Thursday, May 17, 2007

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year - Longlist Announced!

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year - Longlist

(from the press release)

Dead Place - Stephen Booth
All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses and Eye - Christopher Brookmyre
Death of a Chancellor - David Dickinson
Never Go Back - Robert Goddard
Two Way Split - Allan Guthrie
Little Face - Sophie Hannah
Ash & Bone - John Harvey
The Stranger House - Reginald Hill
The Pure in Heart - Susan Hill
Blood and Honey - Graham Hurley
The Lighthouse - PD James
The Death Ship of Dartmouth - Michael Jecks
Cold Granite - Stuart MacBride
The Excursion Train - Edward Marston
Ratcatcher - James McGee
After the Armistice Ball - Catriona McPherson
Dance With Death - Barbara Nadel
Jacquot and the Angel - Martin O'Brien
End in Tears - Ruth Rendell
Mr Clarinet - Nick Stone

Won by Mark Billingham in 2005 and Val McDermid in 2006, the award longlist once again features an eclectic mix of big names such as PD James and Ruth Rendell as well as aspiring new writers, spanning crime novels across the genre, from historical and police procedural to psychological. Look out for profiles on all books in the coming weeks but if you've already decided your favourite - don't forget to vote now!


Anonymous said...

I haven't read many of these --- hard to choose for me between Little Face, Ash&Bone or End in Tears. I've read a couple of the others, and earlier books by a couple more.
What would your vote be, Karen?

Anonymous said...

Yes I was just thinking I hadn't read mnay of these - just End in Tears, Dance with Death and a couple of others! Now going to check out the review Links on the post.

Anonymous said...

that's a rather nice list... though I still rankle at Susan Hill being on it, as her "crime novels" are poor cliched flights of Daily-Mail fancy... but oh well. It's nice to see Rendell and james on it - they're quite often overlooked of recent times, even though they're still both producing very good work. The Reginald Hill stands out as head and shoulders above the rest for me, easily the best, and it's the one i'll be certainly voting for.

Karen (Euro Crime) said...

I've actually only read one, Catriona McPherson's book, which whilst enjoyable enough would't be my first choice to win. I think one of the big guns/better known writers like James, Rendell or Hill will win. (kiss of death no doubt!!)

I'm not sure of the selection criteria - it seems to be British authors only - and published in 2005?

Anonymous said...

selection criteria is, i think, anything british published in paperback in 2006 (so, yes, most likely originally in 2005). seems odd to me, but im sure they have their reasons