<p>CrimeFest, the annual crime-writing festival, has revealed the shortlist for its Last Laugh Award.
</p><p>Chris Ewan's <em>The Good Thief's Guide to Paris</em> is up against titles from Colin Bateman, Malcolm Pryce and Len Tyler.
</p><p>The prize, which will be awarded at the CrimeFest Gala Dinner on 22nd May,
is awarded to the best humorous crime novel first published in the British
Isles in 2009. </p><p>Goldsboro Books funds the £500 cash prize; the winner also
receives a commemorative award from Bristol Blue Glass.
</p><p>CrimeFest takes place from 20th-23rd May. The shortlists for the 2010 Crime
Writers' Association Daggers will also be announced at the Bristol-based
</p><p>The Last Laugh shortlist in full:
</p><p>Colin Bateman <em>­ The Day of the Jack Russell </em>(Headline)
</p><p>Josh Bazell <em>­ Beat the Reaper </em>(Macmillan)
</p><p>Chris Ewan <em>­ The Good Thief's Guide to Paris</em> (Long Barn Books)
</p><p>Suzette Hill <em>­ Bone Idle </em>(Constable & Robinson)
</p><p>Malcolm Pryce <em>­ From Aberystwyth with Love</em> (Bloomsbury)
</p><p>Len Tyler <em>­ Ten Little Herrings </em>(Macmillan)