CrimeFest 2016 is thrilled to announce the winners of its four award categories at the convention’s annual gala dinner this evening. The awards gala is the highlight of the UK’s biggest international crime fiction festival, with previous winners including Ian Rankin, Kate Atkinson, Stieg Larsson and Philip Kerr. The event was a celebration of a fantastic year in crime fiction, with Paula Hawkins snapping up the Audible Sounds of Crime Award. Her breakthrough success The Girl on the Train not only beat crime fiction heavyweight Stephen King, but also meant Robert Galbraith missed out on a hat trick following wins in 2014 and 2015.

The winners are:

Audible Sounds of Crime Award

WINNER: Paula Hawkins for The Girl on the Train, read by Clare Corbett (India Fisher & Louise Brealey)

Kobo eDunnit Award

WINNER: Michael Connelly for The Crossing (Orion Publishing Group)

Last Laugh Award

WINNER: Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Burning Man (Transworld

H.R.F. Keating Award

WINNER: Martin Edwards for The Golden Age of Murder (HarperCollins)

Also announced at CrimeFest was the winner of the 2016 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year:

Jørn Lier Horst for The Caveman, translated by Anne Bruce and published by Sandstone Press.

The trophy was presented by last year’s winner Yrsa Sigurðardóttir to Jorn Lier Horst’s representative, Robert Davidson of Sandstone Press.

The ceremony took place at the Bristol Royal Marriott Hotel to mark the climax of a convention that saw hundreds of authors, publishers, agents and lovers of crime fiction descend on the city for four days of exciting panel discussions, author talks and interviews with award-winning, bestselling crime fiction authors. Highlights of this year’s convention included guest author appearances from Peter James, Anne Holt, Ian Rankin and Hugh Fraser.

Representing her fellow organisers, CrimeFest co-director Donna Moore said: “These awards recognise and celebrate the breadth and depth of quality in crime fiction and non-fiction. We are thrilled to have such an eclectic mixture of winners that will delight both fans and newcomers to the genre.”

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