Monday, May 15, 2023

CrimeFest Awards 2023 - Winners

The winners of the CrimeFest Awards 2023 have been announced. You can find details of all the nominees here.


From the Press Release:

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


Now in their 16th year, the awards honour the best crime books released in the UK last year.


The winner of the highly anticipated Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award, and £1,000 prize monies, is Stacy Willingham for A Flicker in the Dark published by HarperCollins.


A psychological serial killer thriller with a shocking twist, A Flicker in the Dark was an instant New York Times bestseller and Sunday Times Thriller of the Year and is set to be adapted into a major TV series.


Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers who sponsors the award, said: “We’re thrilled to support the debut author prize. As one of the judges, I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the shortlisted titles. Stacy Willingham’s debut, however, was a book I simply couldn’t put down until I had finished it.”


The eDunnit Award for the best e-book goes to Sara Gran for The Book of the Most Precious Substance, published by Faber & Faber. The absorbing occult thriller combining intrigue, magic and antiquarian bookselling was praised as “deeply atmospheric” by The Guardian.


Winner of the H.R.F Keating Award for best biographical or critical book on crime fiction is The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and their Creators by Martin Edwards, published by Collins Crime Club. Edward’s opus on the genre, described by the New York Times as a “impressive feat,” recently won a 2023 Edgar Award.


The Last Laugh Award goes posthumously to Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May's Peculiar London published by Doubleday. The author died aged 69 in March this year, having being diagnosed with cancer three years ago. His curious world of the nation’s oldest serving detectives, has been described as “deliriously eccentric” in the Financial Times, and “devilishly clever” by Val McDermid.


Best Crime Novel for Children, aged 8-12, goes to Sharna Jackson for The Good Turn published by Puffin. With themes of social activism, the spooky mystery from the former Waterstones Children's Book Prize Category Winner revolves around an internet-loving girl determined to start her own scout troop.


Best Crime Novel for Young Adults, aged 12-16, is awarded to Holly Jackson for Five Survive published by Electric Monkey. A gripping cat-and-mouse thriller, it was The Guardian Best Children’s Book of 2022. 


The Thalia Proctor Memorial Award for Best Adapted TV Crime Drama goes to Slow Horses (seasons 1 & 2), based on the books by Mick Herron. Produced by See-Saw, shown on Apple TV+, the drama, which follows a dysfunctional and disgraced team of MI5 agents, stars Gary Oldman.


The award is named in honour of Thalia, a CrimeFest team member and a much-loved figure in the world of crime fiction, and is decided by public vote.


Adrian Muller, Co-host of CRIMEFEST, said: “We are proud to be one of the few genre awards that celebrate e-books, humour, children, and Young Adult novels. Our inclusive awards reflect the values of our convention as accessible and open to all. These awards are a true celebration of the crime genre, which continues to entertain and enlighten so many readers of all ages. We would like to thank Specsavers for their on-going support in celebrating new talent.”


Hosted in Bristol, CrimeFest 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. Featured Guests at the convention this May are Mark Billingham and Elly Griffiths.


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.


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 fans, readers, and commercially published authors.


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


2023 CrimeFest Award Winners



- Stacy Willingham for A Flicker in the Dark (HarperCollins)



- Sara Gran for The Book of the Most Precious Substance (Faber & Faber)



- Martin Edwards for The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and their Creators (Collins Crime Club)



- Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May's Peculiar London (Doubleday)



- Sharna Jackson for The Good Turn (Puffin)



- Holly Jackson for Five Survive (Electric Monkey)



- Slow Horses (seasons 1 & 2), based on the books by Mick Herron. Produced by See-Saw. Shown on Apple TV+.


Sunday, May 14, 2023

CWA Dagger Awards 2023 - Shortlist for the Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

The CWA Dagger Shortlists were announced on Friday at CrimeFest. As mentioned before, the most important one to me is the Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger, formerly the International Dagger for which I was a judge over ten years ago now. 

The shortlist is below and you can check out the longlist, and also my extensive but not exhaustive list of eligible titles here.

Winners will be announced on 6 July at the CWA Awards Dinner.


Morgan Audic - Good Reasons to Die Sam Taylor (France, M, Mountain Leopard Press)
Michel Bussi - The Red Notebook tr. Vineet Lal (France, M, W&N)
Javier Cercas - Even the Darkest Night tr. Anne McLean (Spain, M, MacLehose Press)
Zijin Chen - Bad Kids tr. Michelle Deeter (China, M, Pushkin Vertigo)
Anne Mette Hancock - The Corpse Flower tr. Tara Chace (Denmark, F, Swift Press)
Hervé le Tellier - The Anomaly tr. Adriana Hunter (France, M, Michael Joseph)

Other shortlists can be viewed on the CWA Website by clicking on the individual categories.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Website Updates: May 2023

I've recently updated the main files on the Euro Crime website. "Euro Crime" includes both British and other European crime fiction writers (that have been published in English); non-British/European born crime writers who are strongly associated with British/European crime fiction (eg. Donna Leon), and crime writers in translation from outside of Europe.

My usual reminders regarding the New Releases page: 

1. The main by month/by author pages refer to when a book is published (in English) anywhere in the world however the 'by category ie historicaltranslated etc' is specific to when it's published in the UK.

2. When a book is released "early" in ebook I am taking the publication date as to be when the print edition comes out (this is the rule we use for determining Petrona Award eligibility).

As always, if you spot something wrong or missing, please do let me know.

Here's a summary of the usual updates:

The Author Websites page lists 1090 sites.

In Bibliographies there are bibliographies for 3026 authors (16298 titles of which 3108 are reviewed**).
**Some reviews will be provided by the Crime Review website

I've added new bibliographies for: Shimon Adaf, Leye Adenle, E C Bateman, Katie Bishop, Stella Blómkvist, Frankie Boyle, Colleen Cambridge, Simone Campos, Amanda Cassidy, Zijin Chen, Mahi Cheshire, Richard Coles, Elle Connel, Lucy Connelly, Catherine Cooper, Amy Cronin, Judi Daykin, Concita De Gregorio, Florian Dennisson, Anna Downes, M H Eccleston, Sven Elvestad, Sarah Engell, Pascal Engman, Helen Erichsen, Natalia García Freire, C P Giuliani, Lucy Goacher, Robert Gold, Andrew Goldspink, Anne Mette Hancock, Izzie Harper, Jane Heafield, Hannah Hendy, Kate High, Sam Holland, Victor Jestin, Alan Johnson, Anthony Johnston, Carole Johnstone, Anna Karolina, Scott Kershaw, Kate Khavari, Camilla Lackberg & Henrik Fexeus, Sergei Lebedev, Jo Leevers, John Lincoln, Robert J Lloyd, Natalie Marlow, Laurent Mauvignier, Fernanda Melchor, Robbie Morrison, T Orr Munro, Christie J Newport, L C North, Oriana Ramunno, Petra Rautianen, Antoine Renand, Paula Rodríguez, Joachim B Schmidt, Im Seong-Sun, Alice Slater, Sofia Slater, Cailean Steed, Alison Stockham, Jacqueline Sutherland, Gerwin van der Werf, Kate Webb, M J White, Patrick Worrall, Glenda Young and Zhang Yueran.

I've updated the bibliographies (ie added new titles) for: Cathy Ace, Jane Adams, R G Adams, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Maria Adolfsson, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, Tasha Alexander, Tove Alsterdal, Lin Anderson, M J Arlidge, Jennifer Ashley, Claire Askew, Stephanie Austin, Yukito Ayatsuji, Elizabeth Bailey, Tina Baker, Jackie Baldwin, Lisa Ballantyne, Jean-Luc Bannalec, John Banville, Fiona Barton, M C Beaton, David Belbin, Alison Belsham, Tom Benn, S J Bennett, Jane Bettany, Billy Billingham, Mark Billingham, D V Bishop, Cara Black, Jenny Blackhurst, Sara Blaedel,Robin Blake, Sam Blake, Rachael Blok, R P Bolton, Sharon Bolton, Sarah Bonner, Roxanne Bouchard, Rhys Bowen, Tom Bradby, Rebecca Bradley, Simon Brett, Neil Broadfoot, Steph Broadribb, Frances Brody, Christopher Brookmyre, Alison Bruce, Camilla Bruce, Marion Brunet, Simone Buchholz, James Buckler, Fiona Buckley, Sheila Bugler, Steve Burrows, Michel Bussi, Dorothy Cannell, Donato Carrisi, Chris Carter, Will Carver, Jane Casey, Steve Cavanagh, Javier Cercas, Julia Chapman, Karen Charlton, Clare Chase, A A Chaudhuri, Lee Child, Ajay Chowdhury, Alys Clare, Cassandra Clark, Ann Cleeves, Rory Clements, John Connolly, Simon Conway, Caroline Corcoran, Colin Cotterill, Helen Cox, James Craig, M W Craven, Deborah Crombie, A J Cross, Julia Crouch, Fiona Cummins, Judith Cutler, Lisa Cutts, Alex Dahl, Kjell Ola Dahl, Lindsey Davis, N R Daws, Maurizio De Giovanni, Oscar de Muriel, Jason Dean, John Dean, Will Dean, J P Delaney, Joël Dicker, P C/Paul Doherty, Claire Douglas, Victoria Dowd, Charlotte Duckworth, Sabine Durrant, Philippa East, M T Edvardsson, Martin Edwards, Jim Eldridge, Jessica Ellicott, Bella Ellis, Joy Ellis, Kate Ellis, Mark Ellis, R J Ellory, Katrine Engberg, Caroline England, Fiona Erskine, Kate Evans, Chris/C M Ewan, John Fairfax, Eric Faye, Lyndsay Faye, Alice Feeney, Jessica Fellowes, David Fennell, T P Fielden, Helen Fields, Paul Finch, Caz Finlay, Trish Finnegan, Sebastian Fitzek, Helene Flood, Christopher Fowler, Dick Francis, Nicci French, John Fullerton, Robert Galbraith, Robert Goddard, Juan Gomez-Jurado, J G Goodhind, Claire Gradidge, Ann Granger, Alex Gray, Lisa Gray, Susanna Gregory, Elly Griffiths, Rebecca Griffiths, Johana Gustawsson, Janice Hallett, G R Halliday, Adam Hamdy, Kate Hamer, Penny Hancock, Mari Hannah, Sophie Hannah, C S Harris, Robert Harris, Cora Harrison, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Alis Hawkins, Paula Hawkins, Sarah Hawkswood, Sam Hayes, Ruth Heald, Veronica Heley, Mick Herron, Keigo Higashino, G D Higgins, M K Hill, Reginald Hill, Matt Hilton, Tom Hindle, SJI/Susi Holliday, Noelle Holten, Anthony Horowitz, Jorn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger, Catherine Ryan Howard, Debbie Howells, Anna Lee Huber, James Humphreys, Arlene Hunt, Graham Hurley, Arnaldur Indridason, Katja Ivar, David Jackson, Jo Jakeman, Christina James, Peter James, Michael Jecks, Diane Jeffrey, Lisa Jewell, Doug Johnstone, Ragnar Jonasson, Philip Gwynne Jones, Will Jordan, Alan Judd, Jessie Keane, Erin Kelly, Christobel Kent, Lars Kepler, Vaseem Khan, Olivia Kiernan, T E Kinsey, Erin Kinsley, Bill Kitson, Emily Koch, Giles Kristian, Lynda La Plante, Camilla Lackberg, David Lagercrantz, Deryn Lake, Asa Larsson, Liz Lawler, John Lawton, Herve Le Corre, Stephen Leather, Jung-myung/J M Lee, Georgina Lees, Simon Lelic, Donna Leon, Ruth Lillegraven, Douglas Lindsay, Sarah Linley, Howard Linskey, Catherine Lloyd, Chris Lloyd, Gytha Lodge, TM Logan, M L Longworth, Peter Lovesey, Rachel Lynch, Bonnie MacBird, Stuart MacBride Lorraine Mace, Niki Mackay, Clare Mackintosh, Shona/S G MacLean, Torquil MacLeod, Gilly Macmillan, Molly MacRae, Karen Maitland, G M Malliet, Marco Malvaldi, Louise Mangos, Tom Marcus, Scott Mariani, David Mark, Patricia Marques, Laura Marshall, Edward Marston, Faith Martin, Alex Marwood, Deborah Masson, Priscilla Masters, S R Masters, Nadine Matheson, Alyssa Maxwell, Peter May, Val McDermid, Andy McDermott, Lynne McEwan, Brian McGilloway, Adrian McKinty, Andy McNab, Fergus McNeill, Catriona McPherson, Dervla McTiernan, Stephanie Merritt, Ant Middleton, Mark Mills, Denise Mina, D A Mishani, Dreda Say Mitchell, J S Monroe, Allison Montclair, Ian Moore, Peter Morfoot, Mandy Morton, Frank/T F Muir, Margaret Murphy, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Fuminori Nakamura, Jo Nesbo, Hakan Nesser, Chris Nickson, Olivier Norek, Lauren North, Alex North, Liz Nugent, Carlene O'Connor, Nick Oldham, Sergio Olguin, Riku Onda, Judith O'Reilly, Richard Osman, Sólveig Pálsdóttir, B A Paris, Kate Parker, Alan Parks, Tony Parsons, Vikki Patis, Nell Pattison, Chris Pavone, Andrea Penrose, Anne Perry, S W Perry, Christoffer Petersen, Louise Phillips, Sarah Pinborough, Alex Pine, Caro Ramsay, Danielle Ramsay, Ian Rankin, Deanna Raybourn, Sarah Rayne, Alex Reeve, Linda Regan, Rebecca Reid, Allie Reynolds, Amanda Reynolds, Kate Rhodes, Rachel Rhys, Matthew Richardson, Marnie Riches, Michael Ridpath, Stella Rimington, Mike Ripley, Peter Robinson, Michael Robotham, Gemma Rogers, Mercedes Rosende, Anders Roslund, Rosemary Rowe Laura Joh Rowland, Pauline Rowson, Michael Russell, Leigh Russell, Sadie Ryan, Kate Saunders, Vanessa Savage, Louisa Scarr, Alex Scarrow Simon Scarrow, Katharine Schellman, Claire Seeber, Max Seeck, Victoria Selman, Gerald Seymour, Louise Sharland, William Shaw, Paige Shelton, Mel Sherratt, Will Shindler, Lilja Sigurdardottir, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Gustaf Skördeman, Joanna Campbell Slan, Alex Smith, Alexander McCall Smith, Anna Smith, Martin Cruz Smith, Jo Spain, Ruby Speechley, Sally Spencer, Lyndon Stacey, David Stafford, Mel/Melvin R Starr, Catherine Steadman, Jane Steen, Peter Steiner, Viveca Sten, Linda Stratmann, Emma Tallon, C L Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Aline Templeton, Russ Thomas, Sherry Thomas, Will Thomas, Lesley Thomson, Robert Thorogood, Peter Tickler, Marion Todd, Rebecca Tope, Peter Tremayne, S K Tremayne, Camilla Trinchieri, M J Trow, C J Tudor, Antti Tuomainen, A K Turner, L C Tyler, P D Viner, Ferdinand von Schirach, Alexandra Walsh, B P Walter, Alex Walters, Rachel/RM Ward, Sarah Ward, Ruth Ware, Julie Wassmer, Holly Watt, Kerry Watts, Tim Weaver, Ashley Weaver, Jeri Westerson, S R White, Claire Whitfield Susan Wilkins, Kerry Wilkinson, Andrew Williams, Jacqueline Winspear, Olga Wojtas, James Wolff, Michael Wood, Tom Wood, Trevor Wood, A Yi and Seishi Yokomizo.

Tuesday, May 09, 2023

New Releases - May 2023

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in May 2023 (and is usually a UK date but occasionally will be a US or Australian date). May and future months (and sometimes years) can be found on the Future Releases page. If I've missed anything or got the date wrong, do please leave a comment.

Please note that, unless specifically mentioned, when a book has differing print and ebook release date, I use the print release date. Translators' names are included where known.

• Allingham, Merryn - Murder at Abbeymead Farm #6 Flora Steele, Sussex, 1955
• Atkinson, Heather - Savage Sisters (ebook only)
• Baldwin, Jackie - Murder by the Seaside #1 Detective Grace McKenna, Edinburgh
• Bell, Alice - Grave Expectations
• Billingham, Mark - The Last Dance #1 Detective Declan Miller, Blackpool
• Bishop, Katie - The Girls of Summer
• Brett, Simon - Blotto, Twinks and the Conquistadors' Gold #11 Brother and sister sleuths, Blotto and Twinks
• Buckley, Fiona - The Net of Steel #22 Ursula Blanchard, an Elizabethan lady
• Chase, Clare - Mystery at Farfield Castle #10 Eve Mallow, Saxford St Peter
• Clare, Alys - The Cargo From Neira #5 Gabriel Taverner, Former ship's surgeon, C17 Devon
• Comley, M A - To Endanger Lives (ebook only) #9 DI Sam Cobbs
• Dean, Will - The Last Passenger (apa The Last One)
• Denzil, Sarah A with SL Harker - The Nice Guy (ebook only)
• Edwards, Mark - Keep Her Secret
• Edwards, Martin - Sepulchre Street #4 Rachel Savernake & Jacob Flint, 1930s
• Ellicott, Jessica - Murder on the Home Front #2 WPC Billie Harkness, Hull, 1940
• Erichsen, Helen - Murder by Natural Causes #1 Cilla, Contract Killer
• Gatland, Jack - Covert Action (ebook only) #3 Tom Marlowe
• Gatward, D J - Silent Ruin (ebook only) #14 DCI Harry Grimm
• Glister, Tim - A Game of Deceit #3 Richard Knox, MI5 Agent, London, 1966
• Goldis, Jaclyn - The Chateau
• Grant, Tracy - The Seven Dials Affair (ebook only) #27 Rannoch Fraser
• Hawkswood, Sarah - Too Good to Hang #11 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12 Bradecote and Catchpoll, Worcestershire, C12
• Higson, Charlie - On His Majesty's Secret Service - James Bond
• Hilton, Matt - Cold Fire #10 Grey and Villere, Louisiana
• Holland, Sam - The Twenty #2 Major Crimes
• Hunter, Alice - The Serial Killer's Sister #3 Serial Killer
• Hunter, E V - A Contest To Kill For #2 Hopgood Hall Murder Mysteries
• Hunter, M A - Adrift
• Hurst, Daniel - The Bride to Be
• Isaac, Jane - In the Shadows #5 DCI Helen Lavery
• James, Alison - The Woman in Carriage 3
• James, Ed - Where the Bodies Lie #2 DI Rob Marshall
• Jenkins, Victoria Happily - Married
• Johnston, Anthony - The Dog Sitter Detective #1 Gwinny Tuffel, Dog sitter
• Kabler, Jackie - The Vanishing of Class 3B
• Kaya, Kerry - Revenge #2 The Tempests
• Kelleher, Casey - The Babysitter's Secret (ebook only)
• Kepler, Lars - The Spider tr. Alice Menzies #9 DI Joona Linna, Stockholm
• Kirk, JD - The One That Got Away (ebook only) #1 DI Heather Filson
• Lackberg, Camilla & Fexeus, Henrik - Cult tr. Ian Giles #2 Detective Mina Dabiri & Mentalist Vincent Walter
• Lassa, Antonia - Skin Deep tr. Jacky Collins
• Lawton, John - Moscow Exile #4 Joe Wilderness
• Leather, Stephen - Triggers
• Leevers, Jo - Tell Me How This Ends
• Lynes, S E - The Summer Holiday
• McEwan, Lynne - The Girls in the Glen #3 DI Shona Oliver, Dumfries
• McLean, Rachel - Death and Poetry (ebook only) #2 McBride & Tanner
• Macmillan, Gilly - The Fall
• Madsen, Jenny Lund - Thirty Days of Darkness tr. Megan E Turney #1 Hannah
• Mara, Andrea - No One Saw a Thing
• Marcus, Tom - Target and Destroy #3 Matt Logan, MI5 Agent
• Mariani, Scott - The White Knight #27 Ben Hope, Ex-SAS
• Marsons, Angela - Deadly Fate #18 DI Kim Stone
• Maslen, Andy - Seven Seconds (ebook only) #14 Gabriel Wolfe
• Monaghan, S D - Toxic People
• Morton, Mandy - The Windmill Murders #11 The No. 2 Feline Detective Agency
• Munro, T Orr - Slaughterhouse Farm #2 CSI Ally Dymond, Devon
• Nadel, Barbara - Double Illusion #25 Cetin Ikmen, Policeman, Istanbul
• Nesbo, Jo - Killing Moon tr. Seán Kinsella #13 Detective Harry Hole, Oslo, Norway
• North, Lauren - My Word Against His (ebook only)
• Parks, Alan - To Die In June #6 Harry McCoy, Police Officer, Glasgow, 1973
• Pearce, Biba - Fever Pitch (ebook only) #6 Kenzie Gilmore
• Priest, Christopher - Airside
• Richardson, Matthew - The Scarlet Papers
• Ryan, Chris - Cold Red
• Salter, Michelle - The Body at Carnival Bridge #3 Iris Woodmore, 1920s
• Skelton, Douglas - A Thief's Justice #2 Jonas Flynt, C18
• Slater, K L - The Bedroom Window (ebook only)
• Smith, Martin Cruz - Independence Square #10 Chief Investigator Arkady Renko, Moscow
• Spain, Jo - Don't Look Back
• Stacey, Lyndon - Bad Blood #5 Daniel Whelan, ex-police dog handler, Dartmoor
• Swallow, James - Dark Horizon
• Watson, Sue - The Wedding Day
• Watt, Holly - The End of the Game #4 Casey Benedict, Investigative Journalist
• Whitelaw, Jonathan - The Village Hall Vendetta
• Wilkinson, Kerry - The Ones Who Are Hidden #4 A Whitecliff Bay Mystery
• Wolff, James - The Man in the Corduroy Suit