News and Views
CWA Dagger in the Library
I am thrilled to have been awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library. Nominations come from librarians throughout the country, and the judging panel is entirely composed of librarians. This prestigious award for my body of work is a real honour, one of the most wonderful things to have happened to me in the course of my whole writing career. And the fact that I have a lifelong love of libraries makes it extra special.
Head of Zeus organised a wonderful launch party at Hatchards's historic bookshop in Piccadilly to launch my Golden Age thriller, Gallows Court, set in 1930 and a major departure for me as a novelist. I've been thrilled by the review in The Times, Sunday Express and elsewhere and also by the comments the book has received from writers such as Lee Child who said: "Superb...the book Edwards was born to write." Doesn't get much better than that!
The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books
This book has had a wonderful year! In September I had the exciting experience at St Petersburg, Florida, of receiving the Macavity award for best non-fiction book. The book - now available in paperback - has also been nominated for four other awards - the Agatha and Anthony Awards in the US, and the H.R.F. Keating Award and CWA Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction in the UK.
British Library anthologies
Blood on the Tracks, my anthology of vintage railway mysteries, has been published by the British Library, and a new Christmas anthology is due out soon! Meanwhile, I continue to write introductions to the Crime Classics, and there are some great titles in the pipeline.
Quite apart from winning the Macavity, I had a great time in St Petersburg, taking part in two panels and meeting up with lots of lovely people.
I much enjoyed Malice Domestic in Bethesda at the end of April. Among much else, I took part in two panels, and interviewed Brenda Blethyn and Ann Cleeves.
Events in Guernsey and Jersey
This year has brought two invitations to the Channel Islands, a favourite destination. In May, I held a crime writing workshop in Guernsey, followed by a talk at the main library, and then dash over to Jersey to give another library talk the following day. In September, I return to take part in the Jersey Literature Festival. More details on the events page.
Alibis in the Archives
The historic and wonderfully atmospheric Gladstone's Library was the setting for the return of Alibis in the Archives in June, celebrating the British Crime Writing Archives and crime writing heritage. It's great news that Alibis will be returning next year, from 21-23 June. Keep the dates free, and book early - it's likely to be another sell-out!
Tallinn Literary Festival
In May I had a thoroughly enjoyable trip to Estonia, taking part in a conversation with Sophie Hannah, chaired by Jason Goodwin. The whole Festival was superbly organised.
Mencap afternoon tea
In June, I talked about my Lake District Mysteries at an afternoon tea in Kirby Lonsdale in aid of Mencap. Sherlock Holmes
Next spring, I shall be talking about Sherlock in Toronto - more details soon. This year I had a marvellous trip to New York in January to give the "Distinguished Speaker Lecture" at the Yale Club to members of the Baker Street Irregulars, a venerable body which celebrates Sherlock's birthday each years with a host of glittering events. Really enjoyable.
The CWA Short Story Dagger
My story "Murder and its Motives" from Motives for Murder (see below) was shortlisted for the CWA Short Story Dagger 2017. I've been shortlisted five times for CWA Daggers, and won one a few years back.
The Golden Age of Murder
The Golden Age of Murder is now available in paperback. This book has, among other things, transformed my career as a writer. It received the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best critical/biographical work, the Agatha award from Malice Domestic, the Macavity award from Mystery Readers International, and the H.R.F. Keating award at Crimefest. For good measure, it was shortlisted for an Anthony award at Bouchercon and the CWA Gold Dagger for non-fiction. I've recently signed contracts for translations of the book into both Japanese and Chinese.
I've arranged a host of library talks this year - details on the Events page.
The New Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
My collection of Sherlock Holmes stories is available as an ebook on Amazon. As well as the stories, the book includes various articles and a splendid introduction by leading Sherlockian David Stuart Davies. I've also contributed an introduction to a handsome, slip-cased edition of a selection of Sherlock's greateest cases, published by Arcturus.
Bad Friday and Lucky Liam
My story "Bad Friday" has been published in the US anthology "Busted!" while "Lucky Liam" has just appeared in EQMM.
My short story "Acknowledgments", winner of the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, is available from Bloomsbury Reader in (very modestly priced!) ebook, along with two other short stories of mine, an essay of mine about Allingham, and a kind introduction by Allingham's biographer, Julia Jones.
The Return of Harry Devlin
Two of my novels, set in Liverpool and featuring Harry Devlin, have enjoyed a brand new life in paperback as "Crime Classics", published by Arcturus: these are All the Lonely People and Yesterday's Papers. The series has now been reissued as a 'Crime Classic', and it's great to see it back in the bookshops. Meanwhile, the special new editions of my Liverpool mysteries featuring Harry Devlin. have appeared. The ebook editions include a range of brand new features, such as a 'Making of' feature for each book, an appreciation by Michael Jecks, and introductions by some of the great names in modern British crime fiction, including Val McDermid, Frances Fyfield, Andrew Taylor and Peter Lovesey. More details on the Liverpool series page. I'm glad to say that print editions are also available again, after a long break.
Take My Breath Away and The Frozen Shroud
My psychological suspense novel, Take My Breath Away is now available as an ebook. Meanwhile, the sixth Lake District Mystery, The Frozen Shroud is now available in paperback and ebook as well as in hardback.
TV, DVD and Film viewing
Films I've enjoyed recently include The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, and several old movies which have cropped up on the Talking Pictures TV channel.
I loved Anthony Horowitz's bestselling The Word is Murder. Among the older novels I've read recently are Vanish in an Instant, by Margaret Millar, and The Plot against Roger Rider by Julian Symons. "Forgotten books" feature on my blog each Friday.
I've enjoyed reading several books of essays on true crime recently. This is an under-rated branch of crime writing.
Collecting Crime Fiction
I've acquired several fascinating inscribed books, including a few from the collection of the late Bob Adey, which I'm featuring in the Friday's Forgotten Book feature on my blog.
Writing about crime fiction
I've recently published articles about Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories, Anthony Berkeley's short fiction, and Gilbert Adair, and I'm currently working on another genre-related article.
I've continued to revamp the site, and very much welcome any constructive suggestions from readers.
This page was last updated on 14 December 2018.