Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2013

So, It is that time already again yet! The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2013 short-list hand has been selected, and voting opens on Thursday 4th July – that means YOU can vote for your favourite here and maybe they might win. Your votes will be counted alongside the views of the judging panel whom I know are incorrigible … er Incoruptable 

The Judges are: 2013 Val Mcdermid, the chair of the festival this year,, WHSmith’s Head of Fiction David Swillman, executive director of  T & R Theakstons Simon Theakston and award-winning authorr Kate Mosse.


The list is as follows

  • Rush Of Blood – Mark Billingham (Little Brown)
  • Safe House –  Chris Ewan (Faber and Faber)
  • The Lewis Man – Peter May (Quercus)
  • Gods And Beasts – Denise Mina (Orion)
  • Stolen Souls – Stuart Neville (Vintage)
  • A Dark Redemption – Stav Sherez (Faber and Faber)

A very strong list. Mark Billingham is bidding for his third win, Denise Milna her second (she won last year) . Stuart Neville’s Debut novel “The twelve” won Mystery/Thriller category of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a film of it is in the offing staring Pierce Brosnan.

Peter may is well respected with a long career as a thriller writing, “The Lewis man” is the second in his trilogy sent in the Outer Hebrides. And Stav Sherez has had acclaim and nominations for his books since his debut in 2004. Some of you will have read all of these and have your favourites, Other will have maybe one or two under their belt. Basic rule, if you liked it, vote for it.

The prize will be awarded at the Harrogate crime writing festival in a few weeks, so go on, have a think between now and Thursday and then vote.

(and congrats to all you six for making the shortlist. 

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