The Highly Commended Award is the first of its kind at this year's Festival, and we couldn't think of a worthier recipient. Congratulations, Brian!
Pick up your copy here.
"The current boom in Northern Irish crime writing reflects the need for stories to help people come to terms with the Troubles, says award-winning writer Brian McGilloway ... Inspired by the 'Disappeared', those people abducted, murdered and secretly buried by terrorist groups, his latest book opens with a shallow grave and a chilling execution in a Scottish wood.
We discover the impact on teacher-turned-sacristan Tony and co-conspirators Hugh and Karen."
- The paperback of Adam Hamdy's Red Wolves, the second in his pulse-racing, espionage-based Scott Pearce series
- Girls Who Lie is now out in paperback, and is the second in Eva Björg Ægisdóttir's Scandi-noir Forbidden Iceland crime series featuring Detective Elma
- The debut from Adam Simcox, The Dying Squad, was released in eBook and hardback - a supernatural crime tale, quite unlike anything you've read before...
Prue soon finds out that her uncle was the only suspect in the disappearance of a local girl some twenty years ago. As she grows closer to him, she learns there are differing views on how the beguiling Evelyn O'Hara disappeared, but is her uncle innocent?
Truth is something Prue has always had a fractured relationship with. A single version of the truth seems impossible for her to lockdown...
"A fascinating debut ... At times evocative of Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series, but without its hardboiled cynicism, this is an impressive and memorable debut."
"Witty, intense and addictive."
Also given a brilliant quote this week, was Carys Jones' forthcoming We Are All Liars (September 2021, Orion):
"A twisty thriller full of tension and intrigue."
Vikki Patis, author of The Dark
We cannot wait for this fantastic book - perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley - to hit shelves later this year, and you can pre-order your copy here.
Comedy Women In Print is the brainchild of comedian, author, actress Helen Lederer. Its aim is to recognise, celebrate and encourage witty women authors.
The Published Winner gets a massive amount of love from celebrity judges and a cash prize from ALCS. The Unpublished Winners are published by Harper Collins and the Unpublished runner upper's win a place on an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire and an MA in Comedy at Falmouth University.