- Gold Dagger: This Dark Road to MercyÂ by Wiley Cash (Doubleday)
- Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: An Officer and a SpyÂ by Robert Harris (Random House)
- John Creasey New Blood Dagger: The Axeman’s JazzÂ by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
- International Dagger: The SiegeÂ by Arturo Perez-Reverte, translated by Frank Wynne [Spain] (Weidenfeld)
- Historical Dagger: The Devil in the MarshalseaÂ by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Debut Dagger: The MovementÂ by Jody Sabral
- Diamond Dagger (Lifetime Achievement): Simon Brett
- Non-Fiction Dagger: The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the TajÂ by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark (Viking)
- Short Story Dagger: ‘Fedora’ by John Harvey (published in Deadly PleasuresÂ edited by Martin Edwards â€” Severn House)
Category: Best Crime Books
Celebrating its 60th year, the British Crime Writers’ Association has announced the first batch of its coveted Daggers Awards. The Gala Awards Dinner was held on Monday 15 July at Kings Place in London and was hosted by television personality and former Tory MP, Gyles Brandreth. The highlights of the Awards (so far announced) are:
- Andrew Taylor has won his third CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger for his novel The Scent of Death. No one else has won the award three times.
- The CWA International Dagger has been shared by two French authors, Fred VargasÂ (for Ghost Riders of Ordebec)Â and Pierre Lemaitre (for Alex). Fred Vargas has previously won the Award in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
- The CWA Diamond Dagger 2013 was presented to Lee Child, from last year’s winner, Frederick Forsyth.
- Finn Clarke was awarded the CWA Debut Dagger for the unpublished novel, Call Time.
- The 2013 CWA Non-Fiction Dagger was presented to Paul French for Midnight in Peking, which told the story of the murder of a former UK consul in Peking in 1938.
- Stella Duffy won the CWA Short Story Dagger for her storyÂ Come Away with Me, which firstÂ appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 10, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.
- The longlists were announced for the CWA Gold, Steel and John Creasey Daggers. They were:
CWA Gold Dagger Longlist
- Belinda BauerÂ forÂ RubberneckerÂ (Bantam/Transworld)
- Lauren BeukesÂ forÂ The Shining GirlsÂ (HarperCollins)
- Sam HawkenÂ forÂ Tequila SunsetÂ (Serpentâ€™s Tail)
- Mick HerronÂ forÂ Dead LionsÂ (Soho Crime)
- Becky MastermanÂ forÂ Rage Against the DyingÂ (Orion)
- Sara ParetskyÂ forÂ BreakdownÂ (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Michael RobothamÂ forÂ Say Youâ€™re SorryÂ (Sphere)
- Don WinslowÂ forÂ The Kings of CoolÂ (Heinemann)
Â CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Longlist
- Roger Hobbs for Ghostman (published by Transworld)
- Liz Jensen for The Uninvited (Bloomsbury)
- Malcolm Mackay forÂ The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Pan Macmillan)
- Stuart NevilleÂ forÂ RatlinesÂ (Random House)
- Mark OldfieldÂ forÂ The SentinelÂ (Head of Zeus)
- Andrew WilliamsÂ forÂ The Poison TideÂ (John Murray)
- Robert WilsonÂ forÂ Capital PunishmentÂ (Orion)
CWA John Creasy Dagger Longlist
- Roger HobbsÂ forÂ GhostmanÂ (Doubleday)
- Hanna JamesonÂ forÂ Something You AreÂ (Head of Zeus)
- Malcolm MackayÂ forÂ The Necessary Death of Lewis WinterÂ (Mantle)
- Becky MastermanÂ forÂ Rage Against the DyingÂ (Orion)
- Derek B MillerÂ forÂ Norwegian by NightÂ (Faber and Faber)
- Thomas MogfordÂ forÂ Shadow of the RockÂ (Bloomsbury)
- Michael RussellÂ forÂ The City Of ShadowsÂ (Avon)
- M D VilliersÂ forÂ City of BloodÂ (Harvill Secker)
The CWA Chair, Alison Joseph said:
â€œThe announcement of the Daggers Awards is always an exciting moment in the CWAâ€™s calendarâ€¦ The Awards Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the best of our genre, to award our most talented authors and, most important of all, to introduce our ever-growing readership to more books they will enjoy.”
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.
Dare MeÂ â€“ Megan Abbott
The Trinity GameÂ â€“ Sean Chercover
Gone GirlÂ â€“ Gillian Flynn
The Beautiful MysteryÂ â€“ Louise Penny
The Other WomanÂ â€“ Hank Phillippi Ryan
BEST FIRST NOVEL
Donâ€™t Ever Get OldÂ â€“ Daniel Friedman
The ProfessionalsÂ â€“ Owen Laukkanen
The ExpatsÂ â€“ Chris Pavone
The 500Â â€“ Matthew Quirk
Black FridaysÂ â€“ Michael Sears
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
Whiplash RiverÂ â€“ Lou Berney
Murder for ChoirÂ â€“ Joelle Charbonneau
And She WasÂ â€“ Alison Gaylin
Blessed are the DeadÂ â€“ Malla Nunn
Big MariaÂ â€“ Johnny Shaw
BEST SHORT STORY
â€œMischief in Mesopotamiaâ€ â€“ Dana Cameron, EQMM, Nov 2012
â€œKept in the Darkâ€ â€“ Shelia Connolly, Best New England Crime Stories: Blood Moon
â€œThe Lord is My Shamusâ€ â€“ Barb Goffman, Chesapeake Crimes: This Job is Murder
â€œPeachesâ€ â€“ Todd Robinson, Grift, Spring 2012
â€œThe Unremarkable Heartâ€ â€“ Karin Slaughter, MWA Presents: Vengeance,
BEST CRITICAL NONFICTION WORK
Books to Die ForÂ â€“ John Connolly and Declan Burke, editors
Blood RelationsÂ â€“ Joseph Goodrich, editor
More Forensics and FictionÂ â€“ DP Lyle, MD
The Grand TourÂ â€“ Mathew Prichard, editor
In Pursuit of SpenserÂ â€“ Otto Penzler, editor
BestCrimeBooks.com congratulates each and every nominee and wishes them all the very best of luck.
The Anthony Awards are given out annually at Bouchercon. The nominating ballots for the 2013 Anthony Awards have been e-mailed to most registered attendees, as of 3/2/13.Â Others will receive ballots as their registration is processed.
The Anthony Awards are named after the esteemed California-based writer and critic, Anthony Boucher (1911-1969).Â Boucher’s real name was William Anthony Parker White. From 1942 to 1947 he reviewed popular fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. He became a popular and respected editor, Â giving many influential writers their start. He wrote five mystery novels under as Anthony Boucher â€“ starting with teh ground-breakingÂ The Case of the Seven of CalvaryÂ in 1937, Â and another two under another pseudonym HH Holmes.
Mystery Readers International have announced theÂ 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 atÂ Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, which is to be held in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, over the weekend of October 4-7. The award is named after the “mystery cat” in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). To be nominated, books and Stories need to have been published in the USA during 2011.
The nonimees are:
Best Mystery Novel
1222Â by Anne Holt, translated by Marlaine Delargy (Scribner)
Claire DeWitt and the City of the DeadÂ by Sara Gran (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The House of SilkÂ by Anthony Horowitz (Mulholland Books)
The RidgeÂ by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
A Trick of the LightÂ by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Two Deaths of Daniel HayesÂ by Marcus Sakey (Dutton)
Hell & GoneÂ by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland Books)
Best First Mystery Novel
Â Learning to SwimÂ by Sara J. Henry (Crown)
Nazareth ChildÂ by Darrell James (Midnight Ink)
Turn of MindÂ by Alice LaPlante (Atlantic Monthly)
All Cry ChaosÂ by Leonard Rosen (Permanent Press)
The InformationistÂ by Taylor Stevens (Crown)
Before I Go To SleepÂ by S. J. Watson (Harper)
Best Mystery-Related Nonfiction
Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom ProcedureÂ by Leslie Budewitz (Linden)
Agatha Christie: Murder in the Making: More Stories and Secrets from Her NotebooksÂ by John Curran (HarperCollins)
Wilkie Collins, Vera Caspary and the Evolution of the Casebook NovelÂ by A.B. Emrys (McFarland)
The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the EdgeÂ by T.J. English (William Morrow)
The Sookie Stackhouse CompanionÂ by Charlaine Harris (Ace)
Best Mystery Short Story
“Disarming” by Dana Cameron (EQMM, June 2011)
“Facts Exhibiting Wantonness” by Trina Corey (EQMM, Nov. 2011)
“Palace by the Lake” by Daryl Wood Gerber (Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology, Wildside Press)
“Truth and Consequences” by Barb Goffman (Mystery Times Ten, Buddhapuss Ink)
“Heat of Passion” by Kathleen Ryan (A Twist of Noir, Feb. 14, 2011)
“The Man Who Took His Hat Off to the Driver of the Train” by Peter Turnbull (EQMM, March/April 2011)
Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award
Naughty in NiceÂ by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
Narrows GateÂ by Jim Fusilli (AmazonEncore)
Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of BloodstainsÂ by Catriona McPherson (Thomas Dunne/Minotaur)
Mercuryâ€™s RiseÂ by Ann Parker (Poisoned Pen)
Troubled BonesÂ by Jeri Westerson (Minotaur)
A Lesson in SecretsÂ by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper)
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 survival, hard-boiled noir and Golden Age mysteries. We enjoy such sub-genres as the political thriller, courtroom dramas, the techno-thriller, police procedurals, private dicks, a spot of adventure and even a heist or two.
Best Crime Books: Some Of Our Favorite Authors
Our favourite authors include (no particular order), James Crumley, James Elroy, Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Colin Dexter, James Lee Burke, Alfalfa Burke, George V Higgins, W R Burnett, Agatha Christie, Anthony Boucher, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Andrea Camilleri, Henning Mankell, Steig Larsson, Robert B Parker, Mark Timlin, Lawrence Block, Edmund Crispin, Mary Higgins Clark, Margaret Millar, Elizabeth Peters, William McIlvanney, John Creasey, Ken Follett, Lee Child, Ian Fleming, Ed McBain/ Peter Leonard, Evan Hunter, Loren D. Estleman, Charles Willeford, Reginald Hill, James Follett, David Peace, James Patterson, Ross Thomas, Joseph Conrad, Robert Crais, George P Pelecanos, Frances Fyfield, Colin Bateman, Michael Gilbert, Michael Innes, Ngaio Marsh, Jonathan Latimer, Margery Allingham, Dan Kavanagh, Carl Hiaasen, Michael Crichton, Scott Turow, John le CarrÃ©, GÃ©rard de Villiers, Charles Dickens, John D MacDonald, Ross McDonald, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Kyotaro Nishimura, Ira Levin, Mickey Spillane, Irving Wallace, John Dickson Carr, John Grisham, Walter Mosley, John Dickson Carr, Peter Lovesey, Robert Ludlum, Dashiell Hammett, Wilkie Collins, Raymond Chandler, Daphne du Maurier, James M Cain, Mario Puzo, Edgar Wallace, Erle Stanley Gardner, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Georges Simenon, Jim Thompson, Eric Ambler, Maj SjÃ¶wall and Per WahlÃ¶Ã¶, Len Deighton, Dorothy L Sayers, Donald E Westlake, Thomas Harris, Umberto Eco, Tony Hillerman,Â Edgar Allan Poe and E C Bentley.
Best Crime Books: 5 Great Crime Novels
Sometimes we don’t why the best crime books are our favourites. Sometimes they’re not even classed as proper crime or mystery books.
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips
Wobble To Death by Peter Lovesey
Killshot by Elmore Leonard
Those are five wonderful novels but are they really the best crime books of all time. Of course not, but you’ve got to start somewhere. On a different day a different person would pick a totally different list of best crime novels. On a different day the same person would also pick a completely different list.
The thing about crime and mystery novels is that much of it comes down to preference. A big factor is style. Then there’s mood. Some aficionados rate P.D. James as one of our greatest living (or dead) authors; others can’t stand her or her writing. Elmore Leonard is seen by many as the finest author ever to pen a thriller, whereas others can’t see what the fuss is all about. During his lifetime, Edgar Wallace was one of the most read authors on the planet, who could write a novel in a week or less. Now it is hard to see what all the fuss was about. Different times, different styles, different likes and dislikes.
When it comes to the best crime books, everyone has an opinion and every opinion is valid. Happy reading!
R.J. Ellory has received one of the most prestigious awards in crime writing after his novel A Simple Act of Violence scooped this yearâ€™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 Billingham R.J. Ellory also beat a number of longlisted heavy-weights from the cream of Britainâ€™s crime writers including Val McDermid, Martina Cole and Peter Robinson.
The Birmingham born author was presented the prize at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and regular festival goer Mark Lawson on the opening night (Thursday 22 July) of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. He receives a Â£3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.
Now in its sixth year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing, and is open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback in 2009.
The judging panel, which included Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and author; John Dugdale, Guardian Associate Media Editor; Natalie Haynes, comedian and journalist; Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd; and a public online vote that represented a 20% share of the all-new judging process, was very impressed by Elloryâ€™s novel. Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston, said:
â€œThe standard of the shortlist was particularly high this year and our decision was a tough one. However, R.J. Elloryâ€™s A Simple Act of Violence is a most impressive, fascinating and surprising book and a worthy winner of this yearâ€™s Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. A fast-paced thriller, each page seems to bring about a new twist and take you deeper into a world that could only have come from a true master of crime fiction. â€
Ellory was completely stunned upon hearing the news: â€œI donâ€™t think anyone not in my shoes can understand the definition of speechless. I am utterly speechless. This has really taken me aback. I feel acknowledged for doing something different. Thank you, Iâ€™m grateful beyond words.â€
The 2010 Shortlist in full
In the Dark by Mark Billingham
The Surrogate by Tania Carver
A Simple Act of ViolenceÂ by R.J. Ellory
The Crossing PlacesÂ by Elly Griffiths
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James
Gallows Lane by Brian McGilloway
Doors Open by Ian Rankin
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
The Crime Writersâ€™ Association is pleased to announce that:
William Brodrick wins the CWA Gold Dagger for A Whispered Name
John Hart wins the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for The Last Child
Johan Theorin wins the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Echoes from The Dead
Philip Kerr wins the Ellis Peters Historical Award for If The Dead Rise Not.
The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement. In winning the Gold Dagger and the Â£2500 prize, William Brodrick joins a long and illustrious line stretching back to 1955 and The Little Walls by Winston Graham, now best known as the author of the Poldark novels.
The judges described A Whispered Name as â€˜A moving novel that stretches the parameters of the crime genre, intertwining past and present and throwing light on a neglected aspect of World War One.â€™ In accepting his award, William Brodrick said â€œI find myself in the hinterland of speechlessness… I would like to dedicate the award to the memory of Harry Patch and the generation he came to represent.â€
John Hart, the winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and a Â£2000 cheque is the Edgar-Award winning author of two international bestsellers, The King of Lies and Down River. The judges said that The Last Child, his third book, was â€œAccomplished and ambitious piece of southern gothic. It is beautifully rendered, with a cast of memorable characters – full of pathos, atmosphere and mystery. A cracking and original story.â€
Johan Theorin, the winner of the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger and a Â£1000 cheque, said â€œBritain is home to most of the greatest mystery writers in the world, from Conan Doyle, Christie and Creasey and up to all the fine writers who are still alive and active today – and as a Swede I couldnâ€™t dream of competing with them. But to my big surprise and honour, I guess I have.â€ The judges described Echoes from The Dead as â€œa finely written intrigue … in which the island where the action takes place is as much a player in the drama as the people are.â€
Philip Kerr, the author of the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award winning If The Dead Rise Not is the author of five other acclaimed Bernie Gunther novels and is acknowledged as one of todayâ€™s finest thriller writers. He learned of his success at a presentation ceremony held at Six Fitzroy Square, London on 29 October 2009.
The Crime Writersâ€™ Association is delighted to announce the shortlists for a number of this yearâ€™s Daggers – the prestigious awards that celebrate the very best in crime and thriller writing in 2009.
The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement.
The winners will be announced at a drinks reception held at the Tiger Tiger nightspot in London on the evening of July 15. At that event, the shortlist will also be announced for the Gold, John Creasey (New Blood) and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers.
CWA Chair Margaret Murphy said: â€œThe strength of the Daggers shortlists, and even those writers who missed out, shows that crime writing remains in good shape.â€Â
The first phase of shortlists are as follows:
THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER
For crime, thriller, suspense or spy novels which have been translated into English from their original language, for UK publication. Â£1000 prize money for the author and Â£500 for the translator
Karin Alvtegen, Shadow, translated from the Swedish by McKinley Burnett, Canongate 2009 
Judgesâ€™ comments: This well-crafted novel of damage repeated from generation to generation infuses melodrama with a meditation on the cost of writing.
Arnaldur IndriÃ°ason, Arctic Chill, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder & Victoria Cribb, Harvill Secker 2008 
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â IndriÃ°ason employs a recognised police-procedural form to transcend a familiar Scandinavian gloom into something more interesting – an insistent examination of Iceland’s discovery that its apparently tight little island is implicated in a world-wide social problem.
Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire (MacLehose Press, Quercus), Trans. From the Swedish by Reg Keeland, MacLehose Quercus 2009 
Judgesâ€™ comments: This second novel of the Millennium trilogy interweaves an unusual range of characters in a plot of remarkable complexity.
Jo NesbÃ¸, The Redeemer, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett, Harvill Secker 2009 
Judgesâ€™ comments: Harry Hole, NesbÃ¸’s series detective, dominates an impressively twisty plot which ranges from his own career to Norway’s past.
Johan Theorin, Echoes from the Dead, translated from the Swedish by Marlaine Delargy, Doubleday 2008 
Judgesâ€™ comments: Working within the genre, Theorin evokes place and social history as well as character, while mastering the balance of clues and plot-twists.
Fred Vargas, The Chalk Circle Man, translated from the French by SiÃ¢n Reynolds Harvill Secker 2009 
Judgesâ€™ comments: This first Adamsberg novel is already a remarkable demonstration of Vargas’s ability to open with an odd event and follow it into an unhappy past.
Ann Cleeves, non-voting chair, is an award-winning crime writer.
MaiLin Li works for Kirklees Libraries and is a freelance literature specialist and promoter.
Ruth Morse teaches English Literature at the University of Paris. She is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.Â
John Murray-Browne is a bookseller.Â
CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER
Any crime short story first published in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK in return for payment, between 1st June, 2008 and 31st May, 2009.Â Prize money Â£1500.
Speaking of Lust by Lawrence Block from Crime Express series (Five Leaves Publications)
Judgesâ€™ comments: Four tales of lasciviousness and its fatal aftermath by one of the godfathers of the genre.
One Serving of Bad Luck by Sean Chercover from Killer Year, Lee Child, ed. (Mira)
Judgesâ€™ comments: Neat, tight and economical, this is a new take on the private eye; the auguries are good for a major crime writing career for this writer.
Cougar by Laura Lippman from Two of the Deadliest, Elizabeth George, ed. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Judgesâ€™ comments: A serrated knife in the gut of gender politics by an expert practitioner of the genre.
The Price of Love by Peter Robinson from The Blue Religion, Michael Connelly, ed. ( Back Bay Books)Â
Judgesâ€™ comments: A boy finally understands the brutal criminal implications of an incident in his childhood.
Served Cold by ZoÃ« Sharp from The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, Maxim Jakubowski, ed. (Constable & Robinson)
Judgesâ€™ comments: Justice, revenge, danger. All elements of a tale of lost love and its tragic consequences.
Motherâ€™s Milk by Chris Simms from The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, Maxim Jakubowski, ed. (Constable & Robinson)
Judgesâ€™ comments: A deceptively low key story of a thief and a conman who has the tables painfully turned on him.
Simon Brett is a radio presenter, man of the theatre and writer of civilized and witty crime entertainments.
Ayo Onatade – not content with running the lives of senior judges, she is also a well-connected crime journalist.
CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY
Sponsored by The Random House Group
Authors are nominated by UK libraries and Readersâ€™ Groups and judged by a panel of librarians. It isÂ awarded to an author for a body of work, rather than a single title.Â Prize money: Â£1,500, plus Â£300 to a participating libraryâ€™s readersâ€™ group.
Judgesâ€™ comments: His books are gripping right from the opening line and notable for descriptions of dead and decaying bodies. Excellently hidden twists and turns. Very sympathetic lead character. Bantam
Judgesâ€™ comments: An unusual hero in an unusual setting. Quirky, funny and very appealing. His books are a truly beautiful read. Publisher: Quercus
R J Ellory
Judgesâ€™ comments: Sensitively written. Full of depth. Multi-layered and with a real sense of place and an understanding, in the widest sense, of political manoeuverings. Orion
Judgesâ€™ comments: Original, lively and colourful. Her novels allow the reader to learn effortlessly about little-known historical backgrounds. Harper Collins
Judgesâ€™ comments: Very authentic police procedurals with realistic settings. Dark and pacy. Pan Macmillan
Judgesâ€™ comments: Has an ability to write convincingly as varied, authentically-drawn characters. Sphere
Judgesâ€™ general comments:
A very strong and varied list from which it was difficult to select the short list – reflecting the vigour and range of contemporary crime writing.
Chair: Mark Benjamin, formerly Team Librarian with Northumberland County Council
Vice-Chair: Cheney Gardner, Reading Development Manager, London Borough of Richmond on Thames
Wendy Molyneux, Community Access Librarian, Warrington Borough Council
Jonathan Gibbs, I.T. & Operations Librarian, Barbican Library, City of London
Karen Fraser, Customer Services Librarian, Shetland Library
Helen McNabb, Bibliographic Services Officer, Vale of Glamorgan Council
Deb Ryan, Senior Librarian Reader Services, RNIB National Library Services
CWA DEBUT DAGGERÂ
Sponsored by Orion
The Debut Dagger is a new-writing competition open to anyone writing in the English language who has not yet had a novel published commercially. First prize is Â£500 plus two free tickets to the prestigious CWA Dagger Awards and nightâ€™s stay for two in a top London hotel. All shortlisted entrants receive a generous selection of crime novels and professional assessments of their entries, and are also be invited to the Dagger Awards presentations.
Frank Burkett – A View from the Clock Tower (Australia)
Judgesâ€™ comment:Â An interesting first-person portrayal of a murder mystery set in Australiaâ€¦ family betrayals and dark secrets from the past.
Aoife Clifford – My First Big Book of Murder (Australia)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â A crime caper with witty prose and funny visual jokes.
CJ Harper – Backdrop (USA)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â A likeable PI protagonist and a solid time slip plotâ€¦ the 1950 Hollywood setting is sexyâ€¦
Madeleine Harris-CallwayÂ – The Land of Sun and FunÂ (Canada)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â A strong sense of place throughout, coupled with good characterisation and a sense of horror.
Renata Hill – Sex, Death and Chocolate (Canada)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â An entertaining read with witty dialogue and a quick-moving plot.
Mick Laing – The Sirius Patrol (UK)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â The enclosed feel of the small Greenland community, the characters and tensions within, make fascinating reading.
Susan Lindgren – Forgotten Treasures (USA)
Judgesâ€™ comments: Atmospheric, spooky,Â and absorbing â€“ the heroine is an interesting character with an intriguing background.
Catherine Oâ€™Keefe – The Pathologist (Canada)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â An uncomfortable, sophisticated,Â read that also manages to be suspenseful.
Danielle Ramsay – PaterfamiliasÂ (UK)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â Strong plot with good red herrings and a clever twist.
Germaine Stafford – A Vine Time for Trouble (Italy)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â Nicely written cosy-style murder mysteryâ€¦with the added enticement of the Italian setting. Â
Martin Ungless – Idiot Wind (UK)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â A clever and ambitious story tackling challenging issues.
Alan Wright – Murder at the SÃ©ance (UK)
Judgesâ€™ comments:Â Convincing settings, atmospheric and with an air of authenticity.
Emma Beswetherick – Senior Fiction Editor, Piatkus
Julie Crisp – Senior Commissioning Editor, Macmillan
Sara O’Keeffe – Senior Commissioning Editor, Orion
Euan Thorneycroft – Authors’ agent (A M Heath)
Julia Wisdom – Publishing Editor, HarperCollins
Chair: Margaret Murphy, Chair of the CWA