CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in March/April 2019

Walter Mosley Wins Edgar

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced the winners for the 2019 Edgar Awards as follows:

Best Novel: DOWN THE RIVER UNTO THE SEA, by Walter Mosley (Mulholland)
Best First Novel: BEARSKIN, by James A. McLaughlin (Ecco)
Best Paperback Original: IF I DIE TONIGHT, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
Best Fact Crime: TINDERBOX, by Robert W. Fieseler (Liveright)
Best Critical/Biographical: CLASSIC AMERICAN CRIME FICTION OF THE 1920S, by Leslie S. Klinger (Pegasus)
Best Short Story: "English 398: Fiction Workshop," by Art Taylor (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2018)
Best Juvenile: OTHERWOOD, by Pete Hautman (Candlewick)
Best Young Adult: SADIE, by Courtney Summers (Wednesday Books)
Best Televition Episode Teleplay: "The One That Holds Everything," by Matthew Weiner & Donald Joh (in "The Romanoffs;" Amazon Prime Video)
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "How Does He Die This Time?" by Nancy Novick (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, September/October 2018)
Mary Higgins Clark Award: THE WINDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Sue Grafton Memorial Award: SHELL GAME, by Sara Paretsky (Morrow)
Grand Master Recipient: Martin Cruz Smith
Raven Award Recipient: Marilyn Stasio, mystery reviewer for The New York Times Book Review
Ellery Queen Award Reciepient: Linda Landrigan, editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Charles Todd Award Recipient: Frankie Y. Bailey, for service to MWA

The winners were announced on April 25 at the Edgar Awards Banquet hel in New YorkCity. (April 26, 2019)

Petrona Award Shortlist Announced

The shortlist of six titles for the 2019 Petrona Award has been announced for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year as follows:

THE ICE SWIMMER, by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. by Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)
THE WHISPERER, by Karin Fossum, tr. by Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway)
THE KATHARINA CODE, by Jorn Lier Horst, tr. by Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)
THE DARKNESS, by Ragnar Jonasson, tr. by Victoria Cribb (Penguin Random House; Iceland)
RESIN, by Ane Riel, tr. by Charlotte Barslund (Doubleday; Denmark)
BIG SISTER, by Gunnar Staalesen, tr. by Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)

The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner on May 11 during CrimeFest to be held in Bristol, UK. (April 26, 2019)

Warren Adler Dies

Warren Adler died of complications from liver cancer on April 15 at his home in New York, NY. The former owner of an advertising and public reations agency wrote his first novel, OPTIONS (Whitmore Publishing, 1974; later reprinted as UNDERTOW; Stonehouse Press, 2001), a thriller, and kept writing novels -- mostly crime novels -- quite prolifically till his death. He may be most famous as the author of THE WAR OF THE ROSES (Grand Central, 1981) and RANDOM HEARTS (Scribner, 1984). The former was adapted into the 1989 movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, while the latter into the 1999 film starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas. He created the series character, Fiona Fitzgerald, a homicide detective in Washington D.C., who was introduced in AMERICAN QUARTET (Arbor House, 1982), and featured in eight other novels. The last one was RED HERRING (Rosetta Books), and the 2002 TV movie, "Fiona," was broadcasted with Kellie Martin as Fiona Fitzgerald. His last novel was probably LAST CALL (CreateSpace, 2018). He was 91. (April 22, 2019)

CWC Arthur Ellis Award Nominees Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) hasa announced the nominees for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards. The nominees in the best crime novel cantegory are as follows:

CAPE DIAMOND, by Ron Corbett (ECW Press)
THE WINTERS, by Lisa Gabriele (Doubleday Canada)
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
THE GIRL IN THE MOSS, by Loreth Anne White (Montlake Romance)

Derrick Murdoch Award Recipient: Vicky Delany
(for her special achievement for contributions to the crime genre)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on May 23 at the Arhthur Ellis Awards Gala in Toronto, Canada. (April 19, 2019)

Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Longlist Announced

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has announced the longlist of 18 titles for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year as follows:

SNAP, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld)
OUR HOUSE, by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster UK)
THIRTEEN, by Steve Cavanagh (Hachette)
WILD FIRE, by Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing)
TAKE ME IN, by Sabine Durrant (Hodder & Stoughton)
THE DARK ANGEL, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
LONDON RULES, by Mick Herron (John Murray Press)
BROKEN GROUND, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group)
THE QUAKER, by Liam McIlvanney (HarperCollins)
THE WAY OF ALL FLESH, by Ambrose Parry (aka. Chris Brookmyre with Dr. Marisa Haetzman) (Canongate Books)
EAST OF HOUNSLOW, by Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins)
HELL BAY, by Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster UK)
SALT LANE, by William Shaw (Quercus)
THE CHALK MAN, by C.J. Tudor (Penguin Random House)
THE SEVEN DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE, by Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury Publishing)
ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, by Sarah Vaughan (Simon & Schuster UK)
CHANGELING, by Matt Wesolowski (Orenda Books)

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 shortlist of 6 tiles will be announced on May 19, and the winner will be announced at award ceremony on July 18, the opening night of the 2019 Theakston Old Pecullier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, UK. (April 14, 2019)

Stacy Woodson Wins EQMM Readers Award

Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (EQMM) has announced the winners of the 2019 EQMM Readers Award as follows:

First place: "Duty, Honor, Hammett," by Stacy Woodson (November/December 2018)
Secon place: "50," by Josh Pachter (November/December 2018)
Third place: "Sofee," by David Dean (March/April 2018)

They were voted by EQMM subscribers/buyers. (April 13, 2019)

Oyinkan Braithwaite Wins LA Times Book Prize

Los Angeles Times has announced that MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER, by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday) won the 2019 LA Times Book Prizes in the mystery/thriller category.

The winners in all the categories were 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. (April 13, 2019)

Thriller Award Nominees Announced

The International Thriller Writers (ITW) has announce the nominees for the 2019 Thriller Awards. The nominees in the best hardcover novel category are as follows:

NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
PAPER GHOSTS, by Julia Heaberlin (Ballantine Books)
JAR OF HEARTS, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur Books)
PIECES OF HER, by Karin Slaughter (William Morrow)
THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD, by Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)

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

To see the nominees in the other categories, click here. Thriller Award winners will be announced on July 13 during ThrillerFest XIV to be held at the Grand Hyatt, New York, NY. (April 12, 2019)

CrimeFest Award Finalists Announced

CrimeFest has announced the finalists for the 2019 CrimeFest Awards. The finalists in the e-Dunnit Award (for the best crime fiction published in both hardcopy and in elecctronic format) are as follows:

WHEN TROUBLE SLEEPS, by Leye Adenle (Cassava Republic Press)
THIRTEEN, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion Fiction)
GALLOWS COURT, by Martin Edwards (Head of Zeus)
SUNBURN, by Laura Lippma (Faber and Faber)
HOMEGROWN HERO, by Khurrum Rahma (HQ - HarperCollins)
THE FIRE COURT, by Andrew Taylo (HarperCollins)
THE SHROUDED PATH, by Sarah Ward (Faber and Faber)

To see the finalists in the other categories, click here. The winners will be announced at on May 11 during CrimeFest to be held in Bristol, United Kingdom May 09 thru 12. (April 12, 2019)

David Fechheimer Dies

David Fechheimer (pronounced FETCH-high-mer) died on April 02 from complications of open-heart surgery in Redwood City California. One of the leading private investigators in America became a shamus the day after he read Dashiell Hammett's THE MALTESE FALCON. He worked for the Pinkerton detective agency and with Hal Lipset. He opened his own office in San Francisco in 1976, and handled cases involving many celebrities such as Kobe Bryant, Angela Davis, John Gotti, Daniel Ellisberg, Timothy McVeigh, Roman Polanski to name just a few. He researched on Hammett's life for Francis Ford Coppola when the latter was preparing to produce the movie, "Hammett," based on the novel of the same title by Joe Gores. He owned a tiny vineyard in Healdsburg, Sonoma County and named his cabernet sauvignon Red Harvest. He was 76. (April 06, 2019)

Lou Berney Wins Lefty

Left Coast Crime 2019 has announced the winners for its 2019 Lefty Awards as follows:

Best Mystery Novel: NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
Best Humorous Mystery Novel: SCOT FREE, by Catriona McPherson (Midnight Ink)
Best Historical Mystery Novel: THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Best Debut Mystery Novel: A LADY'S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER, by Dianne Freeman (Kensington Books)
Lifetime Achievement Honouree: Sue Grafton (1940 -2017)

The winners were announced on March 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, Canada during The Left Coast Crime Convention 2019. (March 31, 2019)

Mike Lawson Wins Spotted Owl

Friends of Mystery, a non-profit literary/educational organization in Portland, Oregon, announced that HOUSE WITNESS, by Mike Lawson(Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018) won the 2019 Spotted Owl Award. This is Mike Lawson's third winning of the Spotted Owl Award after HOUSE ODDS (2013) and HOUSE BLOOD (2012; both from Atlantic Monthly Press), and HOUSE WITNESS is the twelfth novel featuring Joe DeMarco, a lawyer and trouble-shooter for the Speaker of the House.

The winner was announced on March 28 during Friends of Mystery Bloody Thursday meeting in Portland, Oregon. (March 31, 2019)

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Dies

Majorie Weinman Sharmat died of respiratory failure on March 12 in Munster, Indiana. One of America's most prolilfic author of children's books, Sharman had two dreams as a child -- to be a detective and to be a writer, and the wish of hers came true when she created Nate the Great. Nate is a boy detective with a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker who catches culprits with the help of his dog, Sludge. The Nate the Great series started with NATE THE GREAT (Putnam, 1972) and ended with NATE THE GREAT AND THE MISSING BIRTHDAY SNAKE (Delacorte, 2017; with Andrew Sharmat, her son). Nate has a cousin, Olivia Sharp, a girl detective, who appears in four novels, starting wiht THE PIZZA MONSTER (1989) and ending with THE GREEN TOENAILS GANG (1991, all from Delacorte, with Mitchell Sharmat, her husband). She wrote more than 130 books for children and young adults, and three of them were written as by Wendy Andrews: THE SUPERGIRL STORYBOOK (1984); VACATION FEVER! (1984); and ARE WE THERE YET? (1985, all from Putnam) . She was 90. (March 22, 2019)

Lawrence W. Raphael Dies

Rabbi Lawrence W. Raphael died on March 17 at his home in San Francisco, California after an illness. While serving as a rabbi in New York City and San Francisco among other communities, he wrote articles on Jewish identity in detective fiction, and edited two Jewish-oriented mystery anthologies: MYSTERY MIDRASH (1999) and CRIMINAL KABBALAH (2001, both from Jewish Lights Publishing). Stuart Kaminsky, Faye Kellerman, Rochelle Krich, Shelley Singer and other Jewish writers contributed their stories to either or both of them. He was 72. (March 22, 2019; revised, March 27)

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)