S J Parris and Margaret Murphy shortlisted for Dagger Awards

May 27, 2012

Sacrilege by S.J Parris has been shortlisted for the 2012 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger. The award is for the best historical crime novel, specifically one in which the commission, investigation and solution of a crime is the central theme. It may be set in any period up to 35 years prior to the year in which the award will be made.

Sacrilege is the third Giordano Bruno tale from S. J Parris, which sees her sleuth taking on a sinister conspiracy in Canterbury in 1584. A prominent magistrate with links to the shady Cathedral Foundation has been murdered. Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster to the Queen, has long suspected an undercurrent of Catholic resistance in the city that was once England’s greatest centre of pilgrimage. He calls Giordano Bruno, his maverick secret agent, away from his post at the French Embassy to investigate.

Margaret Murphy has been shortlisted in the Short Story Dagger category for her story The Message which appeared in anthology Best Eaten Cold. The award is for the best crime short story released in the UK in English in a publication that pays for contributions, or broadcast in the UK, in the last year. The Message follows a young boy with his eye on a Raleigh Chopper who commits a mortal sin by stealing a bag from a car belonging to an IRA man. The judges hailed it a “fresh take on the old chestnut of terrorism and religion. A clever mix of innocent thievery and evil intent, with a clever and satisfying twist at the end.”

The winners from each category will be announced at the CWA Awards Ceremony in the Library at One Birdcage Walk in London on 5 July. This event will also see the awarding of the CWA Diamond Dagger to Frederick Forsyth and the announcement of the longlists for the remaining three CWA Daggers, the Gold, Ian Fleming Steel, and John Creasey.