Friday, May 20, 2022

Published 16-22 May 2022

I've expanded on my monthly listing. These are the 17 books published between 16 and 22 May 2022. Blurbs and covers taken from Amazon.

Chase, Clare - Mystery at Lovelace Manor #8 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter

Lovelace Manor has a famous past... but when a historian becomes history at its annual open day, amateur sleuth Eve Mallow is on the case!

Everyone in Saxford St Peter flocks to Lovelace Sunday, the festival celebrating the romantic history of beautiful Lovelace Manor. This year will be even more exciting, as famous TV historian Cammie Harington is planning a spectacular stunt with a hot-air balloon for her new show.

Eve Mallow jumps at the chance to volunteer - it's a great people-watching opportunity. But she soon realises there is no love lost between Cammie and the family who own the manor... so why did Cammie agree to come?

When Cammie's hot-air balloon tumbles from the sky, Eve feels sure this is no accident. Alongside dachshund Gus, she sets to work investigating the mystery, piecing together all the odd things she's seen and heard.

Could the killer be discreet Diana, lady of the manor, who fell out with Cammie years ago? Or Diana's dashing brother Sebastian, whose dark secret Cammie knew? Why was the loyal gardener following Cammie around? And had Cammie uncovered something explosive about the manor's past, as she claimed?

When someone breaks into Cammie's cottage and a priceless Lovelace heirloom goes missing, Eve is sure she's on the right track... but can she solve the case, before the killer brings her crashing down?

Chong, Mairi - Clinically Dead #5 Dr Cathy Moreland

Is it grief—or guilt? A doctor investigates a colleague in mourning in this addictive mystery by the author of Deadly Diagnosis.

When she pays a condolence call to medical secretary Sara Wiseman, Dr. Cathy Moreland is a bit taken aback to find Sara more upset about the recent suspicious death of her colleague at the hospital than the loss of her own mother. But Cathy is far more surprised when Sara’s husband later confides that he suspects Sara was having an affair with the dead doctor—and that he fears it was the least of her transgressions. Could she have had something to do with not only his demise but with her own mother’s?

When the postmortem reveals the doctor had a chemical in his system that was stored in the pathology lab—and it becomes apparent that a large amount of the toxin has gone missing—Cathy agrees to assist her friend and fellow doctor Suzalinna in the investigation. She can only hope she doesn’t wind up in the mortuary herself . . .

Comley, M A - To Prove Fatal #4 DI Sam Cobbs

A failed burglary or is there something far more sinister afoot?

DI Sam Cobbs investigates a heinous crime in which a family is ripped apart. With two lives in the balance, can Sam and her team unravel the plethora of lies and secrets, surrounding the horrendous incident?

The stakes are raised when Sam's integrity is called into question by a relative of one of the victims. He has his own agenda, to search for the truth and to seek his own retribution.

Dunphy, S A - Her Child's Cry #3 Boyle & Keneally, Ireland

'I just want my little girl back. She's so little, she needs her mummy. And she doesn't even have her panda bear with her. Find her, please find her, before it's too late.'

Little Rosie Blake has been taken. Since going missing from the hospital where she was being treated for cancer, Rosie's distraught parents haven't heard a word. And time is swiftly running out. They have to find her, and right away, because Rosie can only survive for ten days without her medication.

With the police unable to find any leads at all, criminal behaviourist Jessie Boyle and her team are brought in to help. Who would be so evil as to steal a sick child? Narrowing down on a suspect, Jessie quickly moves to arrest them, only to discover the suspect's dead body instead... And with no Rosie in sight, the case becomes even more desperate.

Who killed their chief suspect, and where is Rosie now? And is Rosie's disappearance linked to the sudden revival of Dublin's Hellfire Club, an ancient and terrifying cult obsessed with death and human sacrifice?

As the race to find Rosie intensifies, her heartbroken parents know their little girl's time is running out. The clock is ticking, but Jessie clings on to the hope of finding her safe. As her search leads her to Ireland's remote mountains, will Jessie be able to survive the deadly threat that awaits her, rescue Rosie, and get her back to safety, before it's too late?

Ellis, Mark - Dead in the Water #5 Frank Merlin

Summer, 1942.

The Second World War rages on but Britain now faces the Nazi threat with America at its side.

In a bombed-out London swarming with gangsters and spies, DCI Frank Merlin continues his battle against rampant wartime crime. A mangled body is found in the Thames just as some items of priceless art go mysteriously missing. What sinister connection links the two?

Merlin and his team follow a twisting trail of secrets and lies as they investigate a baffling and deadly puzzle .

Giuliani, C P - The Road to Murder (ebook only) #1 Tom Walsingham

England, 1581

Nineteen-year-old Thomas Walsingham is thrilled to be working as a confidential courier, carrying messages between London and Paris for his illustrious cousin, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham … until everything goes wrong.

Tasked with escorting an English glove-maker to the French Court, Tom is also playing messenger for the Duke of Anjou, Queen Elizabeth’s French suitor, as well as carrying confidential instructions to the English Ambassador in Paris.

When French soldiers assault his convoy en route, Tom loses a letter he had sewn into his clothes. And the next morning, the glove-maker is found stabbed to death.

Determined to prove himself, despite failing so disastrously in his mission, Tom pushes on to Paris, but when he gets there, he discovers the glove-maker may not have been who he said he was.

Certain the queen may now be at risk, Tom is determined to report back to Sir Francis, but he cannot afford to wait for official orders.

Who was the glove-maker working for? Why was he killed?

Isolated and without a passport, Tom must travel incognito and return to the English court before anyone else ends up dead…

Grand, Mary - Good Neighbours 

It was meant to be a safe place to start again...

In need of an escape from her failing marriage, Nia agrees to house-sit her aunt’s cottage on the Isle of Wight. She feels sure the cosy close in a quaint harbour town will be a safe place to hide and figure out what to do next.

But things are not all as they seem in the close, and the neighbours who welcome her with open arms, are keeping secrets. When Nia finds the body of one of her new friends lying on the beach, she feels sickeningly sure that the killer is dangerously near to home.

Who killed her friend and why did she have to die? And if Nia discovers the answers she’s looking for, is she next on their hit list? Good neighbours may become good friends, but they can also make deadly enemies…

Lake, Deryn - Death on the River Thames #17 John Rawlings, Apothecary, Georgian London

John Rawlings has returned to his beloved London after spending time in America where revolutionary trouble is dangerously brewing.

Having made a substantial sum selling carbonated water, Rawlings buys a country house situated on the banks of the Thames in Strand-on-the-Green in Chiswick.

But one morning a small child falls into the river, and John, witnessing her rescue, hears her say she did not fall but was pushed. 

Not long after he is at the theatre with his daughter Rose when a woman is lowered by her ankles from the Slips... As he goes to her aid John Rawlings gets the feeling that some deadly mystery is about to unfold.

Could the two incidents possibly be connected?

Join John Rawlings and his friends as they make their way through the streets of Georgian London, chasing the bad lads, solving mysteries, sipping claret, and dancing at the fabulous balls with the Bon Ton.

Morton, Mandy - The Cat and the Pendulum #10 The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency

When the celebrated crime writer Agatha Crispy engages Hettie and Tilly in the search for a stolen manuscript, our feline detective duo is plunged into a world of Dickensian thieves and murderers.

Does the ghost of Jake the Nipper prowl the London Streets of Kitzrovia? Will Madame Two Paws’s exhibition wax or wane? And will the secrets in the crypt of the church of St Mavis and Cucumber finally be revealed?

Join Hettie and Tilly as they attempt to unravel yet another darkly humorous case for The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency.

Mulrooney, Gretta - Murder By the Shore (ebook only) #4 DI Siv Drummond

Detective Siv Drummond moved back to her hometown in Sussex, hoping for a quiet life by the sea. But trouble soon follows . . .

A little girl and her grandfather are murdered, minutes before her fourth birthday party.

Detective Siv Drummond arrives at the family’s beautiful coastal home to find a horrifying scene.

The little girl lies dead at the bottom of the garden. Suffocated in her Wendy house. Her grandfather is in the kitchen, his head caved in.

As long-kept secrets begin to surface, the killer is preparing to strike again.

The clock is ticking for Siv to uncover the family’s dark history and solve the case . . .

Scarr, Louisa - Blink of an Eye #3 DS Butler & DC West

Five friends meet. Only four come home.

On Christmas morning, DS Robin Butler has no plans to celebrate. He'll be glad to get back to work - a wish that comes true sooner than he anticipates. A dog walker at a local beach has discovered five unresponsive people strewn across the shingle. By the time Robin arrives, one is pronounced dead, and the other four are being treated in hospital.

DC Freya West is less than pleased when the romantic day with her boyfriend is scuppered, but duty calls. As she and Butler speak to those involved, it's clear something is being left unsaid. They claim they are friends, and that they don't know how one of the group was killed. But why are they so cagey?

A cold case investigation unlocks some answers about the history between the beach-going gang, yet they're tight-lipped about what prompted them to meet on Christmas Eve. Butler and West are getting nowhere, and their partnership is about to face another test. When Freya wants to come clean about events in her past, it's not just her neck on the line, but Robin's too. Can their relationship survive if their pact of silence is broken?

Scarrow, Alex - Gone to Ground #6 DCI Boyd

When Jay Turner – a nightclub doorman accidentally overhears a murder being planned he suddenly becomes Hastings' MOST WANTED man! Not only is he wanted by East Sussex Police for a violent crime that he's been framed for, but, by a desperate psychopath with limitless resources who simply can't afford for Jay to live... and for the truth to come out.

With Jay on the run and DCI Boyd doing his best to keep him alive, the noose is tightening and his only chance is to go to ground.

Schmidt, Joachim B - Kalmann tr. Jamie Lee Searle

Kalmann is the self-appointed Sheriff of Raufarhöfn. Day by day, he treks the wide plains which surround the almost deserted village, hunts Arctic foxes and lays bait in the sea ― to catch the gigantic Greenland sharks he turns into the Icelandic fermented delicacy, hákarl. There is nothing anyone need worry about. Kalmann has everything under control. Inside his head, however, the wheels sometimes spin backwards. One winter, after he discovers a pool of blood in the snow, the swiftly unfolding events threaten to overwhelm him. But he knows that his native wisdom and pure-hearted courage will see him through. There really is no need to worry. How can anything go wrong with Kalmann in charge? He knows everything a man needs to know about life – well almost.

Shelton, Paige - The Burning Pages #7 Scottish Bookshop Mystery

One winter's night, bookseller Delaney Nichols and her coworker Hamlet are invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She's perplexed by the invitation, but intrigued. The dinner takes place at Burns House itself, a tiny cottage not far from the Cracked Spine bookshop but well hidden. There, it becomes clear that Delaney and Hamlet were summoned in an attempt to make amends between Edwin, Delaney's boss, and one of the other invitees, who suspected Edwin for burning down his own bookshop twenty years ago after a professional disagreement.

But after the dinner, there’s another fire. The Burns House itself is burned to the ground, and this time there’s a body among the ruins. When Hamlet is accused of the crime, Delaney rushes to prove his innocence, only to discover that he might actually have a plausible motive...

Slater, K L - Missing 

I've known him all my life. I know he has taken my daughter. His mother says she can help me. But she's the last person I can trust...

Samuel lived next door when we were children. We were inseparable. But he didn’t like sharing me with my adored little brother. And one terrible night, he got rid of my brother forever…

Now, years later, he’s free. 
And my daughter is missing.

I turn on my baby girl’s unicorn nightlight and bury my face in her pillow, my heart breaking. I know Samuel has her – he blames me for ruining his life, and even after all this time, he still doesn’t like to share.

As darkness falls, there’s a knock at my door and I open it to see Samuel’s mother. She says she can help me.

I know I can’t trust her, but I don’t have a choice. With each step I take, my fear grows stronger. Can she help me find my daughter? Or does she know something about what really happened all those years ago? Something that could stop me from saving my baby girl…

Upson, Nicola - Dear Little Corpses #10 Josephine Tey, real-life crime writer

It takes a village to bury a child.

1 September, 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the countryside, but when a little girl vanishes without trace, the reality of separation becomes more desperate and more deadly for those who love her.

In the chaos and uncertainty of war, Josephine struggles with the prospect of change. As a cloud of suspicion falls across the small Suffolk village she has come to love, the conflict becomes personal, and events take a dark and sinister turn.

Webb, Liz - The Daughter

I lean in and whisper the question I have never let myself utter in twenty-three years.

"Dad, did you murder Mum?"

Hannah Davidson has a dementia-stricken father, an estranged TV star brother, and a mother whose death opened up hidden fault lines beneath the surface of their ordinary family life.

Now the same age that Jen Davidson was when she was killed, Hannah realises she bears an uncanny resemblance to her glamorous mother, and when her father begins to confuse them she is seriously unnerved.

Determined to uncover exactly what happened to her mum, Hannah begins to exploit her arresting likeness, but soon the boundaries between Hannah and her mother become fatally blurred.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Update Week 20

As promised I've returned to reading some crime fiction. I've started the latest in one of my comfort-read series, the Hamish MacBeth series by M C Beaton which is being carried on by R W Green.

From the foreword in Death of a Green-Eyed Monster, it seems there was a lot of collaboration with M C Beaton on this one and she had given it her approval. So far so good anyway!

Now the latest series of Beck is on iPlayer, the conversation goes something like "shall we watch Beck or..." and the answer is always Beck! Sadly there's only 4 episodes and we've watched 3 already.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

CrimeFest Awards 2022 - Winners

Announced on Saturday night, the winners of the CrimeFest Awards 2022. 

Here is the official press release:

Winners of 2022 CRIMEFEST Awards Announced

CRIMEFEST, one of Europe’s leading crime writing conventions, has announced the winners of its annual awards.

Now in its 15th year, the awards honour the best crime books released in 2021 in the UK.

The genre is the most popular in the UK. Nielsen BookData’s Books & Consumers survey data shows crime fiction sales in the UK across all formats stood at 54m in 2021; a 7% rise on pre-pandemic levels.

The winner of the anticipated Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award, and £1,000 prize monies, is David Heska Wanbli Weiden for Winter Counts published by Simon & Schuster.

Named by the New York Times as one of “the most critically acclaimed young novelists working now,” Winter Counts was called a “once-in-a-generation thriller” by the Los Angeles Times. Weiden is the first Native American author to win an Anthony Award and the Thriller Award. Set on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, Winter Counts is an examination of the broken criminal justice system on reservations, and a meditation on Native identity.

A further £1,000 prize is awarded to Richard Osman and actor Lesley Manville, reader of Osman’s The Man Who Died Twice. It’s the second year the pair has scooped the Audible Sounds of Crime Award, sponsored by Audible and voted by Audible UK listeners, after winning in 2021 for his phenomenal debut smash-hit, The Thursday Murder Club.

All category winners will receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

The eDunnit Award for the best e-book goes to Abigail Dean for Girl A. Born in Manchester, and a former bookseller for Waterstones, Dean now works as a lawyer for Google. Her astonishing debut novel about siblings who flee abusive parents received widespread acclaim as a story of redemption, horror and love. It was a Sunday Times and New York Times global best seller.

Winner of the H.R.F Keating Award for best biographical or critical book on crime fiction is Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks, edited by Anna von Planta, which was published for the centenary of Highsmith’s birth in 2021. It was praised by the New York Times as offering “the most complete picture ever published” of the canonical author.

The Last Laugh Award goes to Mick Herron’s Slough House. The Jackson Lamb series of dysfunctional British intelligence agents has recently been adapted by Apple TV starring Oscar-winner Gary Oldman.

Best Crime Novel for Children, aged 8-12, goes to M.G. Leonard’s birdwatching detective, Twitch. The internationally bestselling author tells a mystery adventure about friendship, bravery and birds, and Twitch is a celebration of the natural world.

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, aged 12-16, is awarded to Angeline Boulley for Firekeeper’s Daughter. The novel was praised by the Guardian as, “an interrogation of racist misogyny and a swift-paced, compelling thriller.”

This year also sees the introduction of the Thalia Proctor Memorial Award for Best Adapted TV Crime Drama. The award is named in honour of Thalia, a CrimeFest team member and a much-loved figure in the world of crime fiction, and who sadly died earlier this year.

The award is decided entirely by public vote from a longlist of the 43 TV programmes broadcast on British TV in the last year, based on a crime book. Ann Cleeves won the inaugural gong for Shetland, beating a strong shortlist that featured Antony Horowitz for Alex Rider, M.C. Beaton for Agatha Raisin and James Runcie for Grantchester

Adrian Muller, Co-host of CRIMEFEST, said: “The crime genre has dominated the book charts and our TV screens, keeping many of us company, particularly in the last two challenging years. The genre never fails to offer escapism and entertainment, as well as often exploring big issues and emotions. As a genre that also often makes sense of a chaotic world, it’s helped many people and is something we need today more than ever. We’re proud to celebrate the best the genre offers.”

CRIMEFEST had to postpone its 2020 and 2021 conventions, due to Covid restrictions. Hosted in Bristol, it is one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, and one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar, with circa 60 panel events and 150 authors over four days.

Leading British crime fiction reviewers and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults, alongside the members of the School Library Association (SLA) form the CRIMEFEST judging panels, aside from Audible Sounds of Crime Award in which Audible listeners establish the shortlist and the winning title.

Co-host of CRIMEFEST, Donna Moore, added: “We are proud to be one of the few genre awards that recognise e-books and audiobooks, humour, children and Young Adult crime fiction novels. We aim to be the most inclusive of awards to reflect the values of our convention, and the incredible diversity and reach of the genre which dominates the cultural landscape.”

CRIMEFEST was created following the hugely successful one-off visit to Bristol in 2006 of the American Left Coast Crime convention. It was established in 2008. It follows the egalitarian format of most US conventions, making it open to all commercially published authors and readers alike.

2022 CrimeFest Award Winners


  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts (Simon & Schuster)


  • Richard Osman, The Man Who Died Twice read by Lesley Manville (Penguin Random House Audio)


  • Abigail Dean, Girl A (HarperCollins)


  • Patricia Highsmith, Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks edited by Anna von Planta (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)


  • Mick Herron, Slough House (Baskerville, John Murray Press)



  • Angeline Boulley, Firekeeper's Daughter (Rock the Boat)


  • Shetland (season 6), based on the books by Ann Cleeves. Produced by Silverprint Pictures, part of ITV Studios; shown on BBC1.


Here are the shortlists in full:


In association with headline sponsor, the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award is for crime novels by previously unpublished authors, bringing vital fresh blood to the genre.

  • Abigail Dean, Girl A (HarperCollins)
  • Janice Hallett, The Appeal (Viper)
  • Saima Mir, The Khan (Point Blank)
  • Rahul Raina, How to Kidnap the Rich (Abacus/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Lara Thompson, One Night, New York (Virago/Little, Brown Book Group)
  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts (Simon & Schuster)


The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook available for download from, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks.

  • Lee and Andrew Child, Better Off Dead read by Jeff Harding (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Abigail Dean, Girl A read by Holliday Grainger (HarperFiction)
  • Paula Hawkins, Slow Fire Burning read by Rosamund Pike (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Lisa Jewell, The Night She Disappeared read by Joanna Froggatt (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Liane Moriarty, Apples Never Fall read by Caroline Lee (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • Richard Osman, The Man Who Died Twice read by Lesley Manville (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • K.L. Slater, The Marriage read by Lucy Price-Lewis (Audible Studios / Bookouture)
  • Karin Slaughter, False Witness read by Kathleen Early (HarperCollins)



The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction eBook

  • Megan Abbott, The Turnout (Virago/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Gianrico Carofiglio, The Measure of Time (Bitter Lemon Press)
  • Michael Connelly, The Dark Hours (Orion Fiction)
  • Abigail Dean, Girl A (HarperCollins)
  • Cath Staincliffe, Running Out of Road (Constable/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Andrew Taylor, The Royal Secret (HarperCollins)



The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists.

  • Lucy Andrews, The Detective's Companion in Crime Fiction: A Study in Sidekicks (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Richard Bradford, Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury, Caravel)
  • James Fleming, Bond Behind the Iron Curtain (The Book Collector)
  • Patricia Highsmith, Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Carla Valentine, Murder Isn't Easy: The Forensics of Agatha Christie (Sphere/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Stephen James Walker, Hank Janson Under Cover (Telos Publishing Ltd)



The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel.

  • Simon Brett, An Untidy Death (Severn House)
  • Andrea Camilleri, Riccardino (Mantle)
  • Christopher Fowler, Bryant & May: London Bridge is Falling Down (Doubleday)
  • Janice Hallet, The Appeal (Viper)
  • Mick Herron, Slough House (Baskerville, John Murray Press)
  • Antti Tuomainen, The Rabbit Factor (Orenda Books)



This award is for the best crime fiction novel for children (aged 8-12)

  • Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Noah's Gold (Macmillan Children's Books)
  • Maz Evans, Vi Spy: Licence to Chill (Chicken House)
  • Anthony Horowitz, Nightshade (Walker Books)
  • Anthony Kessel, The Five Clues (Crown House Publishing)
  • Jennifer Killick Crater Lake: Evolution (Firefly Press)
  • M.G. Leonard, Twitch (Walker Books)
  • Alexandra Page, Wishyouwas: The Tiny Guardian of Lost Letters illustrated by Penny Neville-Lee (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • Ella Risbridger, The Secret Detectives (Nosy Crow)



This award is for the best crime fiction novel for young adults (aged 12-16).

  • Faridah Àbíké Íyímídé, Ace of Spades (Usborne Publishing)
  • Angeline Boulley, Firekeeper's Daughter (Rock the Boat)
  • Andreina Cordani, The Girl Who … (Atom/ Little, Brown Book Group)
  • William Hussey, The Outrage (Usborne Publishing)
  • Holly Jackson, As Good As Dead (Electric Monkey)
  • Patrice Lawrence, Splinters of Sunshine (Hodder Children's Books)
  • Jonathan Stroud, The Outlaws of Scarlett & Browne (Walker Books)
  • C.L. Taylor, The Island (HQ) 


o   This award is for the best television crime drama based on a book, and first screened in the UK in 2021. The winning author and production company each receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

  • Agatha Raisin (season 4), based on the books by M.C. Beaton. Produced by Free@Last TV; shown on Sky.
  • Alex Rider (season 2), based on the books by Anthony Horowitz. Produced by Eleventh Hour Films in association with Sony Pictures Television; shown on Amazon Prime.
  • Dalgliesh, based on the books by P.D. James. Produced by New Pictures; shown on Channel 5.
  • Grantchester (season 6), based on the books by James Runcie. Produced by Kudos; shown on ITV.
  • Shetland (season 6), based on the books by Ann Cleeves. Produced by Silverprint Pictures, part of ITV Studios; shown on BBC1.
  • Stieg Larsson's Millennium, based on the books by Stieg Larsson. Produced by Yellow Bird; shown on BBC4.
  • The Flight Attendant, based on the book by Chris Bohjalian. Produced by Berlanti Productions and Yes, Norman Productions; shown on Sky.
  • Vera, (season 11), based on the books by Ann Cleeves. Produced by ITV Studios; shown on ITV.

Eligible titles were collated from the Radio Times, and CrimeFest newsletter readers established the shortlist and the winning title.



Awards News: CWA Daggers 2022 - Shortlists

On Friday night at CrimeFest, the shortlists for this year's CWA Daggers were announced. Here is the offical press release:

                  CWA Dagger Award Shortlists Announced

The 2022 shortlists for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime-writing genre, have been announced.

Created in 1955, the world-famous CWA Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.

The Gold Dagger, which recognises the crime novel of the year, sees debut author Jacqueline Bublitz on the shortlist of six. Before You Knew My Name was called “extraordinary” by the CWA judges. Also in contention are Abir Mukherjee, a previous winner of the CWA Historical Dagger for The Shadows of Men praised for its “intricate plotting”, and the bestselling ‘Southern noir’ crime writer, SA Cosby, for Razorblade Tears.

Razorblade Tears, a dynamic revenge thriller that “pulls at the heartstrings” also makes it onto the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger shortlist. Sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, the Fleming family-owned company that looks after the James Bond literary brand, this award celebrates the thriller of the year. Cosby is up against past CWA Gold Dagger winner, MW Craven, who is in contention with Dead Ground, alongside established names including Laura Lippman and Linwood Barclay.

The anticipated John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger is awarded to the best debut novel of the year. Among the rising stars is Janice Hallett, shortlisted with her debut The Appeal, which was a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Year, praised as a “dazzlingly clever cosy crime novel”. Also on the shortlist is How to Kidnap the Rich by Rahul Raina, described by The Times as a “joyous love/hate letter to contemporary Delhi.”

Booker Prize winner John Banville is a heavyweight contender on the Historical Dagger shortlist. The prizewinning novelist and literary polymath is in the running for April in Spain. Banville is up against Ray Celestin whose novel set in 1960s Los Angeles, Sunset Swing, is also up for the Gold Dagger.

The Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger sees the award-winning Finnish author Antti Tuomainen make the shortlist with The Rabbit Factor translated by David Hackston. It follows the quirky story of a statistical mathematician, who finds himself mixed up with shady businessmen. He’s up against the high-profile Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka, translated by Sam Malissa, which is set to hit cinemas starring Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock.

Maxim Jakubowski, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, said: “So many good titles and authors appeared on our long lists, but in a year of such overall excellence, to reach the shortlist is a terrific achievement. Congratulations to all the nominees, writers both established and new, publishers large and small; a diversity of quality demonstrating the independence of our judges.”

The CWA Daggers are one of the few high-profile awards that honour the short story. This year sees the bestselling Norwegian juggernaut Jo Nesbø on the shortlist with his story “London” from his first book of short stories, The Jealousy Man. Novelists Caroline England and Bryony Pearce are other names on the list.

The ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction shortlist includes the “absorbing” account of a trafficked New Zealand woman in The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey by Julia Laite. Also, Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe makes the list with his account of the Sackler family, who exploited America’s pain industry, fuelling the opioid epidemic. Judges praised it as a “tribute to investigative journalism”.  

The Dagger in the Library is voted on exclusively by librarians, chosen for the author’s body of work and support of libraries. This year sees firm favourites from the genre on the shortlist: Cath Staincliffe, Edward Marston, Lin Anderson, Mark Billingham and Susan Hill.

The Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year Dagger, which celebrates publishers and imprints demonstrating excellence and diversity in crime writing, sees publishing goliath HarperCollins on the list with its imprint Harper Fiction, as well as independent publisher Titan Books, part of the Titan Entertainment Group, which began life in the Forbidden Planet store in London. 

The Daggers also celebrate unpublished authors with its annual competition for aspiring crime novelists. The competition to find the best new voices in the genre has been going for over 20 years. The winner will receive £500 as well as the attention of leading agents and top editors; over two dozen past winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger authors have been signed to date.

The CWA Diamond Dagger, awarded to an author whose crime-writing career has been marked by sustained excellence, is announced in early spring each year and in 2022 it was awarded to CJ Sansom.

The CWA Dagger shortlists were announced on 13 May at a reception hosted at CrimeFest.

The Dagger awards ceremony will be held at the Leonardo City hotel in London on 29 June, coinciding with National Crime Reading Month, which takes place throughout June. Tickets are available now from the CWA.  

The Shortlists in Full:



Before You Knew My Name, Jacqueline Bublitz (Little, Brown; Sphere)

Sunset Swing, Ray Celestin (Pan Macmillan; Mantle)

Razorblade Tears, SA Cosby (Headline Publishing Group; Headline)

The Unwilling, John Hart (Bonnier Books UK Ltd; Zaffre)

The Shadows of Men, Abir Mukherjee (Penguin Random House; Harvill Secker)

The Trawlerman, William Shaw (Quercus; riverrun)



Find You First, Linwood Barclay (HarperCollins; HQ)

The Pact, Sharon Bolton (Orion) 

The Devil’s Advocate, Steve Cavanagh (Orion)     

Razorblade Tears, SA Cosby (Headline Publishing Group)

Dead Ground, MW Craven (Little, Brown; Constable)

Dream Girl, Laura Lippman (Faber)



Welcome to Cooper, Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer)              

Repentance, Eloísa Díaz (Orion Publishing Group; Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Mash House, Alan Gillespie (Unbound; Unbound Digital)

The Appeal, Janice Hallett (Profile Books; Viper Books)

Where Ravens Roost, Karin Nordin (HarperCollins; HQ)

How to Kidnap the Rich, Rahul Raina (Little, Brown)

Waking the Tiger, Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)



April in Spain, John Banville (Faber)         

Sunset Swing, Ray Celestin (Pan Macmillan; Mantle)

Crow Court, Andy Charman (Unbound)

Not One of Us, Alis Hawkins (Canelo)

Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Pan Macmillan; Macmillan)

A Corruption of Blood, Ambrose Parry (Canongate Books)



Hotel Cartagena, Simone Buchholz translated by Rachel Ward (Orenda Books)    

Bullet Train, Kōtarō Isaka translated by Sam Malissa (Penguin Random House; Harvill Secker)

Oxygen, Sacha Naspini translated by Clarissa Botsford (Europa Editions UK Ltd; Europa Editions)

People Like Them, Samira Sedira translated by Lara Vergnaud (Bloomsbury Publishing; Raven Books)

The Rabbit Factor, Antti Tuomainen translated by David Hackston (Orenda Books)       



‘Blindsided’ by Caroline England in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time edited by Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)   

‘London’ in The Jealousy Man and other stories by Jo Nesbⱷ edited by Robert Ferguson (Penguin Random House; Harvill Secker)

‘With the Others’ by TM Logan in Afraid of the Shadows edited by Miranda Jewess (Criminal Minds)

‘Flesh of a Fancy Woman’ by Paul Magrs in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time edited by Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)   

‘Changeling’ by Bryony Pearce in Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time edited by Samantha Lee Howe (Telos Publishing)

‘When I Grow Up’ by Robert Scragg in Afraid of the Shadows edited by Miranda Jewess (Criminal Minds)



The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion, Dr Gwen Adshead & Eileen Horne (Faber)

The Dublin Railway Murder, Thomas Morris (Penguin Random House; Harvill Secker) 

The Unusual Suspect, Ben Machell (Canongate Books)

The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A true story of sex, crime and the meaning of justice, Julia Laite (Profile Books)

Empire of Pain, Patrick Radden Keefe (Pan Macmillan; Picador)

The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire, Julie Kavanagh (Atlantic Books; Grove Press UK)



Cath Staincliffe  

Edward Marston  

Lin Anderson  

Mark Billingham  

Susan Hill  



Faber & Faber

HarperCollins; Harper Fiction

Penguin Random House; Michael Joseph

Pushkin Press; Pushkin Vertigo

Titan Books

Profile Books; Viper

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Henry’s Bomb, Kevin Bartlett

Holloway Castle, Laura Ashton Hill

The 10:12, Anna Maloney

The Dead of Egypt, David Smith

The Dieppe Letters, Liz Rachel Walker