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The Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award is one of the UK's top crime-fiction awards, sponsored by Theakston's Old Peculier. It is awarded annually at Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in the UK, held every July, as part of the Harrogate International Festivals. The winner receives £3000 and a small hand-carved oak beer cask carved by one of Britain's last coopers. Novels eligible are those crime novels published in paperback any time during the previous year, thus making the shortlists seem more out-of-date than for most prizes. Voting is by the public with decisions of a jury-panel also taken into account, a fact not-much publicised by the award organisers, who are keen to emphasize the public-voting aspect of the award.
Winners and nominees
- Mark Billingham – Lazybones
- Val McDermid – The Torment of Others
- Allan Guthrie – Two-Way Split
- Stef Penney – The Tenderness of Wolves
- Simon Beckett - “The Chemistry of Death”
- Mark Billingham - “Buried”
- Christopher Brookmyre - “A Tale Etched in Blood and Hard Black Pencil”
- Reginald Hill - “The Death of Dalzeil”
- Graham Hurley - “One Under”
- Peter James - “Not Dead Enough”
- Simon Kernick - “Relentless”
- Stuart MacBride - “Dying Light”
- Alexander McCall Smith - “Blue Shoes and Happiness”
- Peter Robinson - “Piece Of My Heart”
- C.J. Sansom - “Sovereign”
- Mark Billingham – Death Message
- Reginald Hill - A Cure for All Diseases
- Lee Child - Bad Luck and Trouble
- Val McDermid - Beneath The Bleeding
- Stuart MacBride - Broken Skin
- Peter James - Dead Man’s Footsteps
- Ian Rankin - Exit Music
- Peter Robinson - Friend of the Devil
- David Hewson - Garden of Evil
- John Harvey - Gone to Ground
- Mo Hayder - Ritual
- Chris Simms - Savage Moon
- Tom Cain - The Accident Man
- Declan Hughes - The Colour of Blood
- R J Ellory – A Simple Act of Violence
- Lee Child – 61 Hours
- Denise Mina - The End of the Wasp Season
- Denise Mina - Gods and Beasts
- Belinda Bauer - Rubbernecker
- Sarah Hilary - Someone Else's Skin
- Clare Mackintosh - I Let You Go
- Chris Brookmyre - Black Widow
- Stav Sherez - The Intrusions
- Steve Cavanagh - Thirteen
- Adrian McKinty - The Chain
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