Published 7th February 2019

Joint winner of the European Crime Writing Star Award 2018/19

I’m thrilled to have tied for first place for the European Crime Fiction Star Award, (AKA ‘The Ripper’ award), together with Scandinavian writer Arne Dalh. Created by Mord am Hellweg, (Add link, plse –, the largest crime festival in Europe, the award is held every two years and is presented for ‘outstanding services to crime literature within Europe’.

The winner is taken from a shortlist of international authors, and decided by a public vote. This is the first time the award has ever been tied (apparently there were three recounts to make sure), and I’m doubly honoured to be the first-ever British recipient.

The awards ceremony will be held in in Unna, Germany, in February 2019, so I’ll be reporting back on how it went. Congratulations to Arne, and many thanks to everyone who voted for me!