Chris Brookmyre won the 2017 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for Black Widow, the Guardian reported. During the opening night festivities at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Brookmyre received a £3,000 (about $3,905) cash prize, as well as a handmade, engraved oak beer cask made by Theakston Old Peculier.
Elly Griffiths, one of the judges, said, "I think it's a tour de force. It's such an important book, with fantastic characters--a really strong novel... It keeps us guessing not just who did it, but why they did it, and cements Chris's place in the pantheon of great crime writers."
Lee Child was honored with the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award.
Finalists have been unveiled for the 20th annual Taste Canada Awards, honoring the country's best food writing in seven English and five French categories, Quillblog reported. Winners will be announced at a gala in Toronto on October 30. You can see the English language shortlists here.