Sarah was presented with the award last night (16th July), in a ceremony at the Harrogate Festival. Chosen from a shortlist of six, she triumphed with this outstanding debut. It certainly won some fans here when we recording, so a massive congratualtions from all of us at Isis!.

The other shortlisted titles included The Facts of Life and Death by Belinda Bauer, The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffths and Entry Island by Peter May.

A special presentation was also made to Sara Paretsky, writer of the long-running VI Warshawski series, and now the recipient of the sixth Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.