Peter James, Sharon Bolton and "Robert Galbraith" were among the authors honoured at the second annual Dead Good Reader Awards 2016 at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
The six award categories had over 13,000 votes and nominations this year, almost double the quantity of 2015. Each award was created in collaboration with the Dead Good community and celebrates a unique element in crime writing.
The Tess Gerritsen Award for Best Series went to Roy Grace by James (Pan Macmillan), The Linwood Barclay Award for Most Surprising Twist went to Little Black Lies by Bolton (Transworld), The Papercut Award for Best Page Turner went to The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (Bookouture), The Hotel Chocolat Award for Darkest Moment went to In the Cold Dark Ground by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins), The Mörda Award for Captivating Crime in Translation went to Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson (Orenda Books) and The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book went to Career of Evil by Galbraith (Little, Brown).
Each winner received a specially designed magnifying glass trophy in an event presided over by Mark Lawson.
Also announced at the festival was the winner the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Clare Mackintosh took home the prize for her first thriller I Let You Go (Sphere).
The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival ran from 21st to the 24th July 2016.