The Crime Writers' Association


2016 Dagger Awards

The Daggers for 2015/2016 have been awarded in a glittering CWA ceremony hailed as the best ever!

Congratulations to all our winners.

For a full list, please go to the item in News which also carries photos of the event.

Or to see a photo of each winner, details of publisher and brief description of the winning book, click on the image of the relevant Dagger category below.

If you’d like to review the book, or read other reviews, please visit

The Daggers

The Crime Writers Association Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over fifty years. These prestigious awards started in 1955, less than two years after the Association was founded, with the award of a Crossed Red Herring Award to Winston Graham (now better known for Poldark) for The Little Walls.

Over the years the number of CWA Daggers has increased (and occasionally decreased). Currently ten Daggers are awarded annually by the CWA.

Most of the awards are nominated by the book’s publishers. For details on schedule, on how to nominate and to submit nominations, visit

Download 2016 shortlists (PDF)


Select a Dagger below for more information. Or view past winners in the Dagger winners archive.

View the winners archive

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