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The Crime Writers Association Daggers 2017

There are a number of highly coveted categories in the CWA Dagger Awards, but we feel the most exciting is the New Blood (John Creasey) Dagger which celebrates brand new talent in the genre. From a longlist of eager hopefuls, the winner has finally been announced. Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker  

Shortlisted titles

Longlisted titles

Winner: Tall Oaks

From a longlist of twelve titles than was then narrowed down to six books Chris Whitaker's Tall Oaks emerged as the overall winner of the 2017 John Creasey Dagger Award.

The CWA Dagger Awards

The CWA Dagger Awards are the longest established literary awards in the UK and are internationally recognised as a mark of excellence and achievement.

The Crime Writers' Association was established in 1953 by crime writer John Creasey. The Daggers began with what was originally known as the Crossed Red Herring Award in 1955 and have grown from there. 10 Daggers are awarded every year.

There are a number of highly coveted categories in the CWA Dagger Awards, but we feel the most exciting is the New Blood (John Creasey) Dagger which celebrates brand new talent in the genre.

Pictured: Judges of the John Creasey Dagger, including Peter Crawshaw from Lovereading, celebrating with the winner Chris Whitaker

The winners of the Daggers were:

Diamond Dagger - Ann Cleeves

Gold Dagger - The Dry by Jane Harper

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger - Spook Street by Mick Herron

Endeavour Historical Dagger - A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker

Short Story Dagger -The Trials of Margaret by LC Tyler in Motives for Murder

International Dagger - The Dying Detective by Leif G W Persson

Debut Dagger - Strange Fire by Sherry Rankin

Dagger in the Library - Mari Hannah

Click here to see the full list of the long and the shortlists for all the Daggers.

To find out more about the CWA Dagger Awards you may visit the CWA website by clicking here.

The Daggers name and Crossed Daggers logo are registered Trade Marks of the Crime Writers’ Association.