2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Award Winners

The 2014 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards were presented today at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel tonight. The star-studded awards ceremony was hosted by Bradley Walsh and attended by the cream of actors, writers and producers from the world of crime TV and fiction, including Keeley Hawes, Stanley Tucci, Anna Maxwell Martin, James Norton, Rachael Stirling and Amanda Abbington.

CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year:
 THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, by Wiley Cash (Doubleday/Transworld)

Rest of the shortlist:
THE FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL, by Paul Mendelson (Constable)
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN, by Louise Penny (Sphere/Little Brown)
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE, by Paula Daly (Bantam/Transworld)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger:
THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ, by Ray Celestin (Mantle)

Rest of the shortlist:
THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, by Antonia Hodgson 
(Hodder & Stoughton)
THE SILENT WIFE, by A.S.A Harrison (Headline)
THE STRANGLER VINE, by M.J. Carter (Penguin Fig Tree)

CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:
AN OFFICER AND A SPY, by Robert Harris (Random House)

Rest of the shortlist:
APPLE TREE YARD, by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber)
AM PILGRIM, by Terry Hayes (Transworld)
ATCHEZ BURNING, by Greg Iles (Harper Collins)

The Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read:
ENTRY ISLAND BY Peter May

Rest of the shortlist:
BEFORE WE MET BY Lucie Whitehouse
LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTER’S KILLER BY CATH Staincliffe
TREACHERY BY S.J. Parris
THE TILTED WORLD BY Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly
WATCH ME BY James Carol

  Denise Mina, Robert Harris and Midsomer Murders were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Film Dagger
COLD IN JULY

Rest of the shortlist:
DOM HEMINGWAY
FILTH
PRISONERS
STARRED UP

The TV Dagger
HAPPY VALLEY

Rest of the shortlist:
LINE OF DUTY: SERIES 2
SHERLOCK: SERIES 3
THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SERIES 2
THE HONOURABLE WOMAN

The International TV Dagger
TRUE DETECTIVE: SEASON 1

Rest of the shortlist:
FARGO: SEASON 1
INSPECTOR MONTALBANO: SERIES 9
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: SEASON 2
THE BRIDGE: SERIES 2

The Best Actor Dagger
Matthew McConaughey for TRUE DETECTIVE

Rest of the shortlist:
Benedict Cumberbatch for SHERLOCK
Shaun Evans for ENDEAVOUR
Martin Freeman for FARGO and SHERLOCK
Steve Pemberton for HAPPY VALLEY

The Best Actress Dagger
Keeley Hawes for LINE OF DUTY

Rest of the shortlist:
Brenda Blethyn for VERA
Maggie Gyllenhaal for THE HONOURABLE WOMAN
Sarah Lancashire for HAPPY VALLEY
Anna Maxwell Martin for DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY and THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
James Norton for HAPPY VALLEY

Rest of shortlist:
Mark Gatiss for SHERLOCK
David Leon for VERA
Mandy Patinkin for HOMELAND
Billy Bob Thornton for FARGO

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
Amanda Abbington for SHERLOCK

Rest of shortlist:
Vicky McClure for LINE OF DUTY
Helen McCrory for peaky blinders
Gina McKee for by any means
Michelle Monaghan for TRUE DETECTIVE