Congratulations to Sue Grafton: SHOTSMAG CONFIDENTIAL: CWA Announces 2008 Cartier Diamond Dagger Winner. Often overlooked, or under-rated, this award is well-deserved for an A to T of consistently entertaining and good reads.
From Shotsmag: "On hearing of the award, Ms Grafton said: "News of my being named the 2008 recipient of the CWA’s Cartier Diamond Dagger so astonished me that I thought at first it was a practical joke. The note from my British publisher, Macmillan, was typically understated: ‘I have some good news from the Crime Writers’ Association. They would very much like to award you the 2008 Cartier Diamond Dagger at a ceremony in London on 7th May in Kensington.’ Good news !?! I read the message three times and then checked the e-mail address just to verify that it had been intended for me. The publicity director was gently inquiring if I might attend the ceremony. I am absolutely delighted to respond that I’ll be there with bells on, as they say over here. I’m thrilled with the news and honored at the prospect. I confess I’m still slightly worried there’s an error in the works, but I’ll be there nonetheless." "
See also this post on Lying for a Living, the amusing blog of author Meg Gardiner.