Orion scores five on CrimeFest shortlists

Orion has dominated this year's CrimeFest shortlists for its e-book, audiobook and humorous crime novel awards.

The publisher featured five times with two novels, Linwood Barclay's Fear the Worst and Michael Connelly's The Reversal appearing on both the abridged and unabridged audiobook shortlists. Alan Furst's Spies of the Balkans (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) was shortlisted for the eDunnit award for the best crime e-book of 2010.

The winner of each of the four prizes will be announced at the crimewriting festival's gala dinner on 21st May, with Little, Brown author Christopher Brookmyre replacing Don Winslow as toastmaster.

The Bristol-based festival, which runs from 19th-22nd May, will also include the shortlist announcements for the Crime Writers Asssociation (CWA)'s Daggers on 20th May in the international, non-fiction, library, short story and debut categories.

The shortlists in full:

The eDunnit award for the best crime e-book of 2010:

Alan Furst Spies of the Balkans (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Sophie Hannah A Room Swept White (Hodder & Stoughton)
Philip Kerr Field Grey (Quercus)
Michael Ridpath Where the Shadows Lie (Corvus)
CJ Sansom Heartstone (Mantle)
Andrew Taylor The Anatomy of Ghosts (Penguin)
Andrew Williams To Kill a Tsar (John Murray)

The winner will receive £500, an Elonex e-reader and a commemorative award by Bristol Blue Glass.

The Last Laugh award for the best humorous crime novel of 2010:

Colin Bateman Dr Yes (Headline)
Colin Cotterill Love Songs From A Shallow Grave (Quercus)
Chris Ewan The Good Thief's Guide to Vegas (Simon & Schuster)
Robert Lewis Bank of the Black Sheep (Serpent's Tail)
Donna Moore Old Dogs (MaXcrime)
L C Tyler The Herring in the Library (Macmillan)

The winner will receive £500 and a commemorative award by Bristol Blue Glass.

The Sounds of Crime award for abridged and unabridged titles:

Abridged:
Linwood Barclay Fear the Worst  (Orion)
Lee Child Worth Dying For (Random House)
Michael Connelly The Reversal (Orion)
Peter James Dead Like You (Macmillan)
John le Carre Our Kind of Traitor (AudioGO)
Kathy Reichs Mortal Remains (Random House)
C J Sansom Heartstone (Macmillan)

Unabridged:
Linwood Barclay Fear the Worst (Orion)
Harland Coben Caught (Whole Story Audio Books)
Michael Connelly The Reversal (Orion)
Lindsey Davis Nemesis (AudioGO)
Jeffery Deaver Edge (Whole Story Audio Books)
Peter James Dead Like You (Whole Story Audio Books)

The winners will each receive £500 and a commemorative award by Bristol Blue Glass.