Ngaio Marsh Awards

Fresh blood on the ferns: new voices dominate Ngaio Marsh Awards

The usual suspects took a back seat as first-time crime writers Fiona Sussman, Finn Bell, and Michael Bennett swept the spoils at the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards in Christchurch on Saturday night.

The talented trio made history on several fronts at a special WORD Christchurch event hosted in Dame Ngaio’s hometown by Scorpio Books as part of nationwide NZ Bookshop Day celebrations.

Review - The Last Time We Spoke, Fiona Sussman

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Last Time We Spoke
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780749020
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
Auckland
Publisher: 
Allison & Busby
Year of Publication: 
2016

Review - Dead Lemons, Finn Bell

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Book Title: 
Dead Lemons
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
B01IEBX3CI
Series: 
The Far South Series
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Thriller
Location: 
New Zealand
Publisher: 
Amazon
Year of Publication: 
2016

The verdicts are in: new Kiwi voices dominate among 2017 Ngaios finalists

There’s fresh blood aplenty in the local crime writing ranks and the usual suspects were nowhere to be found as the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists were named on Monday.

Review - The Ice Shroud, Gordon Ell

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Book Title: 
The Ice Shroud
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780986456442
Series: 
Malcolm Buchan
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
New Zealand
Queenstown
Publisher: 
Bush Press
Year of Publication: 
2016

Review - A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse, Brannavan Gnanalingam

Author Information
Book Title: 
A Briefcase
Two Pies and a Penthouse
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780473356347
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Satire
Year of Publication: 
2016

#amreading Spare Me the Truth, C.J. Carver

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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.

From the Blurb:

Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life - and his son - is a lie.

Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother's funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.

Review - A Moment's Silence, Christopher Abbey

Author Information
Book Title: 
A Moment's Silence
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
978-0-473-36189-1
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Publisher: 
Mary Egan Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2016

#amreading Revealed in Mist, Jude Knight

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Catching up on some recently read books - this is historical romance / crime fiction from New Zealander Author, Jude Knight.

From the Blurb:

Prue's job is to uncover secrets, but she hides a few of her own. When she is framed for murder and cast into Newgate, her one-time lover comes to her rescue. Will revealing what she knows help in their hunt for blackmailers, traitors, and murderers? Or threaten all she holds dear? 

#amreading Please Do Not Disturb, Robert Glancy

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Another from the weekend's reading pile - which wasn't that big unfortunately this time around, bit busy and then next weekend's Eurovision so other than hiding from the media on Sunday before the telecast - will be too flat out cooking :)

From the Blurb:

A funny, disturbing, and deeply affecting novel of power, corruption, and innocence in colonial Africa, by the author of Terms & Conditions.

As the African nation of Bwalo prepares for The Big Day—the only day in the year the ailing King talks to his subjects—we meet five very different people: