CyberGumshoe's Mumblings in July/August 2019

Lea Wait Dies

Lea Wait died on August 09 at home in Edgecomb, Maine from pancreatic cancer. The single mother of four adopted daughters wrote 8 Shadows Antique Print mysteries, 9 Mainely Needlepoint mysteries as well as several children's/YA novels and historical novels. The Shadows Antique Print series features Maggie Summer, the owner of Shadows, an antique print shop, in Maine, starting with SHADOWS AT THE FAIR (Scribner, 2002; nominee for the 2003 Agatha Award for Best First Novel) and ending with SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE (Perseverance Press, 2016). The Mainely Needlepoint series features Angie Curtis, back home to Haven Harbor, Maine, starting with TWISTED THREADS (Kensington, 2015) and ending with THREAD AND BURIED (due in November 2019 from Kensington). She just started the new Maine Murder Mystery series with DEATH AND A POT OF CHOWDER (Crooked Lane Books, 2018) under the Cornelia Kidd pseudonym, and JUSTICE & MERCY (independently published, 2019) under her real name supposedly as the first of Post-Civil War mystery series. She was 73. (August 11, 2019)

Jessica Martinez Wins ETBland

The Sister in Crime (SinC) has announced that the winner of the 2019 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is Jessica Martinez of Orcutt, California. Her "novel-in-progress features Teia Santiago, a police detective whose father-in-law blackmails her into kidnapping a textile manufacturring heiress -- who also happens to be her sister-in-law." Martinez will receive a $2,000 grant. (August 02, 2019)

Marcel Berlins Dies

Marcel Berlins died on July 31 from a brain hemorrhage at a hospital in Paris, France. The French-born lawyer and law professor reviewed crime fiction for The London Time for 37 years, and had many friends in the crime fiction community in Britain. He was 77. (August 02, 2019)

Lou Berney Wins Hammett

International Association of Crime Writers/North American Branch (IACW/NA) has announced that the winner of the 2019 Dashiell Hammett Prize is NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (William Morrow).

The Hammett Prize will be presented to the winner on November 01 at Bouchercon to be held in Dallas, Texas. (July 29, 2019)

Sarah Andrews Dies

Sarah Andrews died on July 24 in a plane crash near the Chadron Municipal Airport in Nebraska, and so did her husband Damon Brown and their adult son Duncan on board with her. After being laid off as a petroleum geologist during the downturn of the oil business in the mid-1980's, she started to write the Em Hansen novels featuring a female forensic geologist. The first Hansen book, TENSLEEP (Penzler Books, 1994) was published seven weeks after son Duncan was born. She wrote 11 Hansen novels ending with ROCK BOTTOM (Minotaur, 2012), as well as one stand-alone, IN COLD PURSUIT (Minotaur, 2007), featuring geologist student Valena Walker, which was nominated for the 2008 Mary Higgins Clark Award. She was 68. (July 28, 2019)

2019 Macavity Award Nominees Announced

Mystery Readers International has announced the 2019 Macavity Awards. The nominees in the best novel category are as follows:

NOVEMBER ROAD, by Lou Berney (Morrow)
IF I DIE TONIGHT, by Alison Gaylin (Morrow)
THE LOST MAN, by Jane Harper (Flat Iron)
JAR OF HEART, by Jennifer Hillier (Minotaur)
HIROSHIMA BOY, by Naomi Hirahara (Prospect Park)
UNDER MY SKIN, by Lisa Unger (Park Row Books)

To see the nominees in all the categories, click here. The winners will be announced on October 31 at opening ceremonies at Bouchercon 2019 to be held in Dallas, Texas. (July 26, 2019)

CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

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

ALL THE HIDDEN TRUTHS, by Claire Askew (Hodder & Stoughton)
THE PUPPET SHOW, by M.W. Craven (Constable)
WHAT WE DID, by Christobel Kent (Sphere)
UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN, by Donna Leon (Heinemann)
AMERICAN BY DAY, by Derek B. Miller (Doubleday)

To see the other shortlists, click here. The winners for the 2019 Dagger Awards will be announced on October 24 at a special banquet at the Grange City Hotel 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. (July 25, 2019)

Sharon Bala Wins Harper Lee

The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA (American Bar Association) Journal announced on July 18 that the winner of the 2019 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is THE BOAT PEOPLE, by Sharon Bala (Doubleday)

Bala will recieve the Harper Lee Prize on August 29 at the Library of Congress in conjunction with the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. (July 25, 2019)

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)