Friday, July 2, 2010

2010 Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of Year Shortlist

2010 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award Shortlist

Readers are invited to vote online for their favorites. Voting is open from July 1-21.

The winner will be decided by combining the result of this public vote with the votes of a panel of expert judges: Jenni Murray, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and author; John Dugdale, Guardian Associate Media Editor;  Natalie Haynes, comedian and journalist; and  Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.

In the Dark, by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)
The Surrogate, by Tania Carver (Little, Brown)
A Simple Act of Violence, by R.J. Ellory (Orion)
The Crossing Places, by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Dead Tomorrow, by Peter James (Pan Books)
Gallows Lane, by Brian McGilloway (Pan Macmillan)
Doors Open, by Ian Rankin (Orion)
Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)

Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 22, the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, England. Its author will receive £3,000 in cash, plus a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.

Go HERE to vote.


vallerose said...

This list is refreshingly free of certain books. Not naming names. Those who know me will know what I mean.

vallerose said...

Is Theakston sponsoring the contest because Old Peculiar features prominently in books by Martha Grimes?

Janet Rudolph said...

Yes, Theakston is the sponsor, nothing to do with Martha Grimes.


Theakstons, Leeds Met, HarperCollins, Little Brown, Transworld, Pan MacMillan, Simon & Schuster, Constable & Robinson, Penguin, Orion, Yorkshire Cancer Research… the Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate attracts big brands. And there’s a good reason.