Wednesday, April 07, 2021

CrimeFest Awards 2021 - Shortlists

Here are the shortlisted titles for the CrimeFest Awards 2021.

From the Press Release:

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

The awards feature the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award, the winner of which receives a £1,000 prize.

A further £1,000 prize fund is also awarded to the Audible Sounds of Crime Award, sponsored by Audible.

Up for the hotly-contended Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award is Richard Osman, who ruled the bestseller lists with his smash-hit, The Thursday Murder Club. The shortlist also features Trevor Wood, who won the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger in 2020, for The Man on the Street.

Sheila Michell's biography of her husband - and namesake of the H.R.F. Keating Award – is in contention for the best biographical or critical book in the genre. Michell’s HRF Keating: A Life of Crime has been hailed as the definitive portrait of the artist and man.

The H.R.F Keating Award also features Martin Edwards, editor of HowDunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club, which has also been nominated for the 2021 Edgar Allen Poe Award. Also in contention is Heather Martin, an academic, linguist and author of the definitive Lee Child biography, The Reacher Guy.

The Last Laugh Award sees debut-author Richard Osman return as he is pitted against stalwarts of the genre, including Elly Griffiths and Carl Hiaasen.

Osman, who dominates the shortlists, is also up for the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. The Pointless TV-star is up against veritable giants of the genre, including Robert Galbraith, Ian Rankin and Lynda La Plante. Voted by Audible subscribers, the shortlist also sees last year’s winner Lee Child return, with his brother Andrew, for The Sentinel, read by Jeff Harding.

Laurence Howell, Vice President, Content at Audible said: “We are delighted to continue as sponsor of the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. With the isolation and social distancing of the last year, audio books have been a great comfort to many because of the intimate, immersive nature of audiobooks. Crime and thriller audiobooks remain one of our bestselling genres, as perhaps more of us seek escapism and entertainment in these trying times. Congratulations to all award nominees.”

The eDunnit Award, for best e-book, sees established names of the genre Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke up against the young Australian Gabriel Bergmoser, a multi-award-winning screenwriter, playwright and author who is already a phenomenon in his own country.

Best Crime Novel for Children, aged 8-12, features giant of the genre Anthony Horowitz for Nightshade, from the popular Alex Rider series. The shortlist also sees the founder of Making Herstory, a human rights organisation working to end trafficking and abuse, and bestselling children’s author, Onjali Q. Rauf, for The Night Bus Hero.

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, aged 12-16, features Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer, which was released last year to coincide with the Netflix adaptation, starring Millie Bobby Brown. The list also features the multi-award-winning author Patrice Lawrence, who won the CRIMEFEST award in 2018 for Indigo Donut. Lawrence is in contention this year for Eight Pieces of Silva, an addictive tale of a teenager’s hunt for her missing sister.

Now in its 14th year, the awards honour the best crime books released in 2020 in the UK.

Adrian Muller, Co-host of CRIMEFEST, said: “CRIMEFEST usually takes place in May, and although we had to cancel our physical convention this year, it’s important to continue these awards. They’ve built up a strong reputation after so many years, and we are thankful to both Audible and to Specsavers for their on-going support.”

CRIMEFEST has 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.

In light of Covid-19, the 2021 winners will be announced online at and via its social media pages this summer.

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

Leading British crime fiction reviewers and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults form the CRIMEFEST judging panels, aside from Audible Sounds in which Audible listeners establish the shortlist and the winning title.

Co-host of CRIMEFEST, Donna Moore, added: “As well as the debut awards, we are 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.”

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.


The Shortlists 


Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir for The Creak on the Stairs (Orenda Books)

Marion Brunet for Summer of Reckoning (Bitter Lemon Press)

Robin Morgan-Bentley for The Wreckage (Trapeze)

Richard Osman for The Thursday Murder Club (Viking)

Mara Timon for City of Spies (Zaffre)

Trevor Wood for The Man on the Street  (Quercus)



Lee and Andrew Child for The Sentinel, read by Jeff Harding (Transworld)

Lucy Foley for The Guest List read by Olivia Dowd, Aoife McMahon, Chloe Massey, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble and Jot Davies (HarperFiction)

Robert Galbraith for Troubled Blood read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown Book Group)

Anthony Horowitz for Moonflower Murders read by Lesley Manville and Allan Corduner (Penguin Random House Audio)

Peter James for Find Them Dead read by Daniel Weyman (Pan)

Lisa Jewell for The Invisible Girl read by Rebekah Staton (Penguin Random House Audio)

Lynda La Plante for Buried read by Alex Hassell and Annie Aldington (Zaffre)

TM Logan for The Catch read by Philip Stevens (Zaffre)

Richard Osman for The Thursday Murder Club read by Lesley Manville (Viking)

Ian Rankin for A Song for the Dark Times read by James Macpherson (Orion)


Mark Aldridge for Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World (HarperCollins)

Martin Edwards (editor) for Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club (Collins Crime Club)

Colin Larkin for Cover Me: The Vintage Art of Pan Books: 1950-1965 (Telos Publishing)

Andrew Lycett for Conan Doyle’s Wide World (Tauris Parke)

Heather Martin for The Reacher Guy (Little, Brown Book Group)

Sheila Mitchell for HRF Keating: A Life of Crime (Level Best Books)

Craig Sisterson for Southern Cross Crime: The Pocket Essential Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of Australia and New Zealand (Oldcastle Books)

Peter Temple for The Red Hand: Stories, reflections and the last appearance of Jack Irish (riverrun)



Ben Aaronovitch for False Value (Gollancz)

Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May - Oranges and Lemons (Doubleday)

Elly Griffiths for The Postscript Murders (Quercus)

Carl Hiaasen for Squeeze Me (Little, Brown Book Group)

Richard Osman for The Thursday Murder Club (Viking)

Malcolm Pryce for The Corpse in the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Khurrum Rahman for Ride or Die (HQ)

Olga Wojtas for Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Vampire Menace (Contraband)


Gabriel Bergmoser for The Hunted (Faber)

Sharon  Bolton for The Split (Trapeze) 

J. P. Carter for Little Boy Lost (Avon, HarperCollins)

Steve Cavanagh for Fifty-Fifty (Orion Fiction)

Michael Connelly for Fair Warning (Orion Fiction)

James Lee Burke for A Private Cathedral (Orion Fiction)

Ian Rankin for A Song for the Dark Times (Orion Fiction)

Holly Watt for The Dead Line (Raven Books)



Sophie Deen for Mission Shark Bytes (Walker Books)

Elly Griffiths for A Girl Called Justice - The Smugglers' Secret (Imprint - Quercus Children's Books)

Anthony Horowitz for Nightshade (Walker Books)

Jack Noel for My Headteacher is an Evil Genius (Walker Books)

Serena Patel for Anisha, Accidental Detective (Usborne Publishing)

Serena Patel for School's Cancelled (Usborne Publishing)

Onjali Q. Rauf for The Night Bus Hero (Imprint - Orion Children's Books)

Dave Shelton for The Pencil Case (David Fickling Books)



William Hussey for Hideous Beauty (Usborne Publishing)

Lauren James for The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker (Walker Books)

Matt Killeen for Devil Darling Spy (Usborne Publishing)

Patrice Lawrence for Eight Pieces of Silva (Imprint - Hodder Children's Books)

Simon Lelic for Deadfall (Imprint - Hodder Children's Books)

Robert Muchamore for Hacking, Heists & Flaming Arrows (Hot Key Books)

Patrick Ness for Burn (Walker Books)

Nancy Springer for The Case of the Missing Marquess (Hot Key Books)

Friday, April 02, 2021

New Releases - April 2021

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in April 2021 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). April and future months (and years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.

• Arriaga, Guillermo - The Untameable
• Bailey, Anna - Tall Bones (apa Where the Truth Lies)
• Barnes, Kerry - The Choice #3 Hunted
• Bilal, Parker - Whitehavens
• Blau, Sarah - The Others
• Blok, Rachael - Into the Fire #3 DCI Jansen, St Albans
• Bodrozic, Ivana - We Trade Our Night for Someone Else's Day
• Bridgestock, R C - Condemned #2 DI Charley Mann, Yorkshire
• Camilleri, Andrea - The Cook of the Halcyon #27 Inspector Montalbano, Sicily, Italy
• Carne, Ros - The Stepmother
• Chong, Mairi - Death By Appointment #1 Dr Cathy Moreland Prequel
• Clare, Alys - The Lammas Wild #10 Lassair, 11thC, East Anglia
• Cox, Helen - A Witch Hunt in Whitby #5 Kitt Hartley, Yorkshire
• Cummins, Fiona - When I Was Ten
• Davis, Lindsey - A Comedy of Terrors #9 Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco
• de la Motte, Anders - Rites of Spring #4 Seasons Quartet • Delargy, James - Vanished
• Eccles, Marjorie - Darkness Beyond #5 Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon, 1928
• Elliott, C M - Sibanda and the Black Sparrow Hawk #3 Detective Sibanda
• Faulkner, Katherine - Greenwich Park
• Gallagher, Charlie - The Friend #1 DI Joel Norris
• Gerlis, Alex - End of Spies #4 Richard Prince, 1945
• Greenwood, Ross - Prisoner (ebook only)
• Guttridge, Peter - Butcher's Wood #8 Brighton series
• Harris, C S - What the Devil Knows #16 Sebastian St. Cyr, Regency England
• Hawksley, Humphrey - Man on Fire #3 Rake Ozenna
• Hollingdrake, Malcolm - Catch as Catch Can #1 Merseyside Crime Series
• Huber, Anna Lee - A Wicked Conceit #9 Lady Darby, Scotland, 1830s
• Hunter, Cara - The Whole Truth #5 DI Adam Fawley, Oxford
• Hunter, M A - Trafficked #3 The Missing Children Case Files
• Isaka, Kotaro - Bullet Train
• James, Christina - De Vries #9 Detective Inspector Tim Yates, South Lincolnshire Fens
• Jones, Philip Gwynne - The Venetian Legacy #5 Nathan Sutherland
• Kelly, Erin - Watch Her Fall
• Kirk, Margaret - In the Blood #3 ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler, Inverness
• Kot, Danuta - Someone Who Isn't Me
• La Plante, Lynda - Judas Horse #2 DC Jack Warr
• Landers, Brian - Exodus of Spies #4 Thomas Dylan, MI6 agent
• Lewis, Susan - The Lost Hours
• Longworth, M L - The Vanishing Museum on the Rue Mistral #9 Verlaque and Bonnet, Aix-en-Provence
• Lynch, Rachel - The Rift
• MacBird, Bonnie - The Three Locks #4 Sherlock Holmes Adventure
• Maitland, Karen - The Drowned City (as K J Maitland) #1 Daniel Pursglove • Marston, Edward - Tragedy on the Branch Line #19 Det. Insp Colbeck, Scotland Yard, mid 19th Century
• Maslen, Andy - Land Rites #2 DI Ford
• McDonald, Christina - Do No Harm
• Mendoza, Elmer - Kiss the Detective #4 Detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta
• Mir, Saima - The Khan
• Mistry, Liz - Dark Memories #3 DS Nikki Parekh
• Morgan, Phoebe - The Wild Girls
• Mullins, Louise - Kiss Me, Kill Me #2 DI Emma Locke
• Naughton, Sarah J - The Festival
• Nordin, Karen - Where Ravens Roost #1 Detective Kjeld Nygaard, Sweden
• Paris, B A - The Therapist
• Pattison, Nell - The Silent Suspect #3 Paige Northwood, sign language interpreter
• Pearce, Bryony - The Girl on the Platform
• Perks, Heidi - The Whispers
• Perry, Anne - A Darker Reality #3 Elena Standish, Photographer, 1930s
• Perry, S W - The Heretic's Mark #4 Nicholas Shelby, Elizabethan Era
• Pinnock, Jonathan - Bad Day in Minsk #4 Tom Winscombe
• Porter, Henry - The Old Enemy #3 Paul Samson
• Power, Kevin - White City
• Redmond, Lissa Marie - The Parting Glass #5 Cold Case Detective Lauren Riley
• Richards, Malcolm - Circle Of Bones #1 PI Blake Hollow, Cornwall
• Scarlett, Helen - The Deception of Harriet Fleet
• Seddon, Holly - The Hit List
• Seymour, Gerald - The Crocodile Hunter
• Shaw, Alex - Total Fallout #2 Jack Tate, ex-SAS
• Siger, Jeffrey - A Deadly Twist #11 Former Athens police chief Andreas Kaldis & local police chief Tassos Stamatos, Mykonos
• Silver, Abi - The Rapunzel Act #4 Burton and Lamb
• Sk├Ârdeman, Gustaf - Geiger
• Smith, Nikki - Look What You Made Me Do
• Stafford, David - Skelton's Guide to Suitcase Murders #2 Arthur Skelton, Barrister
• Takamura, Kaoru - Lady Joker
• Taylor, Andrew - The Royal Secret #5 Ashes of London series
• Taylor, C L - Her Last Holiday
• Thomas, Russ - Nighthawking #2 Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler, South Yorkshire
• Thomas, Will - Dance with Death #12 Barker and Llewelyn, Victorian London
• Thomson, E S - Nightshade #5 Jem Flockhart, Apothecary, 1850s
• Tyler, L C - Farewell My Herring #9 Ethelred Tressider, author & Elsie Thirkettle, agent
• Valentine, V L - The Plague Letters
• Walter, B P - The Dinner Guest
• Weaver, Tim - Missing Pieces
• Wharton, Anna - The Imposter
• Wolff, James - How to Betray Your Country