The Dead Good Reader Awards 2019

dead good reader awards 2019

Readers, we salute you. We asked you to have your say and – following a record number of votes – we’ve crowned your winners!

On Friday 19 July 2019, crime and thriller lovers came together at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate to celebrate their favourite books and authors at the fifth annual Dead Good Reader Awards.

Here are the six authors you voted best in class!

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2019 – winners

The Nosy Parker Award for Best Amateur Detective:

Winner: The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Shortlist:
A Clean Canvas by Elizabeth Mundy
The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Red Snow by Will Dean
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths
The Suspect by Fiona Barton
The Taking of Annie Thorne by C J Tudor

The Jury’s Out Award for Most Gripping Courtroom Drama:

best courtroom dramasWinner: Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

Shortlist:
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
Marked For Death by Tony Kent
No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh

The Dish Served Cold Award for Best Revenge Thriller:

toxic relationships in fictionWinner: My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Shortlist:
Do No Harm by L V Hay
Final Betrayal by Patricia Gibney
Marked For Death by Tony Kent
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
The Puppet Show by M W Craven
Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

The Cancel All Plans Award for the Book You Can’t Put Down:

best books out in NovemberWinner: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

Shortlist:
The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson
Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina Mcdonald
The Passengers by John Marrs
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Sleep by C L Taylor

The Cat and Mouse Award for Most Elusive Villain:

Winner: Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards

Shortlist:
Beautiful Liars by Isabel Ashdown
Do No Harm by L V Hay
The Infirmary by L J Ross
Last of the Magpies by Mark Edwards
The Rumour by Lesley Kara
Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book:

Winner: The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Shortlist:
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
Now You See Her by Heidi Perks
The Passengers by John Marrs
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
Sleep by C L Taylor
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths

Congratulations to all the winning authors and those shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2019!