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The Dead Good Reader Awards 2022

Readers, we salute you. We asked you to have your say and now we’ve crowned your winners!

On Friday 22 July 2022, 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 sixth Dead Good Reader Awards.

Here are the authors voted best in class – by YOU!

The Something in the Air Award for Most Atmospheric Novel:

I Know What You've Done

Dorothy Koomson

Winner

I Know What You’ve Done by Dorothy Koomson

Shortlist

  • Bamburgh by L J Ross
  • Breathless by Amy McCulloch
  • I Know What You’ve Done by Dorothy Koomson
  • No Honour by Awais Khan
  • The Shadows of Men by Abir Mukherjee
  • The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell

  • The Love is Blind Award for Most Twisted Couple:

    The Couple at No. 9

    Claire Douglas

    Winner

    The Couple at No 9 by Claire Douglas

    Shortlist

  • The Couple at No 9 by Claire Douglas
  • The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • Into the Dark by Fiona Cummins
  • Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge
  • Nasty Little Cuts by Tina Baker
  • Nobody But Us by Laure van Rensburg
  • The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


    The Cold as Ice Award for Most Chilling Read:

    The Sanatorium

    Sarah Pearse

    Winner

    The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

    Shortlist

  • Breathless by Amy McCulloch
  • Deadly Cure by Mahi Cheshire
  • The Hollows by Mark Edwards
  • The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson
  • One For Sorrow by Helen Fields
  • The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

  • The Race-Against-Time Award for Best Action Thriller:

    Hostage

    Clare Mackintosh

    Winner

    Hostage by Clare Mackintosh

    Shortlist

  • Better Off Dead by Lee Child and Andrew Child
  • Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
  • Dead Ground by M W Craven
  • The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh
  • Hostage by Clare Mackintosh
  • No Way to Die by Tony Kent

  • The New Kid on the Block Award for Best New Series:

    The Man Who Died Twice

    Richard Osman

    Winner

    Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series

    Shortlist

  • Joy Kluver’s Bernadette Noel series
  • Neil Lancaster’s Max Craigie series
  • Val McDermid’s Allie Burns series
  • C K McDonnell’s Stranger Times series
  • Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series
  • Glenda Young’s Helen Dexter series

  • Curtain Call at the Seaview Hotel by Glenda Young

    The Dead Good Recommends Awards for Most Recommended Book:

    The Locked Room

    Elly Griffiths

    Winner

    The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths

    Shortlist

  • Deadly Cure by Mahi Cheshire
  • Do No Harm by Jack Jordan
  • I Know What You’ve Done by Dorothy Koomson
  • The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
  • Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge
  • The Locked Room by Elly Griffiths

  • Congratulations to all the winning authors and those shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2022!