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Crime Writers’ Association UK – July 2013 Dagger Winners

The first of the 2013 dagger awards were announced tonight.

Ellis Peters Historical Dagger

  • The Heretics by Rory Clements (John Murray)
  • Pilgrim Soul by Gordon Ferris (Corvus)
  • The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson (Headline)
  • Dead Men and Broken Hearts by Craig Russell (Quercus)
  • The Twelfth Department by William Ryan (Mantle)
  • **WINNER**  The Scent of Death  by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)

International Dagger

  • **WINNER**  Alex by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne (Quercus)
  • The Missing File by D A Mishani, translated by Steven Cohen (Quercus)
  • Two Soldiers by Roslund & Hellström, translated by Kari Dickson (Quercus)
  • **WINNER**  Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas, translated by Siân Reynolds (Harvill Secker)
  • Death in Sardinia by Marco Vichi, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Collini Case by Ferdinand von Schirach, translated by Anthea Bell (Michael Joseph)

Non-Fiction Dagger

  • **WINNER**  Midnight in Peking by Paul French (Penguin Viking)
  • The Boy in the River by Richard Hoskins (Pan Macmillan)
  • Against a Tide of Evil by Mukesh Kapila (with Damien Lewis) (Mainstream)
  • A Fine Day for a Hanging by Carol Ann Lee (Mainstream)
  • Injustice by Clive Stafford Smith (Random House)
  • Murder at Wrotham Hill by Diana Souhami (Quercus)

Dagger in the Library

  • **WINNER**  Belinda Bauer
  • Alison Bruce
  • Gordon Ferris
  • Christopher Fowler
  • Elly Griffiths
  • Michael Ridpath

Short Story Dagger

  • Method Murder by Simon Brett
  • Stairway C by Piero Colaprico
  • **WINNER**  Come Away with Me by Stella Duffy
  • The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaiman
  • Ferengi by Carlo Lucarelli
  • Lost and Found by Zoë Sharp

Debut Dagger

  • Aine O Domhnaill (Ireland) The Assassin’s Keeper
  • **WINNER**  Finn Clarke (UK) Call Time
  • Sue Dawes (UK) TAG
  • Alex Sweeney (UK) Working in Unison
  • Marie Hannan-Mandel (USA) Lesson Plan for Murder
  • Ron Puckering (UK) Honour or Justice
  • David Evans (UK) Torment
  • Jayne Barnard (Canada) When the Bow Breaks
  • DB Carew (Canada) Fighting Darkness: The Killer Trail
  • Mike Craven (UK) Born in a Burial Gown
  • Emma Melville (UK) The Journeyman
  • Joanna Dodd (UK) A Cure for All Evils

The event also saw Lee Child receive his Diamond Dagger and the announcement of the following Dagger longlists:


  • Belinda Bauer for Rubbernecker (Bantam/Transworld)
  • Lauren Beukes for The Shining Girls (HarperCollins)
  • Sam Hawken for Tequila Sunset (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Mick Herron for Dead Lions (Soho Crime)
  • Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion)
  • Sara Paretsky for Breakdown (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Michael Robotham for Say You’re Sorry (Sphere)
  • Don Winslow for The Kings of Cool (Heinemann).


  • Roger Hobbs for Ghostman (Transworld)
  • Liz Jensen for The Uninvited (Bloomsbury)
  • Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Pan Macmillan)
  • Stuart Neville for Ratlines (Random House)
  • Mark Oldfield for The Sentinel (Head of Zeus)
  • Andrew Williams for The Poison Tide (John Murray)
  • Robert Wilson for Capital Punishment (Orion).

John Creasey

  • Roger Hobbs for Ghostman (Doubleday)
  • Hanna Jameson for Something You Are (Head of Zeus)
  • Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Mantle)
  • Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion)
  • Derek B Miller for Norwegian by Night (Faber and Faber)
  • Thomas Mogford for Shadow of the Rock (Bloomsbury)
  • Michael Russell for The City Of Shadows (Avon)
  • M D Villiers for City of Blood (Harvill Secker).

8 comments on “Crime Writers’ Association UK – July 2013 Dagger Winners

  1. FictionFan
    July 15, 2013

    Frightening how many books there are out there! Really glad to see some favourites in there, though – Pilgrim Soul, Midnight in Peking, The Collini Case and Belinda Bauer. Unfair maybe, since I haven’t read most of the rest, but I’d be happy to see all of these win their categories.

    • crimeficreader
      July 15, 2013

      Oh yes, masses of good books! It’ll be so interesting to see who wins and who is longlisted for the next and final batch of three.

  2. Alex
    July 15, 2013

    I could take this as a reading list for the summer. I’ve read maybe half a dozen of them so plenty to be getting on with. I’d like to see Gordon Ferris win. He’s been my find of the year.

    • crimeficreader
      July 15, 2013

      I have heard and read great things for his latest.

  3. FictionFan
    July 16, 2013

    I can’t believe The Scent of Death beat Pilgrim Soul! I really didn’t rate it all and was surprised to see it even on the shortlist. Oh, well, I’m delighted to see Belinda Bauer and Midnight in Peking get the recognition they deserve. Thanks for doing this post – I tend to miss these announcements normally. 🙂

  4. Alex
    July 16, 2013

    Well, I have ‘Alex’ on reservation at the library but I’m going to have to give the Andrew Taylor a second shot because I got bogged down after about fifty pages.

  5. MarinaSofia
    July 16, 2013

    Delighted to see a joint win for French crime fiction: Lemaitre and Vargas are very different though, but I suppose Vargas has won too many times on her own! Delighted by the Belinda Bauer win too – I’ve been meaning to read her for ages, so this is my final push to do just that.

    • crimeficreader
      July 16, 2013

      Rubbernecker – her most recent and a standalone – is fab!

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