McIlvanney Prize 2021

The 2021 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year were presented on September 17 at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland.

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year

  • Craig Russell, Hyde

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year

  • Robbie Morrison, Edge of the Grave

Similar to the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish roots are a must, either being born in Scotland or living there, and setting their books there.

The winner is awarded £500 and a trophy sponsored by The Glencairn Glass.

Around the World of Crime Fiction Awards

From opposite ends of the earth come two more crime fiction awards updates.

DAVITT AWARD

The winners of the 2021 Davitt Award, handed out by Sisters in Crime Australia, have been announced.

BEST ADULT NOVEL

  • Sally HepworthThe Good Sister (Pan Macmillan Australia)

 BEST YOUNG ADULT CRIME NOVEL

  • Christie Nieman — Where We Begin (Pan Macmillan Australia)

BEST CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVEL

  • Lian Tanner — A Clue for Clara (Allen & Unwin Children’s)

BEST CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVEL

  • Sue Whiting The Book of Chance (Walker Books Australia)

BEST NON-FICTION BOOK

  • Louise Milligan — Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice (Hachette Australia)

BEST DEBUT BOOK

  • Leah Swann — Sheerwater (4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD

  • Katherine Kovacic — The Shifting Landscape (Alex Clayton #3) (Echo Publishing)

The Davitts are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865.

The judging panel for 2021 comprised Philomena Horsley, winner of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Award and medical autopsy expert; Joy Lawn, YA expert, and reviewer; Janice Simpson, author and academic; Emily Webb, true crime author, and podcaster; and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors, Moraig Kisler and Tara Mitchell.

MCILVANNEY PRIZE SHORTLIST

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.. Here is The McIlvanney Prize 2021 shortlist:

  • The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
  • The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
  • Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
  • The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
  • Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

March of Crime Fiction Awards

The weed of crime bears award-winning fiction!

THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

The six shortlisted books for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2021 were named on June 15:

  • The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)
  • Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking)
  • The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable)
  • Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)
  • We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre)
  • The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)

The public is invited to vote for the winner here. The award will be announced Thursday July 22. The author will receive £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculier.

MCILVANNEY PRIZE LONGLIST

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.. Here is the McIlvanney Prize 2021 longlist:

  • The Cut, Chris Brookmyre (Little,Brown)
  • The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
  • Before the Storm, Alex Gray (Little, Brown)
  • Dead Man’s Grave, Neil Lancaster (HarperCollins, HQ)
  • The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
  • Still Life, Val McDermid (Little,Brown)
  • Bad Debt, William McIntyre (Sandstone)
  • The Less Dead, Denise Mina (Vintage)
  • How To Survive Everything, Ewan Morrison (Saraband)
  • Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
  • The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
  • Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)
  • Waking the Tiger, Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books)

MACAVITY AWARDS FINALISTS

Mystery Readers International announced the finalists for the 2021 Macavity Awards on June 1.

The Macavity Award is named for the “mystery cat” of T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats). Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in five categories.

Best Mystery Novel:

  • Caroline B. Cooney: Before She Was Helen (Ecco)
  • S.A. Cosby: Blacktop Wasteland (Flatiron Books)
  • Matt Coyle: Blind Vigil (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Louise Penny: All the Devils Are Here (Minotaur)
  • Ivy Pochoda: These Women (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Michael Robotham: When She Was Good (Scribner)

Best First Mystery:

  • Deepa Anappara: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line (Random House)
  • Nev March: Murder in Old Bombay (Minotaur)
  • Richard Osman: The Thursday Murder Club (Pamela Dorman Books)
  • David Heska Wanbli Weiden: Winter Counts (Ecco)
  • Stephanie Wrobel: Darling Rose Gold (Berkley)

Best Mystery Short Story:

  • Barb Goffman: “Dear Emily Etiquette” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Sept/Oct 2020)
  • Art Taylor: “The Boy Detective & The Summer of ‘74” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2020)
  • Gabriel Valjan: “Elysian Fields” (California Schemin’: The 2020 Bouchercon Anthology, edited by Art Taylor; Wildside Press)
  • Elaine Viets: “Dog Eat Dog” (The Beat of Black Wings: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Joni Mitchell, edited by Josh Pachter; Untreed Reads Publishing)
  • James W. Ziskin: “The Twenty-Five Year Engagement” (In League with Sherlock Holmes : Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon, edited by Laurie R. King; Pegasus Crime)

Best Mystery Critical/Biographical:

  • Leslie Brody: Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy (Seal Press)
  • Martin Edwards, editor: Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing by Members of the Detection Club (HarperCollins)
  • Erin E. MacDonald: Ian Rankin: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (McFarland)
  • Sheila Mitchell: H.R.F. Keating: A Life of Crime (Level Best Books)
  • Craig Sisterson: Southern Cross Crime: The Pocket Essential Guide to the Crime Fiction, Film & TV of Australia and New Zealand (Oldcastle Books)

Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery:

  • Rhys Bowen: The Last Mrs. Summers (Berkeley)
  • Elsa Hart: The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne (Minotaur)
  • Catriona McPherson: The Turning Tide (Quercus)
  • Ann Parker: Mortal Music (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Ovidia Yu: The Mimosa Tree Mystery (Constable)
  • James Ziskin: Turn to Stone (Seventh Street Books)

BONY BLITHE WINNER

The 2021 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award, an annual Canadian award celebrating traditional, feel-good mysteries, has been given to —

  • Iona WhishawA Match Made for Murder (Touchwood Editions)

This will be the last ever Bony Blithe Award, because the award is being retired.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

McIlvanney Prize 2020

The 2020 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year were presented in a virtual ceremony on September 18.

Both awards are ordinarily handed out at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland, which was cancelled this year. The announcement was still made online in the month when the festival would have taken place.

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year

  • Pine by Francine Toon

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year

  • Deborah Masson, Hold Your Tongue (Transworld)

McIlvanney Prize 2020 Shortlist

The shortlist was unveiled for the 2020 McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year on September 1.

  • Whirligig by Andrew James Greig
  • A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone
  • The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry
  • Pine by Francine Toon

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.

The winner will be announced at the Bloody Scotland Festival, which has gone virtual like most cons this year. Most events will be free and the program is here.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

2020 McIlvanney Prize Longlist and Bloody Scotland Debut Shortlist Released

The Bloody Scotland festival on June 23 announced contenders for the two awards it hosts that celebrate Scottish noir, the McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year, and the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year award.

Both awards are ordinarily handed out at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland, which has been cancelled this year, however, the winners will be announced in September, the month when the festival would have taken place.

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.. Here is the McIlvanney Prize 2020 longlist:

McIlvanney Prize for the Scottish Crime Book of the Year Longlist

  • Lin Anderson, Time for the Dead (Macmillan)
  • Lisa Gray, Bad Memory (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Andrew James Greig, Whirligig (Fledgling)
  • Doug Johnstone, A Dark Matter (Orenda)
  • Val McDermid, How the Dead Speak (Little, Brown)
  • Ben McPherson, The Island (HarperCollins)
  • James Oswald, Bury Them Deep (Headline)
  • Ambrose Parry, The Art of Dying (Canongate) aka Chris Broomyre and Marisa Haetzman
  • Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing (Mantle)
  • Caro Ramsay, The  Red, Red Snow (Severn House)
  • Craig Robertson, Watch Him Die (Simon & Schuster)
  • Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)

Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Book of the Year Shortlist

  • Deborah Masson, Hold Your Tongue (Transworld)
  • Stephen O’Rourke, The Crown Agent (Sandstone)
  • Marion Todd, See Them Run (Canelo)
  • Francine Toon, Pine (Doubleday)

2019 Crime Fiction Awards News

MCILVANNEY PRIZES. Two award winners were announced at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival  in Stirling, Scotland on September 20.

Scottish noir is celebrated by the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year.  

And the winner of the 2019 McIlvanney Debut Prize is —

NED KELLY AWARDS. The 2019 Ned Kelly Awards, given by the Australian Crime Writing Association, were presented on September 6.

Best True Crime

  • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Best First Fiction

  • The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

Best Fiction

  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper

DAVITT AWARDS. The winners of the 2019 Davitt Awards, handed out by Sisters in Crime Australia, were named on August 31. (List obtained with an assist from crime fiction news site Shots.)

Best Adult Crime Novel

  • The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Australia)

Best Young Adult Crime Novel

  • Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein (Walker Books)

Best Children’s Crime Novel

  • Wakestone Hall by Judith Rossell (ABC Books)

Best Non-fiction Crime Book

  • The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House)

Best Debut Novel

  • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

Readers’ Choice

  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)

PINCKLEY PRIZES. The 2019 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, awarded by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, honor two women writers. Both winners will receive both a financial award of $2,500 and a trip to New Orleans to accept their prize at a ceremony on October 10.

The Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work 

  • Megan Abbott

The Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel

  • Sarah St. Vincent

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

Crime Marches On

Or the crime fiction awards do, anyway.

DEAD GOOD READER AWARDS. The Dead Good Reader Awards shortlists were announced June 20. Public voting is open through July 17:

The Nosy Parker Award for Best Amateur Detective
Who’s been sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong? This award is for the civvie who can’t resist mystery.

  • A Clean Canvas by Elizabeth Mundy
  • The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
  • Red Snow by Will Dean
  • The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
  • The Suspect by Fiona Barton
  • The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor

The Jury’s Out Award for Most Gripping Courtroom Drama
The stakes are high and the twists and turns are unpredictable. This award is for the book packed full of legal thrills.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
  • Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
  • Marked for Death by Tony Kent
  • No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister
  • Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
  • Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

The Dish Served Cold Award for Best Revenge Thriller
Retribution’s the name of the game here. This award is for the book serving up just – or unjust – deserts.

  • Do No Harm by L V Hay
  • Final Betrayal by Patricia Gibney
  • Marked for Death by Tony Kent
  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
  • The Puppet Show by M W Craven
  • Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

The Cancel All Plans Award for the Book You Can’t Put Down
Clear your diary. Switch off your phone. Call in sick. This award is for the book that demands you keep reading.

  • The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
  • Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
  • The Night Olivia Fell by Christina Mcdonald
  • The Passengers by John Marrs
  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  • Sleep by C L Taylor

The Cat and Mouse Award for Most Elusive Villain
The hunt is on! This award is for those dastardly cunning criminals who are particularly difficult to pin down.

  • Beautiful Liars by Isabel Ashdown
  • Do No Harm by L V Hay
  • The Infirmary by L J Ross
  • The Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards
  • The Rumour by Lesley Kara
  • Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book
Which book do you press into the hands of everyone you meet? This award is for the novel you recommend above all others.

  • The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • Now You See Her by Heidi Perks
  • The Passengers by John Marrs
  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  • Sleep by C L Taylor
  • The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

MCILVANNEY PRIZES. Scottish noir is celebrated by the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime fiction . Here is the McIlvanney Prize 2019 longlist:

  • All the Hidden Truths, Claire Askew (Hodder)
  • No Man’s Land, Neil Broadfoot (Little, Brown)
  • Fallen Angel, Chris Brookmyre (Little, Brown)
  • Breakers, Doug Johnstone (Orenda)
  • All That’s Dead, Stuart MacBride (Harper Collins)
  • In the Silence, M R Mackenzie (Bloodhound Books)
  • Broken Ground, Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
  • A Breath on Dying Embers, Denzil Meyrick (Polygon)
  • Conviction, Denise Mina (Vintage)
  • The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry (Canongate) aka Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman
  • In a House of Lies, Ian Rankin (Orion)
  • A Treachery of Spies, Manda Scott (Transworld)
  • Thunder Bay, Douglas Skelton (Polygon)

Followed by the shortlist for the 2019 McIlvanney Debut Prize. Both awards are handed out at the Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling, Scotland.

  • All the Hidden Truths, Claire Askew* (Hodder)
  • From the Shadows, G R Halliday (Vintage)
  • Black Camp 21, Bill Jones (Polygon)
  • In the Silence, M R Mackenzie* (Bloodhound)
  • The Peat Dead, Allan Martin (Thunderpoint)

They were chosen by an independent panel of readers and booksellers. The finalists for the McIlvanney Prize 2019 will be revealed at the beginning of September and selected by Alison Flood, books reporter for The Guardian and a former news reporter for The Bookseller; James Crawford, chair of Publishing Scotland and presenter of BBC series, Scotland from the Sky and Stuart Cosgrove, writer and broadcaster who was formerly a senior executive at Channel 4. The debut prize will be judged by a panel from the board of Bloody Scotland including crime writers Lin Anderson, Craig Robertson, Gordon Brown and Abir Mukherjee.

Winner will be presented at the Opening Reception of Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling on Friday 20 September 2019.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]