The Crime Writers’ Association

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

This Dagger is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality with their first novel of any kind published in the UK in English during the judging period.

‘Best crime novel by a first-time author’ means that the author must not have had a novel of any sort published anywhere before under any name whatsoever. In the case of novels with more than one author, all the authors must meet this requirement.

It is up to the submitting publisher or author to ensure that novels submitted for this award qualify.

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2022 Winner

Janice Hallett

The Appeal

Profile / Viper Books

An Am Dram group also involved in raising funds for a sick child. Does that sound compelling? No? And there’s a murder and a conviction. All very conventional? Yes? Not at all – it’s brilliantly told in a … More

2022 shortlist

2022 longlist


Welcome to CooperTariq AshkananiThomas & Mercer
Sixteen HorsesGreg BuchananPan MacmillanMantle
RepentanceEloísa DíazOrion Publishing GroupWeidenfeld & Nicolson
HuntedAntony DunfordHobeck Books
The Mash HouseAlan GillespieUnboundUnbound Digital
Raft of StarsAndrew J GraffHarperCollinsHQ
The AppealJanice HallettProfile BooksViper Books
FallingTJ NewmanSimon & Schuster
Where Ravens RoostKarin NordinHarperCollinsHQ
The StoningPeter PapathanasiouQuercusMacLehose Press
How to Kidnap the RichRahul RainaLittle, BrownLittle, Brown
A Mumbai Murder MysteryMeeti Shroff-ShahJoffe Books
The SourceSarah SultoonOrenda Books
Waking the TigerMark WightmanHobeck Books

The Judges

Edwin Buckhalter (Chair)
Edwin Buckhalter is the son of a London bookseller, growing up in the book trade, and founding Severn House Publishers in 1974. Having sold the company in 2017 and ostensibly retired, he still reads widely and avidly, especially his first love of crime fiction, whilst devoting much time as a Trustee of an orchestra and not enough time to watching cricket.

Teddy Hayes
Teddy moved to London in 1996 from Ohio, and started writing a detective series of novels and producing his own plays as well as feature films. He started publishing his novels about a black CIA- hitman turned private detective in Harlem called Devil Barnett. The first novel, Blood Red Blues was published in 1997. In 2019 Teddy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Equal Arts Foundation in the UK.

Sam Blake
Is an international bestseller and has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Her debut Little Bones (Bonnier 2016) was a runaway bestseller, shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. After a police procedural trilogy, she now writes bestselling psychological thrillers.

Find her on social @samblakebooks

Karen Robinson
Karen Robinson was a senior editor at The Sunday Times. She devised the paper’s  Crime Club newsletter and ran it for five years. She now reads crime fiction purely for fun.

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