Last night, the Ellis Peters Historical Award for 2009 went to Philip Kerr for If the Dead Rise Not, Quercus.
Philip Kerr being congratulated by Janet Laurence, Chair of the Judges.
Philip Kerr delivering his witty acceptance speech.
Note: there are two outgoing people on the judging panel this year (I forget which). Replacements are Barry Forshaw of Crime Time and The Independent, and the youthful Jake Kerridge of the Daily Telegraph.
The evening was organised with aplomb by Sam Eades of Headline.
For some, tweeting was put aside for a bit of real face to face contact lubricated with wine. On my part, how good to meet you all and to put faces and voices to the maximum 140 character tweets!