Theakstone Old Peculiar Crime Novel Award longlist announced today

The longlist for the Theakstone Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year has just been announced. There’s some fantastic books on the list and I’ve already read some of them, the rest need to be added to my tbr ASAP!

The longlist is:  (I’ve starred the ones I’ve read!)

–  Cry Baby by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere)

–  The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)⭐

–  The Cutting Place by Jane Casey (HarperCollins, HarperFiction)⭐

–  Fifty Fiftyby Steve Cavanagh (The Orion Publishing Group, Orion Fiction)⭐

– Black River by Will Dean (Oneworld Publications, Point Blank)⭐

– Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan (Bloomsbury Publishing, Raven Books)

–  The Guest List by Lucy Foley (HarperCollins, HarperFiction)⭐

–  The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)⭐

– The Big Chill by Doug Johnstone (Orenda Books)⭐

– Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton (Penguin Random House UK, Viking)⭐

– Still Life by Val McDermid (Little, Brown Book Group, Sphere)⭐

– The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway (Little, Brown Book Group, Constable)

– Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee (VINTAGE, Harvill Secker)

– Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent (Penguin, Sandycove)

– A Song For The Dark Times by Ian Rankin (Orion, Orion Fiction)

– Remain Silent by Susie Steiner (HarperCollins Publishers, The Borough Press)⭐

– We Begin At The End by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Books UK, Zaffre)⭐

– The Man on the Street by Trevor Wood (Quercus, Quercus Fiction)

Executive director of T&R Theakston, Simon Theakston, said“The way the global obsession with the crime genre continues to grow year on year is simply astonishing and this year’s longlist proves the remarkable talent on offer in crime writing– from legends of the craft to eager-eyed newcomers. The shortlist is already too close to call so we encourage all to get voting! A hearty toast of Old Peculier to all longlisted authors for this coveted award – and we look forward to what we know will be a fiercely fought competition!”

Run by Harrogate International Festivals, the shortlist will be announced in June and the winner on 22 July, at the opening evening of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – with the public able to vote for the winner on

The award is run by Harrogate International Festivals sponsored by T&R Theakston Ltd, in partnership with WHSmith and the Express, and is open to full length crime novels published in paperback 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021 by UK and Irish authors.

The longlist was selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee, and representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd, the Express, and WHSmith.

The public are now invited to vote for a shortlist of six titles on, which will be announced inJune. The winner will be revealed on the opening night of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Thursday 22 July, and will receive £3,000, and a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by Theakston Old Peculiar.

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a favourite? Let me know in the comments! 

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