2024 Dagger Awards

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Organized by the UK's Crime Writers Association, the Dagger Awards recognize excellence in crime writing.  Entries are predominantly submitted by publishers and judged by industry professionals.  To learn more, visit the CWA website.

The 2024 winners and shortlists are listed below!


 

Gold Dagger

The best crime novel by an author of any nationality, originally written in English, first published in the UK during the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the crime novel defines eligible books as including thrillers, police procedurals, mysteries, psychological and other suspense novels and spy fiction. 

Winner:

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Also shortlisted but not yet available: Over My Dead Body by Maz Evans


 

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Ian Fleming said there was one essential criterion for a good thriller, ‘one simply has to turn the pages’.  Eligible books in this category are thrillers set in any period and include, but are not limited to, spy fiction, psychological thrillers and action/adventure stories.

Winner:

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Shortlisted:

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John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger

This award is for the best crime novel by a first-time author of any nationality first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period.

Winner:

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Also shortlisted but not yet available: The Maiden by Kate Foster


 

Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

This award is for crime novels (defined by the broadest definition including thrillers, suspense novels and spy fiction) as long as the book was not originally written in English and has been translated into English for UK publication during the Judging Period.

Winner:

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Shortlisted:

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Also shortlisted but not yet available: Nothing is Lost by Cloé Mehdi, The Consultant by Im Seong-sun, and The Prey by Yrsa Sigurdardottir


 

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction

This award is for any non-fiction work on a crime related theme by an author of any nationality as long as the book was first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period.

Winner:

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Also shortlisted but not yet available:      How Many More Women? by Jennifer Robinson & Keina Yoshida  


 

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 novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.

Winner:

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Shortlisted:

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Also nominated: A Bitter Remedy by Alis Hawkins and Scarlet Town by Leonora Nattrass,


 

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