On 20 May 2017, at the Gala Dinner at CrimeFest, Bristol, Petrona Award judges Barry Forshaw and Sarah Ward announced the winner of the 2017 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

The winner was WHERE ROSES NEVER DIE by Gunnar Staalesen, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett and published by Orenda Books.

The trophy was presented by last year’s winner Jørn Lier Horst.

As well as the trophy, Gunnar Staalesen receives a pass to and a guaranteed panel at next year’s CrimeFest.

The judges’s additional comments on WHERE ROSES NEVER DIE:

Gunnar Staalesen has long been the finest Nordic novelist in the private-eye tradition of the American masters. WHERE ROSES NEVER DIE is both a coruscating and ambitious novel from the veteran writer, and a radical re-working of his customary materials – perhaps the most accomplished entry in the long-running sequence of books about Bergen detective Varg Veum.

The Petrona team would like to thank our sponsor, David Hicks, for his generous support of the 2017 Petrona Award.

The winners of the CrimeFest Awards were also announced at the Dinner and are as follows:

Audible Sounds of Crime Award

WINNER: Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Hachette Audio / Isis)

eDunnit Award

WINNER: Laura Lippman for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber)

H.R.F. Keating Award

WINNER: Barry Forshaw for Brit Noir (Pocket Essentials)

Last Laugh Award

WINNER: Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray)

Best Crime Novel for Children (08 – 12)

WINNER: Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin)

Best Crime Novel for Young Adults (12 – 16)

WINNER: Simon Mason for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books)

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