(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 23rd year of managing The Gumshoe Site. I am glad I did not quit this site last year. As I said last year, I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. Take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings. (January 01, 2019)

P.S. -- My dear old main computer went kaput during last Christmas holidays, and my spare computer followed suit 10 days later. I was unable to connect to my ftp server until now. Now that I have obtained a used computer, I still feel terribly lost without the old computer. I will have to reconstruct my computer life and am thinking about what to do about this site. (January 09, 2019)

Warning to bloggers! -- When you re-use my info, please do not copy-and-paste it word for word, but quote it or paraphrase it, at least. My wording is so awkwardly distinct or so distinctly awkward, I can easily spot copy-and-paste non-artists, and so can smart blog-readers.

Brian Garfield Dies

Brian Garfield died on December 29, 2018 at his home in Pasadena, California after a battle with Parkinson's disease. The New York-born prolific writer was most famous as the author of DEATH WISH (McKay, 1972), the basis for the 1974 movie of the same name starring Charles Bronson as the urban vigilante, but he wrote more than 70 books, mostly thrillers and westerns. His first published novel was RANGE JUSTICE (Bourgey, 1960), which he wrote when he was 18. He won the 1976 Edgar in the best mystery novel for HOPSCOTCH (Evans, 1975) and adapted it for the 1980 movie of the same name starring Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson. He was a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America. Incidentally, he didn't like the Bronson version of "Death Wish," and wrote his own sequel, DEATH SENTENCE (Evans, 1975). I visited his home for some pictorial pages for a Japanese mystery magazine when he was living in New Jersey in the late 1970's. He was 79. (January 09, 2019)

Billie Sue Mosiman Dies

Billie Sue Mosiman (surname pronounced Moe-sa-man) died on December 26 in Texas. She wrote more than 100 books in mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, and short stories, including GOLD RUSH DREAMS (Five Star, 2004; under the Naomi Stahl pseudonym). She was nominated for the 1993 Edgar in the paperback original category for NIGHT CRUISE (Jove, 1992), for the 1997 Bram Stoker Award in the most superior novel category for WIDOW (Berkley, 1996), and for the 2017 Bram Stoker Award in the anthology category for FIGHT MARE: WOMEN WRITE HORROR (CreateSpace, 2016). Her lastest novel is LOSTNESS (CreateSpace, 2017). She was 71. (December 28, 2018)

Jane Langton Dies

Jane Langton died from complications of a respiratory condition on December 22 in hospice care near her home in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The prolific New England author may be famous for children's books like the Hall Family Chronicles, first of which, THE DIAMOND IN THE WINDOW (Harper & Row, 1962), was nominated for the Edgar in the juvenile category from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). She may be better known to adults as the author of the Homer Kelly series, starting with THE TRANSCENDENTAL MURDER (Harper & Row, 1964) and ending with STEEPLECHASE (Minotaur, 2005). Home Kelly is a police lieutenant-turned-Harvard professor, and the fifth in the series, EMILY DICKINSON IS DEAD (St. Martin's, 1984) was nominated in the 1985 Edgar in the best novel category and won the 1984 Nero Wolfe Award from the Wolfe Pack. She received the 2018 MWA Grand Master Award. She was 95. (December 27, 2018)

Martin Cruz Smith to Receive MWA Grand Master Awards

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that Martin Cruz Smith will receive the 2019 Grand Master Awards on April 25 at the Edgar Awards Banquet to be held in New York City for his "achievement in mystery writing" and for his "importand contributions to this genre."

At the Edgar Awards Banquet, Marilyn Stasio, the myster critic for the New York Times Book Review will receive the 2019 Raven Award, and Linda Landrigan, the editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine will be the recipient of the 2019 Ellery Queen Award. (November 28, 2018; revised November 30)


(Updated on January 09, 2019)

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