Friday, July 06, 2007


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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right, I'd better get on and read them, then!

I used to like Sarah Paretsky a lot, quite liked Blacklist but boy, was her last, Fire Sale, terrible. Not that you'll be reading it.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

No Maxine, life is too short.

9:47 AM  

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