(Opened on January 08, 1996)

Okay, this is my 25th year of managing The Gumshoe Site. Now we are venturing into a new decade, and I am still managing this same old site. I hope you enjoy this site and come back once in a while. Thank you very much for your visit. As I wrote before, take care of your own lives as I do. Nobody know what tomorrow brings, and I really mean it! Wear a facial mask, wash your hands, rinse your mouth, keep your distance in order to stay safe and healthy!! (January 01, 2021)

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John Malcolm Dies

Martin Edwards reported in his "Do You Write Under Your Own Name" blog that John Malcolm Andrews dies on October 30 of cancer in East Sussex, England. The antique collector co-founded (with his wife Geraldine) the Antique Collector's Club and wrote its first book, THE PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE FURNITURE (1968) and several other Antique furniture books under the John Andrews name. As John Malcolm, he started writing crime novels with A BACK ROOMS IN SOMERS TOWN (Collins, 1984), the first of the 15 Tim Simpson books as well as a finalistee for the 1984 New Blood Dagger Award. Simpson is an art investment specialist based in London, England, and has to investigate consequent art forgeries, art thefts, and murders. Malcolm also wrote two stand-alone novels: MORTAL INSTRUMENTS (2003) and THE CHIPPENDALE FACTOR (both from Allison & Busby, 2008). He served as Chair of the Crime Writers' Association of Britain in 1994-95. He was 85. (November 19, 2021)

Wilbur Smith Dies

Wilbur Smith died unexpectedly on November 13 at his home in Cape Town, South Africa. The former tax accountant shot to fame after the publication of his first novel, WHEN THE LION FEEDS (HeinEmann, 1964), also the first book of the Courtney family adventure-saga.set in southern Africa. After the instant success of the first novel, he quit his accountant job and became a full-time writer. HIs second novel, THE TRAIN FROM KATANGA (Heineman, 1965; retitled THE DARK OF THE SUN), a stand-alone, was turned into the 1968 movie entitled "The Mercenaries" starring Rod Taylor. Smith wrote about 50 bestsellers, including The Courtney family saga, the Ballantyne family saga, the ancient Egypt historical saga, mercenary Hector Cross thriller novels. He was 88. (November 16, 2021)

Caroline Roe Dies

Caroline Roe died suddenly on November 07 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The former English teacher started writing in her forties with MURDER ON THE RUN (PaperJacks, 1986) under the Medora Sale pseudonym, which won the 1987 Arthur Ellis Award for best first novel from the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC). The first novel of hers introduced Toronto police detective John Sanders and photographer Harriet Jeffries, and was followed by 5 more Sanders-Jeffries books. After the last and sixth novel of Sanders-Jeffries, SHORT CUT TO SANTA FE (Scribner, 1994), Roe started a new series featuring blind Jewish physician Isaac and Bishop Berenguer in 1350's Girona, Spain with REMEDY FOR TREASON (Berkley, 1998). The third Isaac novel, ANTIDOTE FOR AVARICE (Berkley, 1999) won the 2000 Barry Award for best paperback. The Isaac series ended with CONSOLATION FOR AN EXILE (Berkley, 2004). Roe served as president of both CWC (1989-90) and Sister In Crime (1998-99). Roe's last book was THE SPIDER BITES (Rapid Reads, 2000; as by Medora Sale), a stand-alone who-done-it novelette for the Hi-Lo middle school readers. She was 84. (November 14, 2021)

Mikael Niemi Wins Petrona

Mikael Niemi was named the winner of the 2021 Petrona Award for TO COOK A BEAR (MacLehose Press) as the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The winning novel was translated from the Swedish by Deborah Bragan-Turner.

The other shortlisted titles are: A NECESSARY DEATH by Anne Holt, tr. Anne Bruce (Corvus; Norway); DEATH DESERVED by Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger, tr. Anne Bruce (Orenda Books; Norway); THE SECRET LIFE OF MR. ROOS by Hakan Nesser, tr. Sarah Death (Mantle; Sweden); THE SEVEN DOORS by Agnes Ravatn, tr. Rosie Hedger (Orenda Books; Norway); and GALLOWS ROCK by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, tr. Victoria Cribb (Hodder & Stoughton; Iceland)

The announcement of the Petrona Award winner was made on November 04. (November 05, 2021)

Richard Hammer Dies

Richard Hammer died on October 17 of heart failure in a hospice facility in the Bronx, New York. The former journalist for the New York Times received an Oscar for best short documentary film, "Interviews With My-Lay Veterans" (1970). His well-known nonfiction books were BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH (his first book; Macmillan, 1969), ONE MORNING IN THE WAR, THE TRAGEDY OF SON MY (Coward McCann, 1970), and BEYOND OBSESSION (Morrow, 1992) among the others. He won two fact crime Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) for THE VATICAN CONNECTION (Holt, 1982) and THE CBS MURDERS (Morrow, 1987), and served as executive vice president of MWA (1995-1997). He also co-wrote (with Vincent Murano) two novels featuring NYPD detective Bob Rogers: THE THURSDAY CLUB(Simon & Schuster, 1992) and THE DEAD FILE (St. Martin's, 1996). He was 93. (November 01, 2021)

Brannavan Gnanalingam Wins Ngaio Marsh

New Zealand's WORD Christchurchh Festiva has announced the winners of four 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards as follows:

Best Novel: SPRIGS, by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson)
Best First Novel: FOR REASONS OF THEIR OWN, by Chris Stuart (Original Sin Press)
Best Non-Fiction: BLACK HANDS, by Martin van Beynen (Penguin)
Best YA/Kids Book: KATIPO JOE, by Brian Falkner (Scholastic)

The announcement was made on October 30 during a special video-streaming event. (November 01, 2021)

Arnold Hano Dies

Arnold Hano died on October 24 at his home in Laguna Beach, California. After World War Twe, the former news boy at the New York Daily News worked as managing editor at Bantam Books (1947-49) and as editor-in-chief at Lion Books (1949-54), where he served editor for David Goodis and Jim Tompson among others. He was most famous as an award-winning sportswriter but he also wrote a number of novels of western, historical, sports and straight as well as movie novelizations under his own name and pseudonyms. He authored SO I'M A HEEL (Gold Medal, 1957), a noir thriller written under the Mike Heller pseudonym, which was included in an omnibus book 3 STEPS TO HELL (Stark House, 2017) along with THE BIG OUT (a sports novel, first published in 1951 from Barnes) and FLINT (a western novel, first published in 1957 from Signet, written under the Gil Dodge pen-name). He was 99. (October 28, 2021)

Carole Nelson Douglas Dies

Carole Nelson Douglas died on October 20 in Texas from a stoke following hip surgery. The former reporter of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote more than 60 novels and a number of short stories of mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, and women's fiction. To mystery readers, she may have been most famous as the author of the Midnight Louie "cozy noir" series and the Irene Adler Sherlockian pastiche series. The Midnight Louie series, featuring PR freelancer Temple Barr and tomcat sleuth Midnight Louie in LasVegas, Nevada, started with CATNAP (Tor, 1992) and ended the 28th book CAT IN AN ALPHABET ENDGAME (Wishlist Publishing, 2016), while the Irene Adler series, featuring the only lady who outwits Sherlock Holmes, started with GOOD NIGHT, MR. HOLMES (Tor, 1990) and ended with SPIDER DANCE (Forge, 2004). She was 76. (October 25, 2021)


(Updated on November 19, 2021)

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