Vote for Northumberland’s favourite detective

Filming of Vera in Alnwick
Filming of Vera in Alnwick

A fictional detective, whose stomping ground includes many locations across Northumberland, has been shortlisted in a crime writing and drama awards scheme.

DCI Vera Stanhope, the main character in the novels by Ann Cleeves and subsequently the eponymous star of the major ITV series, is in the running to win the Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective in the Dead Good Reader Awards, which will be presented at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate on Thursday, July 17.

The television series Vera has been filmed in various parts of Northumberland including an episode in the most recent series focused on Alnwick and one the series before which was set in Alnmouth.

The shortlist in full is Lacey Flint, created by Sharon Bolton; Vera Stanhope, created by Ann Cleeves; Cormoran Strike, created by Robert Galbraith; Harry Hole, created by Jo Nesbo; John Rebus, created by Ian Rankin; David Raker, created by Tim Weaver.

The winner will be decided by an online public vote and readers can champion and support ‘our’ Vera here.