I’ve just heard the wonderful news that I have been shortlisted for this award – huge thanks to the wonderful voting support from so many of you.

The winner will be announced on July 18th, so a white knuckle ride until then, especially as I am up against immensely talented competition:

The full shortlist, drawn from the original longlist is:
Beckett, Simon – The Chemistry Of Death
Billingham, Mark – Buried
Brookmyre, Christopher – A Tale Etched In Blood And Hard Black Pencil
Hill, Reginald – The Death Of Dalziel
Hurley, Graham – One Under
James, Peter – Not Dead Enough
Kernick, Simon – Relentless
Macbride, Stuart – Dying Light
McCall Smith, Alexander – Blue Shoes And Happiness
Penney, Stef – The Tenderness Of Wolves
Robinson, Peter – Piece Of My Heart
Sansom, C.J. – Sovereign

So fingers crossed – but win or lose, I’m thrilled to have been shortlisted in such esteemed company. And thank you all so much again.