2024 CWA Dagger Awards Longlists

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) of the United Kingdom announced the longlists for the 2024 Dagger Awards on April 20.

The Daggers were first given in 1955, however, for the first five years CWA called its top honor the Crossed Red Herring Award.

The award shortlists will come out May 10, and the winners will be revealed at a ceremony on July 4.


This award is for the best crime novel by an author of any nationality.

  • Over My Dead Body by Maz Evans, (Headline)
  • Dead Man’s Creek by Chris Hammer, (Wildfire Books)
  • A Bitter Remedy by Alis Hawkins, (Canelo)
  • Night Will Find You by Julia Haeberlin, (Penguin, Michael Joseph)
  • The Secret Hours, by Mick Herron (Baskerville, John Murray)
  • The White Lie by J G Kelly (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Death of a Lesser God, by Vaseem Khan (Hodder & Stoughton
  • Small Mercies by Dennis Lehane (Abacus, Little Brown)
  • Tell me What I Am, by Una Mannion (Faber & Faber)
  • Homecoming by Kate Morton, (Mantle, Pan Macmillan)
  • Black River, by Nilanjana Roy (Pushkin Vertigo)
  • Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, by Jesse Sutanto (HQ ,Harper Collins)


Eligible books in this category are thrillers set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction, psychological thrillers and action/adventure stories.

  • Simply Lies, by David Baldacci (Macmillan Pan Macmillan)
  • The Lie Maker, by Linwood Barclay (HQ HarperCollins)
  • All the Sinners Bleed, by S A Cosby (Headline, Hachette)
  • Ozark Dogs, by Eli Cranor  (Headline Hachette)
  • The House Hunt by C M Ewan  (Macmillan, Pan Macmillan)
  • Everybody Knows, by Jordan Harper (Faber & Faber)
  • The Mantis by Kotaro Isaka, (Harvill Secker, Penguin Random House) 
  • Gaslight by Femi Kayode (Raven Books, Bloomsbury)
  • 77 North by D L Marshall, (Canelo)
  • Drowning, by T J Newman (Simon & Schuster)
  • After that Night, by Karin Slaughter (HarperCollins)
  • The Man in the Corduroy Suit, by James Wolff (Bitter Lemon Press


This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality.

  • A Most Unusual Demise by Kathryn Black  (Bloodhound Books)
  • In The Blink of An Eye, by Jo Callaghan  (Simon & Schuster UK)
  • The Golden Gate by Amy Chua, (Corvus, Atlantic Books)
  • Scorched Grace, by Margot Douaihy (Pushkin Vertigo)
  • Murder By Natural Causes, by Helen Erichsen (Muswell Press)
  • The Maiden, by Kate Foster (Mantle Pan Macmillan)
  • The Golden Spoon, by Jessa Maxwell (Penguin)
  • West Heart Kill, by Dann McDorman (Raven Books)
  • Obsessed, by Liza North (Constable)
  • Go Seek by Michelle Teahan (Headline)
  • The Other Half, by Charlotte Vassell (Faber & Faber)
  • The Tumbling Girl by Bridget Walsh, (Gallic Books)


This award is for the best historical crime novel, set in any period up to 50 years prior to the year in which the award will be made.

Clara & Olivia, by Lucy Ashe (Magpie, Oneworld Publications)

The Lock-Up by John Banville  Faber & Faber

  • Flags on the Bayou, by James Lee Burke  Orion Fiction (Hachette)
  • Murder in the Bookshop by Anita Davison (Boldwood Books)
  • Harlem After Midnight by Louise Hare  (HQ, HarperCollins)
  • A Bitter Remedy by Alis Hawkins (Canelo)
  • Viper’s Dream by Jake Lamar (No Exit Press)
  • The Winter List by S.G. MacLean (Quercus Fiction, Quercus)
  • The Murder Wheel by Tom Mead (Aries Head of Zeus)
  • Scarlet Town by Leonora Nattrass (Viper, Profile Books)
  • Voices of the Dead by Ambrose Parry (Canongate Books)
  • Lady MacBethad by Isabelle Schuler (Raven Books, Bloomsbury)


This award is for a crime novel not originally written in English and which has been translated into English for UK publication.

  • The Snow Girl by Javier Castillo (translated by Isabelle Kaufeler), Penguin Books
  • Red Queen by Juan Gómez-Jurado, (translated by Nick Caistor,) Macmillan
  • The Girl By The Bridge by Arnaldur Indridason (translated by Philip Roughton,) Vintage
  • The Mantis by Kotaro Isaka, (translated by Sam Malissa,) Vintage
  • The Sins Of Our Fathers by translated by Frank Perry), Maclehose Press
  • Thirty Days Of Darkness, by Jenny Lund Madsen (translated by Megan E.Turney), Orenda Books
  • Nothing Is Lost, by Cloé Mehdi (translated by Howard Curtis), Europa Editions UK
  • He Murder Of Anton Livius, by Schneider Hansjörg (translated by Astrid Freuler), Bitter Lemon Press
  • The Consultant, by Im Seong-sun (translated by An Seong Jae,) Raven Books
  • Not Russian by Mikhail Shevelev (translated by Brian James Baer & Ellen Vayner), Europa Editions UK
  • The Prey by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (translated by Victoria Cribb), Hodder & Stoughton
  • My Husband by Maud Ventura (translated by Emma Ramadan,) Hutchinson Heinemann


This award is for any non-fiction work on a crime-related theme by an author of any nationality.

  • The Art Thief, by Michael Finkel (Simon & Schuster)
  • G-Man, by Beverly Gage (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Many Lives of Mama Love, by Lara Love Hardin (Endeavour)
  • No Ordinary Day by Matt Johnson with John Murray  (Ad Lib Publishers)
  • Chasing Shadows by Miles Johnson, (The Bridge Street Press)
  • The Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe (Picador)
  • Devil’s Coin by Jennifer McAdam with Douglas Thompson  (Ad Lib Publishers Ltd)
  • No Comment by Jess McDonald (Raven Books)
  • Seventy Times Seven by Alex Mar (Bedford Square Publishers)
  • How Many More Women? By Jennifer Robinson & Keina Yoshida  (Endeavour)
  • Ian Fleming: The Complete Man by Nicholas Shakespeare, (Vintage)
  • Murder at Home, by David Wilson (Sphere)


This award is for any crime short story first published in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK in return for payment.

  • Three Ways to Die by Rachel Amphlett from No W.W.M.  – Thrill Ride #3, edited by M. L. “Matt” Buchman, (Buchman Bookworks, Inc)
  • Safe Enough by Lee Child from An Unnecessary Assassin, edited by Lorraine Stevens, (Rivertree)
  • The Last Best Thing by Mia Dalia from Bang!:An Anthology of Modern Noir Fiction, edited by Andrew Hook, (Head Shot Press)
  • Slap Happy by Andrew Humphrey from Bang!:An Anthology of Modern Noir Fiction edited by Andrew Hook, (Head Shot Press)
  • The Also-Rans by Benedict J Jones from Bang!:An Anthology of Modern Noir Fiction edited by Andrew Hook, (Head Shot Press)
  • The Divide by Sanjida Kay from The Book of Bristol edited by Joe Melia and Heather Marks, (Comma Press)
  • The Spendthrift and the Swallow, by Ambrose Parry (Canongate Books)
  • Drive Bye by DG Penny from An Unnecessary Assassin edited by Lorraine Stevens, (Rivertree)
  • Best Served Cold by FD Quinn from An Unnecessary Assassin edited by Lorraine Stevens, (Rivertree)
  • Revenge is Best Served Hot by Robert Scragg from An Unnecessary Assassin edited by Lorraine Stevens, (Rivertree)


The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by an established crime writer who has long been popular with borrowers from libraries, and who has supported libraries and their users.


This prestigious Dagger is awarded annually to the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year.

  • Bitter Lemon Press
  • Canelo
  • Harper Fiction (HarperCollins)
  • Harvill Secker (PenguinRandomHouse)
  • Headline (Hachette)
  • Joffe Books
  • Michael Joseph (PenguinRandomHouse)
  • Pushkin Press
  • Raven (Bloomsbury)
  • Simon & Schuster

DEBUT DAGGER (Sponsored by ProWritingAid)

A competition for the opening of a crime novel and synopsis.

  • Burnt Ranch by Katherine Ahlert,
  • Unnatural Predators by Caroline Arnoul
  • Vilomah by Matt Coot
  • Good Criminals by Judy Hock
  • Vigilante Love Song by JR Holland
  • Bluebirds by Alan Jackson
  • Makoto Murders by Richard Jerram
  • Long Way Home by Lynn McCall, 
  • Not a Good Mother by Karabi Mitra
  • The Last Days of Forever by Jeremy Tinker
  • A Politician’s Guide to Murder by James Tobin 
  • The Blond by Megan Toogood

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