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Preparing Capital Crime: Amazon Publishing Readers’ AWARDS SHORTLISTS – LET’S VOTE! @CapitalCrime1 @midaspr @SophMidas

You know what makes a festival even more exciting? Awards! And guess what? Capital Crime is going to treat us!

Let’s see what and who we can now vote for!

*tragic drum roll*

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Were you expecting the names right away? Guys, it’s a crime festival, you are supposed to EXPECT suspense! Before we get to the shortlist, let’s find out what those awards are about…

Capital Crime is pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2019 Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards. The awards are a celebration of the crime and thriller genre and in a UK festival first, recognise excellence in film and television as well as books. The shortlists were decided by Capital Crime’s advisory board of authors, industry leaders and reviewers, but readers will have the final say on who wins in each category.

How brilliant is this? We readers are getting the power to support our favourite in different crimson categories. I am not much for competition, but I can’t help feeling excited to be able to use my voice!

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David Headley, co-founder of Capital Crime said, ‘Capital Crime is all about the readers. With panels focused on entertaining and engaging, and events and parties that are open to all, it was only natural we give readers the ultimate say over who wins our awards.’

Capital Crime has invested in an innovative voting system which gives festival passholders the ability to decide their favourite books, film and TV series. The Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards are decided by real crime and thriller fans.

Adam Hamdy, author and screenwriter, and co-founder of Capital Crime said, ‘Amazon leads the way in technology innovation and it’s fitting that our awards make use of new technology to put the power in the hands of crime and thriller fans.’

Capital Crime festival pass holders will be able to vote for the winner in each category from today until 19 September 2019.

Hatty Stiles, Senior Marketing Manager, Amazon Publishing, said, ‘We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Capital Crime Reader’s Awards, and excited to be part of this new festival that celebrates the crime and thriller community. As soon as we heard about Capital Crime’s innovative approach and stellar line-up, we were eager to be involved.’

Let’s sum up: grab your ticket here and get voting!

The winners of the awards will be announced at Capital Crime on Saturday 26th September at a gala reception that marks the close of the festival. ( There will be blood…y awards!)

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I know, I know, you’ve waiting long enough. Without further ado, here are the categories and nominees for the Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards!


Jane Casey – Cruel Acts

Anthony Horowitz – The Sentence is Death

Ragnar Jonasson – The Island

Philip Kerr – Metropolis

Ian Rankin – In A House of Lies   


Steve Cavanagh – Twisted

Mick Herron – London Rules

Gregg Hurwitz – Out of the Dark

Manda Scott – A Treachery of Spies

Matt Wesolowski – Changeling


Oyinkan Braithwaite – My Sister, The Serial Killer

Lesley Kara – The Rumour

Laura Shepherd-Robinson – Blood & Sugar

Harriet Tyce – Blood Orange

Holly Watt – To The Lions


Amer Anwar – Brothers in Blood

Mark Edwards – Last of the Magpies

Alex Michaelides – The Silent Patient

Liane Moriarty – Nine Perfect Strangers

CL Taylor – Sleep


Robert Galbraith – Lethal White – Read by Robert Glenister

Anthony Horowitz – The Sentence is Death – Read by Rory Kinnear

Catherine Steadman – Something in the Water – Read by Catherine Steadman

Stuart Turton – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Read by Jot Davies

Harriet Tyce – Blood Orange – Read by Julie Teal


Edward Carey – Little

Will Carver – Good Samaritans

Will Dean – Red Snow

Jean Levy – What Was Lost

Matt Wesolowski – Changeling


Louise Candlish – Our House

Ray Celestin – The Mobster’s Lament

MW Craven – The Puppet Show

Erin Kelly – Stone Mothers

Ian Rankin – In a House of Lies


American Animals


John Wick 3

The Sisters Brothers





Killing Eve

Line of Duty


Ready, Steady, Vote!


Capital Crime is an exciting new festival that celebrates all things crime and thriller. The inaugural festival takes place this September 26th -28th at the Connaught Rooms in London. Guests include Kate Atkinson, Robert Harris, David Baldacci, Ian Rankin, Ann Cleeves, Robert Glenister, Leye Adenle, Denise Mina, Anthony Horowitz, Abir Mukherjee and many more prestigious authors.

Capital Crime offers fans unprecedented access to their favourite crime and thriller creatives. Capital Crime is a celebration of books, films and TV and the line-up is an unrivalled mix of world class talent, rising stars and newcomers. Capital Crime is a must for fans of all things crime and thriller.


4 thoughts on “Preparing Capital Crime: Amazon Publishing Readers’ AWARDS SHORTLISTS – LET’S VOTE! @CapitalCrime1 @midaspr @SophMidas”

  1. Wow that’s tough competition. But each author is honoured even to listed in the category as there are so many amazing crime books. I look forward to seeing the results and the pictures of Capital Crime.
    Amanda xx


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