Ian Rankin and Val McDermid among the authors shortlisted for the prestigious detective novel award


Scottish authors Ian Rankin and Val McDermid are among the writers shortlisted for a prestigious detective novel award.

Doug Johnstone and Abir Mukherjee are also in the running to win the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, which is now in its 17th year.

The roster of returning champions is led by crime fiction titan Rankin, who received a nod for A Song for The Dark Times.

Mark Billingham is hoping for a third win with his Cry Baby, and Steve Cavanagh is looking to beat the competition with Fifty Fifty.

This year’s long list also recognizes a number of authors who had never before been listed by the award.

Hoping to win the trophy in their first appearance, Lucy Foley with her Sunday Times number one Best Seller The Guest List, Chris Whitaker with We Begin at The End, Doug Johnstone with The Big Chill. Liz Nugent with Our Little Cruelties and Jane Casey with her latest opus by Maeve Kerrigan The Cutting Place.

The long list also includes several previously nominated authors hoping to take it one step further and land the trophy, with Elly Griffiths getting her seventh pick for her highly praised The Lantern Men and Susie Steiner getting her third nod for Remain Silent. Brian McGilloway’s second nomination is for The Last Crossing, and bestselling author Louise Candlish is hoping to win her second pick with The Other Passenger.

McDermid, considered the “crime queen”, is nominated for her latest novel by Karen Pirie Still Life. She will face some of those she chose as part of the New Blood panel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

These promising talents include Will Dean for his latest black Scandi Black River, Eva Dolan for the latest episode of his critically acclaimed series Zigic and Ferreira, the new Calcutta and Assam inspired by Abir Mukherjee Death in the East, and finally Trevor Wood – who rose from the 2020 New Blood panel to shortlist for Biggest Crime Prize.

T&R Theakston Executive Director Simon Theakston said: “The way the global obsession with the crime genre continues to grow from year to year is nothing short of amazing and this year’s long list proves the remarkable talent on offer. in detective writing – from legends of the trade to eager-eyed newcomers.

“The shortlist is already too close to call, so we encourage you all to vote! A hearty toast from Old Peculier to all of the shortlisted authors for this coveted award – and we look forward to what we know to be a hotly contested competition!

Organized by Harrogate International Festivals, the list of finalists will be announced in June and the winner on July 22, during the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

The public can now vote for the shortlist of six titles at harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com

The full list of the 2021 Theakston Old Peculier crime novel of the year is:

– Cry Baby by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere)

– Louise Candlish’s other passenger (Simon & Schuster)

– Jane Casey’s Cut Place (HarperCollins, HarperFiction)

– Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh (The Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)

– Black River by Will Dean (Oneworld Publications, Point Blank)

– Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books)

– Guest List by Lucy Foley (HarperCollins, HarperFiction)

– The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)

– The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books)

– Three Hours of Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking)

РStill life of Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group, Sph̬re)

– The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable)

– Death East of Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)

– Our little cruelties by Liz Nugent (Penguin, Sandycove)

– A Song for Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Orion, Orion Fiction)

– Keep Quiet by Susie Steiner (HarperCollins Publishers, The Borough Press)

– We start at the end of Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre)

– The Man in the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)


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