Monday, 2 May 2011

Latest Crime News Round-Up


The Edgar® Awards

Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction,
non-fiction and television published or produced in 2010. The Edgar® Awards were presented to the winners at our 65th
Gala Banquet, April 28, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City.

Best Novel: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur Books)  
Best First Novel By An American Author: Rogue Island by Bruce DeSilva (Tom Doherty Associates - Forge Books)  
Best Paperback Original:  Long Time Coming by Robert Goddard (Random House - Bantam)  
Best Fact Crime: Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime and Complicity by Ken Armstrong
and Nick Perry (University of Nebraska Press - Bison Original)
Best Critical/Biographical: Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective
and his Rendezvouz with American History
by Yunte Huang (W.W. Norton)
Best Short Story: "The Scent of Lilacs" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Doug Allyn (Dell Magazines)   
Best Juvenile: The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler (Albert Whitman & Co.)  
Best Young Adult: Interrogation of Gabriel James by Charlie Price (Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers)   
Best Play - The Psychic by Sam Bobrick (Falcon Theatre - Burbank, CA)
Best Television Episode Teleplay: "Episode 1" - Luther, Teleplay by Neil Cross (BBC America)   
Robert L. Fish Memorial Award: "Skyler Hobbs and the Rabbit Man" - Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
by Evan Lewis (Dell Magazines)
Grand Master: Sara Paretsky  
Poirot Award: Janet Rudolph.
Raven Awards: Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore, Forest Park, Illinois Once Upon A Crime Bookstore, Minneapolis, Minnesota  
The Simon & Schuster- Mary Higgins Clark Award: (Presented at MWA's Agents & Editors Party on Wednesday, April 27, 2011) 
The Crossing Places
by Elly Griffiths (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Agatha Awards

Agatha Awards The Agatha Awards are given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the calendar year 2010 (1st January – 31st December), either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm. They were presented at Malice Domestic that took place on 30th April 2011.

Best Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Best First Novel: The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames

Best Non-fiction: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: 50 Years of Mysteries in the Making by John Curran

Best Short Story: "So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine - Sept./Oct. 2010

Best Children's/Young Adult: The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

Congratulations to all the winners and the nominees and especially to Louise Penny who has won her fourth Agatha Award in row.

Congratulations go to Tom Franklin who was awarded the Los Angeles Times Mystery/ Thriller Award 2010 for his novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (William Morrow). It was presented by Attica Locke on Friday April 29, 2011, in a ceremony at the Los Angeles Times building.

The 2011 Spinetingler Awards have also been awarded –

Best Novel: New Voice (1-3 Novels) Pike by Benjamin Whitmer

Best Novel: Rising Star (4-8 Novels) Do They Know I'm Running by David Corbett

Best Novel: Legend (9+ Novels) I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

Best Anthology: Requiems for the Departed edited by Gerard Brennan and Mike Stone

Best Short Story Collection: Bad Juju by Jonathan Woods

Best Mystery/Crime Comic or Graphic Novel: Sweets by Kody Chamberlain (Image Comics)

Best Short Story on the Web nominees: Times Past by Matthew C. Funk from All Due Respect

Best Mystery/Crime Fiction Press, Publisher or Imprint: Tyrus Books

David Thompson Community Leader Award: Mulholland Books website

Best Cover: Bad Juju

A full list of the nominees and the winners can be found here.


The nominees for the 2011 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced by the Crime Writers of Canada, recognizing excellence in Canadian crime writing. The winners will be announced at an award banquet on June 2nd, 2011 at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Best Crime Novel:
Slow Recoil by C. B Forrest (RendezVous Crime )
n Plain Sight by Mike Knowles (ECW Press)
The Extinction Club by Jeffrey Moore (Penguin Group)
y Your Dead by Louise Penny (Little, Brown)
A Criminal to Remember by Michael Van Rooy (Turnstone Press)

Best First Crime Novel:
The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson (St. Martin's Press)

The Debba by Avner Mandleman (Random House)
The Penalty Killing by Michael McKinley (McClelland & Stewart)
The Parabolist by Nicholas Ruddock (Doubleday)
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin's Press )

Best Crime Novel in French:

La société des pères meurtriers by Michel Châteauneuf (Vent d’Ouest)
Dans l
e quartier des agités by Jacques Côté (Éditions Alire)
d la mort s'invite à la première by Bernard Gilbert (Québec Amerique)
Cinq secondes by Jacques Savoie (Libre Expression)
Vanités by Johanne Seymour (Libre Expression)

Best Crime Non-Fiction:
On the Farm by Stevie Cameron (Alfred A. Knopf)
Northern Light by Roy MacGregor (Random House)
Our Man in Tehran by Robert Wright (HarperCollins)

Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book:
Pluto's Ghost by Sharee Fitch (Doubleday)
Lost For Words (The Worst Thing She Ever Did) by Alice Kuipers (HarperCollins)
Victim Rights by Norah McClintock (Red Deer Press)
The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz (HarperCollins)
Borderline by Allan Stratton (HarperCollins)

Best Crime Short Story:

"The Bust" by William Deverall (Whodunnit: Sun Media’s Canadian Crime Fiction Showcase)

"So Much in Common" by Mary Jane Maffini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
"The Big Touch" by Jordan McPeek (
"In it Up to My Neck" by Jas R. Petrin (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
"The Piper's Door" by James Powell (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)

Best First Unpublished Crime Novel:
When the Bow Breaks by Jayne Barnard
Better Off Dead by John Jeneroux
Uncoiled by Kevin Thorton

The 2011 Ned Kelly Award Nominations (Australian Crime Writers): Long-list has been released.

Best First Fiction
Diamond Eyes by AA Bell
Undercover by Keith Bulfin
Prime Cut by Alan Carter
I Have Perdo by John Chesterman
Who Killed Dave? By Linda Cockburn
The P
ericles Commission by Gary Corby
Mosquito Creek by Robert Engwerds
Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
The Old School by PM Newton
Five Parts Dead by Tim Pegler
Line of Sight by David Whish-Wilson

Best Fiction
The Ghost Of Waterloo by Robin Adair
Follow The Money by Peter Corris
Sharp Turn by Marianne Delacourt
e Maya Codex by Adrian d'Hage
Death Mask by Kathryn Fox
Watch The World Burn by Leah Giarrantano
Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood
Violent Exposure by Katherine Howell
shot Road by Adrian Hyland
Fall Girl by Toni Jordan
Silk Chaser by Peter Klein
The Genesis Flaw by L.A. Larkin
Naked Cruelty by Colleen McCullough
Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoff McGeachin
Let The Dead Lie by Malla Nunn
How The Dead See by David Owen
Red Ice by James Phelan
Thrill City by Leigh Redhead
Mice by Gordon Reece
Hot Rock Dreaming by Martin Roth
The Half-Child by Angela Savage
The Neon Lady of Towitta by Patricia Summerling
Bereft by Chris Womersley
Shattered Sky by Helene Young

Best True Crime
They Shot Phar Lap, Didn't They? by Geoff Armstrong & Peter Thompson
The Job by Charlie Bezzina with Ben Collins
nforcer by Caesar & Donna Campbell
Murder No More by Colleen Egan
Sin Bin by John Elias
ity of Evil by Sean Fewster
Badlands by Liam Houlihan
Abandoned by Geesche Jacobsen
Inside Story by Peter Lloyd
McVillain The Man Who Got Away by David McMillan
Shot Gun and Standover by James Morton & Russell Robinson
Bank Robbery For Beginners by Anthony Prince
King of Thieves by Adam Shand
Mr Asia by Jim Sheperd
Honeymoon Dive by Lindsay Simpson & Jennifer Cooke
Snitch by Jimmy Thomson
Bumper by Larry Writer

The SD Harvey Short Story

If you are like me and are looking forward to the final Harry Potter film that is due out in July, then you will be pleased to know that the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has been released and can be seen below.

According to Publishers Weekly F and W media have bought Tyrus books. Tyrus Books publish crime fiction: stories dealing with crime and its repercussions. Their authors included Shamus Award winning author Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, Bill Cameron, Victor Gischler and Seth Harwood to name a few.

Publishers Weekly state that Robert B Parker’s Jesse Stone and Spenser series are to be continued. According to deal cut by Robert B. Parker's estate, Penguin's Putnam imprint will continue to publish two of the author's most popular series -- Spenser and Jesse Stone -- under the authorship of writers Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins. The Spenser series debuted in 1974 and is made up of 39 novels; the Jesse Stone series began in 1997 and is comprised of nine novels.

 Brandman produced (and wrote the screenplays) for the TV movies based on Parker's small-town Massachusetts detective, Jesse Stone, that appeared on CBS and starred Tom Selleck in the title role. The first Jesse Stone novel Brandman will release is Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues, which is scheduled for September 13, 2011. Atkins, a tested crime author at Putnam with books like White Shadow and Infamous to his credit, will release the first new Parker-branded Spenser novel in Spring 2012. Parker's longtime editor, Chris Pepe, will be overseeing both projects. Robert B Parker died in January 2010.

Macmillian have launched a new crime and mystery website called It is a site for fans of crime and mystery fiction and one that will no doubt become well-known and used as it is publisher neutral.

Excellent article on the BBC Entertainment website on breathing new life into new assassins with Don Winslow who has recently written a new story featuring super-assassin named Nicholai Hel, the hero of 1979 best-seller Shibumi. Satori is out now!

Interesting article on the BBC Website about Danny Cohen who wants to cull male crime dramas. The full article in the Guardian which the initiated the BBC article can be found here along with responses from the general public about the decision to axe Zen.

With the axing of Zen by the BBC, Jess McCabe of the Guardian has an article on whom she considers to be the top 10 female detectives. report that John Travolta and Uma Thurman have joined the cast of Savages, the drama based on Don Winslow’s best-selling novel that Oliver Stone is due to direct. Already cast are Salma Hayeck and Benicio Del Toro.

Publishers Weekly report that Gretchen Young at Hyperion closed on a two-book deal with Jeanine Pirro. David Vigliano sold world rights to two mysteries that will feature a young district attorney named Dani Fox in New York City. The first book is scheduled for winter 2012 and the second book for winter 2013. Pirro, the former DA for Westchester County and a one-time Republican nominee for New York attorney general, is now the star of the courtroom television show Judge Jeanine Pirro.

According to The Bookseller publishers Headline have acquired a debut literary suspense novel from Australian author Poppy Gee. Set in a small Tasmanian coastal community, the society turns in on itself when the body of a young girl is washed up on the beach. The novel entitled Bay of Fires will be published in 2013.

The Scotsman have an excellent interview with Denise Mina who discusses her new novel The End of the Wasp Season that is due to be published by Orion on 12 May 2011.

Publishers Hodder have linked up with Bentley Motors to create an exclusive edition of the new James Bond novel Carte Blanche by Jeffrey Deaver.

According to Entertainment One Television and Sony Pictures have agreed a 22-part adaptation of John Grisham’s best-selling novel The Firm. The two-hour pilot script for the TV series is set 10 years after the 1993 feature film starring Tom Cruise. The series will reintroduce the young lawyer after several years in the Federal Witness Protection Program.

Part 1 of an excellent interview with Declan Burke can be found over at the blog - May Contain Nuts. Declan himself has an excellent blog Crime Always Pays which always needs to be read. He is also the editor of DOWN THESE GREEN STREETS: IRISH CRIME WRITING IN THE 21st CENTURY (Liberties Press).

Excellent article on the Good Men Project Blog from Dennis Lehane who talks about good and evil in literature.

Interesting article in the Independent about Gavin Knight’s Hood Rat that is due to be published in July from Macmillan. Hood Rat has been likened to David Simon’s non-fiction book Homicide: Life on the Streets which lifted the lid on the Baltimore Police homicide squad and Roberto Saviano's bestseller Gomorrah which cast light into the murky Neapolitan underworld.

Congratulations go to three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee and Diamond and Gold Dagger Award-winning crime fiction writer Val McDermid who will be special honorees at the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards ceremony to be hosted by comedienne Lea DeLaria on Thursday, May 26 in New York City at the School of Visual Arts Theater. Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally will introduce Albee, and pioneering lesbian mystery writer Katherine V. Forrest will introduce McDermid. The full press notice can be found here.

Congratulations again go to Chris Ewan who has signed television development deal on the Good Thief's Guide novels with eOne Entertainment. The full press release can be found here.

Further congratulations also go to Elizabeth Haynes who won Amazon’s Rising Star award for best debut novel with Into the Darkness.

According to IMDB Javier Bardem has officially signed on to star as Roland Deschain in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

Author Jason Goodwin whose fourth book featuring Yashmin the eunch detective An Evil Eye which is due to be released in the UK in July is currently touring Southern USA to promote the book. He is also writing an exclusive online column in the Telegraph about his trip. His first column can be found here, whilst the second column is here along with the third one so far. As Jason Goodwin also explains crime fiction is the best guide book.

If you are like me and enjoy reading pulp novels or listening to them on audio, then you will be interested in the fact that Radio Archives have announced a new series of audiobooks, based on favourite pulp novels of the 1930s and 1940s.

According to Variety Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson have come on board to produce the Paramount crime drama "When Corruption Was King." The script is based on the Robert Cooley novel about a Southside Chicago lawyer who becomes the mob's most trusted attorney until, as a state witness, he brings the organization down.

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