2014 CWA Dagger Winners

Gold Dagger: This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (Doubleday) Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Random House) John Creasey New Blood Dagger: The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle) International Dagger: The Siege by Arturo Perez-Reverte, translated by Frank Wynne [Spain] (Weidenfeld) Historical Dagger: The Devil… Continue reading

Anthony Awards 2013

2013 Anthony Awards Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, has announced the 2013 Anthony Award Nominees. Bouchercon XLIV will be held in Albany, New York, from September 19-22 and the winners will be chosen by the convention’s full time members. BEST NOVEL Dare Me – Megan Abbott The Trinity Game – Sean Chercover… Continue reading

Macavity Award Nominees 2012 | Anthony Awards 2012

Mystery Readers International have announced the 2012 Macavity Award Nominees. Also known as the “Anthonies”, these awards are the ultimate accolade in the crime wand mystery reading world. The winners will be announced at Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, which is to be held in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall… Continue reading

Best Crime Books

Best crime books are our passion and we will not countenance anything but the best, you understand. North American readers may be confused by our title: what you call mysteries are what we call crime books. This mighty genre covers a wealth of writing, from thrillers and suspense novels, to… Continue reading

RJ Ellory wins 2010 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

R.J. Ellory has received one of the most prestigious awards in crime writing after his novel A Simple Act of Violence scooped this year’s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Beating off stiff competition from a shortlist that included genre giants Ian Rankin, Peter James and Mark… Continue reading

Book Review: The Prince of Darkness by Graham Hurley

The latest D.I. Faraday novel, The Price Of Darkness by Graham Hurley starts off with what looks like a professional hit on a property developer. The dead man was involved in an M.O.D. site in Portsmouth with potentially rich pickings. Then a government minister is assassinated. What’s the connection? Also, there’s… Continue reading

My Favourite Novel by Mark Timlin

  THE BIG SLEEP by RAYMOND CHANDLER The Big Sleep is Raymond Chandler’s masterpiece. The best crime novel ever written bar none. Almost single handedly Chandler invented the genre of the hard drinking, hard smoking, hard loving, sharply dressed, first person, private detective, with a wisecrack for every occasion, and… Continue reading

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2008

2008 Longlist Announced The longlist was announced today for one of the most prestigious awards in the international crime writing calendar – the 4th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, the only literary prize of its kind to be voted for by the general public.  This year’s… Continue reading