CWA Dagger in the Library
The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire.
The winner of the 2017 Dagger, this year held in partnership with The Reading Agency, has been announced. The 2017 winner is:
Congratulations to Mari.
The shortlist appears below and we offer congratulations to all our shortlisted and longlisted authors.
The Dagger in the Library is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK and previous winners include Elly Griffiths, Christopher Fowler, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotterill, Craig Russell, Stuart MacBride, Jake Arnott, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson and Lindsey Davis.
This Year's Shortlist
Mobeena Khan (chair) is a Stock and Reader Development Librarian for Hertfordshire Libraries. The first crime book she remembers reading was The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes when she was eight. She hasn’t stopped reading crime fiction since. And still loves Sherlock Holmes
Jennifer Stewart is a Service Development Librarian with Fife Cultural Trust, and has worked in public libraries for over twenty years, passing on her passion for reading to anyone who is willing to listen! She is regularly to be found mixing with all sorts of criminal types via the pages of a book, and loves discovering new crime writers.
Sue Wilkinson has worked in public libraries for more than 40 years and is Events and Engagement Manager at the Library of Birmingham. Before taking up this post, she was a prison librarian for many years. Having spent a lot of time with the real thing, she finds crime fiction much more entertaining, and is looking forward to discovering new writers and crime genres.
Marleen Kennedy can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish country-side she counts herself lucky to have worked as a branch librarian for the Cavan County Council Library Service for the past ten years. Helping others find the books that are just right for them will never grow old and leading the library reading group continues to feel more like a treat than work.
Marleen also writes romances under the name Helena Stone.
Kay Easson has worked in libraries for 30 years. She has had experience of working in school, public and independent libraries, the latter for 17 years at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle upon Tyne. Crime fiction is an important part of its collection and over the years the library has welcomed many crime writers, from Dorothy L. Sayers to CWA Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves. Kay is one of the co-organisers of Newcastle Noir @ the Lit & Phil, Newcastle’s annual crime writing festival.
Ian Anstice has got a few jobs: three days a week he is Strategic Lead for Time To Read, a partnership of 22 library services in the North West focusing on reader development; for two days a week he is a library specialist for Cheshire West and Chester Council; and for the rest of the time he is editor of Public Libraries News. Ian promises us he does fit in the time to read the occasional book as well.
Click through to any of the authors below to read more about them and the book they would recommend for reading groups.
|The Backs||Alison Bruce||Read more|
|Ashes of London||Andrew Taylor||Read more|
|Little Girl Lost||Brian MacGilloway||Read more|
|Dark Tides||Chris Ewan||Read more|
|Dominion||C J Sansom||Read more|
|Written in Bones||James Oswald||Read more|
|The Death Season||Kate Ellis||Read more|
|The Silent Room||Mari Hannah||Read more|
|The Death of Lucy Kyte||Nicola Upson||Read more|
|Faithful Place||Tana French||Read more|
How was the longlist selected?
The CWA revised the 2017 Dagger in the Library format so that, uniquely among crime writing awards, only library staff were able to nominate authors. Nominations were received from 175 libraries across the UK and Ireland – with 110 authors suggested as worthy winners.
The Dagger in the Library is intended to promote crime fiction in general and, in particular, the longlisted authors. The CWA is working work with The Reading Agency, local libraries and the Crime Readers’ Association to promote chosen novels (see belowby the longlisted authors to reading groups across the country during over the next few months – and in particular to the 175 libraries already engaged with the Dagger.
Feedback received from reading groups will be a major factor in the judges’ decision as to who should proceed to the shortlist and the eventual winner and it can be left on www.readinggroups.org website.
Elly Griffiths is the author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series of forensic archaeology mysteries and the Stephens & Mephisto series.
“My name’s Elly Griffiths, except it’s not really. My real name is Domenica de Rosa and I’ve written four books under that name. I was born in London in 1963 and my family moved to Brighton when I was five. I loved Brighton and still do – the town, the surrounding countryside and, most of all, the sea. I went to local state schools and wrote my first book when I was 11, a murder mystery set in Rottingdean, near the village where I still live. At secondary school I used to write episodes of Starsky and Hutch (early fan fiction) and very much enjoyed making my readers cry.”