Category Archives: Crime Writers’ Association

SPECSAVERS CRIME THRILLER AWARDS 2014 WINNERS

Announced tonight, the winners:

●     The Best Actress Dagger
Keeley Hawes, Line of Duty

●     The Best Actor Dagger
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

●     The Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read:
Peter May, Entry Island (Quercus)

●     Crime Writers’ Association Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year:
Wiley Cash, This Dark Road to Mercy (Doubleday/Transworld)

●     Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year:
Ray Celestin, The Axeman’s Jazz (Mantle)

●    Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year:
Robert Harris, An Officer and a Spy (Arrow)

●     The TV Dagger
Happy Valley

●     The Film Dagger
Cold in July

●     The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
James Norton, Happy Valley

●     The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
Amanda Abbington, Sherlock

●     The International TV Dagger
True Detective.

CWA Dagger in the Library 2014 Longlist

The longlist for the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger in the Library has been announced on Random House’s Dead Good Books site. Click on the pic for further information.

LibraryShortlist2014Longlist:

  • MC Beaton (Constable & Robinson)
  • Tony Black (Black and White Publishing)
  • Sharon Bolton (Transworld Publishers)
  • Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
  • Mari Hannah (Pan)
  • James Oswald (Michael Joseph)
  • Phil Rickman (Corvus)
  • Leigh Russell (No Exit Press)
  • Mel Sherratt (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Neil White (Sphere)

Shortlists for the CWA Gold, John Creasey (New Blood) and Ian Fleming Steel Daggers 2014

Announced today, the shortlists are:

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year:
o The First Rule of Survival by Paul Mendelson (Constable)
o How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown)
o Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld)
o This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for Best First Novel:
o The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
o The Devil In The Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
o The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (Headline)
o The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter (Penguin Fig Tree)

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year:
o Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber)
o An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Random House)
o I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
o Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (HarperCollins)

Press Release: Winners Unmasked at Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013 on ITV3

David Tennant and Olivia Colman led ITV’s Broadchurch to four gongs at the star-studded Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel tonight.

Celebrity guests including Idris Elba, Kara Tointon, Lee Child, Peter James, Ruth Wilson, Mark Billingham and Anna Maxwell Martin gathered on the black carpet before celebrating the UK’s most wanted crime fiction and drama at the dazzling ceremony, hosted by Bradley Walsh.

The glittering event, organised by Cactus TV and ITV3 in partnership with the Crime Writers’ Association, saw ITV’s top-rating murder mystery Broadchurch pocket a quartet of awards, including the TV Dagger for the production itself, with the latest gongs rounding off a successful year for the show.

Winners included:

●        David Tennant of Broadchurch in the Best Actor Dagger

●        Olivia Colman of Broadchurch in the Best Actress Dagger

●        Andrew Buchan of Broadchurch in the Best Supporting Actor Dagger

●        Amelia Bullmore of Scott & Bailey in the Best Supporting Actress Dagger

●        The Killing III in the International TV Dagger

●        Broadchurch in the TV Dagger

●        Skyfall in the Film Dagger

●        Malcolm MacKay for the Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read

●        Mick Herron for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger

●        Derek B Miller for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger

●        Roger Hobbs for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year

The ceremony will be shown on ITV3 at 9pm on Sunday October 27th.

The awards, now in their sixth year, marked the culmination of ITV3’s six-week prime time series, The Crime Thriller Club which included a crime thriller version of the successful TV Book Club.

‘Living legends’ Martina Cole and Wilbur Smith were inducted into the CWA Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony in recognition of their contributions to the genre.

In a brand new award for 2013, The Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read was awarded to Malcolm MacKay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter. Chosen as The Crime Thriller Book Club book of the series by a group of independent publishing experts from the Crime Thriller Awards Academy, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter beat titles by Linwood Barclay, Megan Abbott, Christopher Fowler, Diana Bretherick and Andrew Taylor.

Malcolm MacKay said: “It’s a huge honour and thrill to win. To be included in such a strong list of nominees is a wonderful thing for any young writer.”

This year’s CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year was won by Mick Herron for Dead Lions, a tale of secrets which refuse to die in the shady world of Cold War spooks. Herron’s book fought off intense competition from Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker, Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls and Becky Masterman’s Rage Against The Dying to take the accolade.

Mick Herron commented: “My shelves are crammed with Gold Dagger-winning novels of the past – The Mermaids Singing, Black and Blue, Bones and Silence. I can’t quite believe I get to put my own book next to them.”

The CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year was awarded to Derek B Miller for his debut novel Norwegian by Night. In a boon year for debut crime fiction Norwegian by Night and its 82-year-old ex-Marine protagonist squared up against Hanna Jameson’s Something You Are, Malcolm Mackay’s The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter and Thomas Mogford’s Shadow of the Rock to nab the top spot.

Derek B. Miller said: “My sincere thanks to the judges and the Crime Writers’ Association. This award feels less like a victory than a wonderful form of encouragement. And I appreciate that, deeply, because no one has ever encouraged me to write before. Tolerated me writing … sure. But encouraged me? Not as much. So thank you.”

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year went to Roger Hobbs for Ghostman. This distinctive thriller slugged it out against impressive enemies Stuart Neville for Ratlines, Mark Oldfield for The Sentinel and Robert Wilson for Capital Punishment to secure victory.

Roger Hobbs said: “I’m exceptionally honoured to have won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. It’s a dream come true. This award puts me in the company of so many writers I admire, like Steve Hamilton, Gillian Flynn, and Jeffery Deaver. When I was writing this book in the basement of my college library, scrounging off old pizza and bad coffee, I never imagined I’d end up here. I want to offer my sincerest thanks to all the family, friends, and co-workers who helped me make this dream possible.”

Amanda Ross, Managing Director of Cactus TV, who created the Awards for ITV3 said: ‘This is one of the most popular genre of fiction on the screen and in books, so it’s wonderful to be able to have this great celebration of talent courtesy of Specsavers.’

Dame Mary Perkins, Specsavers founder, said: ‘As a personal fan of a blood curdling read, it’s been a pleasure to be a part of the Crime Thriller Awards for the fifth year running. We’re very proud to be involved in this annual showcase of world class writing, acting and production and would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees.’

Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013 took place on Thursday 24th October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, and will be televised on ITV3 on the 27th October at 9pm. The 2013 Awards are the sixth annual event created and produced by Cactus TV for ITV3. The Awards are sponsored by Specsavers and in conjunction with the Crime Writers’ Association. Visit http://www.crimethrillerawards.com/ for more information.

CWA Dagger Winners 2013 – Gold, Steel and John Creasey

The winners of these awards have just been announced at the Crime Thriller Awards in London:

CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger

  • Belinda Bauer – Rubbernecker (Bantam/Transworld)
  • Lauren Beukes – The Shining Girls (HarperCollins)
  • Mick Herron – Dead Lions (Soho Crime) *WINNER*
  • Becky Masterman – Rage Against the Dying (Orion)

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

  • Roger Hobbs – Ghostman (Transworld) *WINNER*
  • Stuart Neville – Ratlines (Random House)
  • Mark Oldfield – The Sentinel (Head of Zeus)
  • Robert Wilson – Capital Punishment (Orion)

CWA John Creasey Dagger

  • Hanna Jameson – Something You Are (Head of Zeus)
  • Malcolm Mackay – The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Mantle)
  • Derek B Miller – Norwegian by Night (Faber and Faber) *WINNER*
  • Thomas Mogford – Shadow of the Rock (Bloomsbury)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Shortlists for Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013

The following are the complete shortlists for Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.  We’ll start with the books which are the three remaining Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards for 2013, including the John Creasey for first time published.

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year

  • Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (Bantam/Transworld)
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins)
  • Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (Orion)
  • Dead Lions by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)

The CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Write of the Year

  • Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller (Faber and Faber)
  • Something You Are by Hanna Jameson (Head of Zeus)
  • The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Mantle)
  • Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford (Bloomsbury)

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year

  • Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (Transworld)
  • Ratlines by Stuart Neville (Random House)
  • The Sentinel by Mark Oldfield (Head of Zeus)
  • Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson (Orion)

And now for the screen:

The Film Dagger

  • Sky Fall
  • Jack Reacher
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Looper
  • Seven Psychopaths

The TV Dagger

  • Luther
  • Top of the Lake
  • Broadchurch
  • The Fall
  • Bletchley Circle

The International TV Dagger

  • Homeland
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • The Killing 3
  • Arne Dahl

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger

  • Paul McGann for A Mother’s Son
  • Mandy Patinkin for Homeland
  • Andrew Buchan for Broadchurch
  • Warren Brown for Luther
  • Roger Allam for Endeavour

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger

  • Pauline Quirke for Broadchurch
  • Amelia Bullmore for Scott & Bailey
  • Holly Hunter for Top of the Lake
  • Jodie Whittaker for Broadchurch
  • Ruth Wilson for Luther

The Best Actor Dagger

  • Damien Lewis for Homeland
  • David Tennant for Broadchurch
  • Idris Elba for Luther
  • Jason Isaacs for Case Histories
  • Paddy Considine for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane

The Best Actress Dagger

  • Sofie Grabol for The Killing 3
  • Olivia Colman for Broadchurch
  • Claire Danes for Homeland
  • Gillian Anderson for The Fall
  • Lesley Sharp for Scott & Bailey

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013 will take place on Thursday, 24th October at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel produced by Cactus TV, and will be televised on ITV3 on the 29th October at 9pm. The 2013 Awards are the sixth annual event created and produced by Cactus TV for ITV3, and the annual sponsored by Specsavers and in conjunction with the Crime Writers’ Association.

Visit http://www.crimethrillerawards.com/ for more information.

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:

Gold

  • 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).

Steel

  • 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).