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The Daggers 2012

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Who would you give a crime writing dagger to this year? Last night Grosvenor House in London hosted a dinner and awards ceremony for The Crime Writers’ Association and the ITV Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, which saw the awarding of three of the CWA’s prestigious daggers. Here’s the full story, and once you’ve read it please post a comment telling us which crime writer you’ve enjoyed most in 2012. You could win a copy of The Bat by Jo Nesbo…

Last night, Gene Kerrigan was handed the Gold Dagger for his suspenseful thriller The Rage, which is set during today’s hard times in Dublin. Meanwhile Charles Cumming took the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for A Foreign Country, and the John Creasey New Bood Dagger went to Wiley Cash for A Land More Kind Than Home. In addition, the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012 went to Kathy Reichs. Our review of her recent book Bones are Forever is one of the most popular on this website.

The Daggers often provide a good list of recommendations for crime fiction lovers, and last night’s awards are added to ones given out by The CWA back in July. Six knives were handed out then including the Diamond Dagger for Frederick Forsyth, the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger to Aly Monroe for Icelight, Andrea Camilleri’s International Dagger for The Potter’s Field, and the Non-fiction Dagger went to husband and wife team Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan for The Eleventh Day. Steve Mosby won the Dagger in the Library, Cath Staincliffe and Margaret Murphy shared the Short Story Dagger for their works, and the Debut Dagger was won by Sandy Gingras for Beached.

What we’d love to know is who you’d award a crime writing dagger to, if you were giving out the awards this year. Tell us about your favourites of 2012 below and you could win a hardback copy of The Bat by Jo Nesbo. We’ll draw the winner at 1pm on Monday 22 October.

A whole host of awards were also presented to television programmes and actors for various TV crime dramas, and you can see all the results here or watch the awards on ITV3 on 23 October. If you’re an up and coming writer, the CWA has announced the 2013 Debut Dagger competition, which opens on 1 November. Click here to find out more, and also watch for our New Talent November theme month coming up…

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