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Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel Shortlist Announced

3 January 2017

The shortlist for the prestigious Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year has just been announced and we're pleased to see that Ulverscroft have 4 of the 6 titles available to purchase.

We'd like to wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to seeing who will win.

After You Die by Eve Dolan
Dawn Prentice was already known to the Peterborough Hate Crimes Unit. The previous summer she had logged a number of calls detailing the harassment she and her severely disabled teenage daughter were undergoing. Now she is dead stabbed to death whilst Holly Prentice has been left to starve upstairs. DS Ferreira, only recently back serving on the force after being severely injured, had met with Dawn that summer. Was she negligent in not taking Dawns accusations more seriously? Whilst Ferreira battles her demons, DI Zigic is drawn into conflict with an official seemingly resolved to hide the truth about one of his main suspects. Can either officer unpick the truth about mother and daughter, and bring their killer to justice?

Read by David Thorpe - Thriller - 21 hours 14 mins
2 MP3 CDs - 9781445055541 - £50.50
11 CDs - 9781445055534 - £50.50
eAudiobook - 9781445055558 - £46.50

Real Tigers by Mick Herron
London's Slough House is where disgraced MI5 operatives are reassigned to spend the rest of their spy careers pushing paper. But when one of these "slow horses" is kidnapped by a former soldier bent on revenge, the agents uncover a larger web of intrigue that involves not only a group of private mercenaries but also the highest authorities in the Security Service. After years spent as the lowest on the totem pole, the slow horses suddenly find themselves caught in the midst of a conspiracy that threatens not only the future of Slough House, but of MI5 itself.

Read by Sean Barrett - Thriller - 10 hours 51 mins
1 MP3 CDs - 9781445055602 - £47.50
10 CDs - 9781445055596 - £47.50
eAudiobook - 9781445055626 - £43.50

Out Of Bounds by Val McDermid
When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car, a routine DNA test could be the key to unlocking the mystery of a twenty-year-old murder inquiry. Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is an expert at solving the unsolvable. With each cold case closed, justice is served. So, finding the answer should be straightforward - but it's as twisted as the DNA helix itself. Meanwhile, Karen finds herself irresistibly drawn to another case, one that she has no business investigating. And as she pieces together decades-old evidence, she discovers the most dangerous kind of secrets - secrets that someone is willing to kill for.

Large Print - 9781444833225 - £20.99

Mising, Presumed by Susie Steiner
In mid-December, Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date - the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace. Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman - door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first seventy-two hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big. Is Edith alive or dead? Was her 'complex love life' at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end - or only the beginning?

Large Print - 9781444830378 - £20.99