Sisters in Crime Australia announced the shortlist for its 14th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Categories include Best Adult Novel, Best YA Novel, Best Children's Novel, Best True Crime Book, and Best Debut Book. For all the nominees, check out the SinC-Aussie website.
After a three-year hiatus, SleuthFest will return to South Florida in 2015, February 26 – March 1 with James Patterson serving as the Keynote Speaker. Other special guests include James W. Hall (Florida Guest of Honor); Dave Barry (Sunday Guest of Honor); Ric Gillespie (Forensic Guest of Honor). Conference attendees can also participate in agent and editor appointments, manuscript critiques, a silent auction and special panels and sessions.
Meanwhile, Martin Edwards has a nice review of the recent 21st annual Crime and Mystery Week-end at St Hilda's College in Oxford, which had a theme this year of "detective fiction and warfare."
The deadline is just over a month away for Perpetual Publishing's anthology, Stay Cool: A Tribute to Elmore Leonard. The editors are looking for stories in the same vein as the late author's writing, of between 1,000 and 10,000 words. The deadline is September 30, with a target release date of Spring 2015.
The British Film Institute wants help in solving the mystery of the whereabouts of A Study in Scarlet, a silent adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first mystery nove. Made in 1914, it was the first Sherlock Holmes film and has has been missing since the First World War.
Lee Lofland is putting up a fun Crime Writers' Mini-Dictionary on his blog The Graveyard Shift. So far, he has A through D and G through H, with more to come.
David Cranmer picks "Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups" for Tor.com, showcasing that Isaac Asimov was right, mystery and science fiction genres are not incompatible.
Author Dan Fesperman wrote an article for HuffPo about how technology is changing crime fiction forever, especially spy thrillers.
Author Julian Gough launched a literary campaign he calls a "Litcon" to remodel the economics of reading on Kickstarter. As he works on his next novel, he is soliticiting crowdfunds with the promise to send postcards from Las Vegas bearing whisky stains, lipstick, even bullet holes, and even his own blood.
The Rap Sheet has a tribute to Jerry Healy, author of the Boston-based John Francis Cuddy private-eye series and over sixty short stories, who also served as president of the Private Eye Writers of America. Healy, who was also a U.S. Army veteran and former law professor, committed suicide last week in Pompano Beach, Florida.
This week's crime poem at the 5-2 is "Slenderman" by Kristina England.
The Q&A roundup includes a profile of William Kent Krueger by the Minneapolis Star Tribune; Mike Miner takes the "Short, Sharp Interview" challenge from Paul D. Brazill; and Omnimystery News welcomed crime writers Dana King, who was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best Indie PI Novel for 2014