The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018

dead good reader awards 2018

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Readers, it’s time to get excited: the Dead Good Reader Awards are back and bigger than ever. Last year thousands of you had your say, with Lee Child, Elly Griffiths and M J Arlidge amongst those crowned as winners. Now we’re back by popular demand – with six new categories!

The first step is the nomination process. Simply nominate your favourite books and authors from the past year below and the most popular will form the shortlists and go to a public vote. To qualify, books must have been published in any format within the past year. Winners will be announced at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate in July.

These are the only awards where you, the readers, are in complete control – so what are you waiting for? Nominate now and you could be in with a chance of winning £200 worth of crime books and DVDs!


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  1. Roz Penn says

    Mark Dawson author of the John Milton Seroes, Isabella Rose series & Beatriz Rose series are amazing thrillers. Recommend these to you.

  2. Susan Hall says

    Mark Dawson….one of the best authors around at the moment. The John Milton character is superb!

  3. Linda Prange says

    I’m already signed up to dead good books, it’s nice to be kept informed of any new books

  4. Linda Prange says

    I just love the Jack Reacher books, I met Lee Childs and that’s how I imagine Jack Reacher looks

  5. Diane Wareing says

    Joseph Knox is a brilliant new author who I discovered last year with his debut novel Sirens.

  6. Stephen Drew says

    This has taken me a long time to decide upon as I have read many books over the last 20 years.

  7. Erica Beaumont says

    Love Promises Promises, Keiron writes with local knowledge to create suspense and shocks within the ultimate dysfunctional family. A newcomer on the fiction ladder with Inspector Wardle! Must read.

  8. Sue Gewanter says

    Love Elly Griffiths’ various series- Dr Ruth Galloway must of all!

  9. Eunice Connelly says

    Not exactly a horror but an excellent read,so very different I would certainly call it a thriller ,I couldn’t put it down. Give it a go… won’t be disappointed,it’s a cruel,sad,funny brilliant read.

  10. Alicia Kamar says

    This story, these characters, and this author are all simply amazing.

  11. Anne fabing says

    The Confession, by Joe Spain . So many twists , it’s was like trying to untangle bine weed .
    This author knows how to keep you turning the pages.

  12. Laura Prime says

    Anything by katerina Dusmond and Caroline Mitchell can’t get enough of them

  13. Laura Prime says

    Anything by katerina Diamond and Caroline Mitchell can’t get enough of them

  14. Yolanda Skeete says

    Ruth Ware author of The Lying Game and The Woman in Cabin 10. Both excellent thrillers.

  15. Wilma McCann says

    Mark Dawson, Lee Child and L J Ross are my favourite authors. All great crime writers. Must reads.

  16. Wayne Noble says

    Preston Oldcorn from ‘Cold Bath Street’ by AJ Hartley, wow what an opening to a book!

  17. Jasmine V says

    Mark Edwards is an amazing writer. He always keeps me guessing. I get so involved in his books that I typically finish them in one go. Can’t wait for his next book to be released!

  18. Anthony says

    Gary Dobbs is the author of 2 Frank Parade books. The first, ‘A Policeman’s Lot’, has a backdrop of The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show in 1910 Wales. The second, ‘Down Among The Dead’, published this year, takes place during The Second World War and has Parade investigating murders and escaped POWs while bombs fall on South Wales.

  19. Jacky says

    Two authors current stand out for me – Mark Edwards and Sheryl Browne, both great reads.

  20. Alison says

    Currently reading The lucky ones by Mark Edwards – can’t put it down., a real page turner. Can’t wait for his next one.

  21. M says

    Cold Bath Street is probably the best release this year!
    But I have a bias at it’s linked to the UCLan Publishing course.

  22. nick bohannon says

    WoW……… Cold Bath Street – what a read – well done A J Hartley

  23. Emma Shaw says

    I love Tim Weaver! I received I Am Missing as a gift and loved it so much I bought all his other books. His character, David Raker, is brilliant and all of his books are excellently written. I’m really looking forward to the next instalment of Raker…. X

  24. Sandy says

    I am Missing -wow, what a read. Thankyou Tim Weaver. You know when you’ve been moved by a novel. You miss the characters and plot when you’ve finished it.

  25. Mary Gallacher says

    Recently discovered the Lottie Parker series of thrillers… And they are. Keep you rivited with family drama threaded through killing spree action!

  26. Doris lee says

    Teresa driscol for me absolutely love her books very different techniques in the way she writes and the endings are totally unpredictable great stuff

  27. Christina Curfman says

    I love Mark Edwards books! They keep me guessing. You never know where the book is going to take you!!

  28. Kitty Boyle says

    Discovering Maria Hoey’s first book, The Last Lost Girl, was definitely my lucky day. It’s got it all..suspense, dysfunctional family, shocking personal discoveries…good from beginning to end. Can’t wait for the second book coming July 4th in the UK. I’ll have to wait longer for release on e books in the U.S..

  29. Helen says

    There are only two authors so far this year that have written books I have already read twice; Chris Carter (Gallery of the Dead) and Gregg Hurwitz (Hellbent). Looking forward to Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter being released in August though!

    • Pamela Nicholson says

      You have to try The Good Samaritan by John Marrs. A dark, twisty turny psychological thriller

  30. Stewart Pert says

    Another fantastic book from John Marrs.
    The Good Samaritan is a dark twisting read that I couldn’t put down.

  31. Michelle says

    I was hooked on Jo Nesbo this year and then I discovered Tim Weaver’s books. I really got engrossed in the David raker character. I read all of his books this year and lost a lot of sleep cuz once I started I couldn’t stop till I finished it.

  32. Andrea Geoghegan says

    Patricia Gibney. Her books are full of twists and turns and loads of personal dramas for then main character and her family.

  33. Carole Elmore says

    Loreth Ann White, Girl in the Moss, one of best books I have read in a long time.

  34. Tom Bell says

    Stuart MacBride. The tales of Logan McRae get better with every book. And if your stuck in between, then you can always catch up with LJ Ross and her DCI Ryan, as he tracks down his prey around the beautiful North East of England.

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