The Crime Writers’ Association

ILP 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.

This Dagger is sponsored by ILP (International Literary Properties) who manage the literary estate of the CWA’s founder, John Creasey.

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2023 Winner

Hayley Scrivenor

Dirt Town

Pan Macmillan

The small Australian township background leads to an utterly convincing sense of place, well-paced plotting and the unravelling of long-concealed guilt and shame create a haunting mystery in the most ordinary seeming setting.

2023 shortlist

2023 longlist


Title of book Author name Publisher name Imprint
A Good Day to Die Amen Alonge Quercus Quercus Fiction
Better the Blood Michael Bennett Simon & Schuster UK
Breaking Amanda Cassidy Canelo
Don’t Know Tough Eli Cranor Headline Publishing Group Headline Fiction
The Local Joey Hartstone Pushkin Press Pushkin Vertigo
The Truth Will Out Rosemary Hennigan Orion Publishing Group
London in Black Jack Lutz Pushkin Press Pushkin Vertigo
Dirt Town Hayley Scrivenor Pan Macmillan Macmillan
No Country for Girls Emma Styles Sphere
Nobody But Us Laure Van Rensburg Penguin Random House  Michael Joseph
Outback Patricia Wolf Bonnier Books UK Embla
The Partisan Patrick Worrall Transworld Bantam Press

Sponsored by International Literary Properties.


The 2024 Judges

Sam Blake (Chair)
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

David Robinson

“I love books. Everyone at university predicted I’d end up working in a bookshop, except they thought it would be a secondhand bookshop with a rocking chair and a few cats.” David is the manager of Heffers of Cambridge.

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.

Simon Trewin

After thirty years working in some of the biggest agencies in the world, Simon launched his boutique agency in 2019 to represent authors, brands and entrepreneurs in the areas of art, culture, digital, literature, and live events. “I am partnering with the best agencies worldwide on a case-by-case basis to bring foreign, US and film/tv rights to the very forefront of the narrative.”

International Literary Properties – Sponsors of the John Creasey Dagger

International Literary Properties works with authors, playwrights, managers of literary estates, and individual heirs to help realize the value from book and play-based intellectual property.

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