Congratulations to Lauren Beukes, whose fantastically original thriller, The Shining Girls, has been shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association for their Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award for best crime book of the year.
The Judges said: “The quirky fusion of the sci-fi and crime genres features a time-travelling surreal serial-killer, Harper, whose story begins as a drifter in prohibition-era Chicago. When Harper “steps into sometime else”, murdering along the way, he meets his match in the contemporary figures of Kirby, an engaging young journalism intern, and her unlikely sidekick Dan, a burned-out sports writer. The author plays with the abstractions of time, change, decay, memory, and imagination with great assurance and originality.”
Read about the rest of the shortlist here.
Lauren also deserves congratulations for being selected as part of The Richard and Judy Book Club. Richard Madeley calls it ‘gripping’ and ‘a triumph’ and Judy Finnigan calls it ‘fresh, original, and terrifying’.
Read their full reviews and see the rest of their autumn selections here.
The Shining Girls is out today in paperback and eBook and can be bought wherever good books are sold!
Charles Cumming has been awarded the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, for his latest spy thriller A Foreign Country. The win was announced at the closing of the inaugural Bloody Scotland crime-writing festival in Stirling.
The judges chose A Foreign Country out of 40 entries, with the chair of the panel Sheena McDonald saying that “A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming is far more than a pacy novel with a satisfactory ending. This book is exciting, imaginative and well-written. It doesn’t simply tick the crime-fiction boxes – it’s simply an outstanding novel.”
A delighted Charles Cumming said, “It’s a huge honour to win such a prestigious award in the first year of this fantastic festival.”
FRIDAY 8th OCTOBER: Belinda Bauer has won the CWA Gold Dagger for her novel Blacklands published by Corgi.
She received the award at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2010, hosted by Marcus Brigstocke and to be broadcast on ITV3 tomorrow (12 October) at 9pm.
Bauer’s début is a chillingly psychological novel that is described as reminiscent of Minette Walters and Barbara Vine.
Twelve-year-old Steven Lamb digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. Every day after school, while his classmates swap football stickers, Steven goes digging to lay to rest the ghost of the uncle he never knew, who disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery. Only Steven’s Nan is not convinced her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it’s too late. And if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son, he’ll do it. So the boy takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored serial killer . . .
Read all about the event and Belinda’s reaction here