The Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival has revealed its shortlist for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year.
The list features The Silent Daughter by Emma Christie (Welbeck), Alistair Liddle's self-published No Harm Done, Robbie Morrison's Edge of the Grave (Macmillan) and Waking the Tiger by Mark Wightman (Hobeck Books).
Christie appeared on Crime in the Spotlight 2020, the element of the festival where up-and-coming stars appear ahead of big names, while Wightman was the Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect winner in 2017.
The shortlist is based on points received by a team of readers, largely made up of bloggers and booksellers, but the winner will be judged by Janice Forysth from BBC Radio Scotland, Simon Lloyd from Waterstones and Kenny Tweeddale from sponsors the Glencairn Glass.
Bob McDevitt, director of the festival said: “Once again, I’ve been blown away by the quality of the debut novels submitted this year. The fact that three of them also feature on the McIlvanney Prize longlist gives you some idea of just how high the standard was this year.”
Alex Gray, author and co-founder of Bloody Scotland, has also selected four debuts that have made a big impact on her from those not eligible for the prize. They are One Night, New York by Lara Thompson (Virago), How To Kidnap The Rich by Rahul Raina (Little, Brown), The Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper (Bonnier) and The Final Round by Bernard O’Keefe (Muswell Press).
Kirsty Nicholson, Glencairn’s design and marketing manager commented: “We are immensely proud of our continued sponsorship of the Bloody Scotland Debut Crime Novel of the Year with the Glencairn Glass. As a Glasgow-based family business, we cherish our Scottish heritage, so to be associated with such talented authors emerging in the Scottish crime fiction scene is an honour. We look forward to immersing ourselves again in gripping crime novels – dram in hand – and we wish all the writers the best of luck.”