CWA Sapere Books 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.
The 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.
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
|The Vogue||Eoin McNamee||Faber & Faber|
|Cold Desert Sky||Rod Reynolds||Faber & Faber|
|Only Killers and Thieves||Paul Howarth||Pushkin Vertigo|
|The Mathematical Bridge||Jim Kelly||Allison & Busby|
|The Thirty-Five Timely and Untimely Deaths of Cumberland County||Mason Ball||Unbound Digital|
|Casanova and the Faceless Woman||Olivier Barde-Cabuçon||Pushkin Vertigo|
|Slugger||Martin Holmén||Pushkin Vertigo|
|The Courier||Kjell Ola Dahl||Orenda Books|
|The Story Keeper||Anna Mazzola||Tinder Press|
|A House of Ghosts||W.C. Ryan||Bonnier Zaffre|
|Nemesis||Rory Clements||Bonnier Zaffre|
|Fatal Obsession||Faith Martin||HQ|
|The Murder Pit||Mick Finlay||HQ|
|A Quarter Past Dead||TP Fielden||HQ|
|The Cairo Brief||Fiona Veitch Smith||Lion Fiction|
|Keeper||Johana Gustawsson (translated Maxim Jakubowski)||Orenda Books|
|Shadows of Athens||JM Alvey||Orion Fiction|
|The Glass Woman||Caroline Lea||Michael Joseph|
|The Poison Bed||E.C. Freemantle||Michael Joseph|
|Black Lily||Philippa Stockley||Pimpernel Press|
|The Mobster’s Lament||Ray Celestin||Mantle|
|Blood & Sugar||Laura Shepherd-Robinson||Mantle|
|The Blue||Nancy Bilyeau||Endeavour Quill|
|The Syndicate||Guy Bolton||Point Blank|
|Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru||Karen Lee Street||Point Blank|
|Gallows Court||Martin Edwards||Head of Zeus|
|Murder Under a Green Sea||Philip Hunter||Mirror Books|
|The King’s Justice||E.M. Powell||Thomas & Mercer|
|The Industry of Human Happiness||James Hall||Lightning Books|
|A Death in Chelsea||Lynn Brittney||Mirror Books|
|The Devil’s Half Mile||Paddy Hirsch||Corvus|
|Estocada||Graham Hurley||Head of Zeus|
|Night Flight to Paris||David Gilman||Head of Zeus|
|The House on Half Moon Street||Alex Reeve||Raven Books|
|A Shot in the Dark||Lynne Truss||Raven Books|
|Invitation to a Bonfire||Adrienne Celt||Raven Books|
|The Corset||Laura Purcell||Raven Books|
|Blind Witness||Vickie Goldie||Victorina Press|
|The House on Vesper Sands||Patrick O’Donnell||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|Five Days of Fog||Anna Freeman||Weidenfeld & Nicolson|
|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||Scribe UK|
|The Murder of Harriet Monckton||Elizabeth Haynes||Myriad Editions|