Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist

Drum roll, please… The shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year has been announced. Celebrating its tenth year, the Awards feature six titles whittled down from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors over the last year. Denise Mina could make it a hat-trick, after winning the title in 2012 and 2013. Her novel, The Red Road, is amongst the six shortlisted novels. The Red Road features DI Alex Morrow investigating a network of power and corruption that reaches back to Glasgow on the night Princess Diana died. Fellow Scot Malcolm Mackay’s debut novel, The Necessary Death of Lewis...

Guide to Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Fes...

In just a few short weeks I’ll board a plane, then another plane, then a train, and finally an automobile that will deliver me to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, affectionately known in crime fiction circles as Harrogate (which is actually the name of the town where it’s held). A note about the name: You might not be familiar with Theakston, unless you’re a beer aficionado and/or a fan of NCIS. Theakston is a brewery based in Harrogate, and Old Peculier (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) is one of their beers. I’ve seen their CEO at the festival a couple of times now, and I have to tell you, the company seems to love the...