Saturday, May 20, 2017

CrimeFest Awards

CrimeFest 2017 announced the winners of its six award categories at the convention’s annual gala dinner this evening. The awards gala is the highlight of the UK’s biggest international crime fiction festival, with previous winners including Ian Rankin, Kate Atkinson, Stieg Larsson and Philip Kerr. The event is a celebration of a fantastic year in crime fiction, with Robin Stevens snapping up the first ever CrimeFest Award for Children’s Crime Fiction as one of the UK’s most popular children’s book authors for her Murder Most Unladylike series. Simon Mason won the first ever award for Young Adult Crime Fiction for his teenage murder mystery Kid Got Shot, beating American bestseller John Grisham’s lucrative YA Theodore Boone series.

Audible Sounds of Crime Award
WINNER: Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Hachette Audio / Isis)

eDunnit Award
WINNER: Laura Lippman for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber)

H.R.F. Keating Award
WINNER: Barry Forshaw for Brit Noir (Pocket Essentials)

Last Laugh Award
WINNER: Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray)

Best Crime Novel for Children (8 – 12)
WINNER: Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin)

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (12 – 16)
WINNER: Simon Mason for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books)

The ceremony took place at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel to mark the climax of a convention that saw hundreds of authors, publishers, agents and lovers of crime fiction descend on the city for four days of exciting panel discussions, author talks and interviews with award-winning, bestselling crime fiction authors. Highlights of this year’s convention included guest author appearances from Anthony Horowitz, Ann Cleeves, Peter Lovesey and Martin Edwards.

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