Belinda Bauer, Stuart Turton, Val McDermid among high-profile selection
Belinda Bauer's Man Booker-longlisted Snap and Stuart Turton's Costa First Novel prize-winning The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle are among the longlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award. Bauer is a past winner of the award, as are fellow contenders Val McDermid and Chris Brookmyre - the latter writing here as Ambrose Parry in collaboration with his wife, Marisa Haetzman.
The longlist has been selected by an academy of crime writing authors, agents, editors, reviewers and members of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival programming committee. WH Smith will promote the 18 titles online, and there will be a library promotion. The shortlist will be announced on 19 May, and the winner, who will receive £3,000, will be announced on 18 July, the opening night of the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Snap, Belinda Bauer (Black Swan)
Our House, Louise Candlish (Simon & Schuster)
Thirteen, Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
Wild Fire, Ann Cleeves (Pan)
This Is How It Ends, Eva Dolan (Raven)
Take Me In, Sabine Durrant (Mulholland)
The Dark Angel, Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
London Rules, Mick Herron (John Murray)
Broken Ground, Val McDermid (Sphere)
The Quaker, Liam McIlvanney (HarperCollins)
The Way of All Flesh, Ambrose Parry (Canongate)
East of Hounslow, Khurrum Rahman (HarperCollins)
Hell Bay, Kate Rhodes (Simon & Schuster)
Salt Lane, William Shaw (Quercus)
The Chalk Man, CJ Tudor (Penguin)
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton (Raven)
Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan (Simon & Schuster)
Changeling, Matt Wesolowski (Orenda)
The winner will be decided by public vote (20%) and by a judging panel (80%) consisting of festival programme chair Mari Hannah, Nick Johnson (WH Smith), John Williams (Mail on Sunday), and Simon Theakston (Theakston).