Friday, October 24, 2014


The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards were announced tonight. Now in their seventh year, they mark the culmination of ITV3’s six-week prime time series, The Specsavers Crime Thriller Club. The ceremony will be shown on ITV3 at 9pm, Monday 27 October 2014.

Crime Writers’ Association Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year:
Wiley Cash, This Dark Road to Mercy (Doubleday/Transworld)

Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey New Blood Dagger for the Best New Crime Writer of the Year: Ray Celestin, The Axeman’s Jazz (Mantle)

Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for the Best Thriller of the Year: Robert Harris, An Officer and a Spy (Arrow)

The Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read: Peter May, Entry Island (Quercus)

The International TV Dagger: True Detective

The Best Actress Dagger: Keeley Hawes, Line of Duty

The Best Actor Dagger: Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

The TV Dagger: Happy Valley

The Film Dagger: Cold in July 

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger: James Norton, Happy Valley

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger: Amanda Abbington, Sherlock

HT: Rhian Davies at It's a Crime! (Or a mystery...)

Volunteer at Bouchercon!

Coming to Bouchercon, November 13-16? Want to meet like minded people--fans, readers, and authors-- while helping out at Bouchercon: Murder at the Beach, in Long Beach? Then we have a job for you! So many volunteer jobs to choose from and at different times. Or sign up for more than one!

Please respond to Lucinda Surber (, Volunteer Chair.

See you at Bouchercon!

From Lucinda:

Here are some areas where we need help. Please respond to this email to let me know which tasks look like something you would enjoy. Be sure to mention what days/times you are available.

Book Bag Setup
We will be organizing the books for bag stuffing on Tuesday from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Volunteers will need to lift some boxes and unpack the books onto tables. There will also be some smaller things to organize. Please indicate when you would be available to help.

Book Bag Stuffing
We will be stuffing books into the book bags on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until done, hopefully by 3:00-4:00 PM. Please indicate when you would be available to help.

Registration Desk
Sign up for a two-hour shift helping to manage the registration desk. We need both experienced Registration Desk volunteers and those who have never done this fun job of welcoming convention registrations and handing out the registration envelopes. We need volunteers Wednesday from 3:00-7:00 PM, Thursday from 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Friday from 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM, and Saturday 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Please let us know the approximate time you would be available to help.

Book Bag Distribution
Sign up for a shift distributing the book bags to registrants during the hours that registration is open on Wednesday through Friday. Please let us know the approximate time you would be available to help.

Volunteer Table Helper
Sign up to take a shift at the volunteer table, distributing packets to the Panel Room and Book-Signing volunteers. The Volunteer Table will be open from 15 minutes before the first panel of the day until 15 minutes after the final panel ends. This job is even more fun if you sign up with a friend you would like to catch up with during the lulls.

Panel Room Volunteer
Sign up for a shift managing a program room. Responsibilities include making sure the panelists have water, holding up signs so the panel moderator knows how much time is left before the end of the program, and escorting the panelists to the signing space after the panel. Written instructions will be provided. If you are interested, please check the panel schedule and let us know which panels you would like to help with. It's fine to give us a long list of panels you want to attend with a note about how many total panels you would like to help with.

Book-Signing Volunteer
Sign up for a shift helping with the book signing after panels. Duties include placing signage, greeting and directing authors to their seats, and managing lines to avoid congestion. The signings follow each panel track for about half an hour. You would need to arrive in the signing area half an hour before the panel ends in order to hang the signs so panelists know where to sit.

Silent Auction Monitor
Sign up for a shift monitoring the Silent Auction Items on Thursday (10:00 AM - 6:00 PM), Friday (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM), Saturday (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM). Please let us know the approximate time you would be available to help.

Silent Auction Item Distribution

Sign up to help distribute the Silent Auction items to the winning bidders on Saturday from 3:00-5:00 PM.

As an all-volunteer organization, Bouchercon can’t hold conventions without willing volunteers like you!

Thanks in advance for pitching in to help with this great convention.