The Crime Writers’ Association

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2024

Shortlisted


Kate Foster

The Maiden

Judges’ Comments
Edinburgh 1679: Inspired by a real life murder trial, in an all absorbing tale of violence and sexual intrigue Lady Christian is arrested and charged with the murder of her lover, Laird James Forrester. Violet, prostitute and mistress of the Laird, finds her path colliding with Christian’s as she navigates the dark side of class and survival. A well woven, ripping historical read.

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