CrimeFest reveals shortlist

<p>CrimeFest, the annual crime-writing festival, has revealed the shortlist for its Last Laugh Award.&#8232;&#8232;</p><p>Chris Ewan&#39;s <em>The Good Thief&#39;s Guide to Paris</em> is up against titles from Colin Bateman, Malcolm Pryce and Len Tyler.&#8232;&#8232;</p><p>The prize, which will be awarded at the CrimeFest Gala Dinner on 22nd May, &#8232;is awarded to the best humorous crime novel first published in the British&#8232; Isles in 2009. </p><p>Goldsboro Books funds the &pound;500 cash prize; the winner also &#8232;receives a commemorative award from Bristol Blue Glass.&#8232;&#8232;</p><p>CrimeFest takes place from 20th-23rd May. The shortlists for the 2010 Crime&#8232;Writers&#39; Association Daggers will also be announced at the Bristol-based&#8232; convention.&#8232;&#8232;</p><p>The Last Laugh shortlist in full:&#8232;&#8232;</p><p>Colin Bateman <em>&shy; The Day of the Jack Russell </em>(Headline)&#8232;</p><p>Josh Bazell <em>&shy; Beat the Reaper </em>(Macmillan)&#8232;</p><p>Chris Ewan <em>&shy; The Good Thief&#39;s Guide to Paris</em> (Long Barn Books)&#8232;</p><p>Suzette Hill <em>&shy; Bone Idle </em>(Constable &amp; Robinson)&#8232;</p><p>Malcolm Pryce <em>&shy; From Aberystwyth with Love</em> (Bloomsbury)&#8232;</p><p>Len Tyler <em>&shy; Ten Little Herrings </em>(Macmillan)&#8232;</p>