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‘Winning the Dagger in the Library was one of the best moments of my writing career. I wouldn’t have become a writer without libraries – I spent most of my teenage years devouring books in my local library – and I would never have become an even moderately successful author without the support of libraries and librarians. At the start my books weren’t in any of the big bookshops, it was libraries and reading groups who discovered them and encouraged me to keep writing. Thank you.’
Elly Griffiths, Dagger in the Library winner 2016.

The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer that users of libraries particularly admire. It is one of the most prestigious crime writing awards in the UK and previous winners include Elly Griffiths, Christopher Fowler, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer, Mo Hayder, Colin Cotteril, Craig Russel, Stuart MacBride, Jake Arnott, Alexander McCall Smith, Stephen Booth, Peter Robinson and Lindsey Davis.


The 2017 winner has been announced.

Congratulations to Mari Hannah.

Congratulations too to all the shortlisted and longlisted authors, and thanks to the Reading Agency for their very welcome participation.


The 2017 shortlist.


How was the longlist selected?

The CWA revised the 2017 Dagger in the Library format so that, uniquely among crime writing awards, only library staff were able to nominate authors. Nominations were received from 175 libraries across the UK and Ireland – with 110 authors suggested as worthy winners.

The Dagger in the Library is intended to promote crime fiction in general and, in particular, the longlisted authors. The CWA is working work with The Reading Agency, local libraries and the Crime Readers’ Association to promote chosen novels (see below by the longlisted authors to reading groups across the country during over the next few months – and in particular to the 175 libraries already engaged with the Dagger.

Feedback received from reading groups will be a major factor in the judges’ decision as to who should proceed to the shortlist and the eventual winner and it can be left on www.readinggroups.org website. Note: No reviews will count towards the judging process after Friday 9th June. 

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The 2017 Dagger in the Library longlist

Click through to any of the authors below to download more about them and the book they would recommend for reading groups.

For reading group material on the longlisted authors’ chosen books and the opportunity to rate and review them, click here.


Download a longlist poster for your library

Poster version 1  |  Poster version 2

Ian Fleming
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