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Four Take Home Prizes At The Fingerprint Awards

1 September 2023

Voted for by crime and thriller fans, the winners of Capital Crime’s Fingerprint Awards have been announced with Ulverscroft titles taking home prizes in four categories. Further information about the winners are below.

Crime Book Of The Year
Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths
Published in Large Print in November 2022.
DS Cassie Fitzherbert has a secret - one she's done her utmost to delete from her memory. In the 1990s, she and her schoolfriends killed a fellow pupil.

Thirty years later, Cassie is happily married and loves her job as a police officer. Then her husband persuades her to go to a school reunion - and former pupil Garfield Rice is found dead, supposedly from a drug overdose. As Garfield was an eminent MP and the investigation is high profile, it's headed by Cassie's new boss, DI Harbinder Kaur. The trouble is, Cassie can't shake the feeling that one of her old friends has killed again.

Is Cassie right, or was Garfield murdered by one of his political cronies? It's in Cassie's interest to skew the investigation to imply the latter - and she seems to be succeeding.

Until someone else from the reunion is found dead...

Thriller Book Of The Year
Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
Published in CD and MP3 CD audiobook in September 2022.
It's every parent's nightmare.

Your happy, funny, innocent son commits a terrible crime: murdering a complete stranger.

You don't know who.
You don't know why.
You only know your teenage boy is in custody - and his future lost.

Somewhere in the past lie the answers, and you don't have a choice but to find them...

Historical Book Of The Year
A Fatal Crossing by Tom Hindle
Published in CD and MP3 CD audiobook in May 2022.
November 1924. The Endeavour sets sail for New York, with 2,000 passengers - and a killer - on board.

When a body is found on deck, ship's officer Timothy Birch is ready to declare the death a tragic accident. But Scotland Yard inspector James Temple is certain there's more to this misfortune than meets the eye.

Mounting an investigation, the pair uncover the theft of a priceless painting, and encounter a string of suspects with secrets to hide.

Now, with just days remaining until the Endeavour reaches New York, their search for the culprit is fraught with danger.

And all the while, the passengers roam the ship with a killer in their midst...

Debut Book Of The Year
The Maid by Nita Prose
Published in large print in July 2022.
I am your maid.

I know about your secrets. Your dirty laundry.

But what do you know about me?

Molly the maid is all alone in the world. A nobody. She's used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, plumping pillows and wiping away the grime, dust and secrets of the guests passing through. She's just a maid - why should anyone take notice?

But she is suddenly thrown into the spotlight when she discovers an infamous guest, Mr Black, very dead in his bed. This isn't a mess that can be easily cleaned up. And as Molly becomes embroiled in a hunt for the truth, following the clues whispering in the hallways of the Regency Grand, she discovers a power she never knew was there. She's just a maid - but what can she see that others overlook?

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