Booker Prize longlistee Oyinkan Braithwaite has made the shortlist for the 2019 Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards with Ian Rankin and Matt Wesolowski each bagging two nominations.
Upcoming festival Capital Crime and Amazon Publishing have joined forces for the awards which are a celebration of the crime and thriller genre and also recognise excellence in film and television. Capital Crime’s advisory board of authors, industry leaders and reviewers decided the shortlists, but readers will have the final say on who wins in each category.
Braithwaite, who has been longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize, is in the running for Best Debut with her Women's Fiction Prize shortlisted novel My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic). She faces competition from Lesley Kara's The Rumour (Transworld) and Laura Shepherd-Robinson's Blood & Sugar (Pan Macmillan). Blood Orange (Headline) by Harriet Tyce and To The Lions (Bloomsbury) by Holly Watt are also in contention.
Crime writing heavyweight Rankin is up for two awards - Best Mystery and Best Crime Novel - with his latest Rebus novel, In A House of Lies (Orion). Jane Casey's Cruel Acts (HarperCollins); Anthony Horowitz's The Sentence is Death (Cornerstone); The Island (Penguin) by Ragnar Jonasson and Metropolis (Quercus) by Philip Kerr are also in the running for Best Mystery.
In the Best Crime Novel category, Rankin is up against British Book Award winner Louise Candlish's Our House (Simon & Schuster UK), as well as Ray Celestin's The Mobster’s Lament (Mantle); M W Crave's The Puppet Show (Constable) and Stone Mothers (Hodder & Stoughton) by Erin Kelly.
Orenda author Matt Wesolowski has bagged two nominations for Changeling, with the novel up for Best Thriller and Best Independent Voice.
Steve Cavanagh's Twisted (Orion) and Mick Herron's London Rules (John Murray) are also up for Best Thriller, alongside Out of the Dark (Penguin) by Gregg Hurwitz and A Treachery of Spies (Transworld) by Manda Scott.
Wesolowski will go head to head with Edward Carey's Little (Gallic Books) and Will Carver's Good Samaritans (Orenda) for Best Independent Voice. Red Snow (Oneworld) by Will Dean and What Was Lost (The Dome Press) by Jean Levy have also been recognised.
In the Best E-Book category, Amer Anwar's Brothers in Blood (Little, Brown); Last of the Magpies (Amazon Publishing) by Mark Edwards and The Silent Patient (Orion) by Alex Michaelides are vying for the prize alongside Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers (Penguin) and C L Taylor's Sleep (Avon).
Lethal White by Robert Galbraith and read by Robert Glenister (Little, Brown) has been nominated for Best Audiobook and faces competition from Catherine Steadman's Something in the Water, read by the author herself (Simon & Schuster Audio UK). Horowitz bags a second nod with The Sentence is Death read by Rory Kinnear (Cornerstone) and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton and read by Jot Davies (Audible Studios for Bloomsbury) are also in the running, with a second nomination for Harriet Tyce with Blood Orange read by Julie Teal (Wildfire).
American Animals; BlacKKKlansman; John Wick 3; The Sisters Brothers and Widows are nominated for Best Feature Film, with Bodyguard; Bosch; Killing Eve; Line of Duty and You completing the shortlist with their nominations for Best TV Show.
David Headley, co-founder of Capital Crime said, "Capital Crime is all about the readers. With panels focused on entertaining and engaging, and events and parties that are open to all, it was only natural we give readers the ultimate say over who wins our awards."
Capital Crime festival pass holders will be able to vote for the winner, in each category from today until 19th September. The winners of the awards will be announced at the festival on Saturday 26th September at a gala reception that marks the close of the event.
Hatty Stiles, Amazon Publishing senior marketing manager, said: "We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Capital Crime Reader’s Awards, and excited to be part of this new festival that celebrates the crime and thriller community. As soon as we heard about Capital Crime’s innovative approach and stellar line-up, we were eager to be involved."