Last night I trotted into London for the CWA 60th Anniversary event. Held on the third floor of the fabulous Foyles flagship bookstore on Charing Cross Road, the celebrations began at 6.30pm with the announcement of the CWA’s recent polls to find the greatest crime writer, crime series and crime novel of all time.
The packed room fell silent as the winners were announced. And the winners are …
Best Ever Novel: THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD – AGATHA CHRISTIE
Best Ever Author – AGATHA CHRISTIE
Best Ever Crime Series – SHERLOCK HOLMES
Following the announcement, an expert panel of crime thriller writers – Barry Forshaw, Belinda Bauer, Zoe Sharp and David Stuart Davies – debated the shortlist choices and winners, with panel chair, Barry Forshaw, playing ‘devils advocate’.
A lively discussion was had – with topics ranging from plot-holes in classic crime novels, what can an author do when they get sick of writing their protagonist (as Agatha Christie did famously with Poirot), and who is the best Sherlock Holmes?
Congratulations to the winners and Happy Anniversary CWA.
- Whodunit? Poll seeks to find greatest ever crime novel (telegraph.co.uk)