Ann Cleeves, Mark Billingham and Peter James [pictured] are among the six authors shortlisted for the CWA 2015 Dagger in the Library Award.
The award, sponsored by Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good Books, honours an author’s complete body of work.
Also shortlisted are Christopher Fowler, Elly Griffiths and Peter May.
The judging panel, chaired by librarian Mobeena Khan, who was last week named a Rising Star by The Bookseller, included previous award winner Sharon Bolton, CWA director Lucy Santos and a group of UK librarians.
The longlisted authors were nominated by readers, with the 10 most popular authors whittled down by the judging panel.
Khan said: “Many congratulations to all the shortlisted authors for this year’s Dagger in the Library award. The judging panel were very impressed by the longlist of authors and their work and enjoyed reacquainting themselves with some authors and discovering some new ones. The list was wide ranging and covered a gamut of different types of crime fiction and we are looking forward to announcing the winner later on this month.”
The winner will be announced at the annual CWA Awards Dinner on the 30th June.