M.C Beaton will be presenting an award at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards on October 18th 2012 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Now entering their fifth successful year in partnership with ITV3 and Specsavers and in association with the Crime Writers’ Association, the Crime Thriller Awards celebrate the best in written and televised crime drama.
The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. The prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham for The Little Walls. The Crossed Red Herring was renamed the CWA Gold Dagger in 1960, and the first recipient was Lionel Davidson for The Night of Wenceslas. Davidson, who died in 2009, went on to win another two Gold Daggers, the only person to date to achieve a hat-trick. In 2005, to celebrate the golden jubilee of the CWA Gold Dagger, CWA members voted for the “Dagger of Daggers” and the prize for the best of the best went to the 1963 winner The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John le Carré.
She will be presenting the CWA Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of the year, the winner chosen from a shortlist of four including Vengeance in Mind by N.J. Cooper, The Flight by M.R. Hall, The Rage by Gene Kerrigan, and Bereft by Chris Womersley. The ceremony will be televised on ITV3 in the UK on the 23rd of October.
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