Friday, April 22, 2022

Starting Out

Tomorrow should bring us highly publicized announcements, from Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association, of which authors and published books have been longlisted for the 2022 Dagger awards. But the CWA has already released its inventory of 10 nominees in one Dagger category: the 2022 Debut Dagger. That prize is given for the opening of a crime or mystery novel (3,000 words in length, plus a synopsis of the completed work) to an author “who has not yet had a full-length novel traditionally published,” as Wikipedia explains.

Here are the contenders:

Henry’s Bomb, by Kevin Bartlett
Lufkin, Texas, by Katherine Futers
Holloway Candle, by Laura Ashton Hill
The 10-12, by Anna Maloney
The Mercy Seat, by Rachel Nixon
The Two Murders at Manor Park, by Elizabeth Opalka
Blood Castle, by Shylashri Shankar
Dead Reckoning, by Jennifer Slee and Jessica Slee
The Dead of Egypt, by David Smith
The Dieppe Letters, by Liz Rachel Walker

The names of all Dagger winners are slated to be declared during a “live gala dinner event” in London on Wednesday, June 29.

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