With just one week to the announcement of the 2007 winners, it’s time to reflect on the one that got away in 2006.

Shortlisted for both the Duncan Lawrie Dagger and The Edgars in 2006, it won neither.  However, it did win both Lizzy’s Book Cover of the Year and Lizzy’s Crime Novel of the Year 2006. It is quite simply the best crime novel I have ever read.

I’ve recommended it to all and sundry for the past twelve months and everyone without exception has awarded it 5-stars.

However, it comes with a health-warning – it will break your heart ……..