🗞️ #PressRelease – Shortlists announced! #TheakstonsCrime #TheakstonsAwards @HarrogateFest


Festival Dates: 18 – 21 July 2024 www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Harrogate International Festivals has announced the shortlists for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2024, the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious crime fiction award, and the inaugural McDermid Debut Award for new writers. The winners of both awards will be revealed on the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Thursday 18 July.

The six books shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, now in its twentieth year, take readers on a roller-coaster ride from serial-killer stalked fairgrounds and Blackpool backstreets to the Houses of Parliament, as established bestsellers compete with talented newcomers for the coveted awards. Crime fiction fans are now invited to vote for their favourite book to win at www.harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com.


  • The Last Dance by Mark Billingham (Sphere; Little, Brown Book Group)

  • In the Blink of an Eye by Jo Callaghan (Simon & Schuster UK)

  • The Secret Hours by Mick Herron (Baskerville; John Murray Press)

  • Killing Jericho by William Hussey (Zaffre, Bonnier)

  • Strange Sally Diamond by Liz Nugent (Sandy Cove, Penguin Ireland)

Also announced, the shortlist for the inaugural McDermid Debut Award showcases six new voices writing across a broad range of subgenres from thrillers to cosy crime, locked room mysteries and historical crime. Food broadcaster and Master Chef star Orlando Murrin and TV comedy writer Suk Pannu have been shortlisted alongsideKuchenga Shenjé, Suzy Aspley, Daniel Aubrey and Marie Tierney.

I’m counting down the days and can’t wait to see the winners announced! Best get my vote in!