Saturday, April 23, 2022

Prepping Another Round of Daggers

As expected today, the British Crime Writers’ Association has announced its (sometimes rather long) longlists of nominees for the 2022 Dagger awards. Winners will be named during a “live gala dinner event” held on Wednesday, June 29, in London.

Gold Dagger:
Next of Kin, by Kia Abdullah (HQ)
The Christmas Murder Game, by Alexandra Benedict (Zaffre)
Rabbit Hole, by Mark Billingham (‎Little, Brown)
City of Vengeance, by D.V. Bishop (Macmillan)
Before You Knew My Name, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Little, Brown)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Headline)
The Last Thing to Burn, by Will Dean (Hodder & Stoughton)
The House Uptown, by Melissa Ginsburg (Faber
and Faber)
The Unwilling, by John
Hart (Zaffre)
A Slow Fire Burning, by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
Lightseekers, by Femi
Kayode (Raven)
I Know What I Saw, by Imran Mahmood (Raven)
The Shadows of Men, by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)
The Killing Hills, by Chris Offutt (No Exit Press)
The Stoning, by Peter Papathanasiou (MacLehose Press)
The Trawlerman, by William Shaw (Riverrun)
Daughters of Night, by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Mantle)
A Beginner’s Guide to Murder, by Rosalind Stopps (HQ)
Brazilian Psycho, by Joe Thomas (Arcadia)

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:
A Man Named Doll, by Jonathan Ames (Pushkin Vertigo)
Find You First, by Linwood Barclay (HQ)
Exit, by Belinda Bauer (Bantam Press)
The Pact, by Sharon Bolton (Orion)
The Devil’s Advocate, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby (Headline)
Dead Ground, by M.W. Craven (Constable)
The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Faber and Faber)
Dream Girl, by Laura Lippman (Faber and Faber)
Rizzio, by Denise Mina (Polygon)
The Lonely Ones, by Håkan Nesser (Mantle)

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger:
Welcome to Cooper, by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer)
Sixteen Horses, by Greg Buchanan (Mantle)
Repentance, by Eloísa Díaz (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Hunted, by Antony Dunford (Hobeck)
The Mash House, by Alan Gillespie (Unbound)
Raft of Stars, by Andrew J. Graff (HQ)
The Appeal, by Janice Hallett (Viper)
Falling, by T.J. Newman (Simon & Schuster)
Where Ravens Roost, by Karin Nordin (HQ)
The Stoning, by Peter Papathanasiou (MacLehose Press)
How to Kidnap the Rich, by Rahul Raina (Little, Brown)
A Mumbai Murder Mystery, by Meeti Shroff-Shah (Joffe)
The Source, by Sarah Sultoon (Orenda)
Waking the Tiger, by Mark Wightman (Hobeck)

Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger:
Girls Who Lie, by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir,
translated by Victoria Cribb (Orenda)
Hotel Cartagena, by Simone Buchholz,
translated by Rachel Ward (Orenda)
Riccardino, by Andrea Camilleri,
translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Mantle)
Seat 7a, by Sebastian Fitzek,
translated by Steve Anderson (Head of Zeus)
Bullet Train, by Kōtarō Isaka,
translated by Sam Malissa (Harvill Secker)
Heatwave, by Victor Jestin,
translated by Sam Taylor (Scribner)
Oxygen, by Sacha Naspini,
translated by Clarissa Botsford (Europa Editions)
People Like Them, by Samira Sedira,
translated by Lara Vergnaud (Raven)
The Rabbit Factor, by Antti Tuomainen,
translated by David Hackston (Orenda)
The Scorpion’s Head, by Hilde Vandermeeren,
translated by Laura Watkinson (Pushkin Vertigo)

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction:
The Devil You Know: Stories of Human Cruelty and Compassion, by Gwen Adshead and Eileen Horne (Faber and Faber)
The Seven Ages of Death, by Richard Shepherd (Michael Joseph)
The Jigsaw Murders, by Jeremy Craddock (History Press)
The Dublin Railway Murder, by Thomas Morris (Harvill Secker)
What Lies Buried, by Kerry Daynes (Octopus)
The Unusual Suspect, by Ben Machell (Canongate)
The Good Girls, by Sonia Faleiro (Bloomsbury Circus)
The Disappearance of Lydia Harvey: A True Story of Sex, Crime and the Meaning of Justice, by Julia Laite (Profile)
We Are Bellingcat, by Eliot Higgins (Bloomsbury)
Empire of Pain, by Patrick Radden Keefe (Picador)
The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders That Stunned an Empire, by Julie Kavanagh (Grove Press)

Historical Dagger:
April in Spain, by John Banville (Faber and Faber)
City of Vengeance, by D.V. Bishop (Macmillan)
Sunset Swing, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)
Crow Court, by Andy Charman (Unbound)
Not One of Us, by Alis Hawkins (Canelo)
The Drowned City, by K.J. Maitland (Headline)
Where God Does Not Walk, by Luke McCallin (No Exit Press)
Edge of the Grave, by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
A Corruption of Blood, by Ambrose Parry (Canongate)
Blackout, by Simon Scarrow (Headline)
The Royal Secret, by Andrew Taylor (HarperCollins)
The Cannonball Tree Mystery, by Ovidia Yu (Constable)

Short Story Dagger:
“Blindsided,” by Caroline England (from Criminal Pursuits: Crime Through Time, edited by Samantha Lee Howe; Telos)
“The Victim,” by Awais Khan (from Criminal Pursuits)
“New Tricks,” by Matt Wesolowski (from Afraid of the Shadows, edited by Miranda Jewess; Criminal Minds)
“London,” by Jo Nesbø (from The Jealousy Man and Other Stories, by Jo Nesbø; Harvill Secker)
“With the Others,” by T.M. Logan (from Afraid of the Shadows)
“The Clifton Vampire,” by T.E Kinsey (from Afraid of the Shadows)
“Flesh of a Fancy Woman,” by Paul Magrs (from Criminal Pursuits)
“Changeling,” by Bryony Pearce (from Criminal Pursuits)
“The Way of all Flesh,” by Raven Dane (from Criminal Pursuits)
“When I Grow Up,” by Robert Scragg (from Afraid of the Shadows)

Publishers’ Dagger (“awarded annually to the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year”):
Faber and Faber
Harper Fiction
Michael Joseph
Point Blank
Pushkin Vertigo
Thomas & Mercer

Dagger in the Library (“for a body of work by an established crime writer that has long been popular with borrowers from libraries”):
Ben Aaronovitch
Lin Anderson
Mark Billingham
Susan Hill
Edward Marston
Kate Rhodes
Cath Staincliffe
Rebecca Tope
Sara Sheridan

In addition, the CWA has decided to give British historical crime novelist C.J. Sansom the 2022 Diamond Dagger “for a lifetime contribution to crime writing in the English language.”

Contenders for the 2022 Debut Dagger were named earlier this week.

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Also today, the UK-based Margery Allingham Society—“set up to honour and promote the writings of the great Golden Age author whose well-known hero is Albert Campion”—released its dozen finalists in this year’s Margery Allingham Short Story Competition. They are:

“Black Tie for Murder,” by Craig Bowlsby
“Secrets in the Family Attic,” by Hannah Brown
“Wheeling and Dealing,” by Carey Coombs
“Say Cheese,” by William Crotty
“Unfound,” by Mary-Jane Harbottle
“The Exceptional Death of Sir Thaddeus Parker,” by Tom Holroyd
“Locked In,” by Scott Hunter
“The Missing Piece,” by Deborah Mantle
“A Face for Murder,” by Judith O’Reilly
“Weights and Biases,” by Alexandre Sadeghi
“Bad Timing,” by Paul Spencer
“Boxed In,” by Mark Thielman

The winner of this contest will be announced on Friday, May 13, during the 2022 CrimeFest convention in Bristol, England.

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