Established authors Ann Cleeves and Peter James and newcomer Paula Hawkins were among the winners of the inaugural Dead Good Reader Awards.
The awards, given out on Friday 17th July at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, were voted on by readers and members of Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good Books.
The awards were presented by Mark Lawson and authors Lee Child and Val McDermid, the latter of whom also won a prize.
McDermid took The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending, for her book The Skeleton Road (Sphere).
Cleeves was given The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective for the character of Vera Stanhope in a series published by Pan Macmillan. She accepted her award with actress Brenda Blethyn, who portrays Vera in the television series of the books.
James won The Dr Lecter Award for Scariest Villain for his book You Are Dead (Macmillan).
Hawkins’ debut The Girl on the Train (Transworld) won the author The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book.
Mark Billingham won The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics for Time of Death (Sphere), while The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location went to Marnie Riches’ The Girl who Wouldn’t Die, for the author’s portrayal of Amsterdam.
Each winner received a specially designed magnifying glass trophy.