CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2018

Louise Penny and Rhys Bowen Win Agathas

Malice Domestic has announced the winners for the 2018 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Contemporary Novel: GLASS HOUSES, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Best Historical Novel: IN FALEIGH FIELD, by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)
Best First Novel: HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
Best Nonfiction: FROM HOLMES TO SHERLOCK, by Mattias Bostrom (Mysterious Press)
Best Short Story: "The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn," by Gigi Pandian (Henery Press)
Best Children's /Young Adult: SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS 'EM DEAD, by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Nancy Pickard
Amelia Award Recipient: David Suchet
Poirot Award Recipient: Brenda Blethyn (starring in "Vera")
Special Amelia Award Recipient: Joan Hess (posthumously)

The winners were announced on April 28, 2018 at Malice Domestic held in Bethesda, Maryland. (April 29, 2018)

Attica Locke Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the winners for its 2018 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)
Best First Novel: SHE RIDES SHOTGUN, by Jordan Harper (Ecco)
Best Paperback Original: THE UNSEEING, by Anna Mazzola (Sourcebooks)
Best Fact Crime: KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, by David Grann (Doubleday)
Best Critical/Biograhical: CHESTER B. HIMES: A BIOGRAPHY, by Lawrence P. Jackson (Norton)
Best Short Story: "Spring Break," by John Crowley (in New Haven Noir, edited by Amy Bloom; Akashic Books)
Best Juvenile: VANISHED!, by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)
Best Young Adult: LONG WAY DOWN, by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum)
Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Somebody to Love" -- Fargo, Teleplay by Noah Hawley (FX Networks/MGM)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: THE WIDOW'S HOUSE, by Carol Goodman (William Morrow Paperbacks)

Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Recipient: "The Queen of Secrets" by Lisa D. Gray (New Haven Noir, ed. Amy Bloom; Akashic Books)
Grand Master Recipients: Jane Langton, William Link and Peter Lovesey
Raven Award Recipients: Kristopher Zgorski of BOLO Books, and The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, Kansas
Ellery Queen Award Recipient: Robert Pepin

The winners were announced on April 26, 2018 at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City. (April 27, 2018)

Noircon 2018 Canceled

Lou Boxer, a co-organizer of NoirCon has announced that NoirCon 2018 is canceled, partly due to the recent passing of its co-founder and co-director Deen Kogan. Those who have already registered will be fully refunded.

2018 NoirCon Award Recipients are:
David L. goodis Award: Walter Mosley
Jay and Deen Kogan Award for Excellence: Max Ruden (publisher of The Library of America)
Anne Friedberg Award for Contributions to Noir and Its Preservation: Dana Polan (author and Professor)

We hope NoirCon will return next year. (April 23, 2018)

Deen Kogan Dies

Deen Kogan died on March 28 at her home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while recovering from a recent back injury. She and her husband Jay Kogan found Society HiIl Playhouse in Philadelphia in 1959 and ran it till its closure in 2016, and she was called Philly's "First Lasy of Theater." She chaired Bouchercon in Philadelphia (1998), in Las Vegas (2003) and in Chicago (2005). He and Louis Boxer co-founded GoodisCon in Phildelphia in 2007 and it transformed into NoirCon in 2008. She also served as a reader for the International Association of Crime Writers Hammett Prize. She was 87 years young. (March 30, 2018; Revised, April 23)

Joyce Carol Oates Wins LATimes Book Prize

The Los Angeles Times announced the winners for the 2018 LA Times Book Prizes on April 20 at University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium. The winner in the mystery/thriller cagegory is:

A BOOK OF AMERICAN MARTYRS, by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

To see the winners in all the categories, click here. (April 21, 2018)

Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) announced the shortlists for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. The shortlist in the best crime novel category is as follows:

THE WINNERS' CIRCLE, by Gail Bowen (McClelland & Stewart)
THE PARTY, by Robyn Harding (Gallery/Scout Press)
THE WHITE ANGEL, by John MacLachlan (Gray Douglas and McIntyre)
SLEEPING IN THE GROUND, by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)
THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, by Rio Youers (St. Martin's)

The 2018 CWC Grand Master Award will be presented to Gail Bowen for her long and illustroious carreer as a crime fiction author.

To see the shortlists in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on May 24 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (April 20, 2018)

Patrick F. McManus Dies

Patrick F. McManus died on April 11 at a nursing facility in Spokane, Washington. He was a best-selling author of collections of humor stories such as REAL DON'T GO OINK! (1991) and THE NIGHT THE BEAR ATE GOOMMBAW (1989), but he also wrote six mystery novels featuring Sheriff Bo Tully of Blight County, Idaho. The Tully series started with THE BLIGHT WAY (Simon & Schuster) and ended with CIRCLES IN THE SNOW (Skylhorse Publishing, 2014). He was 84. (April 15, 2018)

ITW Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announced the nominees for the 2018 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover novel category are as follows:

ILL WILL, by Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
THE LONG DROP, by Denise Mina (Little, Brown)
THE BREAKDOWN, by B.A. Paris (St. Martin's)
FIERCE KINGDOM, by Gin Phillips (Viking)
FINAL GIRLS, by Riley Sager (Dutton)

The nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on July 14 during ThrillerFest XIII at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. (April 10, 2018)

Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2018 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Novel:
A LEGACY OF SPIES, by John le Carre (Viking)
THE LATE SHOW, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
MAGPIE MURDERS, by Anthony Horowitz (Harper)
MY DARLING DETECTIVE, by Howard Norman (Houghton Mifflin)
BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, by Attica Locke (Mulholland)
WONDER VALLEY, by Ivy Pochoda (Ecco)

Best First Novel:
MY SISTER'S BONES, by Nuala Ellwood (Morrow)
QUICKSAND, by Malin Persson Giolito (Other Press)
AUGUST SNOW, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Press)
THE LOST ONES, by Sheena Kamal (Morrow)
LOLA, by Melissa Scrivner Love (Crown)
SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE, by Sarah Schmidt (Atlantic Monthly Press)

Lifetime Achievemant Award Recipients:
Jonathan Gash (aka. John Grant), creator of the Lovejoy series
J.A. Jance, creator of the J.P. Beaumont series and the Joanna Brady series

The Strand's Publisher of the Year Award Recipient:
Tom Doherty, publisher of Tor/Forge Books

The winners will be announced on July 11 during a Strand Magazine-hosted cocktail party in New York City. (April 08, 2018)

Steven Bochco Dies

Steven Bochco died on April 01 in New York City after a long battle with leukemia. He wrote and produced for a lot of television series, and "Hill Street Blues," "L.A. Law" and "NYPD Blue" are three of the most famous ones. He was nominated in the TV episode and TV feature categories for "Murder by the Book" (in "Columbo" 1972), "Lt. Schuster's Wife" (1973), "Skel in a Cell" (in "Brooklyn South" 1999), "Fools Russian" ("Brooklyn South" 1999 again), and "John Got His Gold" (2002). He co-won the 1982 Edgar for "Hill Street Station" (in "Hill Street Blues" with Michal Kozoll) and the 1995 Edgar for "Simon Says" (in "NYPD Blue" with Walon Green and David Milch) both in the best TV episode category, as well as received the 1999 Raven Award. He wrote one mystery novel, DEATH BY HOLLYWOOD (Random House, 2003) about a Hollywood screenwriter, and self-published his autobiography, TRUTH IS A TOTAL DEFENSE, in 2016. He was 74. (April 03, 2018)

Brendan DuBois Wins EQMM Readers

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) has announce the winners of the 2017 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

First place: "Flowing Waters," by Brendan DuBois (printed in the January/February 2017 issue)
Second place: "Tombstone," by Doug Allyn (November/December 2017)
Third place: "Cramer in Trouble," by Dave Zeltserman (March/April 2017)

EQMM readers voted for their favorite new stories of 2017 printed in Ellery Queen's Mystery magazine. (March 27, 2018)

Kent Krueger Wins Lefty

Left Coast Crime 2018 has announced the winner for the 2018 Lefty Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: SULFUR SPRINGS, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)
Best Debut Mystery Novel: HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE, by Kellye Garrett (Midnight Ink)
Best Historical Mystery Novel: IN FARLEIGH FIELD, by Rhys Bowen (Lake Union Publishing)
Best Humorous Mystery Novel: A CAJUN CHRISTMAS KILLING, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)

The winners for the Lefty Awards were announced on Saturday, March 24 during Bouchercon held at at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno/Sparks, Nevada. (March 25, 2018)

Philip Kerr Dies

Philip Kerr died on March 23 of cancer in London. The Edinburgh-born former copywriter's first novel, MARCH VIOLETS (London Viking, 1989), was nominated for the 1989 CWA New Blood Dagger Award. It introduced Berlin private eye Bernie Gunther, a Nazi-hating private eye in 1930's Berlin. After A GERMAN REQUIEM (1991), the third of "Berlin Noir Triology," he turned to a number of stand-alones such as A PHILOSOPHICAL INVESTIGATION (Chatto & Windus, 1992), DEAD MEAT (1993), ESAU (1996). Then he returned to the Gunther series with THE ONE FROM THE OTHER (Putnam, 2006), and the sixth Gunther novel, IF THE DEAD RISE NOT (Quercus, 2009) won the 2009 CWA Historical Dagger Award and the 2010 Barry Award for best British Crime Novel. He also wrote the three Scott Manson novels (JANUARY WINDOW; Head of Zeus, 2014), Manson being a coach-fixer for a professional football club), as well as a number of children's books including the Children of the Lamp series (THE AKHENATEN ADVENTURE; Scholastic, 2004) under the P. B. Kerr name. The 12th Gunther novel, PRUSSIAN BLUE (2017), is now nominated for the 2018 Barry Award and the 2018 MWA Edgar Award. His next book GREEKS BEARING GIFTS will be out in April posthumously. He already finished the first draft of the 14th Gunther novel, METROPOLIS, to be published in 2019. He was 62. (March 24, 2018; revised, March 25)

Robert S. Levinson Dies

Robert S. Levinson died on March 13 of pneumonia. He had been a newspaperman, public relation man, and Hollywood TV writer-producer before starting to write fiction late in his life with THE ELVIS AND MARILYN AFFAIR (Forge, 1999), the first of the Nick Gulliver-Stevie Marriner series, Gulliver being a newspaper columnist and his ex-wife Marriner being a soap opera star. He also wrote a number of stand-alone novels such as ASK A DEAD MAN (2004) and THE EVIL DEEDS WE DO (2015, both from Five Star) and short stories for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. His last novel was THE STARDOM AFFAIR (Five Star, 2016), the fifth and last Gulliver-Marriner book. He was 76. (March 16, 2018)

Mary Freeman Dies

Mary Freeman died on March 11 in Daubreak Field, Clark County, Washington when the single-engine plane she was piloting crashed into a field. She may have been known as a science fiction writer Mary Rosenblum, but she also wrote four cozy mystery novels featuring Rachel O'Connor, a landscaper in Blossom, Oregon, starting with DEVIL'S TRUMPET (Berkley pb, 1999) and ending with GARDEN VIEW (2002) under her maiden name. She was 65. (March 13, 2018)

Peter Temple Dies

Peter Temple died on March 08 of cancer at his home in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The South African-born moved to Australia as an adult and worked as a journalist, editor, and journalism professor. His first novel, BAD DEBTS (1996), won the 1997 Ned Kelly (Neddie) Award for best first novel from the Crime Writers' Asscociation of Australia (CWAA). It features Jack Irish, a lawyer-turned-debt collector and people finder in Melbourne, Australia in three more novels. Guy Pearce played Irish in the TV-movie version of the four novels in the 2010's. Temple won four more Neddies for best novels: SHOOTING STAR (published in 1999, stand-alone); DEAD POINT (2000, third Irish); WHITE DOG (2003, fourth Irish); and THE BROKEN SHORE (2005, stand-alone). THE BROKEN SHORE also won the 2007 Gold Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Association of Britain (CWA), and its semi-sequel, TRUTH (2009), received the 2010 Miles Franklin Award as a novel of the highest literary merit in Australia. He was 71. (March 12, 2018)

Kate Wilhelm Dies

Kate Wilhelm died on March 08 after a brief illness in Eugene, Oregon. Of course, she was extremely famous as a scence-fiction and fantasy writer but she also wrote a number of myster novels. In fact, her first published novel was a stand-alone mystery, MORE BITTER THAN DEATH (Simon & Schuster, 1963). The prolific author wrote several stand-alones before her first Cherlie Meiklejohn & Constance Leidl novel, THE HAMLET TRAP (St. Martin's, 1987). Charlie Meiklejohn is an arson investigator-turned-private eye while his wife Constance Leidl is a psychologist in New York. The Miklejohn-Leidl series has six novels ending with WHISPER HER NAME (InfinityBox Press, 2012) as well as one collection of 5 novellas, A FLUSH OF SHADOWS (St. Martin's, 1995). The other series features Barbara Holloway, a defense attorney in Eugene, Oregon, started with DEATH QUALIFIED (St. Martin's, 1991) and ended with MIRROR MIRROR (InfinityBox Press, 2017), the fourteenth in the series. She was 89. (March 12, 2018)

2018 Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for their 2018 Hammett Prize as follows:

THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, by Karen Dionne (Putnam)
THE TRAGEDY OF BRADY SIMS, by Ernest J. Gaines (Vintage)
AUGUST SNOW, by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Crime)
TWO DAYS GONE, by Randall Silvis (Sourcebooks Landmark)

To see the press release, click here. The winner was to be announced during NoirCon 2018 in Philadelphia, but NoirCon 2018 has been canceled. The announcement will be made in some other way. (March 09, 2018; Revised, April 29)

Michael Connelly to Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Michael Connelly will receive the 2018 CWA Diamond Dagger at the CWA's Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 25 for "sustained excellence" of his career and for his "significant contribution to crime writing." (March 06, 2018)