Monday, June 1, 2020

CRIMEFEST AWARDS 2020 NOMINATIONS!


CrimeFest announced their Awards Nominations! Congrats to all!

The 2020 CRIMEFEST Awards were due to be presented at a Gala Dinner during the convention at the Bristol Mercure Grand Hotel this June. In light of Covid-19, the winners will be announced online at crimefest.com and via its social media pages on Tuesday 7 July.

SPECSAVERS DEBUT CRIME NOVEL AWARD
In association with our new headline sponsor, CRIMEFEST is honoured to announce a new award for a crime novel by debut author first published in the British Isles in 2019. Previously unpublished authors bring vital fresh blood to the genre, and CRIMEFEST and Specsavers aim to highlight that contribution with this award.

The winning author receives a £1,000 prize (courtesy of headline sponsor Specsavers) as well as a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Specsavers Crime Fiction Debut Award nominees:
– Fiona Erskine for The Chemical Detective (Point Blank)
– Katja Ivar for Evil Things (Bitter Lemon Press)
– Carolyn Kirby for The Conviction of Cora Burns (No Exit Press)
– Alex Michaelides for The Silent Patient (Orion Fiction)
– Laura Shepherd-Robinson for Blood & Sugar (Mantle)
– Holly Watt for To The Lions (Raven Books)

AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the United Kingdom in 2019 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Audible Sounds of Crime Award nominees:
– Kate Atkinson for Big Sky, read by Jason Isaacs (Penguin Random House Audio)
– Oyinkan Braithwaite for My Sister, the Serial Killer, read by Weruche Opia (W.F. Howes)
– Alex Callister for Winter Dark, read by Ell Potter (Audibe Studios)
– Lee Child for Blue Moon, read by Jeff Harding (Penguin Random House Audio)
– Lisa Jewell for The Family Upstairs, read by Tamaryn Payne, Bea Holland & Dominic Thorburn (Penguin Random House Audio)
– T.M. Logan for The Holiday, read by Laura Kirman (Zaffre)
– Peter May for The Man with No Face, read by Peter Forbes (Quercus, Fiction)
– Alex Michaelides for The Silent Patient, read by Louise Brealey & Jack Hawkins (Orion)

eDUNNIT AWARD
The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the United Kingdom in 2019. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

eDunnit Award nominees:
– Helen FitzGerald for Worst Case Scenario (Orenda Books)
– Sarah Hilary for Never Be Broken (Headline)
– Andrew Taylor for The King’s Evil (HarperFiction)
– L.C. Tyler for The Maltese Herring (Allison & Busby)
– Holly Watt for To The Lions (Raven Books)
– Don Winslow for The Border (HarperFiction)

H.R.F. KEATING AWARD
The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the United Kingdom in 2019. The award is named after H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating, one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, crime reviewers and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

H.R.F. Keating Award nominees:
– Ursula Buchan for Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps (Bloomsbury Publishing)
– John Curran for The Hooded Gunman (HarperCollins Crime Club)
– Barry Forshaw for Crime Fiction: A Reader’s Guide (No Exit Press)

LAST LAUGH AWARD
The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the United Kingdom in 2019. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.

Last Laugh Award nominees:
– William Boyle for A Friend is a Gift you Give Yourself (No Exit Press)
– Hannah Dennison for Tidings of Death at Honeychurch Hall (Constable)
– Helen FitzGerald for Worst Case Scenario (Orenda Books)
– Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May – The Lonely Hour (Transworld)
– Antti Tuomainen for Little Siberia (Orenda Books)
– L.C. Tyler for The Maltese Herring (Allison & Busby)

BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR CHILDREN
This award is for the best crime novel for children (aged 8-12) first published in the United Kingdom in 2019. The winner receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Nominees for the CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Children (ages 8-12):
– P.G. Bell for The Great Brain Robbery (Usborne Publishing)
– Vivian French for The Steam Whistle Theatre Company (Walker Books)
– Sophie Green for Potkin and Stubbs (Bonnier Books)
– A.M. Howell for The Garden of Lost Secrets (Usborne Publishing)
– Simon Lelic for The Haven (Hodder Children’s Books)
– Thomas Taylor for Malamander (Walker Books)

BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR YOUNG ADULTS
This award is for the best crime novel for young adults (aged 12-16) first published in the United Kingdom in 2019. The winner receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.

Nominees for the CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (ages 12-16):
– Kathryn Evans for Beauty Sleep (Usborne Publishing)
– John Grisham for Theodore Boone: The Accomplice (Hodder & Stoughton)
– Samuel J. Halpin for The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods (Usborne Publishing)
– Simon Mason for Hey Sherlock! (David Fickling Books)
– Tom Pollock for Heartstream (Walker Books)
– Nikesh Shukla for The Boxer (Hodder Children’s Books)

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LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD WINNERS

Lambda Literary, the nation’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the Lambda Literary Award winners – or the “Lammys.”

Below are the Winner in the Lesbian and Gay Mystery categories.

Lesbian Mystery
  • Galileo, Ann McMan, Bywater Books
Gay Mystery
To see the winners in other categories, go HERE.