Robin Stevens and Simon Mason have won the inaugural awards for Best Crime Novel for Children and Young Adults respectively at the annual CrimeFest Awards.

Stevens won the first children’s award for her title Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin), while Mason won the first gong honouring the best YA crime fiction for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books).

The category winners were among six revealed at CrimeFest convention’s gala dinner in Bristol on Sunday (21st May).

Others honoured were Clare Mackintosh for the Audible Sounds of Crime Award with I See You, read by Tachel Atkins (Hachette Audio/Isis), Laura Lippman who bagged the eDunnit Award for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber), Barry Forshaw who claimed the H.R.F. Keating Award for Brit Noir (Pocket Essentials) and Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray), who won the Last Laugh Award.

At the same event, Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen and published by Orenda Books was named as winner of the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Novel of the Year.

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