Craig Sisterson announced on Crime Watch the Longlist for the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award. What fabulous books. I'm a judge for this Kiwi Award, so I've been reading these great books! Such fun!
A record number of entrants and a kaleidoscopic range of crime tales
illustrates the growth of New Zealand crime writing but provided a real
challenge for the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel,
who have revealed the longlist for their 2016 award today.
“In past years our judging panels have had some very close calls when it
came to picking the winner, or tough choices for who’d be finalists,
but this is the first time we’ve had such a log-jam of good books
battling for the longlist,” says Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. “Even
with nearly a dozen debutant authors entering our new Best First Novel
category instead, and the majority of our past winners and finalists not
being in the running this year, the pool has never been broader or
“That’s terrific for our local crime writing scene, of course, but does
make life hard for the judges, and means some good novels that judges’
enjoyed have missed out. So I’d like to thank all the entrants this
year, along with everyone who has come out and supported our Murder in
the Library series of events up and down the country, celebrating local
crime writers, the past few weeks.”
The longlist for the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime novel is:
• INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE by Ray Berard (Mary Egan Publishing);
• MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher (Titan Books);
• TRUST NO ONE by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press);
• STARLIGHT PENINSULA by Charlotte Grimshaw (Vintage);
• COLD HARD MURDER by Trish McCormack (Glacier Press);
• THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT by Tanya Moir (Vintage);
• THE MISTAKE by Grant Nicol (Number Thirteen Press);
• AMERICAN BLOOD by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin);
• SOMETHING IS ROTTEN by Adam Sarafis (Echo Publishing).
The judging panel of seven crime writing experts from New Zealand,
Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Nordic
countries, will announce the finalists in late July. The winner will be
announced at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on 27 August.
The Ngaio Marsh Awards were established in 2010 and are made annually
for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novels written by New Zealand
citizens and residents. For more information, visit the Awards' Facebook page here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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