Quercus author Elly Griffiths emerged triumphant at the Dead Good Reader Awards with a double win while Clare Macintosh, C J Tudor, Lee Child and Lisa Jewell also scooped awards.
Griffiths, author of The Dark Angel (Quercus), walked away with two awards at the fourth rendition of the annual awards which is voted for by the largest community of crime fans in the UK.
As well as the Holmes and Watson Award for Best Detective Duo, Griffiths also secured the The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book for The Dark Angel, the 10th book in Griffiths’ Dr Ruth Galloway Mystery series.
Meanwhile Mackintosh scooped the Whodunnit Award for the Book That Keeps You Guessing for Let Me Lie by Mackintosh (Sphere) while Tudor’s The Chalk Man (Michael Joseph) nabbed the Cabot Cove Award for Best Small Town Mystery. Child’s Jack Reacher protagonist won The Wringer Award for the Character Who’s Been Put Through It All (novels published by Transworld) and Jewell’s Then She Was Gone (Century) took the House of Horrors Award for Most Dysfunctional Family.
Each winner received a specially designed glass trophy at the event on Friday at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate in a ceremony hosted by crime author Mark Lawson.
The awards are run by the Dead Good Reads website, established in October 2012, and dedicated to “discovering, sharing and recommending thrilling” crime fiction.
Griffiths' first standalone title, The Stranger Diaries will be backed by “major” campaign, said Quercus. It publishes in hardback, e-book and audio on 1st November.
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