Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Awards News: CrimeFest Awards Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the CrimeFest Awards have been announced. [Don't forget you can try and win a free pass here.]

From the press release:

2016 awards shortlist announced
CrimeFest, the UK’s biggest crime fiction convention, is thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Annual CrimeFest Awards. The shortlist includes a mix of established names in crime fiction as well as a host of new talent. 

Crime fiction heavyweights Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Robert Galbraith will be fighting it out in the listener-voted Audible Sounds of Crime Award, with other competition including debut novelist Clare Mackintosh for her breakthrough smash hit I Let You Go, and Paula Hawkins for her international bestseller The Girl On The Train, now a major feature film. Denise Minda and Linwood Barclay are up for the eDunnit Award, along with debut novelist Jax Miller for Freedom’s Child which she wrote whilst travelling round America on the back of the motorcycle. Elly Griffiths, Simon Brett and Christopher Fowler are amongst the names nominated for the Last Laugh Award for best humorous crime novel. Finally, Barry Forshaw is up for two H.R.F. Keating Awards, and Adam Sisman has also been shortlisted for his acclaimed biography of John le Carré.

The winners will be announced at the CrimeFest Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 21 May. For full shortlist details, please see below. 

Representing his fellow organisers, CrimeFest co-director Adrian Muller said: 

‘The shortlist for our awards this year is our most exciting yet, with some of crime fiction’s greatest writers up against some of the most successful debut novelists we’ve seen in recent years. To have such a diverse selection of authors spanning crime, thriller, humour, biography and non-fiction on the list is fantastic and showcases the talent out there within the genre! We are all very much excited about seeing who wins on 20th May.’

Peter James, Anne Holt, Ian Rankin and Hugh Fraser are among the top names set to speak at this year’s CrimeFest convention. Close to 500 attendees, including more than 150 authors, agents, publishers and crime fiction fans from across the globe, will descend on the city for a jam packed four days of 65 speaking events and panel discussions.

The CrimeFest programme includes a full schedule of panel events covering everything from a mock-trial debating the hotly contested conviction of Steven Avery in Making A Murderer, to panels discussing topics such as ‘Crimes Against Humanity: Terrorism, War and International Intrigue’ and ‘Deadly Dames: Women As Killers, Investigators And Victims’

This year CrimeFest will be giving four independently published crime authors the opportunity to discuss their work at the Emerging Indie Voices Panel after what has been a landmark year for self-publishing. The convention also includes a Pitch an Agent strand, a literary agent speed-dating session where unpublished authors can present their ideas in a Dragon’s Den style session.   Those wishing to pen their own crime novel can take part in a Crime Writing Day, which includes sessions with agents and editors, optional manuscript assessments and a workshop with bestselling crime writers M.R. Hall and William Ryan.

Finally, Ian Rankin, Susan Moody, Laura Wilson and others will be battling it out in ‘Sorry I Haven’t A Cluedo’ – the ultimate quiz for crime fiction buffs, hosted by Mike Ripley

For the full line-up of authors visit

The winners will be announced at the CRIMEFEST Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, 21 May.


The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2015 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees for Best Unabridged Crime Audiobook:
- Rachel Abbott for Sleep Tight, read by Melody Grove & Andrew Wincott (Whole Story Audiobooks)
- Lee Child for Make Me, read by Jeff Harding (Random House Audiobooks)
- Harlan Coben for The Stranger, read by Eric Meyers (Orion Publishing Group)
- Robert Galbraith for Career of Evil, read by Robert Glenister (Hachette Audio UK)
- Paula Hawkins for The Girl on the Train, read by Clare Corbett, India Fisher & Louise Brealey (Random House Audiobooks)
- Stephen King for Finders Keepers, read by Will Patton (Hodder & Stoughton)
- David Lagercrantz for The Girl in the Spider’s Web, translated by George Goulding and read by Saul Reichlin (Quercus)
- Clare Mackintosh for I Let You Go, read by David Thorpe & Julia Barrie (Hachette Audio)
- Ian Rankin for Even Dogs in the Wild, read by James Macpherson (Orion Publishing Group)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.

The Kobo eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the British Isles in 2015. Courtesy of sponsor Kobo, the winning author receives £500 and a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees for the eDunnit Award:
- Linwood Barclay for Broken Promise (Orion Publishing Group)
- Judith Flanders for A Bed of Scorpions (Allison & Busby)
- Suzette A. Hill for A Southwold Mystery (Allison & Busby)
- Laurie R. King for Dreaming Spies (Allison & Busby)
- Jax Miller for Freedom’s Child (HarperCollins)
- Andrew Taylor for The Silent Boy (HarperCollins)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2015. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Nominees for the Last Laugh Award:
- Sascha Arango for The Truth and Other Lies (Simon & Schuster)
- Alan Bradley for As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Orion Publishing Group)
- Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Burning Man (Transworld)
- Malcolm Pryce for The Case of the ‘Hail Mary’ Celeste (Bloomsbury)
- Mike Ripley for Mr Campion’s Fox (Severn House Publishing)
- Jason Starr for Savage Lane (No Exit Press)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2015. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Nominees for the H.R.F. Keating Award:
- David Stuart Davies & Barry Forshaw for The Sherlock Holmes Book (Dorling Kindersley)
- Martin Edwards for The Golden Age of Murder (HarperCollins)
- Fergus Fleming for The Man With the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters (Bloomsbury)
- Barry Forshaw for Crime Uncovered: Detective (Intellect)
- Julius Green for Curtains Up: Agatha Christie – A Life in Theatre (HarperCollins)
- Maysam Hasam Jaber for Criminal Femmes Fatales in American Hardboiled Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan)
- Fiona Peters & Rebecca Stewart for Crime Uncovered: Anti-hero (Intellect)
- Adam Sisman for John le Carré: The Biography (Bloomsbury)

Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Review: Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths

Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths, November 2015, 352 pages, Hardback, Quercus, ISBN: 1784290262

Reviewed by Michelle Peckham.
(Read more of Michelle's reviews for Euro Crime here.)

This is the second book from Elly Griffiths that is set in Brighton, post-Second World War, featuring detective Edgar Stephens. There is a new person on the CID team, a woman called Sergeant Emma Holmes, the subject of a lot of teasing, although Edgar takes a good professional attitude, and knows not to ask Emma to ‘put the kettle on’. The case facing the team at the start is the disappearance of two children; Mark, aged twelve and Anne, aged thirteen. They had been out playing after school, but had failed to come home when it became dark. And then, the children are found dead a few days later, discovered by a dog walker, with a trail of sweets leading to the bodies.

Edgar’s old friend Max Mephisto is also in town, playing in the pantomime 'Aladdin' as Abanazar, the Demon King, a job forced on him due to lack of work. Magicians are losing out to comedians such as Tommy Cooper, and the new development of television.

It turns out that Annie was a budding playwright, and had not only been writing plays, but had organised the other local children into an acting troupe, so that they could perform the plays in the garage of ‘uncle’ Brian. The garage itself had been set out as a mini theatre with red curtains above a small stage at one end. Brian is sure that the children hadn’t just run away, as they’d been looking forward to going to see 'Aladdin' the following week. But even more strangely, Annie’s latest play had been entitled ‘the Stolen Children’. Is there a connection? Or can the children’s death be somehow related to another similar children’s play ‘Hansel and Gretel’ or ‘Babes in the Wood’?

The usual slow but careful investigation follows, with Edgar and Emma both following up on different possible leads, to try to find out why the children went missing and who took them. Is there a link to the theatre and even to the theatrical production that Mephisto is starring in? The introduction of Emma onto the investigating team is a nice touch, and Edgar seems to have an incredibly modern attitude to women, choosing to use her skills and intelligence, rather than giving her more menial tasks to do. A gentle, entertaining story, that makes good use of the backdrops of Brighton and the theatre.

Michelle Peckham, April 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: The Drowning Ground by James Marrison

The Drowning Ground by James Marrison, March 2016, 384 pages, Paperback, Penguin, ISBN: 1405916931

Reviewed by Lynn Harvey.
(Read more of Lynn's reviews for Euro Crime here.)

A noise came behind me, muffled in the roar of the fire. A shout. I looked back. Turner was crouching in the opening of the space, gesturing wildly for me to get out. I had never seen anyone so angry or so scared. I ignored him and concentrated on the body in front of me.

Lower Quinton, Cotswolds, August 1997.
The housekeeper had managed to pull the body of Sarah Hurst out of the swimming pool and when DCI Guillermo Downes arrives the medical and police teams are already in place. It takes two men to hold back Frank Hurst when he sees his wife's body. Somewhere else in the house the housekeeper is comforting Hurst's teenage daughter.

Moreton-in-Marsh, Cotswolds, December 2002.
DS Graves arrives at his new posting, a police station neat and quiet, very unlike his previous place. His boss, Guillermo Downes has not yet arrived but lunchtime chat in the canteen introduces Graves to his boss's nickname of “Shotgun”, no-one can tell him how he earned it. They do tell him however that Downes has got through two new assistants in no time at all. Graves loses his appetite; this isn't going to be the easy fresh start he was hoping for. Graves' introduction to Downes himself comes as he stares at a magazine cutting pinned to their office wall: a photo, headlined in Spanish, of a leaping footballer and an ecstatic crowd. “Hooligans” says the voice behind him, fondness in its tone. Then Downes extends his hand to Graves, all business. Next morning, Chief Inspector Downes drives to Lower Quinton, Meon Hill to be precise. A body has been found by a dog walker. Two bodies in fact. A man with a pitchfork thrust into his neck. And his black labrador, hanging from a tree by its choke chain. The dead man is Frank Hurst, owner of the land around Meon Hill. Seeing Hurst brings back memories for Downes: the man's dead wife, lying beside their pool five years ago...

Frank Hurst, a reclusive local landowner, is found brutally murdered whilst mending the hedges of his field, his dog also dead. A witness reports seeing a white van earlier in the afternoon, its driver standing arguing with Hurst. DCI Guillermo Downes had had strong suspicions of Hurst over the death of his wife, drowned in their swimming pool, but the chief had insisted that Hurst had a good alibi and there was no case to prove. It was the rusted flower-hairpin that Downes found in the swimming pool that stoked Downes' suspicions of Frank Hurst, and not just for the murder of his wife. Downes is wondering about the unsolved disappearance of two young local girls a couple of years before the death of Mrs Hurst. When a fire in the Hurst mansion reveals another, long dead, corpse – DCI Downes and his new assistant DS Graves are led into the dark territory of child abduction.

THE DROWNING GROUND is James Marrison's début crime novel. Marrison having been born and raised in the Cotswolds but now living in Argentina and working as a journalist gives us a clue to the origins of Marrison's protagonist, the Anglo-Argentinian police detective Guillermo “Shotgun” Downes. And as my usual reading choice is that of foreign crime in translation how can I resist the call of an Argentinian police detective working in the heart of rural England? In the earlier passages of the book, Downes' thoughts include the occasional Argentinian phrase or comparison which brings a sense of the “otherness” of Downes but further into the story this flavour in Guillermo's internal speech seems lost and I missed it. There are references to what might have caused Downes to leave Argentina, rooted in the dark days of the military junta in the early 1980s, but his full story remains a mystery. As does the reason for his new Detective Sergeant’s apparent fall from grace in his previous Oxford posting. I get the sense that Marrison plans more for this pairing.

Marrison's writing is atmospheric. Good at capturing place, landscape, weather, time of day, he paints pictures well. His characters are carefully observed and he successfully builds anticipation and suspense. The twist of the final “whodunnit” moment is surprising. But I did have difficulty with Marrison's device of first-person voicing most of the book from the point of view of Guillermo Downes then placing DS Graves' passages in the third person. It's a risky ploy and, although some readers seem to have liked the technique, it didn't work for me – I found the narrative switch jarring. But even though this book did not always hit the spot for me, I hope James Marrison will continue to write about the criminal world of Graves and Downes. There are definite strengths in the writing and plenty of room for its Broadchurch-like darkness. I hope there will be more to come for this Argentinian cast adrift in the assumed gentility of the Cotswolds.

Lynn Harvey, April 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Win: A Pass to CrimeFest 2016

CrimeFest have kindly donated a weekend pass to the upcoming event in Bristol on 19-22 May 2016.

The pass includes admittance to all panels and interviews Thursday to Sunday, as well as a delegate goody bag and a programme, and is worth £195.

2016's featured guest authors include Ian Rankin, Peter James and Anne Holt.

From the CrimeFest website:
CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Whether you come with someone or on your own, by the end of the weekend you are likely to have made new friends. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, CRIMEFEST gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere. The programme consists of interviews with its featured and highlighted guest authors; over forty panels with more than a hundred participating authors; a gala awards dinner*; and possibly a surprise or two.
*The Petrona Award 2016 winner will also be announced at the Gala Dinner.

As CrimeFest will be drawing the winners, all entries will be forwarded on to them. I've included a box in the form below for entrants to agree to this.

The competition will close on 6 May 2016 at 11.59pm.
There are no geographical restrictions on entrants.
Only 1 entry per person please.
All entries will be deleted once they have been forwarded to CrimeFest.

To enter the competition, please complete the form below.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review: Thin Ice by Quentin Bates

Thin Ice by Quentin Bates, March 2016, 279 pages, Constable, ISBN: 147212149X

Reviewed by Ewa Sherman.

I’d like the Icelandic cop Gunnhildur Gísladóttir, known as Gunna, to be my friend: no-nonsense, tired, logical, grumpy and loving, with sense of humour and boundless capacity to understand; a big country girl who still appears to be finding her feet in the capital. Well, maybe not a girl anymore… All these qualities get mixed up constantly to show a very real portrait of a woman who has to deal with criminals, the system and her own family. And in THIN ICE she is having quite a hard time as her own painful past catches up with her while she investigates the disappearance of two women into the thin crisp November air, and a strange arsonist attack in Reykjavík in which a petty crook dies. Gunna’s methodological, pragmatic methods, with support from faithful colleagues Eiríkur and Helgi, bring answers to the apparently unrelated riddles, and though the story is not Gunna-driven, her presence is felt everywhere.

So… Two minor baddies get into trouble, even if practical and reasonable Magni happens to be the accidental criminal: after losing his job on a trawler he agrees to assist Össur, an ambitious but stressed out crime kingpin in robbing a leading drug dealer called Alli the Cornershop. Magni acts as a ‘heavy’, muscles to Össur’s brain. They leave the scene with more than a quarter of a million euros. Yet the ‘escape to the sun’ plan goes wrong. They hijack a car with two women: mother Erna and daughter Tinna Lind and flee Reykjavik to the middle of nowhere where they have no choice but to break into a small hotel closed for the winter. Soon enough a new relationship comes to life within the group. While terrified high-maintenance townie Erna is in a state of shock, and Össur, gun glued to his side, swings between fury and anger in his cloud of stolen dope and rubbish television shows; Tinna Lind, hippy and carefree, finds the captivity very exciting. She develops a crush on Magni and so a new type of Stockholm syndrome case is born: one where the hostage tries to take initiative because Plan B fails to materialise, and her ‘hero’ takes care of getting supplies and petrol, cooking stews, and diplomatically smooths over aggressive Össur’s outbursts. Tensions rise... The four fugitives from law and crime underworld realise that being snowed in will not protect them from the police and Alli’s revenge and more powerful friends. Because detective Gunna will eventually find their scent.

Reading Quentin Bates’ books feels like being immersed in a good friendly chat: words easily flowing, plot developing in a relaxed manner, and suddenly bang! There’s another dose of cruel violence and though sort of anticipated it comes as a shock after you’ve became lulled into a sense of weird false security, magnified by the picturesque Icelandic landscape, promising peace and quiet. These contradictions make THIN ICE another gem from the master of the engaging and suspenseful crime story, who creates convincing characters and effortlessly portrays a country that he knows so intimately.

Ewa Sherman, April 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Petrona Award 2016 - the Shortlist

From the press release:

Top quality crime fiction from Scandinavia is shortlisted for the 2016 Petrona Award

Crime novels from Finland, Norway and Sweden have made the shortlist for the 2016 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year, which is announced today. They are:

THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway)
THE DEFENCELESS by Kati Hiekkapelto tr. David Hackston (Orenda Books; Finland)

THE CAVEMAN by Jorn Lier Horst tr. Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press; Norway)

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz tr. George Goulding (MacLehose Press; Sweden)

SATELLITE PEOPLE by Hans Olav Lahlum tr. Kari Dickson (Mantle/Pan Macmillan; Norway)

DARK AS MY HEART by Antti Tuomainen tr. Lola Rogers (Harvill Secker; Finland)

The winning title will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 21 May during the annual international crime fiction event CrimeFest, held in Bristol 19-22 May 2016.

The award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia and published in the UK in the previous calendar year. More information about the award can be found on the Petrona Award website

The judges’ comments on the shortlist:

THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway)

Fossum’s spare prose and straightforward narrative belie the complexity at the heart of this novel. After the drowning of a young child with Down’s Syndrome, Chief Inspector Sejer must ask himself if one of the parents could have been involved. The nature of grief is explored, along with the experience of parenting children with learning difficulties. There’s a timeless feel to the writing and a sense of justice slowly coming to pass.

THE DEFENCELESS by Kati Hiekkapelto tr. David Hackston (Orenda Books; Finland)

The second in Hiekkapelto’s ‘Anna Fekete’ series is an assured police procedural rooted in the tradition of the Nordic social crime novel. Its exploration of immigrant experiences is nuanced and timely, and is woven into an absorbing mystery involving an elderly man’s death and the escalating activities of an international gang. A mature work by a writer who is unafraid to take on challenging topics.

THE CAVEMAN by Jorn Lier Horst tr. Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press; Norway)

Horst’s The Caveman begins with the discovery of a four-month-old corpse just down the road from William Wisting’s home. Troubled by his neighbour’s lonely death in an apparently uncaring society, the Chief Inspector embarks on one of the most disturbing cases of his career. Beautifully written, this crime novel is a gripping read that draws on the author’s own experiences to provide genuine insights into police procedure and investigation.

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz tr. George Goulding (MacLehose Press; Sweden)

The late Stieg Larsson created the groundbreaking, two-fingers-to-society, bisexual anti-heroine Lisbeth Salander. When Larsson’s publishers commissioned a fourth book, they turned to David Lagercrantz, whose The Girl in the Spider’s Web often reads uncannily like Larsson’s own text. His real achievement is the subtle development of Salander’s character; she remains (in Lagercrantz’s hands) the most enigmatic and fascinating anti-heroine in fiction.

SATELLITE PEOPLE by Hans Olav Lahlum tr. Kari Dickson (Mantle/Pan Macmillan; Norway)

An accomplished homage to Agatha Christie, Satellite People adds a Nordic twist to classic crime fiction tropes. References to Christie novels abound, but Lahlum uses a Golden Age narrative structure to explore Norway’s wartime past, as Inspector Kristiansen and Patricia investigate a former Resistance fighter’s death. Excellent characterisation, a tight plot and a growing sense of menace keep the reader guessing until the denouement.

DARK AS MY HEART by Antti Tuomainen tr. Lola Rogers (Harvill Secker; Finland)

Tuomainen’s powerful and involving literary crime novel has a mesmerising central concept: thirty-year-old Aleksi is sure he knows who was behind his mother’s disappearance two decades ago, but can he prove it? And to what extent does his quest for justice mask an increasingly unhealthy obsession with the past? Rarely has atmosphere in a Nordic Noir novel been conjured so evocatively.

With grateful thanks to each of the translators for their skill and expertise in bringing us these outstanding examples of Scandinavian crime fiction.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Awards News: Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2016 - Longlist

The longlist for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year 2016 has been announced; taken from their website:
Now in its twelfth 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 crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2015 to 18 April 2016.

The 2016 Award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Radio Times.

The long list, comprising 18 titles, is selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee and representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd and WHSmith.

The longlist in full:

Time of Death by Mark Billingham, Little Brown

Rain Dogs, Adrian McKinty, Serpent’s Tail

Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith, Sphere

Black Eyed Susans, Julia Heaberlin, Michael Joseph

Disclaimer, Renée Knight, Black Swan

I Let You Go, Clare Mackintosh, Sphere

The Moth Catcher, Ann Cleeves, Pan

Tell No Tales, Eva Dolan, Harvill Secker

The Ghost Fields, Elly Griffiths, Quercus

The Missing and the Dead, Stuart MacBride, Harper Fiction

Every Night I Dream of Hell, Malcolm Mackay, Mantle

Splinter the Silence, Val McDermid, Little, Brown

The Glorious Heresies, Lisa McInerney, John Murray Publishers

The Nightmare Place, Steve Mosby, Orion Fiction

The Final Silence, Stuart Neville, Harvill Secker

In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware, Harvill Secker

Death is a Welcome Guest, Louise Welsh, John Murray Publishers

Stasi Child, David Young, Twenty7

From 21 April, longlisted titles will feature in a six-week campaign across all 300 WHSmith stores and 80 library services, representing a total of 1645 library branches.

The shortlist of six titles will be announced on 31 May, followed by a seven-week promotion in libraries and WHSmiths.

The overall winner will be decided by the panel of Judges, alongside a public vote. The public vote opens on 1 July and closes 15 July at

Previous winners of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award include Denise Mina, Val McDermid, and Sarah Hilary.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 21 July on the opening night of the 14th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.

The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Petrona Award 2016 - Progress so far

I met up with the Petrona Award judges yesterday and our annual photo is below.

It was particularly difficult to reduce this year's longlist down to six but eventually we did. It was a long lunch!

The press release announcing the six books on the shortlist will be available before the end of the month, stay tuned.

The winner will be announced on 21 May at the Gala Dinner at Crime Fest.

(Sarah Ward, Barry Forshaw, me and Kat Hall)

Friday, April 01, 2016

New Releases - April 2016

Here's a snapshot of what I think is published for the first time in April 2016 (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 do please leave a comment.
• Ace, Cathy - The Corpse with the Garnet Face #7 Welsh-Canadian Professor Cait Morgan, Criminologist
• Callaghan, Tom - A Spring Betrayal #2 Inspector Akyl Borubaev
• Carofiglio, Gianrico - A Fine Line #5 Guido Guerrieri, Lawyer, Bari
• Carver, C J - Spare Me the Truth
• Cohen, Tammy - When She Was Bad
• Connolly, John - A Time of Torment #14 Charlie Parker, PI, Maine
• Davis, Lindsey - The Graveyard of the Hesperides #4 Flavia Albia, the adopted daughter of Marcus Didius Falco
• Douglas-Home, Mark - The Malice of Waves #3 Cal McGill, Oceanographer
• Flint, Shamini - Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution #7 Inspector Singh
• Garnier, Pascal - Too Close to the Edge
• Hanington, Peter - A Dying Breed
• Harris, Joanne - Different Class
• Harris, Oliver - The House of Fame #3 DC Belsey, London
• Hilary, Sarah - Tastes Like Fear #3 DI Marnie Rome
• Jackson, Corrie - Breaking Dead (ebook only) #1 Sophie Kent
• Jackson, David - A Tapping at My Door #1 DS Nathan Cody, Liverpool
• Kavanagh, Emma - The Missing Hours
• Kent, Christobel - The Loving Husband
• King, Laurie R - The Murder of Mary Russell #14 Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes
• Leon, Donna - The Waters of Eternal Youth #25 Commissario Guido Brunetti, Venice
• MacKenzie, A J - The Body on the Doorstep #1 The Romney Marsh Mysteries
• Masterton, Graham - Scarlet Widow #1 Beatrice Scarlet, 1750s
• Meyrick, Denzil - The Rat Stone Serenade #4 DCI Daley
• Pasternak, Simon - Death Zones
• Ramsay, Caro - Rat Run #7 DCI McAlpine, DS Anderson and DS Costello, Glasgow
• Ramsay, Danielle - The Puppet Maker #5 DI Jack Brady, Whitley Bay
• Reading, Mario - The Templar Succession #3 John Hart
• Shepherd, Lloyd - The Detective and the Devil #4 Charles Horton & John Harriott, River Police, 19thC
• Sheridan, Sara - Operation Goodwood #5 Mirabelle Bevan (retired Secret Service), 1950s
• Sund, Erik Axl - The Crow Girl #1 Victoria Bergman trilogy
• Taylor, Andrew - The Ashes of London
• Thomson, Lesley - The House With No Rooms #4 Stella Darnell
• Winspear, Jacqueline - Journey to Munich #12 Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, 1930s London
• Yakumaru, Gaku - A Cop's Eyes

Publishing Deal - Sarah Ward

So chuffed to hear that Faber have picked up Sarah Ward's third and fourth books! From the press release received today:

Faber has acquired Sarah Ward's new novel A Patient Fury which is a gripping psychological thriller with a Scandinavian sensibility, set in the Peak District. A Patient Fury will tell the story of a deadly house fire that reveals deeply hidden family secrets and long-held resentments that have devastating consequences.

World all languages for A Patient Fury, plus one further novel, were acquired from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.

Ward’s debut novel, In Bitter Chill, was widely acclaimed and Faber is publishing the sequel, A Deadly Thaw, in September. Mitzi Angel, publisher at Faber & Faber, said: ‘There is a tidal wave of enthusiasm for Sarah’s writing from the entire team at Faber. She has a very exciting career ahead of her and we are delighted to be publishing two further books—she represents a very important part of the list.’

Ward has reviewed for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Eurocrime. Her articles have appeared in the Sunday Express magazine, Traveller and other publications. She is a judge for The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel.