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The CWA Dagger in the Library 2014 winner

Today the winner of the CWA’s Dagger in the Library award has been announced at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Dagger in the Library award 2014 is:

Sharon Bolton (Transworld)

Sarah Adams, Publishing Director at Transworld, commented: “We are thrilled to see Sharon’s novels receive this public recognition. The unique, addictive and consistent quality of her writing never ceases to amaze us, and she richly deserves to celebrate and be celebrated. Our thanks go to all of Sharon’s supporters and to the judges.”

Alison Joseph, chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, said: “The Dagger in the Library celebrates what we crime writers do best: great story-telling. It is judged by readers, for readers. It is also a reminder of the central importance of libraries to the world of books and to the lives of readers and writers. Our thanks are due to all the judges, and to our sponsors, Dead Good, and our congratulations to Sharon too for this well-deserved win.”
Winner-Photo-Sarah AdamsAlison Joseph
Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library honours an author’s body of work to date rather than a single title, and an author must have published three books to be eligible for the award. Previous winners include Belinda Bauer, Steve Mosby, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotterill, Stuart MacBride and Alexander McCall Smith.

This year, for the first time, readers compiled the longlist as crime lovers everywhere were invited to vote online for their three favourite authors. The most popular ten writers formed the longlist. This was then whittled down to five shortlisted authors by a panel of judges, including previous winner Steve Mosby, CWA Director Lucy Santos and a group of UK librarians.


    This is an author going from strength to strength. Well deserving of this recognition. Sharon Bolton a terrific author, her Lacey Flint series is compelling while her earlier standalone novels have that capacity to tingle the most relaxed of spines.

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