The Crime Fiction Lover Awards 2021: The shortlists

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First of all, thank you to everyone who made nominations for our first ever Crime Fiction Lover Awards. Your participation is one of the things that makes these awards unique and exciting.

Now, let’s get down to business!

We had a huge response during the nomination process, and now we are able to unveil our shortlists across the six award categories. You can review the shortlisted nominations below, and then head to our online form to vote on your choice for each award.

We’ll be posting more information about the books, authors and shows on each shortlist on our site in the coming days.

Finally, huge congratulations to everyone whose work was nominated, and good luck to those on our shortlists. We are really enjoying this process and hope that all our readers – and the authors and creators who bring us the crime fiction genre – are as well.


Best Crime Novel 0f 2021 shortlist

The Dark Remains by Ian Rankin and William McIlvanney
Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby
The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh
I Know What I Saw by Imran Mahmood
True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
The Night Hawks by Elly Griffiths
1979 by Val McDermid

If you want to try any of the novels on this shortlist, you’ll find them on our page.

Best Debut Crime Novel of 2021 shortlist

The Source by Sarah Sultoon
Black Drop by Leonora Nattrass
Edge of the Grave by Robbie Morrison
The Waiter by Ajay Chowdhury
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Burying the Newspaper Man by Curtis Ippolito

Five of the six novels on this shortlist are available on our page.

Best Crime Novel in Translation of 2021 shortlist

Hotel Cartagena by Simone Buchholz, translated by Rachel Ward
Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka, translated by Sam Malissa
The Rabbit Factor by Antti Tuomainen, translated by David Hackston
Riccardino by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli
The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson, translated by Victoria Cribb
Cold As Hell by Lilja Sigurdardottir, translated by Quentin Bates
Little Rebel by Jerome Leroy, translated by Graham H Roberts

Six of the seven novels on this shortlist are available on our page.

Best Indie Crime Novel of 2021 shortlist

Strangers of Braamfontein by Onyeka Nwelue
Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds
Evaders by EC Scullion
Little Lies by Valerie Keogh
The Butcher’s Prayer by Anthony Neil Smith
The Quiet People by Paul Cleave
The Corpse with the Iron Will by Cathy Ace

Four of the novels on this shortlist are available on our page – give them a try!

Best Crime Show of 2021 shortlist

Line of Duty
Mare of Easttown
Paris Police 1900

Crime Author of the Year of 2021 shortlist

Ian Rankin
MW Craven
Ann Cleeves
Elly Griffiths
William Shaw
SA Cosby

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