Annal: 1994 Dagger Award for Crime Novel

Results of the Dagger Award in the year 1994.

Book:The Scold's Bridle

The Scold's Bridle

Minette Walters

Few tears fall when rich, spiteful old Mathilda Gillespie’s bloody corpse is found her bathtub, her wrists slit and the ancient scold’s bridle clamped on her head. It seems Mathilda’s favorite heirloom was also an instrument of torture form the Middle Ages, an iron cage used to gag yapping women. Among the Dorset villagers, only Sarah Blakeney, Mathilda’s doctor for her final year, seems even mildly disturbed that the miserable nag has been muzzled forever.

But suicide starts to look like homicide, and Sarah’s sorrow seems a bit contrived when the bombshell drops that Mathilda has disinherited her daughter and granddaughter, leaving her entire fortune to Sarah. Now the object of vicious gossip and the police’s prime suspect in a brutal murder, Sarah must prove her innocence by delving into Mathilda’s past to unmask the real killer.

Book:Smilla's Sense of Snow (Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow)

Smilla's Sense of Snow (Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow)

Peter Høeg

She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories—a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime…

It happened in the Copenhagen snow. A six-year-old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building. While the boy’s body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident. But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn’t fall from the roof on his own. Soon she is following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow. For her dead neighbor, and for herself, she must embark on a harrowing journey of lies, revelation and violence that will take her back to the world of ice and snow from which she comes, where an explosive secret waits beneath the ice…

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