CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in September thru December 2022

Bonnie Claeson Dies

Bonnie Claeson died on November 02 in New York. She and her partner Joseph Guglielmelli were co-owners of the Black Orchid Bookshop at 303 East 81st Street between First and Second Avenues in Manhattan, New York. The East Site bookshop operated from 1994 through 2007, after Bonnie and Joe were awarded the Raven Award in 2006 from the Mystery Writers of America for their service and work in the mystery community. She was very nice to me every time I visited their bookshop, even if I did not buy any mystery books there. Once I tried to find something different and found a copy of John Harvey's poetry book there. She was 77. (November 14, 2022)

Peter Robinson Dies

Peter Robinson died on October 04 in Toronto, Canada after a brief illness. The Yorkshire-born acquired a PhD in English at York University in Toronto. He introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, in his first novel, GALLOWS VIEW (Viking, 1987), which was shortlisted for the 1987 Arthur Ellis Award in the first novel category from the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) and for the 1987 John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award from the Crime Writers Assoication of Britain (CWA). He did not win any awards for the first time but he did win five Arthurs in the best novel category for PAST REASON HATED (1991), INNOCENT GRAVES (1996), COLD IS THE GRAVE (2000) and BEFORE THE POISON (2011) and SLEEPING IN THE GROUND (2017). He won one Edgar in the short story category for "Missing in Action," first published in the November 2000 issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He wrote 27 DCI Banks novels and 6 stand-alones as well as a number of short stories, and The DCI Banks TV series was adapted into the ITV series from 2011 to 2017, featuring Stephen Thompkinson as Banks. Robinson received the 2010 Derrick Murdock Awarad and the 2020 Grand Master Award, both from CWC. He was 72. (October 09, 2022)

S.A. Cosby, C.J. Tudor, Abigail Dean Win Fingerprints

Capital Crime, a new mystery convention held at Battersea Park in London, has announced the winners for the 2022 Inaugural Fingerprint Awards as follows:

The following six awards were voted for online by crime and thriller fans:
Crime Book of the Year 2021: THE SANATORIUM, by Sarah Pearse (Transworld)
Thriller Book of the Year 2021: BLACK WASTELAND, by S.A. Cosby (Headline)
Historical Crime Book of the Year 2021: SHAPE OF DARKNESS, by Laura Purcell (Bloomsbury)
Debut Book of the Year 2021: GIRL A, by Abigail Dean (HarperCollins)
Genre-Busting Book of the Year 2021: THE BURNING GIRL, by C.J. Tudor (Penguin)
Audiobook of the Year 2021: The Girl Who Died THE GIRL WHO DIED, by Ragnar Jonasson & its narrator Amanda Redman (Penguin)

The following two awards were chosen solely by the Capital Crime Advisory Board:
Industry Award the year 2021: HarperCollins for GIRL A (by Abigail Dean)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Thalia Proctor (posthumous)

This year's Captal Crime Festival began in London on September 29 and ended on October 01. (October 04, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Strand Critics

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners for the 2022 Strand Critics Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
Best Mystery Debut: BULLET TRAIN, by Kotaro Isaka (Harry Abrams), trans. by Sam Malissa
[the basis for the 2022 movie of the same name, starring Brad Pitt]

TWO Lifetime Achievement Award Recipienets:
Sandra Brown and
Nelson DeMille

Publisher of the Year Award Recipient:
Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic Inc. in New York City.

The award winners were announced on September 19. (September 20, 2022)

David Goodis Award Recipients Announced

The biannual NoirCon award ceremonies will take place virtually after the four-year absence due to the pandemic. The NoirCon Award recipients of 2018 and 2022 are as follows:

2018 David Goodis Award Recipient: Walter Mosley
2018 Anne Friedberg Award Recipent: Dana Polan (for contributions to noir and its preservation)
2018 Deen Kogan Award for Excellence Recipient: Geoffrey O'Brien and Max Rudin

2022 David Goodis Award Recipient: Megan Abbott
2022 Anne Friedberg Award Recipent: Sarah Weinman (for contributions to noir and its preservation)
2022 Deen Kogan Award for Excellence Recipient: Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

The Virtual NoirCon 2022 will be a 3-day symposium to be held from Friday October 21 thru Sunday October 23. (September 19, 2022)

Ngaio Marsh Award Winners Announced

The WORD Chistchurch Writers & Readers Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand has announced the winners of the 2022 Ngaio Marsh Awards for excelence in New Zealand crime, mystery and thriller writing as follows:

Best Novel: BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin; Sphere, UK)
Best First Novel: BEFORE YOU KNEW MY NAME, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin; Sphere, UK)

No, it is NOT my typing error or anybody's error. Ms. Jacqueline Bublitz has won the two Ngaio Awards for best novel and for best first novel selected by two separate judge groups. Probably it is the first time an winner receives both Ngaio awards.

The winning (first) novel was shortlisted for the 2022 CWA Gold Dagger in UK. The American edition will be published later this year from Emily Bestler Books/Atria. (September 17, 2022)

Alan Parks Wins McIlvanney

The Bloody Scotland has announced the winners for the 2022 McIlvanney Prize and the 2022 Bloody Scotland Debut Prize as follows:

McIlvanney Prize (for excellence in Scottish crime writing):
MAY GOD FORGIVE, by Alan Parks (Canongate)

The Bloody Scotland Debut Prize (for first crime fiction):
WELCOME TO COOPER, by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer).

The winners were announced on September 15 at The Albert Halls in Stirling, Scotland. (September 17, 2022)

Elizabeth Gunn Dies

Elizabeth Gunn died on August 30 in Helena, Montana (where she moved this summer to be near her family) after a long illness. The former inn-keeper, private pilot, live-aboard sailor, scuba diver and travel writer began writing mystery novels with TRIPLE PLAY (Walker, 1997). This first novel features Jake Hines, a police detective of fictional Rutherford, Minnesota, modeled after Rochester, Minnesota. There were 9 more Hines novels ending with NOONTIME FOLLIES (Severn, 2015). She started another series starting with COOL IN TUCSON (Severn, 2008), introducing Sara Burke, a divorced police detective in Tucson, Arizona. She started one more series with BURNING MEREDITH (Severn, 2018), introducing retired schoolteacher Alice Adams, who works part-time at the local newspaper in fictional Clark's Fort, Montana. It is probably her last novel. She was 95. (September 12, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Two Anthony Awards

Bouchercon 2022 has announced the winners for the 2022 Anthony awards as follows:

Best Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
Best First Novel: ARSENIC AND ADOBO, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Best Paperback: BLOODLINE, by Jess Lourey (Thomas & Mercer)
Best Short Story: "Not My Cross to Bear," by S.A. Cosby (in TROUBLE NO MORE, edited by Mark Westmoreland; Down & Out)
Best Anthology: THIS TIME FOR SURE, editd by Hank Philippi Ryan (Down & Out)
Best Critical/Non-Fiction: HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, edited by Lee Child & Laurie R. King (Simon & Schuster)
Best Children's/YA: I PLAY ONE ON TV: Alan Orloff (Down & Out)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Ellen Hart
Int't Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Alexander McCall Smith

The winners were announced on Saturday, September 10 during Bouchercon 2022 held in Minneapolis, MInnesota. (September 11, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Barry

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine announced the winners for the 2022 Barry Awards in four categories as follows:

Best Mystery/Crime Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S.A. Cosby (Flatiron)
Best First Mystery Crime Novel: SLEEPING BEAR, by Connor Sullivan (Atria)
Best Paperback Original: THE GOOD TURN, by Dervla McTiernan (Blackstone)
Best thriller: FIVE DECEMBERS, by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)

The winners were voted by Deadly Pleasures readers and announced on September 08 during the opening ceremonies of 2022 Bouchercon held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (September 10, 2022)

S.A. Cosby Wins Macavity

The Mystery Readers International (MRI) has announced the winners for the 2022 Macavity Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: RAZORBLADE TEARS, by S. A. Cosby (Flatiron Books)
Best First Mystery Novel: ARSENIC AND ADOBO, by Mia P. Manansala (Berkley)
Best Mystery Short Story: "Sweeps Weeks," by Richard Helms (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021)
Best Nonfiction/Critical: HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, edited by Lee Child and Laurie R. King (Scribner)
Best Historical Mystery: CLARK AND DIVISION, by Naomi Hirahara (Soso Crime)

The winners were announced at opening ceremonies on Thursday, September 08 at Bouchercon held in Minneapolis, MInnesota. (September 09, 2022)

Peter Straub Dies

Peter Straub died on September 04 at New York-Presbiterian Hospital in New York City of complications after a fall. The former English teacher wrote two poetry books (ISHMAEL and OPEN AIR) in 1972 before his first novel, MARRIAGES (Coward McCann, 1973), and his first horror novel, JULIA (Coward McCann, 1975), which was turned into the 1976 movie, "The Hauting of Julia," starring Mia Farrow. He may have been famous as a horror writer, penning GHOST STORY (Coward McCann, 1979), which became the 1981 film of the same name starring Fred Astaire, and co-authoring (with Stephen King) THE TALISMAN (Viking 1984) and its sequal BLACK HOUSE (Random House, 2001). He wrote several mystery short stories, such as "Pork Pie Hat," (first published in MURDER FOR HALLOWEEN, edited by Michele Slung & Roland Hartman [aka. Otto Penzler]; Mysterious, 1994) and "Ronald, D----," (first published in an Adams Round Table anthology; MURDER IN THE FAMILY; Berkley, 2002). By the way, He was an avid Raymond Chandler fan. He was 79. (September 09, 2022)

Michael Malone Dies

Michael Malone died on August 19 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Clinton, Connecticut. The former college professor's first novel was PAINTING THE ROSES RED (Random House, 1974), a comic novel. His first mystery novel, UNCIVIL SEASONS (Delacorte, 1983), introduced Cuddy Mangum and Justin Savile, two police detectives in fictional Hillston, N.C. After writing the second Cuddy-Justin novel, TIME'S WITNESS (Little Brown,1989), Malone served as head writer on the ABC-TV soap opera "One Life to Live" from 1991 to 1996, and wo an Emmy in 1994. His short story, "Red Clay" first published in the anthology MURDER FOR LOVE (edited by Otto Penzler; Delacorte 1996) won the 1997 short story Edgar, and was collected in his story collection, RED CLAY, BLUE CADILLAC (Sourcebooks, 2002). His 2005 novel, THE KILLING CLUB (Hyperion, 2005) was "co-written" with Marcie Walsh, a fictional writer on the soap opera "One Life to Live." He was writing the fourth Cuddy-Justin novel when he died at the age of 79. (September 01, 2022)