Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dead Good Awards Shortlist

Awards. Awards. Awards. So many. I still think awards help guide reading, so I'm an advocate. Awards also help authors by getting their good books noticed. So here's a new one for the books! I'd never heard of the Dead Good Reader Awards, but now that it's been explained by The Rap Sheet  (and thanks for posting!)--that the creation of this new award was only announced in April by the crime fiction UK Web site Dead Good. There are six prizes in total, each “celebrating a unique element in crime writing” and in some cases a specific author who has gained renown in the genre. Winners are to be selected through online polling as well as by a vote among attendees at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England, July 16-19.

The Dead Good Reader Awards Shortlist

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book:
 The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (Transworld)
 I Am Pilgrim, by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
 The Defence, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
 I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
 The Lie, by C.L. Taylor (Avon)
 No Other Darkness, by Sarah Hilary (Headline)

The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective:
 Cormoran Strike, created by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown)
 John Rebus, created by Ian Rankin (Orion)
 Harry Hole, created by Jo Nesbø (Vintage)
 Lacey Flint, created by Sharon Bolton (Transworld)
 David Raker, created by Tim Weaver (Michael Joseph)
 Vera Stanhope, created by Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)

The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics:
 Bones Are Forever, by Kathy Reichs (Cornerstone)
 Die Again, by Tess Gerritsen (Transworld)
 The Ghost Fields, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
 Flesh and Blood, by Patricia Cornwell (Harper)
 Rubbernecker, by Belinda Bauer (Transworld)
 Time of Death, by Mark Billingham (Sphere)

The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending:
 The Defence, by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
 The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (Transworld)
 The Nightmare Place, by Steve Mosby (Orion)
 I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
 Personal, by Lee Child (Transworld)
 The Skeleton Road, by Val McDermid (Sphere)

The Dr. Lecter Award for Scariest Villain:
 The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes (Harper)
 Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes (Myriad)
 An Evil Mind, by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
 The Stand, by Stephen King (Hodder)
• You Are Dead, by Peter James (Macmillan)
 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Quercus)

The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location:
 Amsterdam, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, by Marnie Riches (Maze)
 Bardsey Island, The Bones Beneath, by Mark Billingham (Sphere)
 Boston, The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson (Faber)
 Greece, The Long Fall, by Julia Crouch (Headline)
 Nepal, The Lie, by C.L. Taylor (Avon)
 Oslo, Police, by Jo Nesbø (Vintage)

To vote for all your favorites, use these links:

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book
The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective
The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics
The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending
The Dr. Lecter Award for Scariest Villain
The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location

Winners will be announced at Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival on Friday, July 17.

1 comment:

Vallery Feldman said...

the award categories certainly are fun. and they give guidlines as to the type of book.