Sunday, July 23, 2006

News: Val McDermid Wins Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for 2006

The Yorkshire Post Today is reporting that Val McDermid's The Torment of Others is the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for 2006. The announcement at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate – famed for the discovery of Agatha Christie following her mysterious disappearance 80 years ago – follows 12 weeks of voting by crime writing fans.

McDermid's prize, which was presented at the opening ceremony of the Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival by the brewery's executive director, Simon Theakston, was £3,000 and a handmade oak beer cask made by Theakston's cooper, Jonathan Mamby.

McDermid said: "I'm absolutely delighted to win this award. It is a particular delight for me because it comes from this Festival. I was programming chair for the first three years of the festival when it was just a twinkle in our eyes."

Read the entire article on YorkshireToday.co.uk here.

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