Shortlist Revealed for Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2022
By Sarah Morgan
We’re just a few short weeks away from this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, which is once again taking place at its spiritual home – The Old Swan in Harrogate.
The opening night traditionally features a celebratory bash in which Simon Theakston, executive director of the event’s major sponsor, welcomes everyone before Mark Lawson announces the winner of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.
Eighteen titles made it onto the longlist, which was revealed a few weeks ago. The public has voted for their favourite in their thousands, and now the list has been whittled down to just six.
Elly Griffiths’ The Night Hawks, the 13th instalment in her popular Ruth Galloway series, heads the way, while fellow big-hitter Mick Herron is hoping Slough House, the 10th entry in his popular series, will see him finally bag the coveted title – he’s been nominated five times in the past six years.
Historical crime writer Laura Shepherd Robinson’s second novel, Daughters of Night, also makes it onto the list – just two years after her debut tome, Blood & Sugar, achieved the same feat.
Vaseem Khan’s Midnight at Malabar House, which introduces readers to India’s first female police detective, and Sunday Times bestseller True Crime Story, by Joseph Knox, should prove to be popular with voters.
And last, but by no means least, comes Will Dean’s The Last Thing to Burn. Dean is a real success story for the festival – he’s gone on to achieve great things since appearing on Val McDermid’s New Blood panel in 2018.
“What a fantastic shortlist, six thrilling tales which deliver shocking twists and unforgettable characters!” says Simon Theakston. “We raise a glass of Theakston Old Peculier to all of the shortlistees and look forward to revealing the winner in July as we kick off the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.”
Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, adds: “We are delighted to announce this year’s Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year shortlist, featuring six novels by some of the most exciting crime writers working today.
“Whisking readers around the world and through time, this shortlist is a fantastic demonstration of the variety to be found in crime fiction. The public have a tough task ahead choosing just one winner and we can’t wait to see who they vote for!”
To cast your vote, head to: www.harrogatetheakstoncrimeaward.com. Voting closes on Friday 8th July, with the winner to be revealed on the opening night of Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Thursday 21st July. The winner will receive a £3,000 prize, as well as a handmade, engraved beer barrel provided by T&R Theakston Ltd.