The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, now in its eighth year, was created to celebrate the very best in crime writing and is open to British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback.
“Sarah Erroll has jetlag. Lying in bed in the mid afternoon, savouring a glorious sleep in her childhood nursery, she thinks she hears a noise downstairs. But it’s a big house, an old house and floor boards snap, walls creak and sag, timbers groan. She doesn’t like it. She leaves the radio on when she’s here alone to mask the sounds but the radio is off. Then she hears a woman’s voice on the stairs. There are two of them and they come into her room, menacing, angry, clearly not here by mistake. But she’s never seen either of them before and doesn’t know why they’re so angry.