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.

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 2017-2018 judging period is April 01, 2017 to March 31, 2018 inclusive.
The final deadline for submitting a work is February 28, 2018.
 

Title Author Publisher
The Death Beat Fiona Veitch Smith Lion Fiction
The Frangipani Tree Mystery Ovidia Yu Constable
The Price of Silence Dolores Gordon-Smith Severn House Publishers
Unquiet Spirits Bonnie MacBird HarperCollins
Sitting Murder A.J. Wright Endeavour Ink
Deposed David Barbaree Twenty7 Books
A Darker State David Young Zaffre Publishing
Nucleus Rory Clements Zaffre Publishing
The Body in the Ice AJ MacKenzie Zaffre Publishing
The Four Horsemen Gregory Dowling Polygon
A Talent for Murder Andrew Wilson Simon & Schuster
A Necessary Evil Abir Mukherjee Harvill Secker
Hidden Pasts Clio Gray Urbane Publications
Malice Hugh Fraser Urbane Publications
The Lighterman Simon Michael Urbane Publications
Prague Nights Benjamin Black Viking
South Atlantic Requiem Edward Wilson Arcadia Books
I Remember You Elisabeth de Mariaffi Titan Books
Dunstan Conn Iggulden Michael Joseph
Mask of Shadows Oscar de Muriel Michael Joseph
The Widows of Malabar Hill Sujata Massey Soho Cime
Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions Amy Stewart Scribe UK
Plague Pits & River Bones Karen Charlton Thomas & Mercer
The Warrior Princess K.M. Ashman Thomas & Mercer
A Matter of Loyalty Anselm Audley and Elizabeth Edmondson Thomas & Mercer
Death Around the Bend T. E. Kinsey Thomas & Mercer
Turn Left for Gibraltar David Black Thomas & Mercer
See What I Have Done Sarah Schmidt Tinder Press
Her Hidden Life V.S. Alexander Avon
She Be Damned M.J. Tija Legend Press
Lightning Men Thomas Mullen Little, Brown
Death in the Stars Francs Brody Piatkus
The City of Lies Michael Russell Constable
Fire L.C. Tyler Constable
Russian Roulette Sara Sheridan Constable
The Painted Queen Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess Constable
The Fourteen Letter Claire Evans Sphere
The Mitford Murders Jessica Fellows Sphere
Jack the Ripper: Case Closed Gyles Brandreth Corsair
Soot Andrew Martin Corsair
The Case of the Missing Bride Carmen Radtke Bloodhound Books
Sympathy for the Devil William Shaw Riverrun
Prussian Blue Philip Kerr Quercus Fiction
Dragon Teeth Michael Crichton HarperFiction
The Reckoning James McGee HarperFiction
Merlin at War Mark Ellis London Wall Publishers
Hunting the Hangman Howard Linksey No Exit Press
The Good Assassin Paul Vidich No Exit Press

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