Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on ITV3 – 2013 Shortlist Announcement heralds the return of the TV Book Club

The motives are numerous, the list of suspects lengthy, and the body count sky high… the shortlists for this year’s Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards in association with the Crime Writers’ Association are announced today. In addition to the ceremony itself ITV3 will show a six-part prime time series, The Crime Thriller Club which includes a crime thriller version of the successful TV Book Club, starting on 16th September.

The winners of 11 Awards honouring TV, Books and Film will be announced at The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on Thursday 24th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The stars of all three genres are guaranteed to turn out in force. The awards for books include the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year, the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year, and the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year, alongside Film and TV-based Daggers.

This year’s CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year is fiercely contended, and pits Belinda Bauer’s Rubbernecker, featuring the obsessive Patrick, whose anatomical dissection class reveals unwelcome truths, up against Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls, in which the victims of a century jumping psychopath speak again. Also in the mix, Becky Masterman’s Rage Against The Dying reveals the secrets of mummified flesh, and Dead Lions by Mick Herron, brings flesh and blood to the shady world of cold war spooks.

Viewers will need good detective skills to uncover the winner of the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year, so well matched are the talented debut writers vying for the prize. The award pits an 82 year old ex-Marine, in Derek B. Miller’s Norwegian By Night against a hired hitman Caruana in Hanna Jameson’s Something You Are. Menacing urban crime is equally apparent in Malcolm Mackay’s Glasgow based The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter, whilst Thomas Mogford’s Shadow of the Rock is set in the sunnier, though no less brutal, climes of Tangiers.

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year has a cast list that includes Indian mobsters, the remnants of Franco’s savage Secret Police, a secret network of Nazi asylum seekers in Ireland, religious fanatics, and a fair smattering of homegrown British criminal masterminds: Thriller authors, Roger Hobbs for Ghostman, Stuart Neville for Ratlines, Mark Oldfield for The Sentinel and Robert Wilson for Capital Punishment are all preparing to slug it out.

The awards, which showcase the UK’s best crime fiction and drama are part of the ITV3 Crime Thriller season, which includes a crime writing magazine show for crime fans called The Crime Thriller Club which will feature ‘Living Legends‘ – interviews with established authors Martina Cole, Nicci French, Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Wilbur Smith and Frederick Forsyth, who will become members of the CWA Hall of Fame, awarded at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.

At the heart of the Crime Thriller Club series is The Crime Thriller Book Club, with six specially selected titles guaranteed to grip readers who can join the discussion online. The 6 books were selected by Amanda Ross of Cactus TV and her team, whose selections for the TV Book Club created many No 1 Best Selling Authors. The featured titles are:

o Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay (Orion)
o Dare Me by Megan Abbott (Picador)
o Bryant and May and the Invisible Code by Christopher Fowler (Transworld)
o The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Pan Books)
o City of Devils by Diana Bretherick (Orion)
o The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor (Harper Collins)

Amanda Ross, Managing Director of Cactus TV, who created the Awards for ITV3 said: “I was delighted to bring a Crime Thriller version of my Book Club to TV. All the titles we’ve picked are great, with a wide range of styles to suit every type of Crime fan, and hopefully encourage some new readers to the Crime Thriller genre.”

Alison Joseph, Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, commented: “The 2013 Crime Thrillers Award shortlists are all about inspirational story-telling and great writing. They show, once again, just why this genre continues to be so hugely popular and so greatly loved by readers.”

The cream of acting talent is also recognised at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards with categories across Film, TV (UK and International) and for those talented individuals who so masterfully bring unsavoury characters to life, with awards for Best Actor and Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers, said: “As autumn creeps in there’s nothing I like more than curling up with a good book, the more bloodcurdling the better. Therefore it’s a pleasure to be a part of the Crime Thriller Awards for several years now, truly the premier showcase of world class writing, acting and production.”

The Complete Shortlists for Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards are as follows:

The CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year
o Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (Bantam/Transworld)
o The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins)
o Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman (Orion)
o Dead Lions by Mick Herron (Soho Crime)

The CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Write of the Year
o Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller (Faber and Faber)
o Something You Are by Hanna Jameson (Head of Zeus)
o The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay (Mantle)
o Shadow of the Rock by Thomas Mogford (Bloomsbury)

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller of the Year
o Ghostman by Roger Hobbs (Transworld)
o Ratlines by Stuart Neville (Random House)
o The Sentinel by Mark Oldfield (Head of Zeus)
o Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson (Orion)

The Film Dagger
o Sky Fall
o Jack Reacher
o Killing Them Softly
o Looper
o Seven Psychopaths

The TV Dagger
o Luther
o Top of the Lake
o Broadchurch
o The Fall
o Bletchley Circle

The International TV Dagger
o Homeland
o Boardwalk Empire
o The Killing 3
o Arne Dahl

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
o Paul McGann for A Mother’s Son
o Mandy Patinkin for Homeland
o Andrew Buchan for Broadchurch
o Warren Brown for Luther
o Roger Allam for Endeavour

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
o Pauline Quirke for Broadchurch
o Amelia Bullmore for Scott & Bailey
o Holly Hunter for Top of the Lake
o Jodie Whittaker for Broadchurch
o Ruth Wilson for Luther

The Best Actor Dagger
o Damien Lewis for Homeland
o David Tennant for Broadchurch
o Idris Elba for Luther
o Jason Isaacs for Case Histories
o Paddy Considine for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane

The Best Actress Dagger
o Sofie Grabol for The Killing 3
o Olivia Colman for Broadchurch
o Claire Danes for Homeland
o Gillian Anderson for The Fall
o Lesley Sharp for Scott & Bailey

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012 Winners revealed

London, Thursday 18th October, 2012—Cactus TV and ITV3, in partnership with the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), are pleased to announce the winners of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012, a showcase of the UK’s most wanted crime fiction and drama, hosted by Bradley Walsh.

A host of famous faces from TV, Film and Publishing which included Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Penry-Jones and Steven Berkoff gathered on the black carpet for a gala awards ceremony celebrating the very best offences of the year at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The awards ceremony formed a crescendo to ITV 3’s six week season of crime and drama programming including a specially commissioned documentary series called Crime Connections, featuring crime writers, actors, producers and directors.

Winners on the night were:
• Specsaver’s Bestseller Dagger 2012: Kathy Reichs
• CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year sponsored by Constable and Robinson: Gene Kerrigan, The Rage
• CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications: Charles Cumming, A Foreign Country
• CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, sponsored by Goldsboro Books: Wiley Cash, A Land More Kind than Home

Gene Kerrigan’s The Rage won the CWA Gold Dagger. His suspense driven storm of violence set in the backstreets of Dublin proved unbeatable, an immense accolade given the literary oomph of his co-nominees: MR Hall’s The Flight, Chris Womersley’s Bereft and Vengeance in Mind by NJ Cooper, previously Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.
Gene Kerrigan commented: “I’m aware of the writers who have previously received the Gold Dagger and I’m honoured to have my name on the same page.”

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for Best Thriller was taken home by Charles Cumming for A Foreign Country. Despite being regarded as one of the best of the new generation of British spy writers, A Foreign Country was by no means assured of success, pitted as it was against some monumental thrillers: Megan Abbott’s Dare Me, which revealed the bitter power rivalries of a cheerleading squad, Robert Harris’s much lauded The Fear Index and Neal Stephenson’s Reamde which portrays the world of hacking.
Charles Cumming said “For spy writers, the Steel Dagger is our Booker prize, so I’m thrilled to have won such a prestigious award. Some great writers have picked up the Steel Dagger, including Henry Porter, Dan Fesperman and Tom Rob Smith. I’m honoured to have joined their ranks.”

The CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger was awarded to Wiley Cash, named the best new crime author of the year for A Land More Kind than Home. Cash toughed it out against serious competition from Tanya Byrne’s Heart-Shaped Bruise, Tom Wright’s What Dies in Summer and Ewart Hutton’s Good People to win the title for his tale of the smarting underbelly of religious fanaticism of his Deep South youth.
Wiley Cash said “As an American writer, it’s a shock and a real honor to win an award in a genre with such a proud British tradition.”
The Bestseller Dagger was awarded to Kathy Reichs. All five shortlisted authors were also inaugurated into the Crime Thriller Hall of Fame alongside such all-time greats as Colin Dexter, Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.
Kathy Reichs said “Given the extraordinary company in which I find myself nominated for this award, I can’t express how shocked and delighted I am. This is truly an unexpected honor.”

Amanda Ross, creator and executive producer of the Awards, said: “This has been a fantastic year for the genre, and it was great to see so many star authors and actors at the event.”

The cream of acting talent is also recognised at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards with categories for Best UK and International Crime Series, Best Actor, Best Actress in a Crime series and Best Film. The British public also voted for their favourite detective duo by phone vote. Winners are as follows:

Best Detective Duo:
o Lewis – DI Robbie Lewis & DS James Hathaway

The Film Dagger
o Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Studio Canal)

The TV Dagger
o Sherlock: Series 2 (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The International TV Dagger
o The Bridge (Danmarks Radio, Sveriges Television/BBC4)

The Best Actress Dagger
o Claire Danes for Homeland (Teakwood Lane Productions, Showtime Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Media Group, Fox 21/Channel 4)

The Best Actor Dagger
o Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
o Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (HBO/Sky Atlantic)

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
o Martin Freeman for Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The 20th anniversary of the New York Times’ bestselling, hard-talking, gin-drinking, no-nonsense private detective Agatha Raisin

This year is the 20th anniversary of Agatha Raisin. Hiss and Hers will be published on 18th October 2012.

The feisty Agatha has fallen head over heels in love – again! This time it is with the local gardener, George Marston. But it seems she’s not the only one. With the additional competition for his affections, Agatha foots the bill for a charity ball in town, just to spend time with him and have a dance. However when George doesn’t arrive she goes looking for him, only to find out he’s been bitten by a poisonous snake and buried in a compost heap. Agatha and her team get straight on the case, trying to work out who murdered poor George. Along the way they find out more about him and his apparently complicated love life and, now that she’s lost him, she’s determined to find out who killed him. Could it have been one of the many women linked to him? Our resident Cotswolds detective is sure to find out… “It’s said of Agatha Christie that she’s given more pleasure in bed than any other woman, but M.C. Beaton is matching her as a prolific purveyor of cosy whodunits perfect for pre-lights-out reading.” Daily Telegraph

The bestselling author of the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series, M.C. Beaton has sold over 10 million books worldwide to date. A ‘national treasure’ according to Anne Robinson, M.C. Beaton is the second most borrowed crime writer and the fourth most borrowed adult fiction author from UK libraries, ranking above Lee Child, Ian Rankin and Agatha Christie. Before writing detective and romance novels, she had an illustrious career on Fleet Street as chief woman reporter on the Daily Express. Having lived and worked in Glasgow, London and New York, Marion now lives with her husband in Paris and the Cotswolds, where Agatha Raisin was created.
For more information or an interview with M.C. Beaton, please contact Tracey Jennings on 020 7361 7860, or email tracey.jennings@midaspr.co.uk