Val McDermid, Belinda Bauer and Stuart Turton are among the 18 authors on this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel longlist.
Celebrating its 15th year, the £3,000 prize was created to celebrate the very best in crime fiction and is open to UK and Irish crime authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1st May 2018 to 30th April 2019.
Belinda Bauer, a previous winner of the Crime Novel of the Year Award for her novel Rubbernecker in 2014, enters the longlist with her 2018 Man Booker longlisted, Snap (Transworld) alongside multiple-award winner Val McDermid's latest, Broken Ground (Little, Brown Book Group).
2017 Novel of the Year award winner Chris Brookmyre returns in the guise of Ambrose Perry, the pseudonym for his collaboration with his wife, consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman, for their gripping historical crime novel, The Way of All Flesh (Canongate Books).
2018 McIlvanney Prize winner Liam McIllvanney also makes the longlist with The Quaker (HarperCollins) and Turton weighs in with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Bloomsbury), a debut which won the Costa First Novel Award 2018.
Mick Herron’s widely-acclaimed Jackson Lamb novels have been shortlisted three times for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, the fifth in the series, London Rules (John Murray Press) puts him back in the running with Rahman Khurrum, also on the list for his first novel, East of Hounslow (HarperCollins) alongside Our House by Louise Candlish (S&S UK) and Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (Hachette).
2019’s longlist also sees the return of previous shortlisted authors, Elly Griffiths for her Dr Ruth Galloway novels, with her latest The Dark Angel (Quercus), and Ann Cleeves for Wild Fire (Pan Macmillan), the eighth, and final book, in the bestselling Shetland series.
This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury) and Take Me In by Sabine Durrant (Hodder & Stoughton) also made the cut alonside Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes (S&S UK), Salt Lane by William Shaw (Quercus) and The Chalk Man by C J Tudor (Penguin Random House).
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan (S&S UK) and Changeling by Matt Wesolowski (Orenda Books) round off the longlist for the award which is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Mail on Sunday.
Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said: “So many authors on our longlist have been nominees for major mainstream awards. The literary world is perhaps catching up to the fact that crime fiction is leading the publishing world and shaping our cultural landscape. In 2018, sales of crime novels outstripped general fiction for the first time. It’s a genre that dominates the small and big screen, and attracts critical acclaim, as well as being incredibly popular. There is however, only one Crime Novel of the Year, and the reputation of our Award, built over 15 years, makes this accolade hotly contended.”
The shortlist of six titles will be announced on 19th May with the winner announced at an award ceremony hosted by broadcaster Mark Lawson on 18th July on the opening night of the 17th Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. The night will also feature the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award, with past recipients over the years including PD James, Ruth Rendell, Reginald Hill and Colin Dexter.
The longlist in full:
Snap by Belinda Bauer (Transworld)
Our House by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster UK)
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh (Hachette)
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves (Pan Macmillan)
This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Take Me In by Sabine Durrant (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
London Rules by Mick Herron (John Murray Press)
Broken Ground by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group)
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney (HarperCollins)
The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry (Canongate Books)
East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins)
Hell Bay by Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster UK)
Salt Lane by William Shaw (Quercus)
The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor (Penguin Random House)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan (Simon & Schuster UK)
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski (Orenda Books)
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