The shortlist for this year's Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel was announced today (19th June), featuring a range of crime fiction styles, from Christopher Brookmyre to Stuart MacBride.
The shortlist was voted for by the public and comprises Brookmyre's All Fun and Games Until Somebody Loses an Eye (Little, Brown), MacBride's Cold Granite (HarperCollins), Stephen Booth's The Dead Place (HarperCollins), Allan Guthrie's Two Way Split (Birlinn), Graham Hurley's Blood and Honey (Orion), Michael Jecks's The Death Ship of Dartmouth (Headline).
Voting continues at Waterstone's branches in England, Scotland and Wales and on Waterstones.com, to determine the winner. The top two novels will be put to the final voting panel, which also includes reading groups and crime aficionados, on Thursday 19th July.
The winner will be announced that evening on the opening night of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and will receive £3,000 and a beer barrel from sponsors Theakstons Old Peculier.