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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. Even though 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.




Spotted Owl Award Nominees Announced

Friends of Mystery, a non-profit literary/educational organization in Portland, Oregon, has announced the nominees for the 2019 Spotted Owl Award as follows:

FISTFUL OOF RAIN, by Baron R. Birtcher (Permanent Press) A STEEP PRICE, by Robert Dugoni (Thomas & Mercer) MOVING TARGETS, by Warren C. Easley (Poisoned Pen Press) SOUL SURVIVOR, by G.M. Ford (Thomas & Mercer) THE PUNISHMENT SHE DESERVES, by Elizabeth George (Viking) MADAGASCAR, by Stephen Holgate (Amphorae) HOUSE WITNESS, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press) THE LINE, by Martin Limon (Soho Crime) BABY'S FIRST FELONY, by John Straley (Soho Crime) THE BOMB SHELTER, by Jon Talton (Poisoned Pen Press)
The winner will be announced on March 28 in Portland, Oregon. (March 12, 2019)



Charles McCarry Dies

Charles McCarry died on February 26 of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage after a fall at a hospital in Fairfax County, Virginia. The former CIA operator wrote his first spy thriller, THE MIERNICK DOSSIER (Saturday Review Press, 1971), featuring American secret agent Paul Christopher. The Paul Christopher series has 7 books, ending with CHIRTOPHER'S GHOSTS (Overlook, 2007), and McCarry was sometimes called "the American John le Carre." His last novel was THE MULBERRY BUSH (Mysterious Press, 2015). He was 88. (March 02, 2019)



H. Terrell Griffin Dies

H. Terrell Griffin died on February 21 in Florida. The former civil trial lawyer wrote the Matt Royal mystery series, featuring a retired trial lawyer living on Longboat Key, Florida, starting with LONGBOAT BLUES (Tangerine Press, 2005), and ending with VINDICATION (Oceanview Publishing, 2018), the eleventh in the series. He also authored THE ASSASSIN'S GOLD (Tangerine Press, 2013), featuring Ethan Fitzgerald, an agent of the American government's most secretive agency. He was 76. (March 02, 2019)



Robert Goddard To Receive Diamond Dagger

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced that Robert Goddard is to received the 2019 CWA Diamond Dagger Award, the highest honor in British crime writing, for his remarkably excellent career and for his significant contribution to crime writing. He will be present the Diamond Dagger at the Dagger Awards ceremony in London on October 24. (March 01, 2019)



Hammett Prize Nominees Announced

International Association of Crime Writers/North America (IACW/NA) has announced the nominees for the 2019 Hammett Prize as follows:

THE LONELY WITNESS, by William Boyle (Pegasus Crime)
UNDER MY SKIN, by Lisa Unger (Park Row)
CUT YOU DOWN, by Sam Wiebe (Random House Canada)
NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
PARIS IN THE DARK, by Robert Olen Butler (Mysterious Press)

The date and place of Hammett Prize winner presentation will be announced later. (February 26, 2019)



Sue Grafton Memorial Award Nominees Announced

The Mystery Writers of America, partnering with G.P. Putnam's Son, has created the Sue Grafton Memorial Award, honoring the best novel in a series featuring a female protagonist "with empathy but also with savvy, intelligence and wit." The nominees for the inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award are as follows:

PERISH, by Lisa Black (Kensington), featuring forensic expert Maggie Gardner
SHELL GAME, by Sara Paretsky (Morrow), featuring private investigator V.I. Warshawski
CITY OF SECRETS, by Victoria Thompson (Berkley), featuring "counterfeit lady" Elizabeth Miles
A FORGOTTEN PLACE, by Charles Todd (Morrow), featuring battlefield nurse Bess Crawford
TO DIE BUT ONCE, by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper), featuring psychologist & investigator Masie Dobbs

The inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award will be presented at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City on April 25. (February 22, 2019)



LA Times Book Prize Nominees Announced

Los Angeles Times has announced the nominees for the 2019 LA Times Book Prizes. The nominees in the mystery/thriller category are as follows:

GIVE ME YOUR HAND, by Megan Abbott (Little Brown)
GREEN SUN, by Kent Anderson (Mulholland)
NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER, by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday)
THE PERFECT NANNY, by Leila Slimani (Penguin)

The winners in all the categories will be announced at a ceremony at the University of Sothern California on April 12, the day before the opening of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. (February 22, 2019)



2019 Agatha Award Nominees Announced

Malice Domestic has announced the nominees for the 2019 Agatha Awards. The nominees in the contemporary novel category are as follows:

Mardi Gras Murder, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Beyond the Truth, by Bruce Robert Coffin (Witness Impulse)
Cry Wolf, by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
Trust Me, by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on May 04 during Malice Domestic 31 to held in Bethesda, Maryland. (January 29, 2019)



2019 Edgar Award Nominees Announced

Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2019 Edgar Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

The Liar's Girl, by Catherine Ryan Howard (Blackstone)
House Witness, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
A Gambler's Jury, by Victor Methos (Thomas & Mercer)
Down the River Unto the Sea, by Walter Mosley (Mulholland)
Only to Sleep, by Lawrence Osborne (Hogarth)
A Treacherous Curse, by Deanna Raybourn (Berkley)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on April 25 at the Edgar Awards Banquet to be held in New York, NY. (January 23, 2019)

Addendum -- John Lutz told me that his Edgar-nominated story, "Paranoid Enough for Two," was first appeared as a bonus story in the US and Canada Kobo editions of THE HONORABLE TRAITORS (Kensington, 2018). The story now appears in print edition of THE HAVANA GAME (Kensington, 2019). (January 25, 2019)



2019 Barry Award Nominees Announced

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2019 Barry Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
DARK SACRED NIGHT, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
THE SHADOW WE HIDE, by Allen Eskens (Mulholland)
DEPTH OF WINTER, by Craig Johnson (Viking)
LEAVE NO TRACE, by Mindy Mejia (Atria)
A NECESSARY EVIL, by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 31 at the Dallas Bouchercon during the Opening Ceremonies. (January 22, 2019)



2019 Lefty Award Nominees Announced

Left Coast Crime 2019 has announced the nominees for its 2019 Lefty Awards. The nominees in the best mystery novel category are as follows:

NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
WRONG LIGHT, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview Publishing)
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
UNDER A DARK SKY, by Lori Rader-Day (William Morrow Paperbacks)
A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY, by Terry Shames (Seventh Street Books)
A STONE'S THROW, by James W. Ziskin (Seventh Street Books)

To see all the nominees in the other categories, click here. The winners will be presented on March 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, Canada during The Left Coast Crime Convention 2019. (January 16, 2019)



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)



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(Updated on March 12, 2019)



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