Denise Mina wins the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

Denise Mina wins Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award

Novelist wins prize celebrating the very best in crime writing


Scottish author Denise Mina has been presented with the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious crime writing prizes in the country, with her book The End of the Wasp Season.

Denise beat off stiff competition from a shortlist that included SJ Watson's Before I Go To Sleep, John Connelly's The Burning Soul and another Orion title, Black Flowers by Steve Mosby. The prize included £3,000 cash and a handmade oak cask provided by Theakstons Old Peculier.

Denise said of her win "I’m only here to prove I’m a good sport! I’ve lost a tenner in a bet! There’s something lovely about the collegiate attitude of crime writers and together it makes us balls-ier! I’m a bit blown away to be honest. I was really blown away by being on the shortlist. I’m so astonished I can’t even swear!"

Now in its eighth year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, in partnership with Asda – who is promoting the shortlisted titles in stores nationwide – and in association with the Daily Mirror, was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1st June 2011 to 31st May 2012.

The overall winner was decided by a public vote and a panel of experts which this year was comprised of DI Tom Thorne actor David Morrissey; Festival chair Mark Billingham; Daily Mirror Literary Editor and crime novelist Henry Sutton; Asda Fiction Buyer Ruth Lewis; and Simon Theakston, Executive Director of T&R Theakston Ltd.