The Duncan Lawrie Dagger for 2007 has been won by Peter Temple for his book The Broken Shore, while the writer /translator team of Fred Vargas and Sian Reynolds won the International Dagger for the second year running for Wash this Blood Clean from my Hand.
I read and reviewed both these books on Crime Scraps, and really enjoyed both of them. Links below:
The choices of the Crime Writer's Association have been a case of feast and famine for me over the last few years.
The prize winners have ranged from the brilliantly gripping:
2001 Henning Mankell for Sidetracked
2005 Arnaldur Indridason for Silence of the Grave
To the mindblowingly eccentric:
2002 Jose Carlos Samoza for The Athenian Murders
To the utterly boringly predictable Silver Dagger winning:
2003 Morag Joss for Half Broken Things
and the just plain awful:
2004 Sara Paretsky for Blacklist
This year the judges get the Crime Scraps seal of approval for selecting excellent books with good plots and interesting characters.