime this year. His most recent Rhodes short story, "Tell the Bees," was printed in Vol 1, Issue 2 of Down & Out Magazine. Oh, I forgot to tell you that he was a tremendously nice guy. He was 76. (February 15, 2018)

Donald A. Yates Dies

Francis M. Nevins writes at the Mystery*File site that Donald A. Yates died of aplastic anemia on October 17, 2017 at his home in Deer Park, California. The former professor of Latin American literature introduced Latin American writers, most famous of whom was Jorge Luis Borges, to American editors, and translated them from Spanish into English. He co-edited (with James Irby) and translated LABIRINTHS (New Directions, 1962), the first English-language collection of Borges' work. Then he singly edited LATIN BLOOD (HERDER, 1972), an anthology of mystery tales from Central and South America. The dedicated Shorlockian also wrote his own stories such as "Inspector's Lunch" (published in Birmingham Town Hall Magazine in 1955; later included in TALES OF A RAINY NIGHT, an MWA anthology edited by David Alexander, 1961) and "A Study in Scarlatti" (published in the February 2011 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine). He was 87. (February 05, 2018)

Gaylord Dold Dies

Gaylord Dold died after complications from the flu and was found on January 29 at his ageing mother's home in Fort Scott, Kansas. The former lawyer wrote the Mitch Roberts private eye series starting with HOT SUMMER, COLD MURDER (Avon, 1987). Modeled on Robert Mitchum, Dold's favorite actor, Roberts gumshoes around in 1950's Wichita, Kansas, Dold's hometown, in the first six paperback original books with three Shamus Award nominations, then he turns international in A PENNY FOR THE OLD GUY (St. Martin's, 1991) and three following hardcover novels, sleuthing around Europe till SAMEDI'S KNAPSACK (Minotaur, 2001). He also wrote stand-alone crime novels (such as THE LAST MAN IN BERLIN; Sourcebooks, 2003; Retitled STORM 33; Kindle, 2014), a memoir (JACK'S BOY; Kindle, 2014), two travel guides (THE ROUGH GUIDE TO THE BAHAMAS; Rough Guides, 2007), two Jack Kilgore novels (THE NICKEL JOLT, Premier Digital, 2013; Kilgore being ex-Marine Intelligence agent). He was 70. (February 04, 2018)

2018 Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2018 Agatha Awards. The nominees in the best comtemporary novel are as follows:

DEATH OVERDUE, by Allison Brook (Crooked Lane Books)
A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
NO WAY HOME, by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
TAKE OUT, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing)
GLASS HOUSES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. he winners will be announced on April 29, 2018 at Malice Domestic to be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, Maryland. (January 31, 2018)

Bill Moody Dies

Bill Moody died on January 12 (according to his bandmate/pianist Dick Conte) or 14 (according to his bandmate/bassist Piro Patton) at his home in Vallejo, California. (Probably he was found dead on 14th.) He was an internationally known jazz drummer, who played with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross (of Lambert-Hendricks and Ross fame), Junior Mance, Maynard Ferguson, Lou Rawls among others. His first published novel, SOLO HAND (Walker, 1994), featured Evan Horne, a jazz pianist with a broken right hand. Following Horne novels involved the legends of famous jazz musicans such as Wardell Gray, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis. After the Horne series ended with the seventh and last novel, FADE TO BLUE (Poisoned Pen Press, 2011), he published two espionage novels: CZECHMATE (2012) and THE MAN IN RED SQUARE (2013, both from Down and Out Books). He was 76. (January 25, 2018)

2018 Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine has announced the winners for the 2018 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE LATE SHOW, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, by Karen Dionne (Putnam)
EXIT STRATEGY, by Steve Hamilton (Putnam)
THE FORCE, by Don Winslow (Morrow)
PRUSSIAN BLUE, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
MAGPIE MURDERS, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on September 6 at the Bouchercon 2018 Opening Ceremony to be held in St. Petersburg, Florida. (January 23, 2018)

2018 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the nominees for its 2018 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

THE DIME, by Kathleen Kent (Mulholland Books)
PRUSSIAN BLUE, by Philip Kerr (Putnam)
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books)
A RISING MAN, by Air Mukherjee (Pegasus Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, clich here. The winners will be announced at the Edgar Awards Banquet to be held in New York City on April 26, 2018. (January 19, 2018)

Peter Mayle Dies

Peter Mayle died at a hospital near his home in Menerbes, France. The former copywriter was most famous as a bestselling author of a travel memoir, A YEAR IN PROVENCE (Hamish Hamilton, 1989), but he also wrote a number of non-fiction books and novels. Four of his "post-Provence" novels feature Sam Levitt, a former corporate laywer and crime expert who investigates for an insurance company, and the Levitt series started with THE VINTAGE CAPER (2009) and ended with THE DIAMOND CAPER (2015, all four from Knopf). He was 78. (January 19, 2018)

2018 Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime 2018 has announced the nomiees for the 2018 Lefty Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

BLOOD TRUTH, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
SULPHUR SPRINGS, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
GLASS HOUSES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
AN UNSETTLING CRIME FOR SAMUEL CRADDOCK, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street Books)
CAST THE FIRST STONE, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners of the Lefty Awards will be announced on Saturday, March 24 during Bouchercon held at at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno/Sparks, Nevada. (January 15, 2018)