October: RMMWA’s annual Six-Word Mystery Contest is running
The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America is currently hosting its annual Six-Word Mystery Contest. From now through October 31, contestants can try their hand at a very short mystery story, to be judged by a panel of RMMWA members in mid-December. Submissions are available in five categories: hard-boiled, cozy, thriller, police procedural, or romance. The winner of the contest will receive $100, while category winners will receive $25 gift cards to the Tattered Cover Bookstore.
Remembering Robert C. Hahn
We were saddened in early October to learn of the passing of our Booked and Printed reviewer Robert C. Hahn. The former Cincinnati Post book editor helmed this column regularly beginning with the July/August 2004 issue. His thirty-plus years of reviewing mysteries also included writing for Publishers Weekly and curating a mail-order business called Hahn’s House of Mystery. Bob was a lifelong book lover and a genre enthusiast, and we’ll miss him.
11th Annual Black Orchid Novella Award Winner Appears in AHMM
AHMM’s July/August issue contains the winning entry to the 2017 Black Orchid Novella contest: “The Black Drop of Venus” by Mark Thielman. AHMM cosponsors the BONA with the Wolfe Pack, an international association of aficionados of the Nero Wolfe novels and novellas by Rex Stout. Mr. Thielman also won the BONA in 2015 for “A Meter of Murder.” Both stories reach back to historical figures for inspiration and models for their sleuths. For more information about the contest, visit NeroWolfe.org.
June 17, 2018: Nero Award Finalists Announced by The Wolfe Pack
Along with the Black Orchid Novella Award, given in conjunction with AHMM, The Wolfe Pack presents each year at the Black Orchid Banquet the Nero Award. The Nero is given to an author for literary excellence in the mystery genre. This year’s finalists include Loren D. Estleman, frequent contributor to AHMM and its sister publication EQMM, for his novel The Lioness Is the Hunter. The other nominees are Kathleen Kent (The Dime), Matt Goldman (Gone to Dust), Stephen Mack Jones (August Snow), and Warren C. Easley (Blood for Wine).
June 4, 2018: Crime Writers of Canada Elects New Chair
Crime Writers of Canada announced this month that Mike Martin has been elected as the new chair of the organization by the CWC Board of Directors. He is the author of the Sergeant Windflower Mysteries and a native of Newfoundland. Members of CWC enjoy benefits including access to a discounted subscription to AHMM.
May 2018: Saying goodbye to Gardner Dozois
On May 27, Gardner Dozois, a major figure in the science-fiction community and friend to the Dell fiction magazines, passed away in Pennsylvania. His short fiction has won Nebula and Sidewise awards, and he also published three novels. From 1984 until 2004, he was the editor of our sister publication Asimov’s Science Fiction. Before retiring as a professional editor, he won 15 Hugo Awards for his work, as well as many Locus Awards. Gardner was also a prolific anthologist in the field. He has been in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame since 2011, and he played a major part in the history of Dell Magazines and the world of short genre fiction. We and our colleagues at Asimov’s are sad to share this news.
May 2018: Mike Culpepper wins the Crime Writers of Canada’s Lou Allin Memorial Award
“How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around” by Mike Culpepper, from the September/October 2017 issue of AHMM, has won the Lou Allin Memorial Award for Best Novella of 2017. The story is a whodunit set in a 1930s winter as tensions rise between southern farmers and their tenants. Lou Allin, who won the first Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella, was a Toronto-born mystery writer who wrote the Belle Palmer and Holly Martin series and was a board member of CWC and a mentor to many in the community. She died in 2014 after a battle with cancer. The rest of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award winners can be found here.
May 2018: Brendan DuBois nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Short Story
Brendan DuBois’s “Random Nature,” from the January/February 2017 issue, has been nominated by the Private Eye Writers of America for a Shamus Award for Best P.I. Short Story. The tale features New Hampshire private investigator K. C. Dunbar solving her first mystery case.
May 15, 2018: Penzler Publishers, a new publishing company, announces its inaugural imprint
American Mystery Classics will be the first imprint from the new publishing company Penzler Publishers from president and CEO Otto Penzler (editor, founder of Mysterious Press, and proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop). The imprint will reprint works by American detective-fiction writers of the genre’s Golden Age. Distributed by W.W. Norton in hardcover and trade-paperback editions, the first six titles will be released in October.
May 15, 2018: The Short Mystery Fiction Society announces the 2018 Derringer Award winners
John M. Floyd will be honored with the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Dagger for Lifetime Achievement from The Short Mystery Fiction Society. The Derringer Award winners this year also include Robert Lopresti (Best Short Story).
Debra H. Goldstein nominated for a 2018 Anthony Award
On May 9, 2018, organizers of Bouchercon 2018 announced the Anthony Award nominees, including, in the Best Short Story category, “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” by Debra H. Goldstein The tale, which looks back on a crime through the eyes of a young boy in 1960s Birmingham, appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of the magazine. It was also nominated for an Agatha Award this year. You can read the story here and you will be able to hear the author read the story in an upcoming podcast episode.
AHMM at the Edgars and Malice Domestic
On Wednesday, April 25, EQMM associate editor Jackie Sherbow attended the 2018 Edgars Award Symposium The next afternoon, AHMM authors, editors, and friends celebrated Edgar Award nominee S.J. Rozan at the annual Dell Magazines pre-Edgars celebration in New York and the Edgar Allan Poe Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The following day, editor Linda Landrigan and associate editor Jackie Sherbow traveled to Maryland to attend the Malice Domestic conference, where Debra H. Goldstein was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story (for “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place”). While at the conference, the editors met with authors to record their stories for several upcoming podcast episodes.
Crime Writers of Canada Announces Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist
Two works from the pages of AHMM have been nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing: “How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around” by Mike Culpepper, and “Money Maker” by Jas R. Petrin. Both stories are finalists in the Lou Allin Memorial Award for Best Crime Novella category. Mike Culpepper's story is a puzzling historical whodunit from the September/October 2017 issue. Jas R. Petrin’s story belongs to his series featuring Skig Skorzeny, and it appeared in the May/June 2017 issue.
Alfred Hitchcock remains an influence on crime writers: February 9, 2018
The 2018 New York Times bestseller list has so far consistently featured new novels of suspense. Editor Linda Landrigan—as well as AHMM contributors S. J. Rozan, Jim Fusilli, Paul D. Marks, and Michael Mallory—weigh in at The Washington Post to talk about how Alfred Hitchcock continues to make his mark on crime writers today.
Debra H. Goldstein nominated for a 2018 Agatha Award
On January 29, Malice Domestic announced that “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place” by Debra H. Goldstein has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. The tale relates a looked-over crime that took place in 1960s Birmingham, Alabama and was published in the May/June 2017 issue of AHMM. The winner will be announced during the 2018 Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, MD.
S. J. Rozan nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award
Mystery Writers of America has announced that S. J. Rozan s “Chin Yong-Yun Stays at Home” from the January/February 2017 issue is currently nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. The title character of the story (who also features in the 2015 EQMM story “Chin Yong-Yun Meets a Ghost”) is the mother of Lydia Chin, the author’s series private detective (see China Trade). The winner of the award will be announced at the 2018 Edgar Awards Banquet on April 26.
December 2017: Bestselling mystery master Sue Grafton dies
The AHMM team was saddened to hear of the passing of famed author Sue Grafton at the end of the year. Her last book, released in August, was Y is for Yesterday. Grafton and her series character Kinsey Millhone were influential to many of the writers and readers in our community.
The Center for Fiction relocating to downtown Brooklyn
The E. 47th Street location of The Center for Fiction is now closed, in preparation for a move to downtown Brooklyn in fall 2018. The Raven Award–winning mystery collection within the Center for Fiction’s New York library holds some of the first mystery and detective novels published in Britain and the United States, as well as new fiction.
AHMM expanding social-media presence
You can now find AHMM on Twitter (@ahitchcockmm) and Instagram (@alfredhitchcockmm), in addition to Facebook (@alfredhitchcockmm). The editors will be sharing photos, insight into the editorial and production processes, links of interest, fun facts, previews of upcoming issues, and more. You can also find our sister magazine EQMM at @eqmm (Twitter) and @elleryqueenmm (Instagram).
AHMM contributor and moderator James Lincoln Warren writes about Bouchercon short-story panel
At Sleuth Sayers, James Lincoln Warren talks about the standing-room-only panel about writing short stories that he moderated at Bouchercon 2017. AHMM contributors Alan Orloff and Barb Goffman joined EQMM editor Janet Hutchings and others on the panel.
Derringer winner and three-time author of “The Story That Won” talks about AHMM’s Mysterious Photograph contest
Randall DeWitt joined AHMM at Trace Evidence to talk about his experience entering the Mysterious Photograph contest that can be found in every issue of AHMM. Find out more about the contest and see the current issue’s winning story here.
William Link to be honored as MWA Grand Master in 2018
The Mystery Writers of America have announced that, along with Jane Langton and Peter Lovesey, William Link will receive the honor of Grand Master for the upcoming year. Link, with his writing partner Richard Levinson, has contributed several stories to AHMM since 1979. The duo co-created such television shows as Columbo and Murder She Wrote. William Link is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Edgar Award winner.
Anthony Award for Best Novella given to “The Last Blue Glass” (AHMM 4/16)
In a bittersweet moment, B.K. Stevens won the 2017 Best Novella Anthony Award, given at Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. The late author’s husband, Dennis Stevens, accepted the award at the convention’s Sunday awards brunch.
AHMM Participates in the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival
For the fifth year running, AHMM and the rest of the Dell Magazines fiction titles had a booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall and Plaza. Representing AHMM and EQMM was associate editor Jackie Sherbow.
Brendan DuBois’s “A Battlefield Reunion” wins the 2017 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Short Story
“A Battlefield Reunion” by Brendan DuBois—the postwar P.I. tale from the June 2016 issue of AHMM—has won the Shamus Award for Best Short Story, as announced by the Private Eye Writers of America in their September 2017 newsletter.
EQMM contributor Charlaine Harris’s latest TV adaptation wraps up first season on NBC
Midnight, Texas, the NBC prime-time show based on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris has just aired its first-season finale. In July, editors Janet Hutchings, Linda Landrigan, and Jackie Sherbow attended a screening of the show’s pilot at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York. The screening and a celebration afterward were hosted by JABberwocky Literary Agency.
Remembering B.K. Stevens
It is with sadness that we note the passing in August 2017 of novelist and short-story writer B.K. Stevens. The loss is felt deeply at AHMM and throughout the mystery community, and Linda Landrigan joined Art Taylor and others at SleuthSayers to share memories of B.K.
Brian Cox’s NYT Crossword Puzzle Constructor Debut
AHMM author and former managing editor (1985-1989) Brian Cox made his debut as a New York Times crossword puzzle constructor Wednesday, July 25. You can read some insights into the puzzle in the Times’ Wordplay column here.
AHMM at Bouchercon 2017
This year, editor Linda Landrigan and associate editor Jackie Sherbow, along with EQMM editor Janet Hutchings, will travel to Toronto for the 48th Bouchercon World Mystery Convention: Passport to Murder. Linda will appear on “The Twisted Panel” (Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m.). At the Nero Wolfe Banquet (Friday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.), Jackie will reprise her toast to Rex Stout from the 2016 Black Orchid Banquet. The results of the Anthony Award will be announced on Sunday, October 15; nominated is B.K. Stevens for her story “The Last Blue Glass.” EQMM will be honored for distinguished contribution to the genre with panels and a celebratory event Thursday evening.
B.K. Stevens nominated for an Anthony Award
“The Last Blue Glass” by B.K. Stevens, from the April 2016 issue of AHMM, has been nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Short Story, to be given during Bouchercon 2017 in Toronto. The Anthony Award is named for the late Anthony Boucher (William Anthony Parker White), well-known writer and critic from the New York Times, who helped found the Mystery Writers of America. You can read the story here.
Brendan DuBois nominated for a PWA Shamus Award
The Private Eye Writers of America have nominated prolific short-story writer and novelist Brendan DuBois’s gripping June 2016 AHMM story “A Battlefield Reunion” (set in Boston just after WWII) for a Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Short Story. The PWA was founded in 1981 by Robert J. Randisi, who also created the Shamus Awards. The awards will be announced in September via PWA newsletter.
Linda Landrigan Appears at MWA-NY Fiction Writers Conference
Linda Landrigan participated in a discussion entitled “Final Tips Before You Hit Send” at the Mystery Writers of America New York Chapter’s Fiction Writers Conference in Stamford, Connecticut, on June 3, 2017. Joining her to provide guidance for submitting writers were, among others, celebrated authors and Edgar nominees Lyndsay Faye and Reed Farrel Coleman. The conversation was led by author, editor, and instructor Charles Salzberg and was part of a full day of programming. See more about MWA-NY.
The Stone House Redesigned in Time for Mystery Classic Feature
AHMM author, professor, and playwright Jason Half updated his Daisy Mitchell tribute site The Stone House in time for the appearance of her story “Daisy Bell” in our May/June 2017 issue, in the Mystery Classics department.
Mystery Week in NYC and Bethesda
Agatha Award Nominee Linda Landrigan, along with EQMM editor Janet Hutchings, attended the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland, following the Spring 2017 Edgar week festivities in NYC. At Malice, AHMM was delighted to celebrate an Agatha Award nominee – Virginia novelist and short-story writer B.K. Stevens – for her chilling tale “The Last Blue Glass.” Linda moderated the Short Story panel at the convention. Check out the photo gallery of Edgar week events at EQMM’s blog Something Is Going to Happen.
Terrie Farley Moran wins the Derringer Award
In May, The Short Mystery Fiction Society awarded Terrie Farley Moran with the Best Novelette of 2016 Award for her story “Inquiry and Assistance”! The Depression-era gumshoe tale by the Agatha Award winning author appeared in the January/February 2016 issue.
AHMM stories shortlisted for the Derringer Award
Five AHMM stories received 2017 Derringer Award nominations from the Short Mystery Fiction Society: “Beks and the Second Note” by Bruce Arthurs (December 2016 issue); “The Cumberland Package” by Robert Mangeot (May 2016 issue); “The Chemistry of Heroes” by Catherine Dilts (May 2016 issue); “Inquiry and Assistance” by Terrie Farley Moran (January/February 2016 issue), and “The Last Blue Glass” (April 2016 issue). Links to interviews with our finalists can be found at the AHMM Trace Evidence blog.
Linda Landrigan Moderates Crime Panel at New York Society Library
On February 16, 2017, three acclaimed mystery writers discussed New York City as a setting for crime fiction, historical or present-day, with editor Linda Landrigan as moderator. The panelists were critically acclaimed author Lyndsay Faye, Edgar Award winner Stefanie Pintoff, and accomplished novelist Radha Vatsal.
Steve Liskow Wins the Black Orchid Novella Award
Steve Liskow — author of the Woody Guthrie series and Edgar and Shamus Award finalist — garnered his second Black Orchid Novella Award on December 3, 2016, to become the award’s first repeat winner. His winning puzzler “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” further develops his Detroit P.I. and the tight cast of characters forming the up-and-coming rock band Promise, and will appear in the July/August issue of AHMM (on sale June 20, 2017). Learn more about the award here.
Added August 18, 2017: Read about details of Steve’s writing process for this series at the Trace Evidence Blog.
Black Orchid Novella Award Celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Every year in conjunction with The Wolfe Pack, AHMM presents the winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award contest, given to a novella best exemplifying the tradition of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. To celebrate the 10th year of the award, on December 3, 2016, past winners joined us at Trace Evidence to share their experiences.
AHMM Celebrates Sixty Years
To celebrate our 60th anniversary, AHMM included a special supplement in its December 2016 issue, featuring reminiscences from longtime authors and others associated with the magazine’s history. Prolific and award-winning author Doug Allyn joins us at Trace Evidence for the occasion to talk about how winning the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award has affected him. Plus, the December 2016 issue boasts a killer anniversary cover.