Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Longlist for 2022

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By Sarah Morgan

Where can debut authors do battle with veterans of the crime genre?

At the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, of course, which returns to the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate on Thursday, July 21st, ending on Sunday 24th.

The opening night traditionally sees the Crime Novel of the Year Awards ceremony take place, and 2022 is no different.

The long list has now been announced, with the festival’s chair Denise Mina gunning for her third win with her latest book, The Less Dead. Fellow previous winners Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre are also is in the running again with Rabbit Hole and The Cut respectively.

Look out too for such big names and titles as Elly Griffiths with The Night Hawks, Mick Herron’s Slough House, Ann Cleeves with The Heron’s Cry, Watch Her Fall by Erin Kelly and Imran Mahmood’s I Know What I Saw.

If that’s not impressive enough, then Joseph Knox for True Crime Story, Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s Georgian detective novel Daughters of Night, Stuart Turton’s genre-bending whodunnit The Devil and the Dark Water, and William Shaw’s The Trawlerman are also among the frontrunners.

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Longlist for 2022

But there are first-time nominees too – MW Craven with Dead Ground and Vaseem Khan for Midnight at Malabar House. Debut authors Anne Bailey (who took part in Val McDermid’s New Blood panel last year) and Abigail Dean, for Tall Bones and Girl A respectively, could cause a shock and take home the big prize.

Crime fiction seems to have an enduring popularity with readers, and this year’s longlist is a clear indication as to why,” says Simon Theakston, executive director of Theakson. “Books from iconic writers and impressive debuts demonstrate the wonderful talent working in the genre today – the public have got a hard job ahead of them voting for a shortlist of only six! We raise a glass of Old Peculier to all the authors on the longlist, and look forward to a celebratory drink with our Award winner in July.”

Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, adds: “We are thrilled to announce the 2022 longlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, championing the very best crime fiction being published in the UK and Ireland. With a mix of nail-biting psychological thrillers, tense police procedurals and gripping mysteries, this year’s longlist demonstrates the incredible breadth of modern crime fiction. We can’t wait to see which books the public side with during voting, and look forward to revealing the winner at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in July.”

The public are invited to vote at the website


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