I Detest Mozart, one of the short-stories by Teresa Solana gathered in the collection The First Prehistoric Serial Killer and Other Stories (Bitter Lemon Press), has been shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Short Story Dagger Award 2019.
The ten Daggers awarded annually by the CWA are regarded by the publishing world as the foremost British awards for crime-writing.
The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre. Created in 1955, the CWA Daggers have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.
The 2019 winners will be announced at the Dagger Award ceremony at the Grange City Hotel, London, on 24 October—widely considered as the crime writing event of the year in the UK.
"Teresa Solana, already Barcelona's wittiest satirist, excels herself with The First Prehistoric Serial Killer, a collection of blackly humorous short stories. It's a laugh-out-loud gem of surrealism. The book's title story explains how the planet's first detective investigated a murder. Eight other linked stories deal with disparate topics, each with a crime slant—including I Detest Mozart, being an interpreter at a gathering of gangsters and how to hide dodgy money. Just as you think there cannot be yet another funny twist, Solana comes up with three more, each more outrageous than its predecessor.” The Times
"This subtly inventive story collection from Spanish author Solana (The Sound of One Hand Killing) floats effortlessly from whimsy to horror, from exploring the inner life of ghosts to witnessing a murderous gang fight. Solana's understated narratives allow the criminality or weirdness to build until the reader is unexpectedly immersed in it. All are well worth reading." Publishers Weekly
"Solana’s novels are sharp and acerbically funny… The present collection brings together her explorations of the darker side of contemporary Barcelona and her unsettling surrealistic streak." Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Civil War
"A hugely imaginative collection of (mostly crime) (mostly Barcelona-based) short stories. The ‘Connections’ sequence in particular is terrific." Ian Rankin