I have lots of Dagger in the library books to read. If you look at the books read list, you will see them. A whole pile of new authors got added to the list, so the race is on to at least try to read one of each of the authors on the list.
We are shortlisting in 2 weeks, so we need to get at least a passing acquaintance with all the authors. Then we will have time before the final judging in May to read more of the long list, which will be good. Previously we used to do the short listing and final judgement on the same day, because we need to have a representative from the Crime Writers Association. The trouble with that was that you didn't have time to go away and think long and hard about the long list and read more of those authors. We are doing the long listing by email this year - with a CWA representative taking part.
We already have a few starting to edge out in front, but not all favour the same writers, which is good, because it makes the decision fairer if we have different tastes.