Friday, November 8, 2013


Craig Sisterson, New Zealand journalist and crime-fiction blogger, announced the shortlist for the 2013 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. This award is named for New Zealand author Dame Ngaio Marsh and “recognizes excellence in New Zealand crime, mystery, and thriller writing.”

All of the nominees were originally published in New Zealand in 2012.

Death on Demand by Paul Thomas (Hachette NZ)
The Laughterhouse by Paul Cleave (Penguin)
Faceless by Vanda Symon (Penguin)
Little Sister by Julian Novitz (Random House)

 “We are thrilled with the quality and diversity of the shortlisted books this year,” says Sisterson, the organizer of this competition. “Modern crime fiction is now a broad church, where talented authors raise questions and cast light on a variety of societal and other issues through the prism of an exciting, page-turning story. 

The winner of this year’s prize will be declared on December 2.

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