One of my favourite writers, Peter Temple, has won the Gold Dagger Award (the Duncan Lawrie Dagger) for the best crime novel of the year (and a healthy £20,000) from the UK Crime Writers Association. The novel is The Broken Shore. He was up against Giles Blunt, James Lee Burke, Gillian Flynn*, Craig Russell and CJ Samson.

Hooray for Peter Temple! That dagger is going to sit nicely in amongst all those Ned Kelly Awards. Maybe this might prompt a reappearance of Jack Irish? I live in hope… I know I point this out fairly regularly, but he did leave a comment here once! Now I will stop behaving like my mother when she thought Small Brother went to a royal wedding, and just suggest that if you haven’t read The Broken Shore yet – you should.

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*I’m keen to read Gillian Flynn’s novel Sharp Objects, as it took out the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and the New Blood Dagger.