Friday 10 May 2019

CWA Announce Longlists for Prestigious Crime Writing Daggers

The Crime Writers’ Association announced the much anticipated longlists for the annual CWA Dagger awards for the best of the year’s crime writing at a reception during international convention CrimeFest in Bristol on the evening of Friday 10 May. 

Several prominent crime writers appear on the lists, including Belinda Bauer, John Harvey, Donna Leon, Derek B Miller, Abir Mukherjee, Ray Celestin,  Andrew Taylor  and Martin Edwards (the former CWA Chair and President of the Detection Club twice; with Gallows Court for the Sapere Historical Dagger, as always a very strong long list, and for a Short Story). Newcomers such as M W Craven, Laura Shepherd-Robinson and Claire Askew – up for both the Gold and the John Creasey with All The Hidden Truths– promise much.

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger features a host of star names: Elly Griffiths, Luke Jennings and Steve Cavanagh for starters, while for the International Dagger, stalwarts Andrea Camilleri and Cay Rademacher sit among other authors from all over the world.

C J Sansom features on both the Sapere Historical Dagger long list and that for the CWA Dagger in the Library, nominated by librarians. That long list also features names such as Kate Ellis, Cath Staincliffe, John Connolly, Chris Brookmyre, Denise Mina, Sophie Hannah and M C Beaton, all very strong contenders.

The CWA Daggers, which are the probably the awards crime authors and publishers alike most wish to win, are awarded every year in 10 categories. The Diamond Dagger, for a career’s outstanding contribution to crime fiction as nominated by CWA members, was announced earlier in the year and has been awarded to the popular and best-selling British author Robert Goddard. 

Here are the CWA Dagger long lists for 2019.

CWA Gold Dagger Longlist
All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew (Hodder & Stoughton)
Snap by Belinda Bauer (Transworld – Bantam Press)
The Mobster's Lament  by Ray Celestin (Pan Macmillan – Mantle)
The Puppet Show  by M W Craven (Little, Brown – Constable)
Body and Soul by John Harvey (Cornerstone – William Heinemann)
What We Did  by Christobel Kent (Little, Brown – Sphere)
Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon (William Heinemann)
Fade to Grey by John Lincoln (No Exit Press)
Cold Bones by David Mark (Hodder & Stoughton – Mulholland Books)
American By Day by Derek B. Miller (Transworld – Doubleday)
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee  (Harvill Secker)
Salt Lane  by William Shaw (Riverrun)
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson (Faber & Faber)
The Fire Court by Andrew Taylor (Harper Collins – Harper Fiction)
A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better by Benjamin Wood (Simon & Schuster UK – Scribner)

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Long list 
Give Me Your Hand  by Megan Abbott (Pan Macmillan – Picador)
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (Orion – Orion Fiction)
Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman (Head of Zeus)
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths (Quercus Fiction)
No Tomorrow by Luke Jennings (John Murray)
Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones (Soho Press – Soho Crime)
The Wolf and the Watchman by Niklas Natt och Dag (John Murray)
Homegrown Hero by Khurrum Rahman (Harper Collins – HQ)
To The Lions by Holly Watt (Bloomsbury – Raven Books)
Memo From Turner by Tim Willocks (Jonathan Cape)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Longlist
Motherland by G D Abson (Mirror Books)
All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Boy at the Door  by Alex Dahl (Head of Zeus)
When Darkness Calls  by Mark Griffin (Little, Brown – Piatkus)
Scrublands by Chris Hammer (Headline – Wildfire)
Turn A Blind Eye  by Vicky Newham (HQ)
Blood And Sugar  by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Pan Macmillan – Mantle)
Something In The Water  by Catherine Steadman (Simon & Schuster)
The Chestnut Man  by Søren Sveistrup (Penguin Random House – Michael Joseph)
Overkill by Vanda Symon (Orenda)

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

CWA International Dagger Longlist
A Long Night in Paris, by Dov Alfon, translator Daniella Zamir – Maclehose Press
Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard, translators Maya Fowler & Isobel Dixon – Europa – World Noir
The Cold Summer by Gianrico Carofiglio,  translator Howard Curtis – Bitter Lemon Press
Newcomer by Keigo Higashino, translator Giles Murray – Little, Brown
The Root of Evil, by Håkan Nesser: translator Sarah Death – Pan Macmillan – Mantle
The Forger by Cay Rademacher, translator Peter Millar – Arcadia Books
The Overnight Kidnapper by Andrea Camilleri, translator Stephen Sartarelli – Pan Macmillan – Mantle
The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, translator Don Bartlett – Orenda Books
Slugger by Martin Holmén, translator A A Prime – Pushkin Vertigo
The Katherina Code by Jørn Lier Horst, translator Anne Bruce – Penguin – Michael Joseph

CWA Sapere Historical Dagger Longlist
Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson (Pan Macmillan – Mantle)
Destroying Angel by S G Maclean (Quercus Fiction)
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards (Head of Zeus)                               
Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee (Harvill Secker)             
Tombland  by C J Sansom (Pan Macmillan – Mantle)
The Angel’s Mark by S W Perry (Corvus)
The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve (Raven Books)
The Mathematical Bridge by Jim Kelly     (Allison & Busby)
The Mobster’s Lament by Ray Celestin (Mantle)Pan Macmillan 
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney (Harper Fiction)

CWA Short Story Dagger
Room Number Two by Andrea Camilleri in ‘Death at Sea’ by Andrea Camilleri, published by Mantle
Strangers in a Pub by Martin Edwards in ‘Ten Year Stretch’, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller, published by No Exit Press
How Many Cats Have You Killed? by Mick Herron in ‘Ten Year Stretch’, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller, published by No Exit Press
Death Becomes Her by Syd Moore in ‘The Strange Casebook’ by Syd Moore, published by Point Blank Books
The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing by Danuta Reah in ‘The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and other Fantastic Female Fables’, published by 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, published by Bitter Lemon Press
Bag Man by Lavie Tidhar in ‘The Outcast Hours’, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin, published by Solaris

CWA Dagger in the Library Longlist
Selected by nominated librarians
 M C Beaton
Simon Beckett
Mark Billingham
Christopher Brookmyre
John Connolly
Kate Ellis
Sophie Hannah
Graham Masterton
Denise Mina
C J Sansom
Cath Staincliffe
Jacqueline Winspear

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

Shortlists for the Daggers will be announced in the summer and the winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 24 October, for which tickets will shortly be available. Visit more information or email

Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

The Margery Allingham short story competition is open to published and unpublished writers alike and has become one to look out for, highlighting excellent writers. The story itself must be unpublished.  

The winner was announced and the £500 prize awarded by one of the judges, Janet Laurence. The winner was Ray Bazowski with his story ‘A Perfect Murderer’ and the runner-up was Rosie de Vekey with ‘Decluttering’. The competition is a joint initiative between the Margery Allingham Society and the CWA.

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