Val McDermid wins the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger

Val McDermid receives the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger

Val McDermid receives the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger

Bestselling author Val McDermid is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.

It was given in recognition of Val’s work over more than 20 years. It is the latest accolade in a highly successful career which last year saw Val inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ITV3 Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.

Val, was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland; even as a young journalist her nickname was ‘killer’, which might have hinted at her career to come.  She now divides her time between Northumberland and Cheshire. Val is a top 10 bestseller who has been translated into 40 languages, with more than two million copies sold in the UK and 10 million worldwide.  She has written 23 bestselling novels and the popular ITV series Wire in the Blood, starring Robson Green, was based on her books and ran for six series. A three-part ITV drama of Val’s A Place of Execution was broadcast in the autumn of 2007. Val is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4.

Since the beginning of this year her books have been checked out almost 1500 times by our readers, so we know she is a hit with you too!

Find Val McDermid on our library catalogue

Val McDermid’s website is at


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