Alongside representatives from T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith and The Express, the longlist was selected by a panel of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers, members of the Crime Writing Festival Programming Committee.
Simon Theakston, director of T& R Theakston said, ‘From the familiar faces to the new voices, we are immensely proud of this year’s longlist and raise a virtual glass of Old Peculier to all the authors, and what will be another fierce contest for this much-wanted award.’
Laura Shepherd Robinson’s BLOOD & SUGAR is ‘a page-turner of a crime thriller’, according to CJ Sansom, and opens with a mysterious murder on the Deptford Docks in 1781. The debut was a Waterstones’ Thriller of the Month and a Guardian Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for two Crime Writers’ Association Awards, longlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award, and won the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown.
The public will now be invited to vote for their shortlist, which will be announced on 8th June. This will be followed by a virtual awards ceremony on 31st July.