CWA Gold Dagger

The CWA Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year as long as it is first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period. It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship. Up to 2005 books in translation were eligible for this prize. In 2006 the CWA established a separate dagger for books in translation, recognising the work of the translator as well as that of the original author.

CWA Gold Dagger Judges

The CWA Gold judges have a particular mountain to climb as the award receives, on average, over 160 books per year. To ensure the judges read them all, they have a lavish carriage, on a certain train route, just to make sure.

Richard Reynolds

Richard Reynolds

Chair CWA Gold Judges

has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years and is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction at Heffers in Cambridge, including the annual events  What’s Your Poison & Murder under the Mistletoe, the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels and is an expert in Crime fiction.

Ursula Mackenzie

Ursula Mackenzie

Judge

was CEO of Little, Brown Book Group from 2006 – 2015. Following a period as Chairman she retired at the end of 2016 and now sits as a non-executive director on the Boards of Profile and Andrew Nurnberg Associates. She has always been a great enthusiast for crime fiction and a supporter of both the CWA and the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate.

Janice Pfister

Janice Pfister

Judge

has a nursing and archaeology background with a particular interest in forensics. For the last 14 years she has worked for Waterstones as a bookseller.

Marcel Berlins

Marcel Berlins

Judge

Marcel Berlins is a former lawyer turned award-winning journalist. He has written and broadcast extensively on a large variety of subjects for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, and on radio and television. He is the crime fiction and thrillers critic for The Times.

 

Jo Hesselwood

Jo Hesselwood

Judge

discovered crime fiction in the library of the small fenland town in which she grew up. She has been Secretary of/Events Organiser for the Margery Allingham Society for several years and is an occasional reviewer.

David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson

Judge

was once the retail manager for Heffers in Cambridge, and manager of the Norwich branch of Ottakers. He now works for St John’s College, Cambridge and an avid crime fiction reader.

Pippa McAllister

Pippa McAllister

Judge

Pippa was introduced to crime fiction by a Francis Durbridge loving grandmother and a Christie loving primary schoolteacher. Pippa has done the admin for a crime fiction book group for the last 16 years and is currently awaiting publication of Cambridge – Myriads of Misdeeds.

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The nomination period for the CWA Daggers is now CLOSED.

Only registered publishers are able to nominate in the CWA Dagger Awards.
The 2018-2019 judging period is for works published between April 01, 2018 to March 31, 2019 inclusive.

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Title Author Publisher
Unto Us A Son Is Given Donna Leon William Heinemann
Never Tell Lisa Gardener Century
Run Away Harlan Coben Century
A House of Ghosts W.C. Ryan Bonnier Zaffre
Rather to be Pitied Jan Newton Honno Modern
Before She Knew Him Peter Swanson Faber & Faber
The Infinite Blacktop Sarah Gran Faber & Faber
Devil’s Fjord David Hewson Creme de la Crime
Gallows Court Martin Edwards Head of Zeus
Never Proven Bill Daly Old Street
The Glass Woman Caroline Lea Michael Joseph
The Death and Life of Red Henley Philip Wilding Unbound Digital
Pieces of Her Karin Slaughter Harper Fiction
Fall Down Dead Stephen Booth Sphere
Three Little Lies Laura Marshall Sphere
Greeks Bearing Gifts Philip Kerr Quercus Fiction
To Kill the Truth Sam Bourne Quercus Fiction
Firefly Henry Porter Quercus Fiction
The Red Ribbon HB Lyle Hodder & Stoughton
Shell Game Sara Paretksy Hodder & Stoughton
All the Hidden Truths Claire Askew Hodder & Stoughton
When Trouble Sleeps Leye Adenle Cassava Republic
The Silent Patient Alex Michaelides Orion Fiction
Wonder Valley Ivy Pochoda The Indigo Press
The Taking of Annie Thorne C.J. Tudor Michel Joseph
Box of Bones Peter Morfoot Titan Books
The Syndicate Guy Bolton Point Blank
Red Snow Will Dean Point Blank
Box of Bones Peter Moorfoot Titan Books
Scrublands Chris Hammer Wildfire
Blood Orange Harriet Tyce Wildfire
The Scholar Dervla McTiernan Sphere
My Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite Atlantic Books
The Inquiry Will Caine HQ
Golden State Ben Winters Century
Five Days of Fog Anna Freeman Weidenfeld & Nicolson
We Can See You Simon Kernick Century
The Man Between Charles Cumming HarperFiction
The Border Don Winslow HarperFiction
Marked for Death Tony Kent Elliott & Thompson Ltd
The Cliff House Amanda Jennings HQ
Life Ruins Danuta Kot Simon & Schuster
Holy Ghost John Sandford Simon & Schuster
The Girl Next Door Phoebe Morgan HQ
The Guilty Party Mel McGrath HQ
Your Were Made for Me Michelle Sacks HQ
Homegrown Hero Khurrum Rahman HQ
Turn a Blind Eye Vicky Newham HQ
Breathe Dominic Donald Hodder & Stoughton
Careless Love Peter Robinson Hodder & Stoughton
Cold Bones David Mark Mulholland Books
On My Life Angela Clarke Mulholland Books
The Sentence is Death Anthony Horowitz Century
No Time to Cry James Oswald Wildfire
The Birthday Carol Wyer Bookouture
Good Samaritans Will Carver Orenda Books
The Guilty Dead P.J. Tracy Michael Joseph
Sins As Scarlet Nicolás Obregón Michael Joseph
Day of the Dead Nicci French Michael Joseph
The Chosen Ones Howard Linskey Michael Joseph
Loch of the Dead Oscar de Muriel Michael Joseph
Paper Ghosts Julia Heaberlin Michael Joseph
Nighttown Timothy Hallinan Soho Crime
Don’t Eat Me Colin Cotterill Soho Crime
Fall of Angels Barbara Cleverly Soho Crime
A Baby’s Bones Rebecca Alexander Titan Books
Dead If You Don’t Peter James Macmillan
Sins of the Dead Lin Anderson Macmillan
The Mobster’s Lament Ray Celestin Mantle
Blood & Sugar Laura Shepherd-Robinson Mantle
Tombland C.J. Sansom Mantle
Skin Deep Liz Nugent Penguin Ireland
The Retreat Mark Edwards Thomas & Mercer
Two Girls Down Louisa Luna Text Publishing
The Listeners Anthony J Quinn Head of Zeus
Find You in the Dark Nathan Ripley Text Publishing
Under the Cold Bright Lights Garry Disher Text Publishing
Death of a Jester Deb Richardson-Moore Lion Fiction
The Horseman’s Song Ben Pastor Bitter Lemon Press
To the Lions Holly Watt Raven Books
The House on Half Moon Street Alex Reeve Raven Books
The Corset Laura Purcell Raven Books
The Flower Girls Alice Clark-Platts Raven Books
And Fire Came Down Emma Viskic Pushkin Vertigo
Wheel of Fire Hilary Bonner Severn House
A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better Benajmin Wood Scribner
A Double Life Flynn Berry Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Wrecked Joe Ide Weidenfeld & Nicolson
The Insider mari Hannah Orion Fiction
To Catch a Killer Emma Kavanagh Orion Fiction
In a House of Lies Ian Rankin Orion Fiction
Thirteen Steve Cavanagh Orion Fiction
The Mystery of Three Quarters Sophie Hannah Harper Collins Fiction
Vengeance in Venice Philip Gwynne Jones Constable
Deceived Anne Randall Constable
Surgeon’s Hall E.S. Thomson Constable
A Clean Canvas Elizabeth Munday Constable
Murder at Greysbridge Andrea Carter Constable
The Devil Aspect Craig Russell Constable
Dead Catch T.F. Muir Constable
Clearing the Dark Hania Allen Constable
Fear of Falling Cath Stancliffe Constable
The Puppet Show Mike Craven Constable
No Man’s Land Neil Broadfoot Constable
Cold Breath Quentin Bates Constable
Halfway B.E. Jones Constable
Go to my Grave Catriona McPherson Constable
Lucifer Falls Colin Falconer Constable
Death in Rembrandt Square Anja de Jager Constable
Little Liar Lisa Ballantyne Piatkus
Red Hot Front Harry Brett Corsair
Trust Her Jessica Vallance Sphere
The Woman in the Dark Vanessa Savage Sphere
The Stalker Alex Gray Sphere
Lethal White Robert Galbraith Sphere
Kingdom of the Blind Louise Penny Sphere
A Place to Lie Rebecca Griffiths Sphere
The Other Wife Michael Robothom Sphere
The Killer You Know S.R. Masters Sphere
What We Did Christobel Kent Sphere
Broken Ground Val McDermid Little, Brown
The Killing Habit Mark Billingham Little, Brown
Blind Defence John Fairfax Little, Brown
The Lost Man Jane Harper Little, Brown
One More Chance Lucy Ayrton Dialogue Books
The Old Religion Martyn Waites Zaffre
It All Falls Down Sheena Kamal Bonnier Zaffre
Murder Mile Linda La Plante Bonnier Zaffre
Courtney’s War Wilbur Smith Bonnier Zaffre
This Is What Happened Mick Herron John Murray
Our Kind of Cruelty Araminta Hall Century
Closer K.L. Slater Bookouture
White Lies Lucy Dawson Bookouture
Dying Truth Angela Marsons Bookouture
The Suspect Fiona Barton Bantam Press
An Unwanted Guest Shari Lapena Bantam Press
City of Sinners A.A. Dhand Bantam Press
Snap Belinda Bauer Bantam Press
Slow Motion Ghosts Jeff Noon Doubleday
American by Day Derek B. Miller Doubleday
A Bad, Bad Thing Elena Forbes Severn House
Stitch Up William McIntyre Sandstone Press
Our Friends in Berlin Anthony Quinn Jonathan Cape
Smoke and Ashes Abir Mukherjee Harvill Secker
Freefall Jessica Barry Harvill Secker
Star of the North D.B. John Harvill Secker
The Snakes Sadie Jones Chatto & Windus
The Comforts of Home Susan Hill Chatto & Windus
The Death of Mrs Westaway Ruth Ware Harvill Secker
The Border Don Winslow Harper Fiction
February’s Son Alan Parks Canongate Books
The Way of All Flesh Ambrose Perry Canongate Books
Her Name Was Rose Claire Allan Avon
The Promise Katerina Diamond Avon
Sleep C.L. Taylor Avon
Perfect Silence Helen Fields Avon
The Nowhere Child Christian White Harper Fiction
Bitter Sun Beth Lewis Harper Fiction
Just Before I Died S. K. Tremayne Harper Fiction
The Quaker Liam McIlvanney Harper Fiction
The Blood Road Stuart MacBride Harper Fiction
The Fire Court Andrew Taylor Harper Fiction
Gallowstreet Lane Kate London Corvus
The Savage Shore David Hewson Severn House
The Conviction of Cora Burns Carolyn Kirby No Exit Press
The Language of Secrets Ausma Zehanat Khan No Exit Press
Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet Reed Farrel Coleman No Exit Press
Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies Ace Atkins No Exit Press
A Friend Is A Gift You Give Yourself William Boyle No Exit Press
Too Far Jason Starr No Exit Press
Fade to Grey John Lincoln No Exit Press
Among the Ruins Ausma Zehanat Khan No Exit Press
One Law For The Rest Of Us Peter Murphy No Exit Press
Death Rope Leigh Russell No Exit Press
The Lonely Witness William Boyle No Exit Press
Bellevue Square Michael Redhill No Exit Press
Gangster Nation Tod Goldberg No Exit Press
The Ways of Wolfe James Carlos Blake No Exit Press
Judge Walden: Back In Session Peter Murphy No Exit Press
Salt Lane William Shaw Riverrun
Yellowhammer James Henry Riverrun
The Stone Circle Elly Griffiths Quercus Fiction
Dirty Little Secrets Jo Spain Quercus Fiction
Wrong Way Home Isabelle Grey Quercus Fiction
Believe Me JP Delaney Quercus Fiction
Body and Soul John Harvey William Heinemann
The Murder of Harriet Monckton Elizabeth Haynes Myriad Editions
Retribution Richard Anderson Scribe UK
The Wych Elm Tana French Viking
In the Dark Cara Hunter Viking
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