CWA Dagger 2019 longlists announced

News - Prizes Monday, 13 May 2019

Contenders for Gold, Steel and John Creasey Daggers among others

The Crime Writers' Association (CWA) announced the longlists for the 2019 CWA Dagger awards at a reception at CrimeFest in Bristol Friday (10 May).

Claire Askew, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder)
Belinda Bauer, Snap (Bantam Press)
Ray Celestin, The Mobster's Lament (Mantle)
MW Craven, The Puppet Show (Constable)
John Harvey, Body and Soul (William Heinemann)
Christobel Kent, What We Did (Sphere)
Donna Leon, Unto Us a Son Is Given (William Heinemann)
John Lincoln, Fade to Grey (No Exit)
David Mark, Cold Bones (Mulholland)
Derek B Miller, American by Day (Doubleday)
Abir Mukherjee, Smoke and Ashes (Harvill Secker)
William Shaw, Salt Lane (riverrun)
Peter Swanson, Before She Knew Him (Faber)
Andrew Taylor, The Fire Court (Harper Fiction)
Benjamin Wood, A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better

Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand (Picador)
Steve Cavanagh, Thirteen (Orion)
Dan Fesperman, Safe Houses (Head of Zeus)
Elly Griffiths, The Stranger Diaries (Quercus)
Luke Jennings, No Tomorrow (John Murray)
Stephen Mack Jones, Lives Laid Away (Soho Crime)
Niklas Natt och Dag, The Wolf and the Watchman (John Murray)
Khurrum Rahman, Homegrown Hero (HQ)
Holly Watt, To the Lions (Raven)
Tim Willocks, Memo from Turner (Cape)

GD Abson, Motherland (Mirror Books)
Claire Askew, All the Hidden Truths (Hodder)
Alex Dahl, The Boy at the Door (Head of Zeus)
Mark Griffin, When Darkness Calls (Piatkus)
Chris Hammer, Scrublands (Wildfire)
Vicky Newham, Turn a Blind Eye (HQ)
Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Blood and Sugar (Mantle)
Catherine Steadman, Something in The Water (Simon & Schuster)
Soren Sveistrup, The Chestnut Man (Michael Joseph)
Vanda Symon, Overkill (Orenda)

Sue Black, All That Remains (Doubleday)
Mikita Brottman, An Unexplained Death (Canongate)
Rachael Brown, Trace (Scribe UK)
Claire Harman, Murder by the Book (Viking)
Kirk Johnson, The Feather Thief (Hutchinson)
Helena Kennedy, Eve Was Shamed (Chatto)
Sarah Longford, In Your Defence (Doubleday)
Ben Macintyre, The Spy and the Traitor (Viking)
Hallie Rubenhold, The Five (Doubleday)
David Wilson, My Life with Murderers (Sphere)

Dov Alfon, A Long Night in Paris, translator Daniella Zamir (MacLehose Press)
Karin Brynard, Weeping Waters, translators Maya Fowler and Isobel Dixon (Europa)
Gianrico Carofiglio: The Cold Summer, translator Howard Curtis (Bitter Lemon)
Keigo Higashino: Newcomer, translator Giles Murray (Little, Brown)
Hakan Nesser: The Root of Evil, translator Sarah Death (Mantle)
Cay Rademacher: The Forger, translator Peter Millar (Arcadia)
Andrea Camilleri: The Overnight Kidnapper, translator Stephen Sartarelli (Mantle)
Kjell Ola Dahl: The Courier, translator Don Bartlett (Orenda Books)
Martin Holmen: Slugger, translator AA Prime (Pushkin Vertigo)
Jorn Lier Horst: The Katherina Code, translator Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph)

Laura Shepherd-Robinson, Blood and Sugar (Mantle)
SG Maclean, Destroying Angel (Quercus)
Martin Edwards, Gallows Court (Head of Zeus)
Abir Mukherjee, Smoke and Ashes (Harvill Secker)
CJ Sansom, Tombland (Mantle)
SW Perry, The Angel's Mark (Corvus)
Alex Reeve, The House on Half Moon Street (Raven)
Jim Kelly, The Mathematical Bridge (Allison & Busby)
Ray Celestin, The Mobster's Lament (Mantle)
Liam McIlvanney, The Quaker (Harper Fiction)

"Room Number Two" by Andrea Camilleri in Death at Sea (Mantle)
"Strangers in a Pub" by Martin Edwards in Ten Year Stretch, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller (No Exit)
"How Many Cats Have You Killed?" by Mick Herron in Ten Year Stretch, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller (No Exit)
"Death Becomes Her" by Syd Moore in The Strange Casebook by Syd Moore (Point Blank)
"The Dummies' Guide to Serial Killing" by Danuta Reah in The Dummies' Guide to Serial Killing and other Fantastic Female Fables (Fantastic Books)
"I Detest Mozart" by Teresa Solana in The First Historic Serial Killers by Teresa Solana, published by Bitter Lemon Press
Paradise Gained by Teresa Solana in The First Historic Serial Killers by Teresa Solana (Bitter Lemon)
"Bag Man" by Lavie Tidhar in The Outcast Hours, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin (Solaris)

MC Beaton
Simon Beckett
Mark Billingham
Christopher Brookmyre
John Connolly
Kate Ellis
Sophie Hannah
Graham Masterton
Denise Mina
CJ Sansom
Cath Staincliffe
Jacqueline Winspear

(For the opening of a crime novel from a writer without a traditional publishing contract)
Shelley Burr, Wake
Mairi Campbell-Jack, Self-Help for Serial Killers: Let Your Creativity Bloom
Jerry Crause, The Mourning Light
Michael Fleming, The Fruits of Rashness
Carol Glaser, Down the Well
Catherine Hendricks, Hardways
Anna Maloney, The Right Man
David Smith, The Firefly
Fran Smith, A Thin Sharp Blade
Matthew Smith, A Wolf's Clothing

The shortlists will be announced in the summer, and the winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 24 October.

The result of the Margery Allingham short story competition, for a previously unpublished short story, was also announced at the reception. First prize of £500 went to Ray Bazowski for "A Perfect Murderer". The runner-up was Rosie de Vekey with "Decluttering".

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