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The CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2008 Shortlist

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The CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award 2008 Shortlist

Post by diamondlil » Sat October 4th, 2008, 4:24 am

Thought this list might be of interest to some who are fans of Historical Mystery here.

Shortlist

Ariana Franklin, The Death Maze, Bantam Press
Philip Kerr, A Quiet Flame, Quercus
Andrew Martin, Death on a Branch Line, faber and faber
C J Sansom, Revelation, Macmillan
Andrew Taylor, Bleeding Heart Square, Michael Joseph
Laura Wilson, Stratton’s War, Orion

This year has brought an unprecedented number of excellent historical crime novels. The CWA Ellis Peters judging panel has asked for the following books from their long list to be published in recognition of their merit:

Marjorie Eccles, Last Nocturne, Allison & Busby
Ann Granger, A Mortal Curiosity, Headline
H R F Keating, Inspector Ghote’s First Case, Allison & Busby
R N Morris, A Vengeful Longing, faber and faber

The winner is announced on October 27

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Post by annis » Sat October 4th, 2008, 6:10 pm

Thanks diamondlil. It's an interesting list. I've read about three of them already, so off to a good start!
In case there'a some confusion I'd like to point out that Ariana Franklin's book "Death Maze" is also known as "The Serpent's Tale".

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Post by diamondlil » Sat October 4th, 2008, 9:52 pm

The Ariana Franklin is the only one that I have read myself.
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Post by EC2 » Mon October 6th, 2008, 9:52 am

The Sansom and the Franklin are on my TBR but not in the house. The Franklin's on order from the library, the Sansom is going to be a Christmas prez for my dh, but of course I get to read it afterwards. I've only vaguely heard of the other authors.
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Post by Margaret » Wed October 15th, 2008, 5:47 am

I recently read Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death and enjoyed it a lot. (reviewed at http://www.HistoricalNovels.info/Mistre ... Death.html) I love the angle Franklin takes on Henry II, which is quite a contrast to the usual "wasn't he bad to goad those knights into killing Becket" and completely credible. She's an admirer of Henry's reforms to the legal system, and this novel does a great job of showing why. Death Maze/The Serpent's Tail is the sequel.

I'd love to see her write a novel in which Henry II was a major character, present throughout.
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