The Crime Writing Association Daggers 2021 Winners

The premier prizes for crime writing and thrillers, the coveted Crime Writing Association Daggers Awards celebrate the very best talent in the field.

This year’s winners represent a breadth of talent, taking in a generous range of the very finest fiction and non-fiction; from former Waterstones Thriller of the Month We Begin at the End - which scoops the coveted Gold Award - to a chilling novel of a lighthouse murder and the first in a brilliant new series set in 1950’s Bombay.

The CWA Gold Dagger Winner 2021

Awarded to the author of the best crime novel of the year, with previous recipients including John le Carré, Reginald Hill and Ruth Rendell, the CWA Gold Dagger for 2021 goes to Chris Whitaker for his edge-of-the-seat thriller We Begin at the End.

£8.99 £7.49
Paperback
10+ in stock
Available
A blistering story of murder, revenge and retribution, set under the Californian sun, We Begin at the End is a thriller of exceptional psychological flair, filled with characters who will get under your skin – and might never leave.
  • This item has been added to your basket
View basket Checkout

The CWA Gold Dagger Shortlist

Blacktop Wasteland
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
City of Ghosts
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
House of Correction
Added to basket
Troubled Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Postscript Murders
Added to basket
Midnight Atlanta
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
We Begin at the End
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

The CWA Gold Dagger Longlist

Stone Cold Trouble
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Blacktop Wasteland
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Curator
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
City of Ghosts
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Peace
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Arrowood and the Thames Corpses
Added to basket
House of Correction
Added to basket
Troubled Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Postscript Murders
Added to basket
The Silver Collar
Added to basket
The House of Lamentations
Added to basket
The Other Girl
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Midnight Atlanta
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Execution
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Making Wolf
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Dead of Winter
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
We Begin at the End
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Hidden Girls
Added to basket

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Winner

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded to the best thriller of the year. Praised by the CWA judges as ‘an urgent, poignant and terrifying thriller’, 2021’s winner is Michael Robotham’s When She Was Good.

£8.99
Paperback
In stock
Available
Keeping readers poised on a knife edge throughout, the author of The Secrets She Keeps crafts a typically gripping - and at times terrifying - thriller following a forensic pathologist’s hunt for an endangered hidden witness.
  • This item has been added to your basket
View basket Checkout

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Shortlist

Troubled Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Nothing Man
Added to basket
When She Was Good
Added to basket
The Devil and the Dark Water
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
One by One
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
We Begin at the End
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Longlist

BOX 88
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Troubled Blood
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The System
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Nothing Man
Added to basket
A Song for the Dark Times
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Blood Red City
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Watch Him Die
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
When She Was Good
Added to basket
The Devil and the Dark Water
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
One by One
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
The Dead Line
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
We Begin at the End
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Winner

Written while the author juggled her career as a flight attendant with caring for a young family, the winner of the award for a debut crime novel is Eva Björg Ægisdóttir for The Creak on the Stairs, an unforgettable novel set in an isolated lighthouse.

£8.99
Paperback
5+ in stock
Available
A gloriously chilling piece of Icelandic noir, The Creak on the Stairs explores a mysterious death in a lighthouse. Brimming with atmosphere and secrets that fester deep in the heart of a community, Eva Bjork Ægisdottir’s intricate and thrilling debut announces the arrival of an exciting new voice in crime fiction.
  • This item has been added to your basket
View basket Checkout

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Shortlist

The John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger is awarded to the best debut crime novel of the year.

The Creak on the Stairs
Added to basket
City of Ghosts
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The One That Got Away
Added to basket
The Bone Jar
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Fortune Favours the Dead
Added to basket
Three-Fifths
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

The CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Longlist

The Creak on the Stairs
Added to basket
The Silence
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Silent Daughter
Added to basket
The Chalet
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
City of Ghosts
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The One That Got Away
Added to basket
The Bone Jar
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Cuddies Strip
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
What's Left of Me is Yours
Added to basket
Fortune Favours the Dead
Added to basket
Three-Fifths
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Hermit
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Winner

Lauded by the CWA judges as a ‘wildly entertaining eco-thriller’, The Disaster Tourist, written by South Korean author Yun Ko-eun and translated by Lizzie Buehler, wins the award for translated fiction.

£8.99
Paperback
10+ in stock
Available
Endlessly surprising and wildly gripping, The Disaster Tourist is an extraordinary literary thriller that speaks volumes about the human and environmental costs of unsustainable tourism.
  • This item has been added to your basket
View basket Checkout

The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Shortlist

Anxious People
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Coral Bride
Added to basket
The Disaster Tourist
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Three
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
To Cook a Bear
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Seven Doors
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

The CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Longlist

Anxious People
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Coral Bride
Added to basket
Greed
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Disaster Tourist
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The March Fallen
Added to basket
Three
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Kingdom
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Secret Life of Mr Roos
Added to basket
To Cook a Bear
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Seven Doors
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Elly
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback

The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Winner

Vaseem Khan wins the award for historical fiction with Midnight at Malabar House, the first in a vividly imagined new series, set in Bombay on the cusp of the 1950s.

£8.99
Paperback
10+ in stock
Available
Set against the backdrop of post-Partition Bombay - and featuring a brilliant new detective duo led by India’s first female detective Persis Wadia - this is a winning blend of classic mystery and superb evocation of a country in flux.
  • This item has been added to your basket
View basket Checkout

The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Shortlist

Snow
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
The Unwanted Dead
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The City Under Siege
Added to basket
Skelton's Guide to Domestic Poisons
Added to basket
The Mimosa Tree Mystery
Added to basket

The CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger Longlist

Snow
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Snow
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Riviera Gold
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Unwanted Dead
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Execution
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Night of Shooting Stars
Added to basket
The City Under Siege
Added to basket
Skelton's Guide to Domestic Poisons
Added to basket
Chaos
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Dead of Winter
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Mimosa Tree Mystery
Added to basket

The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Winner

A huge hit with our booksellers, forensic pathologist Sue Black’s Written in Bone - celebrated as a ‘humane, wise book’ by the CWA judges - wins the award for non-fiction.

£18.99
Hardback
In stock
Available
The author of the bestselling All That Remains, forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black returns with a fascinating examination of the endless details recorded in our bones.
  • This item has been added to your basket
View basket Checkout

The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Shortlist

Written In Bone
Added to basket
We Keep the Dead Close
Added to basket
These Are Not Gentle People
Added to basket
Dancing with the Octopus
Added to basket
The Book of Trespass
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Agent Sonya
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

The CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Longlist

Written In Bone
Added to basket
The Prison Doctor: Women Inside
Added to basket
We Keep the Dead Close
Added to basket
Howdunit
Added to basket
£25.00
Hardback
These Are Not Gentle People
Added to basket
Dancing with the Octopus
Added to basket
The Book of Trespass
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Agent Sonya
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Hell in the Heartland
Added to basket
Peer and the Gangster: A Very British Cover-up
Added to basket
Operation Morthor
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Haunting of Alma Fielding
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
No Return
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

The CWA Dagger in the Library Shortlist

The Dagger in the Library award is voted for exclusively by librarians and chosen for the author’s entire body of work. This year's winner is Peter May, creator of the Lewis Trilogy & the Enzo Files as well as many other thrillers.

Invisible Girl
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Night Gate
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Night Gate
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
The Less Dead
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
What Will Burn
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
What Will Burn
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Cuthbert's Way
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Island
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback

The CWA Dagger in the Library Longlist

The Innocent Dead
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
House of Correction
Added to basket
Invisible Girl
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Watch Her Fall
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
The Night Gate
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
The Night Gate
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
The Less Dead
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Now You See Me
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
What Will Burn
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
What Will Burn
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Cuthbert's Way
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Island
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback

Previous Winners

Good Girl, Bad Girl
Added to basket
November Road
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Man on the Street
Added to basket
The Godmother
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Death in the East
Added to basket
Furious Hours
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Fallen Angel
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
A Long Night in Paris
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Puppet Show
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Boy Who Lived with the Dead
Added to basket
Scrublands
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
Destroying Angel
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
To The Lions
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Liar
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Nucleus
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Blood on the Page
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Bluebird, Bluebird
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback