Zen and the Art of Murder
CWA International Dagger
This award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) as long as the book was not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication during the Judging Period.
Zen and the Art of Murder
Three Days and a Life
After the Fire
The Frozen Woman
No Exit Press
Offering to the Storm
Janet Laurence (Chair)
Janet Laurence, also known by her pen name Julia Lisle, is a British author and cookery writer.
From 1978, Laurence began to write cookery articles for Country Life and the The Daily Telegraph. Eventually she became the sole author of the Telegraphs weekly ‘Bon Viveur’ column. She also wrote a series of articles in Country Life about historical cooking.She has written or co-written eight cookery books, notably books about Scandinavian cooking.
Laurence’s first crime novel, ‘A Deepe Coffyn’, was published in 1989, the first of ten contemporary novels featuring cookery writer Darina Lisle and policeman William Pigram. She also wrote one non-series mystery fiction book, ‘To Kill The Past’.Laurence has also written four historical crime novels – three books where the detective is a fictionalised Canaletto (the Italian artist),and one set in early Edwardian times.Laurence was the 1998/1999 Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association,and has been Chair of a number of CWA award judging panels including in 2007 and 2008 for the CWA Ellis Peters Award for best Historical Crime Novel and since 2013 for the CWA International Dagger.
Kasia Boddy has published books and articles on a variety of subjects including boxing, geraniums and American fiction and culture. Her reviews of crime novels have appeared in the Telegraph, the Guardian and other newspapers. She teaches American literature at Cambridge University.
Ruth Morse retired recently from her Chair at the Université Paris-Sorbonne-Cité (Diderot), having previously taught at the universities of London, Sussex, Leeds, and Cambridge. She has published many articles and reviews on a variety of topics including medieval literature, Shakespeare, and crime fiction, which she reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. She will now teach crime fiction at the National Humanities Center in the US and for the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge.
Having studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at university, Ian worked as an archaeologist before starting a second-hand book business in Cambridge. Thirty years ago he trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst and has found extensive reading of crime fiction an ideal complement to clinical practice.
International Dagger 2018 Longlist
|Zen and the Art of Murder||Oliver Bottini||Jamie Bulloch||MacLehose|
|The Shadow District||Arnaldur Indriðason||Victoria Cribb||Harvill Secker|
|Three Days and a Life||Pierre Lemaitre||Frank Wynne||MacLehose|
|After the Fire||Henning Mankell||Marlaine Delargy||Harvill Secker|
|The Frozen Woman||Jon Michelet||Don Bartlett||No Exit Press|
|Offering to the Storm||Dolores Redondo||Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garzía||HarperCollins|
|Three Minutes||Roslund & Hellström||Elizabeth Clark Wessel||Quercus/riverrun|
|Snare||Lilja Sigurdardóttir||Quentin Bates||Orenda|
|The Accordionist||Fred Vargas||Sian Reynolds||Harvill Secker|
|Can You Hear Me?||Elena Varvello||Alex Valente||Two Roads/John Murray|
The Dying Detective
Leif G W Persson
After a number of Backstrom adventures, what a pleasure to reach back in this series, and reflect on the gifts, various, of Persson’s earlier cast of mature characters. I quote Henry Reed’s parody of T. S. Eliot, ‘As we get older, we do not get any younger’. We do not, but perhaps we can remain ourselves until the end.