CWA 2024 Dagger Awards Longlists Announced – Press Release #CWADaggers

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Excited that CrimeBookJunkie (me 👋🏻) gets to be one of many people to share the 2024 longlists for the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger awards, which honour the very best in the crime-writing genre.

Here’s a snippet of history about these awards before I delve right in to sharing the list with you! Created in 1955, the world-famous CWA Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.

A huge #crimebookjunkie congratulations to all 👏🏻

The Longlists in Full:




Maz Evans Over My Dead Body, Headline

Chris Hammer Dead Man’s Creek, Wildfire Books

Alis Hawkins A Bitter Remedy, Canelo

Julia Haeberlin Night Will Find You, Penguin (Michael Joseph)

Mick Herron The Secret Hours, Baskerville (John Murray)

J G Kelly The White Lie, Hodder & Stoughton

Vaseem Khan Death of a Lesser God, Hodder & Stoughton 🤞🏻

Dennis Lehane Small Mercies, Abacus (Little Brown)

Una Mannion Tell me What I Am, Faber & Faber

Kate Morton Homecoming, Mantle (Pan Macmillan)

Nilanjana Roy Black River, Pushkin (Vertigo)

Jesse Sutanto Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, HQ (Harper Collins)




David Baldacci Simply Lies, Macmillan (Pan Macmillan)

Linwood Barclay The Lie Maker, HQ (HC) 🤞🏻

S A Cosby All the Sinners Bleed, Headline (Hachette) 🤞🏻

Eli Cranor Ozark Dogs, Headline (Hachette)

C M Ewan The House Hunt, Macmillan (Pan Macmillan) 🤞🏻

Jordan Harper Everybody Knows, Faber & Faber

Kotaro Isaka The Mantis, Harvill Secker (PRH) 

Femi Kayode Gaslight, Raven Books (Bloomsbury)

D L Marshall 77 North, Canelo

T J Newman Drowning, Simon & Schuster

Karin Slaughter After that Night, HarperCollins 🤞🏻

James Wolff The Man in the Corduroy Suit, Bitter Lemon Press




Kathryn Black A Most Unusual Demise, Bloodhound Books

Jo Callaghan In The Blink of An Eye, Simon & Schuster UK 🤞🏻

Amy Chua The Golden Gate, Corvus (Atlantic Books)

Margot Douaihy Scorched Grace, Pushkin Vertigo

Helen Erichsen Murder By Natural Causes, Muswell Press

Kate Foster The Maiden, Mantle (Pan Macmillan)

Jessa Maxwell The Golden Spoon, Penguin

Dann McDorman West Heart Kill, Raven Books

Liza North Obsessed, Constable

Michelle Teahan Go Seek, Headline Publishing Group

Charlotte Vassell The Other Half, Faber & Faber

Bridget Walsh The Tumbling Girl, Gallic Books




Lucy Ashe Clara & OliviaMagpie (Oneworld Publications)

John Banville The Lock-Up, Faber & Faber

James Lee Burke Flags on the Bayou, Orion Fiction (Hachette)

Anita Davison Murder in the Bookshop, Boldwood Books

Louise Hare Harlem After Midnight, HQ (HarperCollins)

Alis Hawkins A Bitter Remedy, Canelo 🤞🏻

Jake Lamar Viper’s Dream, No Exit Press

S.G. MacLean The Winter List, Quercus Fiction (Quercus)

Tom Mead The Murder Wheel, Aries (Head of Zeus)

Leonora Nattrass Scarlet Town, Viper (Profile Books)

Ambrose Parry Voices of the Dead, Canongate Books 🤞🏻

Isabelle Schuler Lady MacBethad, Raven Books (Bloomsbury)




Javier Castillo The Snow Girl, translated by Isabelle Kaufeler, Penguin Books

Juan Gómez-Jurado Red Queen, translated by Nick Caistor, Macmillan

Arnaldur Indridason The Girl By The Bridge, translated by Philip Roughton, Vintage

Kotaro Isaka The Mantis, translated by Sam Malissa, Vintage

Âsa Larsson The Sins Of Our Fathers, translated by Frank Perry, Maclehose Press

Jenny Lund Madsen Thirty Days Of Darkness, translated by Megan E.Turney, Orenda Books

Cloé Mehdi Nothing Is Lost, translated by Howard Curtis, Europa Editions UK

Schneider Hansjörg He Murder Of Anton Livius, translated by Astrid Freuler, Bitter Lemon Press

Im Seong-sun The Consultant, translated by An Seong Jae, Raven Books

Mikhail Shevelev Not Russian translated by Brian James Baer & Ellen Vayner, Europa Editions UK

Yrsa Sigurdardottir The Prey, translated by Victoria Cribb, Hodder & Stoughton 🤞🏻

Maud Ventura My Husband, translated by Emma Ramadan, Hutchinson Heinemann




Michael Finkel The Art Thief, Simon & Schuster

Beverly Gage G-Man, Simon & Schuster

Lara Love Hardin The Many Lives of Mama Love, Endeavour

Matt Johnson with John Murray No Ordinary Day, Ad Lib Publishers

Miles Johnson Chasing Shadows, The Bridge Street Press

Patrick Radden Keefe The Snakehead, Picador

Jennifer McAdam with Douglas Thompson Devil’s Coin, Ad Lib Publishers Ltd

Jess McDonald No Comment, Raven Books 🤞🏻

Alex Mar Seventy Times Seven, Bedford Square Publishers

Jennifer Robinson & Keina Yoshida How Many More Women? Endeavour

Nicholas Shakespeare Ian Fleming: The Complete Man, Vintage

David Wilson Murder at Home, Sphere




Rachel Amphlett Three Ways to Die from No W.W.M.  – Thrill Ride #3, edited by M. L. “Matt” Buchman, Buchman Bookworks, Inc 🤞🏻

Lee Child Safe Enough from An Unnecessary Assassin, edited by Lorraine Stevens, Rivertree

Mia Dalia The Last Best Thing from Bang!:An Anthology of Modern Noir Fiction, edited by Andrew Hook, Head Shot Press

Andrew Humphrey Slap Happy from Bang!:An Anthology of Modern Noir Fiction edited by Andrew Hook, Head Shot Press

Benedict J Jones The Also-Rans from Bang!:An Anthology of Modern Noir Fiction edited by Andrew Hook, Head Shot Press

Sanjida Kay The Divide from The Book of Bristol edited by Joe Melia and Heather Marks, Comma Press

Ambrose Parry The Spendthrift and the Swallow, Canongate Books

DG Penny Drive from An Unnecessary Assassin edited by Lorraine Stevens, Rivertree

FD Quinn Best Served Cold from An Unnecessary Assassin edited by Lorraine Stevens, Rivertree 🙌🏻🤞🏻👏🏻

Robert Scragg Revenge is Best Served Hot from An Unnecessary Assassin edited by Lorraine Stevens, Rivertree 🤞🏻




Louise Candlish

MW Craven 🤞🏻

Lucy Foley

Cara Hunter

Anthony Horowitz

Vaseem Khan

Angela Marsons 🤞🏻🤞🏻

Kate Rhodes

LJ Ross 🤞🏻

Diane Saxon




Bitter Lemon Press

Canelo 🤞🏻

Harper Fiction (HarperCollins) 🤞🏻

Harvill Secker (PenguinRandomHouse)

Headline (Hachette) 🤞🏻

Joffe Books

Michael Joseph (PenguinRandomHouse)

Pushkin Press

Raven (Bloomsbury)

Simon & Schuster


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Katherine Ahlert, Burnt Ranch

Caroline Arnoul, Unnatural Predators 🤞🏻

Matt Coot, Vilomah

Judy Hock, Good Criminals 🤞🏻

JR Holland, Vigilante Love Song

Alan Jackson, Bluebirds

Richard Jerram, Makoto Murders

Lynn McCall, Long Way Home

Karabi Mitra, Not a Good Mother

Jeremy Tinker, The Last Days of Forever

James Tobin, A Politician’s Guide to Murder

Megan Toogood, The Blond

So there it is! 👏🏻 Who are you hoping wins? I’ve marked mine with a 🤞🏻(and yes, I’ve picked a few in some categories 😂)