CWA Historical Dagger

This award is for the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, set in any period up to 50 years prior to the year in which the award will be made; for clarity the book must be set 1968 and before. For novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three-quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.

CWA Historical Dagger Judges

Our judges cram into the CWA Tardis and travel back in time to find the best historical novel with crime elements and bring them back to today.

Eileen Roberts

Eileen Roberts

Chair CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger Judges

is the organiser of the annual St Hilda’s Mystery & Crime Weekend. She was Director of Alumnae Relations at St Hilda’s College from 1991 until 2007 and is now Project Consultant to its Development & Alumnae Office. Previously, she spent 20 years (1970-90) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has been an avid reader and admirer of Crime & Mystery novels since childhood especially the ‘golden agers’.

Jon Coates

Jon Coates

Judge

is the deputy news editor of the Sunday Express and a reviewer of crime fiction for the Daily Express. An avid reader since childhood, he has worked as a journalist for 20 years after completing a history degree at the University of York, where he developed a strange fascination with witchcraft accusations in England in the 16th and 17th century.

Louisa Service OBE

Louisa Service OBE

Judge

is a graduate of St Hilda’s College Oxford and comes from a literary family. More than thirty books have been published by her immediate family (father, brother, husband and nephew). Her working life was spent in the field of periodical publishing. She was awarded her OBE for her work in music for young people.  She is a great reader and in particular of crime fiction.

Doreen Innes

Doreen Innes

Judge

Andre Paine

Andre Paine

Judge

is a former editor of Crime Scene magazine and has reviewed crime and thriller fiction for Metro newspaper. He is also a longstanding music critic for the Evening Standard. While studying for a history degree at the University of Warwick, he became a committed crime fiction devotee — the bookish habit began in childhood with the Sherlock Holmes stories — and continues to read widely in the genre.

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The nomination period is now OPEN.

Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards.
The 2018-2019 judging period is April 01, 2018 to March 31, 2019 inclusive.
Please see the updated Terms & Conditions at the link at the bottom of the page.
 

Title Author Publisher
The Wolf and the Watchman Niklas Natt och Dag John Murray
The Martian Girl Andrew Martin Corsair
The Mystery of Three Quarters Sophie Hannah Harper Collins Fcition
A Snapshot of Murder Frances Body Piatkus
The Boy Who Lived With The Dead Kate Ellis Piatkus
The Bleak Midwinter L.C. Tyler Constable
The Blood E.S. Thomson Constable
Bright Young Dead Jessica Fellowes Sphere
The Red Ribbon H.B. Lyle Hodder & Stoughton
Pandora’s Boy Lindsey Davis Hodder & Stoughton
Breathe Dominick Donald Hodder & Stoughton
Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour Christopher Fowler Doubleday
Mad Blood Stirring Simon Mayo Doubleday
The Hunger Alma Katsu Bantam Press
A Treachery of Spies Manda Scott Bantam Press
The Way of All Flesh Ambrose Perry Canongate Books
Smoke and Ashes Abir Mukherjee Harvill Secker
The Forger Cay Rademacher Arcadia Books
The Quaker Liam McIlvanney Harper Fiction
The Fire Court Andrew Taylor Harper Fiction
The Angel’s Mark S.W. Perry Corvus
The Conviction of Cora Burns Carolyn Kirby No Exit Press
Paris in the Dark Robert Olen Butler No Exit Press
Greeks Bearing Gifts Phllip Kerr Quercus Fiction
Destroying Angel S.G. Maclean Quercus Fiction
The Angel in the Glass Alys Clare Severn House
Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit Amy Stewart Myriad Editions
The Murder of Harriet Monckton Elizabeth Haynes Myriad Editions
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