The Crime Writers’ Association

Historical Dagger

This award is for the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the judging period, set in any period up to 50 years prior to the year in which the award will be made. For novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.

Historical Dagger 2022 Winner

Ray Celestin

Sunset Swing

Pan Macmillan, Mantle

An army nurse based in Vietnam, a retired private investigator and a Mob fixer investigate a serial killer and some very suspicious CIA activity in a convincingly drawn 1967 Los Angeles. As another of the book’s protagonists, Louis Armstrong, … More

2022 shortlist

2022 longlist


April in SpainJohn BanvilleFaber
City of VengeanceDV BishopPan MacmillanMacmillan
Sunset SwingRay CelestinPan MacmillanMantle
Crow CourtAndy CharmanUnbound
Not One Of UsAlis HawkinsCanelo
The Drowned CityKJ MaitlandHeadline
Where God Does Not WalkLuke McCallinNo Exit Press
Edge of the GraveRobbie MorrisonPan MacmillanMacmillan
A Corruption of BloodAmbrose ParryCanongate Books
BlackoutSimon ScarrowHeadline
The Royal SecretAndrew TaylorHarperCollinsHarper Fiction
The Cannonball Tree MysteryOvidia YuLittle, Brown Book GroupConstable

The Judges

Professor Edward James (Chair)
Edward James is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at University College Dublin. He has published numerous papers on the archaeology, art and history of early medieval Europe. He is also an enthusiastic reader of science fiction and fantasy. In 2017 the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts presented him with their Distinguished Scholarship Award.

Janet Laurence
Janet Laurence has written four cookery books and has contributed articles to a number of publications, including a series on historical cooking for Country Life. Under a pseudonym she also writes contemporary women’s fiction and was recently chair of judges for the CWA Dagger in Translation.

Angela Rippon
Angela May Rippon CBE is an English television journalist, newsreader, writer and presenter. Angela presented radio and television news programmes in South West England before moving to BBC One’s Nine O’Clock News, becoming a regular presenter in 1975.

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