The House at Baker Street
CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger
This award is for the best historical crime novel, first published in the UK in English during the Judging Period, set in any period up to 35 years prior to the year in which the award will be made. For novels that involve passages set later than this time period, at least three-quarters of the book should be set in an earlier period.
This year's winner
East Germany in the 1970s is the highly original setting for this debut novel, which begins with Oberleutnant Karin Müller being summoned to the Berlin Wall (or the “Anti Fascist Protection Barrier” as it’s known in those parts) to investigate the death of a little girl who has apparently been shot trying to cross the wall from the West. This is an unflinching account of a dark period of our history, lightened by a great humanity.
This Year's Shortlist
The House at Baker Street
The Other Side of Silence
A Book of Scars
The Jazz Files
Fiona Veitch Smith
A. J. Wright
Allison & Busby
Eileen Roberts (Chair)
Eileen is the organiser of the annual St Hilda’s Mystery & Crime Weekend. She was Director of Alumnae Relations at St Hilda’s College from 1991 until 2007 and is now Project Consultant to its Development & Alumnae Office. Previously, she spent 20 years (1970-90) in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has been an avid reader and admirer of Crime & Mystery novels since childhood especially the ‘golden agers’.
Louisa Service OBE
Louisa is a graduate of St Hilda’s College Oxford and comes from a literary family. More than thirty books have been published by her immediate family (father, brother, husband and nephew). Her working life was spent in the field of periodical publishing – including fourteen years as Chairman of Glass’s Guide Service to the motor industry. She was a magistrate for many years and Chairman of Youth and Family Proceedings courts for twenty-five of them. She was awarded her OBE for her work in music for young people. Latterly she has been President for six years of the Commonwealth Countries League – the umbrella organisation for women’s organisations in the fifty-two countries of the commonwealth. She is a great reader and in particular of crime fiction.
Dr Doreen Innes
Doreen was Fellow in Classics at St Hilda’s College from 1969-2001. Her research has focused on what the Greeks and Romans themselves wrote about literature, eg. Should it aim to please or have a social or moral aim? What makes a good plot or a suitable style? How important is characterisation? She is also a voracious reader of crime fiction, an early addict from childhood.
Jake Kerridge writes on arts and books for a number of publications including the Telegraph and takes an unhealthy interest in violence and murder as the Telegraph’s crime fiction critic.
Ted is a television producer, screenwriter and director. His work includes Inspector Morse, Soldier Solider, Peak Practice, Sharpe, Brother Cadfael, Chancer, Gone to The Dogs, Kavanagh QC, Thieftakers, the Heat of the Sun Series, the Morse film ‘The Wench is Dead’, and the television films: Into the Blue, Goodnight Mr Tom and The Waiting Time, together with a Kavanagh QC film special, the Monsignor Renard Series and The Remorseful Day, the final episode in the Morse canon.
|The House at Baker Street||Michelle Birkby||Pan Books|
|A Death in the Dales||Frances Brody||Piatkus|
|A Man of Some Repute and A Question of Inheritance||Elizabeth Edmondson||Thomas & Mercer|
|Smoke and Mirrors||Elly Griffiths||Quercus|
|The Last Confessions of Thomas Hawkins||Antonia Hodgson||Hodder & Stoughton|
|The Other Side of Silence||Philip Kerr||Quercus|
|A Book of Scars||William Shaw||Quercus|
|The Jazz Files||Fiona Veitch Smith||Lion Fiction|
|Striking Murder||A. J. Wright||Allison & Busby|
|Stasi Child||David Young||Twenty7Books|