CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in January/February 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)



W.E.B. Griffin Dies

W.E.B. Griffin (real name: William Edmund Butterworth III) died on February 12 at his home in Daphne, Alabama after a long battle with cancer. The prolific army veteran wrote more than 250 books under more than a dozen pseudonyms, including Webb Beech, Walker E. Blake, James McM. Douglas, Eden Hughes, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St. James and Patrick J. Williams. He wrote nearly 60 military thrillers in seven series (Clandestine Operations; The Presidential Agent; The Brotherhood of War; The Corps; Badge of Honor; Honor Bound; and Men at War), and recently collaborated with his son Willam E. Butterworth IV on some of his novels. He also wrote later 12 sequels to the original M*A*S*H novel, starting with M*A*S*H GOES TO NEW ORLEANS (Pocket Books, 1975), as W.E. Butterworth with Richar Hooker. He was 89. (February 16, 2019; revised February 24)



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)



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)


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