Authors including Susan Hill, Ann Cleeves, Mark Billingham and Peter James have been longlisted for the CWA 2015 Dagger in the Library award.
The prize is give for an author’s whole body of work to date, rather than a single title.
The longlist for the award, which is sponsored by Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good, has been compiled for readers, who voted online for their three favourite authors.
A total of 2,844 votes were cast, a 105% increase from 2014.
Also longlisted are Christopher Fowler, Elly Griffiths, Elizabeth Haynes, Simon Kernick, Peter May, Phil Rickman and Tim Weaver.
The shortlist will be decided by a panel of judges including previous winner Sharon Bolton, CWA Director Lucy Santos, and a group of UK librarians.
The shortlist will be revealed on Monday 8th June with the winner announced at the CWA Annual Awards dinner on 30th June.