CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in May/June 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)



Hubert Monteilhet Dies

Hubert Monteilhet died on May 12 in France. The Paris-born history professor started to write crime fiction with LES MANTES RELIGIEUSES in 1960 (translated into English as THE PRAYING MANTESES; Simon & Schuster, 1962), which won the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere in 1962. His first crime novel was turned into the tv movie, "Praying Mantis," in 1982 with Jack Gold as its director. The second crime novel, LE RETOUR DE CENDRES (1961; translated as RETURN FROM THE ASHES; S&S, 1963) was made into the 1965 film of the same title as the English novel, directed by J. Lee Thompson, and the 2014 German film as "Phoenix," directed by Christian Petzold. His 1969 novel, MEURTRE A LOISIR (TRANSLATED AS MURDER AT LEISURE; S&S, 1971) became the 1972 French movie, "Doctor Popaul" (English title: "High Heels"), directed by Claude. He also wrote a number of historical novels, most famous of which is NEROPOLIS (1984). He was 90. (June 18, 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)



Jutta Motz Dies

Jutta Motz died on May 17 after a short struggle with cancer in Swizerland. The former archaelogist and art historian worked various publishing houses in Zurich, Swizerland and published a series of translated crime novels under her own imprint. She began to write crime novels and short stories herself in 1995, and served as the International Association of Crime Writers World President. Three of her short stories was published in English for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine: "With a Little Help from Your Friends" (May 2004; included in PASSPORT TO CRIME, edited by Janet Hutchings, Carroll & Graf, 2007), "The Clearing" (August 2010), and "The Russian Woman" (March/April 2014). She was 75. (June 06, 2019)



Sandra Seamans Dies

Sandra Seamans died on May 23 at her home in Crifford Township, Pennsylvania. She was a short story writer mainly for online zines such as Spinetingler and The Thrilling Detective, and posted contests and calls for stories on her blog, My Little Corner. A collection of her stories, COLD RIFTS, was published as an e-book by Snubnose Press (now defunct). One of her stories, "Survival Instincts," first published in PulpPusher, was included in an annual best anthology, BY HOOK OR BY CROOK (Tyrus Book, 2010), edited by Ed Gorman and Martin Greenberg. She was 68. (June 04, 2019)



Anthony Price Dies

Anthony Price died on May 30 in London (not in Oxford), UK. The former Oxford Times editor wrote 19 espionage novels mainly featuring Dr. David Audley and Colonel Jack Butler, starting with THE LABYRINTH MAKERS (1970; the CWA Silver Dagger winner) and ending with THE MEMORY TRAP (1989, all from Gollancz). The fifth novel, OTHER PATHS TO GLORY (1974), won the Gold Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Britain. The first three novels (The LABYRINTH MAKERS; THE ALAMUT AMBUSH; and COLONEL BUTLER'S WOLF) were made into the TV program, "Chessgame," starring Terence Stamp as Dr. David Audley in 1983 and re-broadcast in 1986. He retired from writing and journalism after finishing a non-fiction book, THE EYES OF THE FLEET: A HISTORY OF FRIGATE WARFARE, 1793-1815 (Hutchinson, 1990), for reasons of health, saying he was "a Cold War writer" and his "Age had passed." He was 90. (June 03, 2019; Revised, June 15)



Anne Emery, Sarah Weinman Win Arthurs

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the winners for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Best Crime Novel: THROUGH THE HEAVENS DALL, by Anne Emery (ECW Press)
Best First Crime Novel: COBRA CLUTCH, by A.J. Devlin (NeWeset Press)
Best Crime Novella: "Murder among the Pines," by John Lawrence Reynolds (Orca Book)
Best Crime Short Story: "Terminal City," by Linda L. Richards (in VANCOUVER NOIR, edited by Sam Wiebe; Akashic Books)
Best Crime Book in French: ADOLPHUS - UNE ENQUETE DE JOSEPH LAFLAMME, by Herve Gagnon (Libre Expression)
Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: ESCAPE, by Linwood Barclay (Puffin Canada)
Best Non-Fiction Crime Book: THE REAL LOLITA, by Sarah Weinman (Knopf Canada)
Best Unpublished Manuscript (The Unhanged Arthur): THE SCARLET CROSS, by Liv McFarlane
Derrick Murdoch Award Recipient: Vicky Delany

The winners were announced on May 23 at the Arhthur Ellis Awards Gala in Toronto, Canada. (May 24, 2019)



W. Glenn Duncan Dies

Paul Bishop reported that W. Glenn Duncan died on May 07 in Australia (where he emigrated in 1975 with his wife and three children) "after a long struggle with health issues." The former journalilst and pilot wrote six books featuring Rafferty, a tough ex-cop private eye in Dallas, Texas, which started with RAFFERTY'S RULES (1987) and ended with FATAL SISTERS (1990, all six from Fawcett/Gold Medal). The sixth Rafferty novel won the 1991 Shamus Award for best paperback. His son W. Glenn Duncan, Jr. has continued the Rafferty series with FALSE GODS (d square publishing e-book, 2018). Duncan Sr. was 78. (May 20, 2019)



2019 Theakston Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist Announced

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival has announced the shortlist of 6 titles for the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year as follows:

SNAP, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld)
THIRTEEN, by Steve Cavanagh (Hachette)
LONDON RULES, by Mick Herron (John Murray Press)
BROKEN GROUND, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group)
THE QUAKER, by Liam McIlvanney (HarperCollins)
EAST OF HOUNSLOW, by Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins)

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 will be 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. (May 2019, 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)



Strand Critics Award Nominees Announced

The Strand Magazine has announced the nominees for the 2019 Strand Critics Awards in two categories as follows:

Best Mystery Novel:
LULLABY ROAD, by James Anderson (Crown)
TRANSCRIPTION, by Kate Atkinson (Little, Brown)
NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
DARK SACRED NIGHT, by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown)
THE WITCH ELM, by Tana French (Viking)
SUNBURN, by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins)

Best Debut Mystery Novel:
DODGING AND BURNING, by John Copenhaver (Pegasus)
THE CHALK MAN, by C.J. Tudor (Crown)
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING, by Lauren Doyle Owens (Touchstone)
THE 7 12 DEATH OF EVERY HARDCASTLE, by Stuart Turton (Sourcebooks Landmark)
BEAUTIFUL BAD, by Annie Ward (Park Row)

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 will be announced this summer in New York, NY. (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)



Laura Lippman Wins e-Dunnit, Jorn Lier Horst Wins Petrona

CrimeFest has announced the winners for the 2019 CrimeFest Awards as follows:

e-Dunnit Award: SUNBURN, by Laura Lippman (Faber and Faber)
Audible Sounds of Crime Award: LETHAL WHITE, by Robert Galbraith (aka. J.K. Rowling), read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio)
Last Laugh Award: A SHOT IN THE DARK, by Lynne Truss (HQ - HarperCollins)
H.R.F. Keating Award: DIFFICULT LIVES - HITCHING RIDES, by James Sallis (No Exit Press)
Best Crime Novel for Children: KAT WOLFE INVESTIGATES, by Lauren St. John (Micmillan)
Best Crime Novel for Young Adults: RUN, RIOT, by NIkesh Shukla (Hodder)
Petrona Award: THE KATHARINA CODE, by Jorn Lier Horst, tr. by Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph)

The winners were announced at on May 11 during CrimeFest held in Bristol, United Kingdom. (May 12, 2019)



Ellen Byron Wins Agatha

Malice Domestic has announced the winners for the 2019 Agatha Awards as follows:
Best Contemporary Novel: MARDI GRAS MURDER, by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
Best Historical Novel: THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, by Sujata Massey (Soho Crime)
Best First Novel (tie): A LADIES GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER, by Dianne Freeman (Kensington), and
CURSES BOILED AGAIN, by Shari Randall (St. Martin's)
Best Short Story (tie): "All God's Sparrows," by Leslie Budewitz (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2018), and
"The Case of the Vanishing Professor," by Tara Laskowski (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, May/June 2018)
Best Young Adult Mystery: POTION PROBLEMS (JUST ADD MAGIC), by Cindy Callaghan (Aladdin)
Best Nonfiction: MASTERING PLOT TWISTS, by Jane Cleland (Writer's Digest Books)
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Parnell Hall
The winners were announced on May 04 during Malice Domestic 31 held in Bethesda, Maryland. (May 05, 2019)



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