Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good Books has created six awards to be presented at this year’s Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival by authors including Lee Child and Val McDermid.
Each award has been created in collaboration with the Dead Good Facebook community and celebrates an element in crime writing.
The awards will feature an online reader nomination process. Readers can nominate their favourite authors and books for the awards online through the Dead Good website, and the nominees with the most votes will form the category shortlists.
Readers will then be able to vote for the final winners both online and physically at the festival itself. Votes made at the festival will be weighted to make up 50% of the total votes.
The six prizes are The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective; The Val McDermid Award for Fiendish Forensics; The Reichenbach Falls Award for Most Epic Ending; The Dr Lecter Award for Scariest Villain; The Patricia Highsmith Award for Most Exotic Location; and The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book.
The awards will be given out at a special festival event on Friday 17th July.
Each winner will receive a specially designed magnifying glass trophy.