CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2022

James Kestrel Wins Edgar

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced the winners for the 2022 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (aka. Jonathan Moore) (Hard Case Crime)

Best First Novel: DEER SEASON, by Erin Flanagan (University of Nebraska Press)
Best Paperback Original: BOBBY MARCH WILL LIVE FOREVER, by Alan Parks (Europa Editions/World Noir)
Best Fact Crime: LAST CALL, by Elon Green (Celadon Books)
Best Critical/Biographical, by THE TWELVE LIVES OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK, by Edward White (Norton)
Best Short Story: "The Road to Hana," by R.T. Lawton (Alfred HItchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2021)
Best Juvenile: CONCEALED, by Chiristina Diaz Gonzalez (Scholastic Press)
Best Young Adult: FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER, by Angeline Boulley (Macmillan/Henry Holt)
Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Boots on the Ground," by Iturri Sosa (in "Narcos: Mexico" -Netflix)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award Recipient: "Analogue," by Rob Osler (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, January/February 2021)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
Sue Grafton Memorial Award: RUNNER, by Tracy Clark (Kensington Books)
Grand Master Award Recipient: Laurie R. King
Raven Award Recipient: Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques; Library Journal Reviewer
Ellery Queen Award Recipient: Juliet Grames, Soho Press/Soho Crime

The winners were announced on Thursday, April 28 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City as well as "online via Twitter, Facebook, Zoom, Instagram or other free available social media outlet.". (April 29, 2022)


The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the longlists for the 2022 Dagger Awards. The longlist in the Gold Dagger category is as follows:

Next of Kin, by Kia Abdullah (HQ)
The Christmas Murder Game, by Alexandra Benedict (Zaffre)
Rabbit Hole, by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
City of Vengeance, by D.V. Bishop (Macmillan)
Before You Knew My Name, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Little, Brown)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Headline)
The Last Thing to Burn, by Will Dean (Hodder & Stoughton)
The House Uptown, by Melissa Ginsburg (Faber and Faber)
The Unwilling, by John Hart (Zaffre)
A Slow Fire Burning, by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
Lightseekers, by Femi Kayode (Raven)
I Know What I Saw, by Imran Mahmood (Raven)
The Shadows of Men, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
The Killing Hills, by Chris Offutt (No Exit Press)
The Stoning, byPeter Papathanasiou (MacLehose Press)
The Trawlerman, by William Shaw (Riverrun)
Daughters of Night, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Mantle)
A BeginnerŐs Guide to Murder, by Rosalind Stopps (HQ)
Brazilian Psycho, by Joe Thomas (Arcadia)

To see the longlists for the all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced d during a "live gala dinner event" held on Wednesday, June 29, at the Leonardo City Hotel in London. (April 25, 2022)

Ellen Byron Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic has announced the winners for the 2022 Agatha Awards as follows:

Best Contemporay Novel: CAJUN KISS OF DEATH, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane)
Best Historical Novel: DEATH AT GREENWAY, by Lori Rader-Day (HarperCollins)
Best First Novel: ARSENIC AND ADOBO, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Best Short Story: "Bay of Reckoning," by Shawn Reilly Simmons (from MURDER ON THE BEACH, Destination Murders)
Best Non-Fiction: HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, edited by Lee Child and Laurie R. Kin (Simon & Schuster)
Best Children's/YA Mystery: PLAY ONE ON TV, by Alan Orloff (Down & Out)
Two Separate Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Ellen Hart and Walter Mosley

The winners were announced on Saturday, April 23, during Malice Domestic 32-33-34, held at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. (April 24, 2022)

Megan Abbott Wins LATimes Book Prize

The Los Angles Times Festival of Books announced that THE TURNOUT, by Megan Abbott (Putnam) won the 2022 LA Times Book Prize in the mystery/thriller category.

The other finalists for the mystery/thriller Book Prize are as follows:

THE COLLECTIVE, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
THE DARK HOURS, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
VELVET WAS THE NIGHT, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)

The winners in all the category were announced at University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium on Friday, April 22. (April 23, 2022)

CWC Awards of Excellence Shortlists Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the shortlists for the 2022 CWC Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards). The shortlist in the best crime novel is as follows:

FIND YOU FIRST, by Linwood Barclay (William Morrow)
LOST IMMUNITY, by Daniel Kalla (Simon & Schuster)
UNDER THE OUTLAW MOON, by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press)
NOT A HAPPY FAMILY, by Shari Lapena (Doubleday Canada)
THE HUNTED, by Roz Nay (Simon & Schuster)

To see the shortlists in all the categories, click here. Louise Penny, the author of the Inspector Gamache series, will receive the 2022 CWC Grand Master Award. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 26, 2022, premiering on CWC YouTube Channel. (April 22, 2022)

Hammett Prize Finalists Announced

The International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) announced the Hammett Prize finalists for books published in 2021 for literary excellence in crime writing, as follows:

RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
STUNG, by William Deverell (ECW Press)
FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
HARLEM SHUFFLE, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
THE SACRIFICE OF LESTER YATES, by Robin Yocum (Arcade Crime Wave)

The Hammett Prize winner will be decided early summer, and the location of the presentation will be announced soon after. (April 12, 2022)

William Kent Krueger Wins Lefty

Left Coast Crime announced the winners for the 2022 Lefty Awards for books published in 2021 as follows:

Best Humorous Mystery Novel: MANGO, MAMBO, AND MURDER, by Raquel V. Reyes (Crooked Lane Books)
Best Historical Mystery Novel for books set before 1970: CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soho Crime)
Best Debut Mystery Novel: ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS, by Wanda M. Morris (William Morrow)
Best Mystery Novel (not in other categories): LIGHTNING STRIKE, by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

The Lefty Awards were announced and presented on Saturday, April 09 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (April 11, 2022)

2022 CrimeFest Award Shortlistees Announced

CrimeFest has announced the shortlistees for the 2022 CrimeFest Awards. The shortlistees in the eDunnit category (for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both harcopy and electric format) are as follows:

THE TURNOUT, by Megan Abbott (Virago)
THE MEASURE OF TIME, by Gianrico Carofiglio (Bitter Lemon Press)
THE DARK HOURS, by Michael Connelly (Orion Fiction)
GIRL A, by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)
RUNNING OUT OF ROAD, by Cath Staincliffe (Constable)
THE ROYAL SECRET, by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)

To see all the shortlistees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on Saturday, May 14 during the Gala Awards Dinner of this year's Crime Fest to be held in Bristol England. (March 17, 2022)

In Memoriam

Better late than never.

J. Robert Janes (full name: Joseph Robert Janes) died of congenital heart failure and cancer on February 28 at his home in Ontario, Canada. The former mining engineer was the author of World War Two mysteries set in 1940s Paris, France, featuring Jean-Louis St. Cyr (an officer in the French Surete Nationale) and Herman Kohler (a Nazi Gestapo agent). The series started with MAYHEM (Constable UK, 1992) and ened with CLANDESTINE (Head of Zeus UK, 1992). He was 86.

J.J. Lamb (full name: James Joseph Lamb) died on January 28, 2022. The former journalist was the author of Zacharian Tobias Rolfe III (a private investigator specialized in gambling-related cases in Las Vegas, Nevada) series, starting with S NICKEL JACKPOT (Ballantine, 1976) and ending with NO PAT HANDS (Two Black Sheep, 2013), the fouth novel nominated for the 2014 Shams Award in the indie PI novel category. He co-wrote (with his late wife Bette Golden Lamb, 1935-2019) the Giona Mazzio (a registered nurse in a San Francisco hospital) series starting with BONE DRY (Five Star, 2010) and ending with BONE POINT (Two Black Sheep, 2018). He was 90.

Lee Server died on December 28, 2021. He was 68. The former Oui Magazine editor wrote about literary history, film criticism, pulp magazines and paperbacks. He was probably well-known as the author of AVA GARDNER: LOVE IS NOTHING (St. Martin's, 2006) and ROBERT MITCHUM: BABY I DON'T CARE (St. Martin's, 2001). He also penned DANGER IS MY BUSINESS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE FABULOUS PULP MAGAZINES (Chronicle Books, 1993) and OVER MY DEAD BODY: THE SENSATIONAL AGE OF THE AMERICAN PAPAREBACK 1945-1955 (Chronicle Books, 1994). His last book was HANSOME JOHNNY: THE LIFE OF DEATH OF JOHNNY ROSSELLI (St. Martin's, 2018). He was 68.

(March 07, 2022)