We have now got a longlist for the Dagger in the library.
I have read something by everyone on the list, but some of them a year or two ago, so need to revisit those authors urgently. I have read all the crime novels by Susan Hill, C J Sansom and William Broderick, but some of the others are new to me and I have only read one book by them.
We have the shortlisting meeting in mid May when we meet and have a looong lunch discussing the books and authors. It is good because we have a range of preferences within the different judges, so it makes for a fairly balanced result.
Sansom writes Tudor historical novels, Susan Hill has a policeman as her main character, William Broderick has a modern monk as his main character, Goodwin has a 19th century Turkish eunuch as his. There are police procedure ones from Harvey and James, and a variety of others as well. It makes it all very interesting,