Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Davis and Dilys Make Headlines

The British Crime Writers’ Association announced this morning that historical novelist Lindsey Davis, author of the Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, has won this year’s CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award for “outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.”

Davis, a former civil servant in the UK, is quoted as saying: “When I heard about this I had just been awarded the Premio Colosseo, from the City of Rome, ‘for enhancing the image of Rome in the world’ so I was already reeling. The Diamond Dagger is the ultimate accolade for a crime author, because it is given by fellow writers and is not just for one book but your work as a whole over the years. I am absolutely delighted and honored to receive the Cartier award.”

The Diamond Dagger will be given to Davis by Cartier UK’s executive chairman, Arnaud Bamberger, at a yet-to-be-determined date.

Previous Diamond Dagger recipients include Val McDermid, Andrew Taylor, Sue Grafton, John Harvey, and Elmore Leonard.

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Meanwhile, nominations have been announced for the 2011 Dilys Award, “given annually since 1992 by IMBA [Independent Mystery Booksellers Association] to the mystery titles of the year which the member booksellers have most enjoyed selling.” The contenders are:

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, by Colin Cotterill (Soho Crime)
The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton (Minotaur Books)
Moonlight Mile, by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
Bury Your Dead, by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Once a Spy, by Keith Thomson (Doubleday)
Savages, by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)

A pronouncement of the Dilys winner will be made during the Left Coast Crime convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 24-27.

1 comment:

pam bufford said...

just finished reading The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming.I couldn't put it down. For me to not eat lunch or dinner that is a high compliment.

Spy books have some detail. He carefully described each character plus adding so much history, intrigue and engaging plots. His writes about many different plots but has a way to explain them again and again without confusing the reader. The research was right on. I didn't want it to end. This is my first time to read a book of his but he'll replace James Patterson for me in a hearbeat. Best book all Fall. loved it.....Pam Bufford