The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2017 Shortlist

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2017 Shortlist

Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow……

Black Widow by Chris Brookmyre

Diana Jager is clever, strong and successful, a skilled surgeon and fierce campaigner via her blog about sexism. Yet it takes only hours for her life to crumble when her personal details are released on the internet as revenge for her writing. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead, a nightmare end to their fairytale romance. But Peter’s sister Lucy doesn’t believe in fairytales, and tasks reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling Black Widow……

Chris Brookmyre is the author of eighteen published novels to-date. Chris has previously been shortlisted three times for the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Award, including Where The Bodies Are Buried in 2012.

As Ferreira battles her demons and Zigic clashes with another officer, the detectives realise that the Prentice case rests on one crucial question – who was the real target of the killer: mother or daughter…

After You Die by Eva Dolan

DS Ferreira is back on the force after being severely injured in the line of duty. The first case to land on her desk takes her and DI Zigic to a brutal crime scene where a woman has been stabbed to death and her disabled daughter left to starve upstairs. The murdered woman had come to Ferreira for help when she and her daughter were being harassed. The detectives soon realise that the case rests on one crucial question – who was the real target of the killer: mother or daughter?

Eva Dolan is an Essex-based copywriter and intermittently successful poker player. Shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for unpublished authors when she was just a teenager, the first novels in her series were published to widespread critical acclaim. Tell No Tales was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year 2016.

Paul has a plan. He has a vision of a better future, and he’s going to make it happen. If it means hiding or exaggerating a few things here and there, no harm done….

Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant

A few little lies never hurt anyone. Right? Wrong. Paul has a plan. He has a vision of a better future, and he’s going to make it happen. If it means hiding or exaggerating a few things here and there, no harm done. But when he charms his way on to a family holiday, and finds himself trapped among tensions and emotions he doesn’t understand, by the time he starts to realise that however painful the truth is, it’s the lies that cause the real damage… Well, by then, it might just be too late.

Sabine Durrant is a former assistant editor of The Guardian and a former literary editor at The Sunday Times whose feature writing has appeared in numerous British national newspapers and magazines. She is currently a magazine profile writer for The Sunday Telegraph and a contributor to The Guardian’s family section.

Catherine Standish knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks. She’s worked in the Intelligence Service long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back. What she doesn’t know is why anyone would target her…

Real Tigers by Mick Herron

Catherine Standish knows that chance encounters never happen to spooks. She’s worked in the Intelligence Service long enough to understand treachery, double-dealing and stabbing in the back. What she doesn’t know is why anyone would target her: a recovering drunk pushing paper with the other lost causes in Jackson Lamb’s kingdom of exiles at Slough House. Whoever it is holding her hostage, it can’t be personal. It must be about Slough House. Most likely, it is about Jackson Lamb. And say what you like about Lamb, he’ll never leave a joe in the lurch. He might even be someone you could trust with your life…

Mick Herron is a novelist and short story writer whose books include the Sarah Tucker/Zoë Boehm series and the novel Reconstruction.

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry….

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. DCI Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward, but it’s as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, Karen discovers the most dangerous kinds of secrets. Secrets that someone is willing to kill for…

Val McDermid is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Her books include three main series: Lindsay Gordon, Kate Brannigan, and the Tony Hill and Carol Jordan series.

Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door. Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up….

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door. Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up. The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

Susie grew up in north London, studied English at university and trained as a journalist. Her first novel, Homecoming, was published by Faber & Faber to critical acclaim in 2013. Her second, Missing, Presumed was a Sunday Times bestseller which introduced detective Manon Bradshaw. It was a Richard & Judy book club pick and has sold 200,000 copies to date in the UK. Persons Unknown, the sequel to Missing, Presumed, is her third novel.

Vote for your favourite book from the shortlist above from 1st July – 15th July 2017 at www.theakstons.co.uk