Saturday, May 16, 2015
Grantchester Mysteries author James Runcie holds forth as the toastmaster at tonight’s CrimeFest “gala awards dinner.”
This third day of CrimeFest 2015 in Bristol, England, found convention-goers turning out in droves to see author Lee Child’s onstage interview with legendary Swedish crime writer Maj Sjöwall (“One of the best one-on-one interviews that they have ever had at CrimeFest,” pronounced Shots contributor Ayo Onatade). Also crowded, though, was its concluding event: this evening’s presentation of five awards for different sorts of excellence in the genre.
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award (for the best unabridged crime audiobook): The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling); read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown)
Also nominated: Foxglove Summer, by Ben Aaronovitch; read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion); Personal, by Lee Child; read by Jeff Harding (Penguin); Moriarty, by Anthony Horowitz; read by Derek Jacobi and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Orion); Want You Dead, by Peter James; read by Daniel Weyman (Macmillan); Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King; read by Will Patton (Hodder & Stoughton); The Son, by Jo Nesbø; read by Sean Barrett (Penguin); and The Hangman’s Song, by James Oswald; read by Ian Hanmore (Penguin)
E-Dunnit Award (for the best crime fiction e-book): A Colder War, by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)
Also nominated: No Safe House, by Linwood Barclay (Orion); The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, by Lawrence Block (Orion); Dark Tides, by Chris Ewan (Faber & Faber); Natchez Burning, by Greg Illes (HarperCollins); Hollow Mountain, by Thomas Mogford (Bloomsbury); Tomorrow and Tomorrow, by Thomas Sweterlitsch (Headline); and The Silent Boy, by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)
The Goldsboro Last Laugh Award (for the best humorous crime novel): Crooked Herring, by L.C. Tyler (Allison & Busby)
Also nominated: The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, by Lawrence Block (Orion); Crime Always Pays, by Declan Burke (Severn House); Bryant & May: The Bleeding Heart, by Christopher Fowler (Bantam); Kill Your Boss, by Shane Kuhn (Little, Brown); and The Accident, by Chris Pavone (Faber & Faber)
The H.R.F. Keating Award (for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction): Late Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock, by Clare Clarke (Palgrave)
Also nominated: Dime Novels and the Roots of American Detective Fiction, by Pamela Bedore (Palgrave); Nordic Noir, by Barry Forshaw (Pocket Essentials); Euro Noir, by Barry Forshaw (No Exit Press); Crime Scene: Britain & Ireland, by John Martin (Five Leaves); and A Very British Murder, by Lucy Worsley (BBC Books)
Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year:
The Silence of the Sea, by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, translated by Victoria Cribb (Hodder & Stoughton; Iceland)
Also nominated: The Hummingbird, by Kati Hiekkapelto, translated by David Hackston (Arcadia Books; Finland); The Hunting Dogs, by Jørn Lier Horst, translated by Anne Bruce (Sandstone Press; Norway); Reykjavik Nights, by Arnaldur Indriðason, translated by Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker; Iceland); The Human Flies, by Hans Olav Lahlum, translated by Kari Dickson (Mantle; Norway); and Falling Freely, As If in a Dream, by Leif G.W. Persson, translated by Paul Norlen (Doubleday; Sweden)
Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners!
(Photograph © 2015 by Ali Karim)
READ MORE: “The Best Things About CrimeFest 2015”
(Crime Fiction Lover).