(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. 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.

Longmuirs to Receive David Thompson Award

Bouchercon has announced that Jenn and Don Longmuir are to receive the 2019 David Thompson Memorial Special Service Award on October 31 at the opening ceremonies during Bouchercon 2019 to be held in Dallas, Texas. The Longmuirs own and run Scene of the Crime Books in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where the late Howard Engel was born.

The David Thompson Award, named after the late Houston bookseller who suddenly passed away in 2010, is given to honor the memory and contributions to the crime fiction community. (July 20, 2019)

Jane Haddam Dies

Jane Haddam died on July 19 at a hospital in Connecticut after a long battle with cancer. The former journalist wrote five Patience McKenna novels under her real name, Orania Papazoglou, starting with SWEET, SAVAGE DEATH (1984) and ending with ONCE AND ALWAYS MURDERS (1990; all five from Doubleday). Patience McKenna is a romance novelist-turned crime writer in New York, and the first novel, SWEET, SAVATE DEATH, was nominated for the 1985 Edgar Award in the first novel category, while the first Gregor Demarkian novel, NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING (Bantam, 1990; written as by her pseudonym Jane Haddem), was nominated for the Edgar in the paperback original category. Gregor Demarkian is a retired FBI agent and now crime-solving consultant in Philadelphia. Her last and 29th Demarkian novel was FIGHTING CHANCE (Minotaur, 2014). She also wrote two romance suspensers under the Ann Paris pen-name: GRAVEN IMAGE (1987); and ARROWHEART (1988, both from Pocket Books). She was 68. (July 20, 2019)

Steve Cavanagh Wins Theakston

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has awarded that THIRTEEN, by Steve Cavanagh (Hachette) as the winner for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
The prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and open to UK and Irish crime authors who novels were published in paperback from May 01, 2018 to April 30, 2019. The winner were announced at an award ceremony on July 18, the opening night of the 2019 Theakston Old Pecullier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, UK. (July 19, 2019)

Howard Engel Dies

Howard Engel died of pneumonia while recovering from a stroke on July 16 in Toronto, Canada. The former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) producer wrote the Benny Cooperman private eye series set in and around the fictional city of Grantham, Ontario (very similar to the real city of St. Catharines, Ontario, where he was born). The first Cooperman novel, THE SUICIDE MURDERS (Clarke, 1980), introduce the first pure Canadian detective in a Canadian city created by a Canadian writer. The fourth Cooperman novel, MURDER SEES THE LIGHT (Penguin, 1984), won the 1985 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. He was a co-founder of the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) and received the CWC Derrick Murdoch Award, a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre, in 1984 and the CWC Grand Master Award in 2014. In 2001, he suffered stroke and lost his ability to read but he could still write. As a result, he published the novel, MEMORY BOOK (Carroll & Graf, 2005), in which Cooperman is hit on the head with the same condition and tries to puzzle out who has dunnit. His last Cooperman novel was OVER THE RIVER (Cormorant Books, 2018). He was 88. (July 19, 2019)

Andrea Camilleri Dies

Andrea Camilleri died on July 17 at a hospital in Rome, Italy, one month after he had a cardiac arrest. When the former TV and theater director wrote the first Inspector Salvo Montalbano novel, THE SHAPE OF THE WATER (publishied in Sicily in 1994; English edition in 2002), he was already drawing his pension. The TV adaption of Montalbano books and stories was first broadcast in May 1999 in Italy, with Luca Zingaretti as Montalbano, and has been broadcasting for more than 20 years. THE POTTER'S FIELD (published in Sicily in 2007, translated into English in 2011) won the 2012 International Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Britain. The latest Montalbano novel was ALCYON'S COOK (2019 in Italy), and the final novel, RICCARDINO (written in 2006), will be published in the future. He was 93. (July 18, 2019)

Andi Shechter Dies

Andi Schechter died of glioblastoma on July 15 at a care house in Seattle, Washington. She was very active in the mystery and science fiction communities and chaired both Bouchercon once in 1994 and Left Coast Crime twice in 1997 and 2007 held in Seattle. I saw her name many times in old mystery fanzines as well as on mystery-related websites. She was 66. (July 17, 2019)

Jennifer Hillier Wins Thriller Award

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announce the winners for the 2019 Thriller Awards as follows:

Best Hardcover Novel: JAR OF HEARTS, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur Books)
Best First Novel: THE CHALK MAN, by C.J. Tudor (Crown)
Best Paperback Original Novel: THE LOST MAN, by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Best Short Story: "Nana," by Helen Smith (in KILLER WOMEN; Killer Women Ltd.)
Best Young Adult Novel: GIRL AT THE GRAVE, by Teri Bailey Black (Tor Teen)
Best E-Book Original Novel: PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT, by Alan Orloff (Kindle Press)

ThrillerMaster Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: John Sandford
Silver Bullet Award Recipient: Harlan Coben
Thriller Legend Award Recipient: Margaret Marbury
ThrillerFan Award Recipient: Bookstore owner "Mystery Mike" Bursaw

Thriller Award winners were announced on July 13 during ThrillerFest XIV at the Grand Hyatt, New York, NY. (July 14, 2019)

Atkinson, Lippman, Tudor Win Strand Critics

The Strand Magazine has announced the winners and recipients for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards as follows:
Best Mystery Novel (tie): TRANSCRIPTION, by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown)
and SUNBURN, by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins)
Best Debut Mystery Novel: THE CHALK MAN, by C.J. Tudor (Crown)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients (two writers): Heather Graham and Donna Leon
The Publisher of the Year Award Recipient: Dominique Raccah, the publisher/CEO of Sourcebooks
The winners were announced on July 10 in New York, NY. (July 12, 2019)

Don Winslow Wins Falcon Again

Don Winslow has won the 2019 Falcon Award for THE FORCE (Morrow, 2017) from the Maltese Falcon Society Japan. It is his fifth Falcon Award after winning four Falcon Awards for MISSING: NEW YORK (no American or English editions), THE WINTER OF FRANKIE MACHIINE, THE POWER OF THE DOG, and A COOL BREEZE ON THE UNDERGROUND. The previous Falcon Award winners include Roger Hobbs, S.J. Rozan, Michael Connelly, George Pelecanos, Lawrence Block, Sue Grafton, Michael Z. Lewin, Joe Gores, James Crumley, and Robert B. Parker. (July 07, 2019)

2019 McIlvanney Prize Longlist and Debut Prize Shortlist Announced

Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival, has announced the longlist for the 2019 McIlvanney Prize and the inaugularal Debut Prize as follows:

McIlvanny Prize Longlist:
All the Hidden Truths, by Claire Askew (Hodder)
No Man's Land, by Neil Broadfoot (Little, Brown)
Fallen Angel, by Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
Breakers, by Doug Johnstone (Orenda)
All That's Dead, by Stuart MacBride (Harper Collins)
In the Silence, by M R Mackenzie (Bloodhound Books)
Broken Ground, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
A Breath on Dying Embers, by Denzil Meyrick (Polygon)
Conviction, by Denise Mina (Vintage)
The Way of All Flesh, by Ambrose Parry (Canongate), aka Chris Brookmyre and his wife Marisa Haetzman
In a House of Lies, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
A Treachery of Spies, by Manda Scott (Transworld)
Thunder Bay, by Douglas Skelton (Polygon)

McIlvanney Debut Prize Shortlist:
All the Hidden Truths, by Claire Askew (Hodder)
From the Shadows, by G R Halliday (Vintage)
Black Camp 21, by Bill Jones (Polygon)
In the Silence, by M R Mackenzie (Bloodhound)
The Peat Dead, by Allan Martin (Thunderpoint)

The finalists for the McIlvanne Prize will be announced at the beginning of September and the winners of the two prizes will be announced on September 20 at Opening Reception of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival to be held in Stirling, United Kingdom. (June 28, 2019)

2019 Harper Lee Prize Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction have been announced by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal as follows:

THE BOAT PEOPLE, by Sharon Bala (Doubleday)
CLASS ACTION, by Steven B. Frank (Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt)
THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)

You can vote here by June 30 although I am not sure how much influence your vote may have on the final result. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in August. (June 15, 2019)

2019 PWA Shamus Award Nominees Announced

The Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) has announced the nominees for the 2019 Shamus Awards. The nominees in the best private eye hardcover novel category are as follows:

WRONG LIGHT, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview), featuring Rick Cahill
WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE, by Kristen Lepionka (Minotaur), featuring Roxane Weary
THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime), featuring Perveen Mistry
BABY'S FIRST FELONY, by John Straley (Soho Crime), featuring Cecil Younger
CUT YOU DOWN, by Sam Wiebe (Quercus), featuring Dave Wakeland

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on November 01 at the PWA Banquet during Bouchercon to be held in Dallas, Texas. (June 06, 2019)

2019 Anthony Award Nominees Announced

Bouchercon 2019 has announced the 2019 Anthony Awards in five catagories. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

GIVE ME YOUR HAND, by Megan Abbott (Little, Brown)
NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
JAR OF HEARTS, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur)
SUNBIRN, by Laura Lippman (Morrow)
BLACKOUT, by Alex Segura (Polis Books)

To see the nominees in other categories, click here. The winners will be announced on November 02 during the 50th annual Bouchercon convention to be held in Dallas, Texas. And Peter Lovesey will receive the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. (May 19, 2019)

CWA Dagger Award Longlists Announced

The Crime Writers' Association of Britain (CWA) has announced the longlists for the 2019 Dagger Awards. The longlistees in the Gold Dagger category are as follows:

All the Hidden Truths, by Claire Askew (Hodder & Stoughton)
Snap, by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press)
The Mobster's Lament, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
The Puppet Show, by M.W. Craven (Constable)
Body & Soul, by John Harvey (Heinemann)
What We Did, by Christobel Kent (Sphere)
Unto Us a Son Is Given, by Donna Leon (Heinemann)
Fade to Grey, by John Lincoln (No Exit Press)
Cold Bones, by David Mark (Mulholland)
American by Day, by Derek B. Miller (Doubleday)
Smoke and Ashes, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
Salt Lane, by William Shaw (Riverrun)
Before She Knew Him, by Peter Swanson (Faber and Faber)
The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor (Harper)
A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better, by Benjamin Wood (Scribner)

To see the other longlists, click here. The shortlists for the Dagger Awards will be announced this summer, and the winners on October 24 at a special banquet in London. At the banquet,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. (May 12, 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)

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)


(Updated on July 20, 2019)

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