Thursday, June 13, 2024

A Festival Two-fer

Today we received notice not only of which books and authors have been shortlisted for the 2024 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, but which have earned spots on the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural McDermid Debut Award for new writers.

First, culled from a longlist of 18 contenders, here are the half-dozen finalists for the 2024 Theakston prize:

The Last Dance, by Mark Billingham (Sphere)
In the Blink of an Eye, by Jo Callaghan (Simon & Schuster UK)
The Secret Hours, by Mick Herron (Baskerville)
Killing Jericho, by William Hussey (Zaffre)
None of This Is True, by Lisa Jewell (Century)
Strange Sally Diamond, by Liz Nugent (Sandycove)

Meanwhile, vying for the 2024 McDermid Debut Award—named in honor of Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, a longtime promoter of new authors—are six different novels:

Crow Moon, by Suzy Aspley (Orenda)
Dark Island, by Daniel Aubrey (HarperCollins)
Knife Skills for Beginners, by Orlando Murrin (Bantam)
Mrs. Sidhu’s Dead and Scone, by Suk Pannu (HarperCollins)
The Library Thief, by Kuchenga Shenjé (Sphere)
Deadly Animals, by Marie Tierney (Bonnier)

The recipients of these two commendations will be revealed on Thursday, July 18, the opening evening of this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England.

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