At the new CrimeFest convention in Bristol in June there are going to be two awards presented. Crimefest delegates will vote for the winner.

The winners of the CrimeFest Awards will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Saturday, 7 June. They will receive a commemorative piece of decorative glass provided by Bristol Blue Glass.

THE LAST LAUGH AWARD

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel published in the British Isles in 2007. The shortlist is:

* Declan Burke, /The Big O/ (Hag’s Head Press)
* Ruth Dudley Edwards, /Murdering Americans /(Poisoned Pen Press UK)
* Chris Ewan, /The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam/ (Long Barn Books)
* Allan Guthrie, /Hard Man/ (Polygon)
* Deanna Raybourn, /Silent in the Grave/ (MIRA Books)
* Mike Ripley, /Angel’s Share/ (Allison & Busby)
* L. C. Tyler, /The Herring Seller’s Apprentice/ (Macmillan New
Writing)
* Donald Westlake, /What’s So Funny?/ (Quercus)


*AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD*

With the growing popularity of audiobooks, both abridged and unabridged, CrimeFest intends to draw attention to the quality of this relatively new medium. The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best crime audiobook first published in 2007, and available for download from the Audible UK website. The award goes to both the author and the reader of the winning entry. The shortlist is:

* Richard Bachman, /Blaze/. Read by Ron McLarty (Hodder & Stoughton,
unabridged)
* Lee Child, /Bad Luck & Trouble/. Read by Kerry Shale (Random
House, abridged
* Tess Gerritsen, /The Mephisto Club/. Read by Lorelei King (BBC
Audiobooks, unabridged)
* David Hewson, /The Seventh Sacrament/. Read by Saul Reichlin (W.
F. Howes, unabridged)
* Ian Rankin, /Exit Music/. Read by James Macpherson (Orion, abridged)

Audible UK, sponsor of the Sounds of Crime Award, is providing an iPod as a prize for one of the CrimeFest delegates who votes for the winning title.

Congratulations to all the nominees! I'm particularly chuffed about the humourous crime choices as that's my favourite genre.

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