Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Val McDermid Selected as Winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award

Mystery Book Awards: The Edgars, The Agathas, The Anthonys, and many more.

The Crime Writers' Association announced this morning that author Val McDermid has been named the recipient of this year's CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honors outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.

Margaret Murphy, chair of the CWA, said, “Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired.”

In 1995, McDermid won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year for The Mermaids Singing, which introduced criminal psychologist Tony Hill. The books in this series were the inspiration for the television series Wire in the Blood. More recently, PBS aired an adaptation of McDermid's multi-award winning novel A Place of Execution.

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