Femi Kayode Makes The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers 2024 Shortlist

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Nigerian psychologist and writer, Femi Kayode has emerged as one of the Crime Writers’ Association Daggers 2024 Shortlist with his book, “Gaslight”.

Kayode’s “action-packed and spirited debut” book titled “Gaslight”, Philip Taiwo returns to solve a missing-persons case, and in so doing, uncovers dark secrets the church has worked tirelessly to hide (Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, the Serial Killer). The book is a powerful current with jolting bursts of excitement and horror detailing the corruption between leaders and investigative mystery.

The Crime Writers’ Association was founded in 1953 by the prolific author John Creasey who wrote over 400 books under various pseudonyms, but is perhaps best known to readers of crime fiction for the Gideon series. Creasey took up the challenge to found a members association of crime writers when it was suggested to him by fellow crime writer, Nigel Morland, who had just become the first British member of the Mystery Writers of America (formed in 1948). As there was no UK equivalent, other than the prestigious and selective Detection Club (formed in 1930), Morland and Creasey thought there was scope for a broader, more inclusive association of British writers of crime. 

Femi Kayode grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied Clinical Psychology at the University of Ibadan and has worked in advertising over the last two decades. He was a Packard Fellow in Film and Media at the University of Southern California and a Gates-Packard Fellow in International Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. His writing credits include several award-winning works for the stage and screen. His debut novel, Lightseekers won the Little, Brown/UEA Crime Fiction Award. Lightseekers is published by Raven Books on 4th February or you can borrow the e-book from our collection.

Congratulations Femi!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

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