The Crimewriting ‘Oscars’

Hi, All

I had a great time last night. I went to the annual Diamond Dagger Dinner. This took place in a very nice hotel near Tower Bridge in London and we had the chance to meet and greet old friends and make new ones over a nice glass of fizz before sitting down to a sumptuous meal. After dinner, of course, came the business of the evening. The presentation of the daggers. The event is hosted by the Crime Writers’ Association and the daggers are awarded to authors who’ve excelled in the field of crime writing. I had a special interest in being there this year because my friend and fellow Lion Fiction author, Fiona Veitch Smith had been shortlisted for the Endeavour Historical Dagger with her novel The Jazz Files (set in 1920 – and it’s a very good read). As it happened the dagger went to David Young for his novel Stasi Child but making it to the short list is no mean achievement and I’m thrilled for Fiona. That’s Fiona with me in the picture. As you can see, she came dressed in the period of her novel, which was a lovely touch.


The Diamond Dagger, the supreme award of the evening was given to Peter James: and if you haven’t come across him, he’s well worth checking out.

All in all it was a great evening. I hope to be there again next year.

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