Friday, September 15, 2023

McSorley, Foster Saluted in Stirling

Among this evening’s events at the annual Bloody Scotland international crime-writing festival in Stirling, Scotland, were the announcements of two much-anticipated award winners. First off, the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year was given to Glasgow’s Callum McSorley for Squeaky Clean (Pushkin).

Previously shortlisted for that very same commendation were The Second Murderer, by Denise Mina (Vintage); Cast a Cold Eye, by Robbie Morrison (Macmillan); and The Devil’s Playground, by Craig Russell (Little, Brown).

In addition, Edinburgh journalist Kate Foster’s The Maiden (Mantle) received this year’s Bloody Scotland Debut Prize.

Vying as well for this 2023 honor were Unsolved, by Heather Critchlow (Canelo); The Things We Do to Our Friends, by Heather Darwent (Penguin); Squeaky Clean, by Callum McSorley (Pushkin); and The Unforgiven Dead, by Fulton Ross (Inkshares).

The Bookseller reports that “The finalists for both prizes led the torchlit procession from Stirling Castle through the historic old town [tonight] …, accompanied by the pipes and drums of the Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band.” Sounds like fun!

READ MORE:Bloody Scotland 2023 – McIlvanney Prize Winners Revealed,” by Jen Lucas (Jen Med’s Book Reviews).

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