The 2019 CWA Daggers – shortlists & winners

Updated: Winners are in bold and were announced in October.

As has become traditional the CWA Dagger longlists were announced at Crimefest in Bristol in May. The Diamond Dagger has already been confirmed and the shortlists for the remainder have now been published. The winners of all the CWA Daggers will be announced at the Dagger Awards Dinner to be held on 24 October.

The Diamond Dagger – selected from nominations provided by CWA members – 2019 winner is Robert Goddard and the award will be presented at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner in October.

The shortlists for the following daggers are

Gold Dagger

All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

The Puppet Show by M W Craven

What We Did by Christobel Kent

Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon

American By Day by Derek B. Miller

A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better by Benjamin Wood



Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

Give Me Your Handby Megan Abbott

Safe Houses by  Dan Fesperman

No Tomorrow by Luke Jennings

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones

To The Lions by Holly Watt

Memo From Turner by Tim Willocks


 John Creasey (New Blood)

All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Turn A Blind Eye by Vicky Newham

Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Overkill by Vanda Symon

International Dagger

A Long Night in Paris by Dov Alfon, translator Daniella Zamir

Weeping Waters by Karin Brynard, translators Maya Fowler & Isobel Dixon

The Cold Summer by Gianrico Carofiglio, translator Howard Curtis

Newcomer by Keigo Higashino, translator Giles Murray

The Root of Evil by Håkan Nesser, translator Sarah Death

The Forger by Cay Rademacher, translator Peter Millar

Non-Fiction Dagger

All That Remains by Sue Black

An Unexplained Death by Mikita Brottman

Murder by the Book by Claire Harman

The Feather Thief by Kirk Johnson

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre

The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

CWA Short Story Dagger

Strangers in a Pub by Martin Edwards in ‘Ten Year Stretch’, edited by Martin Edwards and Adrian Muller

Death Becomes Her by Syd Moore in ‘The Strange Casebook’ by Syd Moore,

The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing by Danuta Reah in ‘The Dummies’ Guide to Serial Killing and other Fantastic Female Fables’

I Detest Mozart by Teresa Solana in ‘The First Historic Serial Killers’ by Teresa Solana

Bag Man by Lavie Tidhar in ‘The Outcast Hours’, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Debut Dagger (unpublished writers)

Shelley Burr – Wake

Jerry Krause – The Mourning Light

Catherine Hendricks – Hardways

David Smith – The Firefly

Fran Smith – A Thin Sharp Blade

Historical Dagger

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson

Destroying Angel by S G MacLean

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

Tombland by C J Sansom

The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve

The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney



Dagger in the Library longlist

M C Beaton

Mark Billingham

John Connolly

Kate Ellis

C J Sansom

Cath Staincliffe


So how’s your reading going – will you have read enough to judge a category for yourself?

One comment

  1. Some great choices here. I don’t envy the judges the choice, that’s for sure. It’ll be really interesting to see which way the CWA judges go. The McIllvanney is also up for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.

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