CWA Historical Dagger Award Shortlist

A few weeks ago I shared with you the longlist for the Historical Dagger Award. There were several books on that list that did catch my interest and some of those I have already been able to read.

Although I had a good time with The Cannonball Tree Mystery, it definitely is the weakest in the series. So I don’t think it will make it to the shortlist. The Drowned City was a book that had already peaked my interest and I certainly had a good time with it, though the culprit was sort of predictable. I would still like to see it on the shortlist. I had to DNF Crow Court, just because it was too different to keep track of the story whilst listening to it during my commute. I do think it will make the shortlist though, just because it is so different. I had a wonderful time with April in Spain, but I can’t say it really was a mystery. I don’t think it will make the shortlist, because it really is just a very fun yet forgettable story. But this is the 8th book in its series, so maybe if you Have read the previous seven books you will have a different look on it.

I also listened to The Axeman’s Jazz, which is the first book in a quartet of which the 4th book is nominated. I gave this book a 3* rating, but have gathered from reviews that the series gets better with each book. I do have to say that I like the writing style, and Celestin has found a very clever way to incorporate music and its build-up into his writing. So I kind of hope that Sunset Swing makes it onto the shortlist so I have got a better excuse to continue the series.


So far my thoughts. There are two books on the list that I really hope haven’t made the shortlist (very war centred books that I have no interest in reading). Let’s see….

That is a very decent looking list! The first three I have already talked about. I am kind of surprised that April in Spain made it on, but I did have a very good time with it so I am definitely not mad at it. I am kind of sad The Drowned City didn’t make it though. The cover of Not One of Us doesn’t really grab me, and in general it doesn’t look like anything too special. But I am very willing to give it a read. Edge of the Grave could go either way for me, though I am intrigued by the serial killer. The time period isn’t really my thing though. It has won the Bloody Scotland Crime Debut of the Year Award, so it must be good… and the audiobook is on Scribd. I am beyond thrilled that A Corruption of Blood is on the list, even though I haven’t read it yet. I have picked up physical copies of the whole series, and am planning on binging the whole thing. It really sounds like a series I will adore.

So overall, I am very happy with this list. The winner will be announced on the 29th of June, so I still have some time to get through these books (and some of the longlist books that I still had some interest in).

Hoping you are having a wonderful day,

2 thoughts on “CWA Historical Dagger Award Shortlist

  1. It sounds like a lot of work keeping track of all that. But sometimes the work itself can be as fun as the experience of reading. I hope this is a good kind of work then 🙂

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