Death of an Agent
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ISBN
9780992262297
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Book Number (in series)
4
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Rose Carlyle

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Rose Carlyle is a lawyer and keen adventurer. She has crewed on scientific yachting expeditions to subantarctic islands and lived aboard her own yacht in the Indian Ocean for a year, sailing it from Thailand to South Africa via the Seychelles. Rose was a Michael King Writer in Residence in 2020. She lives in Auckland with her three children.

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Spiked
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ISBN
9780473465858
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Dead Man Singing
ISBN
9781393699316
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Take Down
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ISBN
B07YQ38ZYG
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Murder in Doubt
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ISBN
9780473478841
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Lokahi's Triangle
ISBN
B07MXBWLBM
Book Number (in series)
4
Kanaloa's Betrayal
ISBN
B07W2WDP89
Book Number (in series)
5
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Into the Void
ISBN
9780473502621
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Chinese Proverb
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ISBN
9781483596563
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Book Number (in series)
1
One Single Thing
Author
ISBN
9780473477141
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Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Would She Be Gone
ISBN
B07ZGKP6DL
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Hide
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ISBN
9781925227581
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Karen Chisholm

Gudrun Frerichs

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I spent my childhood on a small, dreamy fishing island close to Hamburg, Germany. From there I spent years in Switzerland and The Netherlands. For the last thirty years, I’ve called New Zealand my home.

Once my three children were grown, I studied psychotherapy and worked for 25 years as a trauma specialist and started writing. Over the years I’ve learned that life is a bumpy ride full of highs and lows. It’s having friends and loved ones to celebrate with that makes the highs special, and knowing one isn’t the only one who struggles makes the lows tolerable.

Dione Jones

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For Dione Jones, writing is a long-held passion. She lives in New Zealand but was born in England and if often inspired to write about the past and changes to the English way of life, she has a Master of Creative Writing and has won an award in the National Flash Fiction competition.

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Robert Jenkins

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Robert Jenkins was born and raised in Walthamstow, East London. Running wild was his heritage but he also wrote plays for the stage, novels and short stories. He wrote poetry from a young age and read them in the early days of stand-up poetry nights in London pubs. Straddling realities can happen in great cities. He travelled the world with his wife and children and back at home lived and worked with some of the most challenging, damaged and beautiful people in society.

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Rosetta Allan

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Rosetta Allan is an Auckland based novelist, poet, and short fiction writer. Born in Putaruru, Rosetta grew up in the Hawkes Bay, then studied at the University of Auckland, obtaining her Masters of Creative Writing with First Class Honours in 2017, and was the recipient of the Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship.

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Maxine Alterio

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Maxine Alterio is a novelist, short story writer and academic mentor. She has a MA from Otago University and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, where she studied the memoirs of First World War nurses.

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Sandra Arnold

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Sandra Arnold lives in New Zealand. She has a MLitt (High Distinction) and PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University, Australia and is the author of a book on parental bereavement, Sing no Sad Songs and two novels, Tomorrow’s Empire and A Distraction of Opposites. Her first flash fiction collection Soul Etchings (Retreat West Books, UK) was published in June 2019. Her third novel, Ash (Mākaro Press, NZ) will be published in August 2019.

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Becky Manawatu

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Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu) was born in Nelson, raised in Waimangaroa and has returned there to live with her family, working as a reporter for The News in Westport. Becky’s short story ‘Abalone’ was long-listed for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, her essay ‘Mothers Day’ has been selected for the Landfall anthology Strong Words. Auē is her first novel.

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Bruce Melrose

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Bruce Melrose grew up on New Zealand's Kapiti Coast, just north of the capital city, Wellington, and is a graduate of Massey University.

He was a Wellington track champion over 3000m steeplechase and 10,000m, and a New Zealand 3000m steeplechase representative in 1989.

He raced in the IAAF Grand Prix 3000m steeplechase in London against many of the best steeplechasers of his generation.

He lives with Ali and their two dogs Ruby and Benny.

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Stephanie Johnson

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Stephanie Johnson is the author of several collections of poetry and of short stories, some plays and adaptations, and many fine novels. The New Zealand Listener commented that ‘Stephanie Johnson is a writer of talent and distinction. Over the course of an award-winning career — during which she has written plays, poetry, short stories and novels — she has become a significant presence in the New Zealand literary landscape, a presence cemented and enhanced by her roles as critic and creative writing teacher.' the Shag Incident won the Montana Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2003, and Belief was shortlisted for the same award. Stephanie has also won the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, and was the 2001 Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland. Many of her novels have been published in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. She co-founded the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival with Peter Wells in 1999.

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Lily Woodhouse

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Lily Woodhouse is the Australian pen name of award winning New Zealand author Stephanie Johnson.

Pseudonym Of

Stephanie Johnson

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Stephanie Johnson is the author of several collections of poetry and of short stories, some plays and adaptations, and many fine novels. The New Zealand Listener commented that ‘Stephanie Johnson is a writer of talent and distinction. Over the course of an award-winning career — during which she has written plays, poetry, short stories and novels — she has become a significant presence in the New Zealand literary landscape, a presence cemented and enhanced by her roles as critic and creative writing teacher.' the Shag Incident won the Montana Deutz Medal for Fiction in 2003, and Belief was shortlisted for the same award. Stephanie has also won the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, and was the 2001 Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland. Many of her novels have been published in Australia, America and the United Kingdom. She co-founded the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival with Peter Wells in 1999.

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Rob Elliott

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Rob Elliott, a New Zealander, is a member and former President of his local U3A Chapter. He has travelled widely during his career in the Motor Industry. Since retirement he has written and published a memoir and five novels.

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Christina O'Reilly

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Christina O’Reilly is a writer, freelance proofreader, and copy editor currently living in the Manawatu. Two of her short stories have been published in the anthologies Horizons 3 and The Rangitawa Collection 2017. Her first crime novel, Into the Void, was recently longlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Memorial Prize for an Unpublished Novel.

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Frances Housden

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Frances Housden lives in New Zealand, a beautiful country not so very different from Scotland, where she was born. She began her career as a published writer after winning Romance Writers of New Zealands prestigious Clendon Award. She went on to pen six very successful novels for Silhouette Books, where she merged her penchant for characterisation with her love of suspense. She is now delving into the world of historical romance, using her love of history to take her readers on an exciting trip into the lives of memorable characters.

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Jennifer Palgrave

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Jennifer Palgrave is the pen name of new writing partnership Lois Cox and Hilary Lapsley. Both are experienced writers of non-fiction.

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Carmel Reilly

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Carmel Reilly writes for children and adults. She has worked as an educational writer for almost two decades and is the author of more than 300 titles of fiction and non-fiction for children and young teens. In 2011 she won the Partners in Crime Short Story award and in 2016 she was awarded a Varuna Residental Fellowship to develop her first novel, Life Before. Born in New Zealand, she now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Cherie Mitchell

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Cherie Mitchell is an Amazon bestselling author with a number of short story prizes, book awards, and literary commendations to her name. Her biggest prize to date was a complimentary trip across the world when her book The House At Sailor's Bay was ranked as a finalist in the Litnet Small Towns, Big Stories Contest.

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Shauna Bickley

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Shauna writes crime novels featuring characters who aren't afraid to solve mysteries, find murderers, and generally get themselves in all sorts of danger. In real life, Shauna wouldn't be found doing any of these things.

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Not the Faintest Trace
ISBN
B078TL6XS4
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Rain Fall
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ISBN
9781760296834
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Outlaw
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ISBN
9780995106413
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Make A Hard Fist
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ISBN
9780473421878
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Nalini Singh

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I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.
 

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This Mortal Boy
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ISBN
9780143771807
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Stakes
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ISBN
9781760632755
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
A Stolen Woman
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ISBN
B078WZYPLF
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Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Quaker
ISBN
9780008259914
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Vanishing Act
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ISBN
B07BGXGB9S
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Wedlock
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ISBN
9780473421861
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Sharks With Lipstick
ISBN
B07HXVV9QN
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Last Seen Leaving
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ISBN
B07G491N4D
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Murder in Paint
Author
ISBN
B079HJNKW9
Book Number (in series)
1
Murder in Mud
Author
ISBN
B07KP14DPX
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Qubyte
Author
ISBN
B07LBCB9NZ
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
10
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Revenge is a Self Inflicted Wound
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ISBN
B07KMNKWCL
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
4
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Hey You, Pretty Face
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ISBN
B07JHNNCFX
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Dark Service
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ISBN
B07CBTT4VJ
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
4
One Last Hit
Author
ISBN
B07FNXS2TG
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
5
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
I Only Killed Him Once
ISBN
9780765379221
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Between
ISBN
9780995106420
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Carlswick Mythology
Author
ISBN
B07JM1RN7W
Book Number (in series)
5
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
One for Another
Author
ISBN
B07DCLTZBP
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Nancys
ISBN
9781760527334
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Karen Chisholm
2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards Longlist

Young offenders, criminal histories:

Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed

An extraordinary literary tag-team is among several tales inspired by historic events to be named today on an eclectic longlist for the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.

The Second Grave
Author
ISBN
9780473427702
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Money in the Morgue
ISBN
9780008207137
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
33
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Catherine Lea

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Catherine lives with a fox terrier that thinks he owns the house. She has sold international satellite capacity, worked in IT recruitment, and run her own communications store.

When Catherine isn't writing, she's dog-wrangling, wrestling with technology, or going crazy trying to maintain control of the yard.

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Thomas W. Devine

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He currently lives in the capital city of New Zealand with his wife & ex SPCA cat, Dudley.

When he's writing a novel (he has published twelve in twelve years) he works every day of the week, in the mornings, for 3-5 hours. A retired pensioner,it's his only paid employment.

 

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Karen Cossey

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Karen has always written stories, many over the recent years for her writers group. You can download her collection of young children's stories, "Cinderella Sarah" FOR FREE from here: http://www.karencossey.com/childrens-...

Having home-schooled her two children for five years, she tries to put something of her love of family and joy of living into her writing. She lives in beautiful New Zealand, near to the beach, along with her husband, her two kids who are now teenagers, and a very practical People Mover vehicle which looks nothing like the Ferrari she dreams of. Nor the unicorn. Worst of all, it doesn't come with a chauffeur or even a taxi driver so she also dreams about the day her teenagers get their own driving licences. :)

Being a writer she obviously has a cat, who is called Marbles and likes to talk with her other pet, Milly the goat. 

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The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser
Author
ISBN
B06XGBBGMF
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Tess
ISBN
9781776561001
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Painted
ISBN
9780473398439
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Contest
Author
ISBN
9780473399177
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Hot Flush
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ISBN
9780473389550
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Hidden Room
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ISBN
9780349007908
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Easter Make Believers
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Publisher
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
A Suitable Time for Vengeance
Author
ISBN
9780995100206
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
7
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Lost Taonga
Author
ISBN
9780994130464
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
6
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Empty Coffin
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ISBN
9780473388959
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Ella West

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Ella West, the pen name of Karen Trebilcock, was born in Invercargill, New Zealand and writes novels for young adults. She now lives on a rural property near Mosgiel, Dunedin, with her husband and two sons. As well as writing fiction, she also works part time as a journalist. Her next book Rain Fall is due out in January 2018.

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Rodney Strong

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Writing is one of those things that I have always done. I vividly remember spending most of an English exam writing a complicated adventure story as the answer to an exam question. I passed the exam, either because of, or despite the answer. 

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Andrea Jacka

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Andrea lives in Orewa, New Zealand. When not working or writing she can be found either inching through the novels of Charles Dickens with reasonable success; learning to stand-up paddle board with fair to middling success; or attempting to limit quaffing of bubbles with little to no success.

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A Greater God
ISBN
9780648393801
Book Number (in series)
4
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Linda Coles

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Hi, I’m Linda Coles, an English woman now living in New Zealand.

I’ve written marketing books and a couple of romance books, and have now settled on crime as my chosen genre, since that’s what I enjoy reading the most.

I developed the DS Amanda Lacey series back in 2017 and have watched her and her colleagues grow over the stories, through their work as well as their personal lives. Jack Rutherford is her work partner, and is a bit of a ‘Maigret’; as for Amanda herself, I can’t think of anyone she’d be like except maybe like lots of women. She’s honourable, savvy, loving and wears well-polished Doc Martin boots with her sensible work suit, so that should tell you something of her nature. Together the duo work the strangest of crimes in Croydon, UK. I do like to give them both modern cases to solve, quite often involving the dark web for a bit of extra intrigue.
 

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Giovanni Rex

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Giovanni Rex’s noir-ish novels cut a broad swath across the contemporary genre. This is part due to the complexity of time shifts, narrative voices, and bizarre characterizations. Part thriller, part literary musing, the author’s tone is a times a moral cry for a better society, with more compassion, less violence, but at others the pages are awash with blood and sex. Whom ever the author is, and there are plenty of hints within his novels to assume there is another hand behind the declared writer, an excellent puppet master is pulling the literary strings. He/she has taken the noir convention and cut it to pieces.

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The Carlswick Deception
Author
Book Number (in series)
4
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Straight and Level
ISBN
9780473398200
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Terror of the Innocent
Author
ISBN
B071KYTF8M
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Jaws of Revenge
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ISBN
B071Y48T5K
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

J.P. Pomare

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J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer who has had work published in journals including MeanjinKill Your DarlingsTakahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife.

 

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Linda Olsson

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Linda Olsson lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Her debut 'Let me sing you gentle songs' was published in September 2005 in New Zealand. Since then the rights for it have been sold to many countries. It has now been published in the US and Canada under the title 'Astrid and Veronika' as well as in her country of birth, Sweden (Låt mig sjunga dig milda sånger).

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Nathan Blackwell

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Nathan Blackwell was raised on Auckland's North Shore and attended Westlake Boys High School before commencing a ten-year career in the New Zealand Police. Seven of those years were spent as a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, where he was exposed to human nature at its strongest and bravest, but also at its most depraved and horrific.

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Karen Chisholm

Backcountry mystery outshone big city crime at WORD Christchurch Festival on Saturday evening as Alan Carter and Jennifer Lane were named the winners of the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards.

Karen Chisholm

Having just posted a media announcement on the 2018 Ngaio Marsh longlist (the media announcement is here), now for a few personal comments. Firstly and most importantly, if you've been standing by waiting for a review to be posted (especially if your book was in the submissions list), this is the reason for the delay.

Karen Chisholm

Turned into the perfect read for a hot Saturday afternoon.

From the Blurb:

Amy is a store detective at Cutty’s, the oldest and grandest department store in the country. She’s good at her job. She can read people and catch them. But Cutty’s is closing down. Amy has a young baby, an ailing mother, and a large mortgage. She also has a past as an activist.

Karen Chisholm

One from the weekend's pile

From the Blurb:

Detective Ngaire Blakes is back on the case when a skeletonized murder victim is discovered - a crime that took place during the Springbok Tours of 1981. A period that pitted father against son, town against city, and police against protestors.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the New Zealand pile read over the weekend.

From the Blurb:

Karen Chisholm

Particularly intriguing one from recent day's reading.

From the Blurb:

Cassy blew a collective kiss at them. 'See you in September,' she said. A throwaway line. Just words, uttered casually by a young woman in a hurry. And then she'd gone.

It was supposed to be a short trip - a break in New Zealand before her best friend's wedding. But when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they'd see her again.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the weekend's New Zealand piles.

From the Blurb:

"In the silence she could hear the oncoming hum, like a large flock approaching. She didn’t want to hear his story; she’d had enough of them."

Tess is on the run when she’s picked up from the side of the road by lonely middle-aged father Lewis Rose. With reluctance, she’s drawn into his family troubles and comes to know a life she never had. 

Set in Masterton at the turn of the millennium, Tess is a gothic love story about the ties that bind and tear a family apart.

Karen Chisholm

One from a weekend's reading catch up on the New Zealand / Ngaio Marsh piles.

From the Blurb:

A SUICIDE. A MURDER. A CONSPIRACY. 

DIGGING UP THE PAST CAN BE DEADLY . . .

A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide.

A sixty-five-year old man dies of a heart attack.

Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 agent, is connected to them both. 

And when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with his old friend, DC Lucy Davies, to find answers.

Karen Chisholm

Starting off with this one over the Easter long weekend.

From the Blurb:

Army veteran Hunter Grant thought he had left war behind in Afghanistan – a conflict that left him with physical and psychological scars. But finding an unconscious girl in the Northland bush and gradually untangling her story involves him in a war of a different kind in his own country.

Karen Chisholm

From the current reading pile.

From the Blurb:

SUPERPOWERS SHOULD NOT BE WASTED ON THE YOUNG

Euphemia Sage watched helplessly as Jane, covered in blood, clutched her precious jewelry and was bundled into the Mercedes. Just a few days earlier she’d discovered that Alison, her mousy receptionist at Sage Consulting, had been working as a loan shark on the side. And now Alison, her husband and those thick-necked men in the cheap suits wanted the money back.

Karen Chisholm

One from the weekend's pile.

From the Blurb:

Peter Fraser was our greatest prime minister on the international stage. He proved it as World War Two was ending and he played a major part in shaping the United Nations. In the process he made enemies. He is back in New Zealand, where a plot is under way to kill him. If it is successful, New Zealand’s influence on the international stage ends and the country descends into chaos, a divided country ripe for international manipulation.

Karen Chisholm

From the NZ piles about the place - an historical novel set in Dunedin.

From the Blurb:

Karen Chisholm

Another from the staggeringly varied #yeahnoir pile

From the Blurb:

It's Broadway in Reefton, the new, booming 1870s gold town.

Suspiciously, Gordon Trembath, a naive young police constable has been left in charge over Christmas and New Year. He is immediately faced with investigating a murder carried out by sly-groggers in the valley.

In the meantime, the town has been invaded by "a collection of scamps, card sharps, liars and chats who have come to town for the pickings available in the holiday season."

Karen Chisholm

From the was reading pile, this is fascinating.

From The Blurb:

Minnie Dean: the first – and only – woman to be hanged in New Zealand. Baby farmer and child murderer, or hardworking wife and mother, supporting her family by caring for unwanted children in a society that shunned her?

Karen Zelas explores the trials of Minnie Dean using a myriad of voices, including Dean’s own, from her childhood in Scotland to the gallows in Invercargill, 1895.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the past overdue for mention pile.

From the Blurb:

Martin Fallaway is dying. With no family to whom he can leave his surplus fortune, he holds a contest on his tropical island, where ten families compete to be the last team left in order to claim the prize of thirty million dollars.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the previously reading pile.

From the Blurb:

When Dean Bradley is brutally murdered for his new shoes, undertaker Ken Tamati does a lovely job on the corpse — but next morning, the body has vanished from the funeral parlour.

That day, a mysterious figure — witnesses give wildly conflicting descriptions — begins rescuing victims of assault all over Auckland and healing their horrific injuries with a dazzling light. They call him the Rainbow Man.

Karen Chisholm

And we're caught up for the moment - currently reading this one.

From the Blurb:

On Sundays peace was restored. He would lie down, dream and remember. He would enjoy. And later on the bell would ring. He would get up and walk downstairs. He would open the front door. And his life would come to an end . . . 

Garda Inspector Michael McLoughlin is trying to enjoy his retirement – doing a bit of PI work on the side, meeting up with former colleagues, fixing up a grand old house in a genteel Dublin suburb near the sea. 

Karen Chisholm

From the piles of reading, sod all blogging I've been doing recently.

From the Blurb:

Karen Chisholm

From the wonderfulness that is the pile of New Zealand Crime fiction.

From the Blurb:

‘Cynthia can understand how Anahera feels just by looking at her body.’

Karen Chisholm

It's that time of the year where posting becomes erratic and reading consumes every spare moment. Sometimes life is hard ;)

From the Blurb:

“There was Polly’s tokotoko on the ground. Carved and polished, with its eel head, the snout inlaid with pāua. Alexia picked it up and cracked it across the cop’s shoulders. She raised it again and hit and hit. She would stop this.”

Karen Chisholm

Diving into my New Zealand piles at the moment, this one became this weekend's reading for no particular reason.

From the Blurb:

He’s lost his wife, his job, and his mana. So what now? A PI? He really couldn’t get used to it. Traipsing around after unfaithful wives and little old ladies’ lost dogs? Was this the future for Carlos Wallace? And what of the beautiful matakite? Wasn’t it a sin to fall in love with your cousin? 

Karen Chisholm

This over the weekend for a number of reasons. Firstly "ice". It was so mind-numbingly, life-threateningly hot here over the weekend I needed distraction. Then although set in Iceland, Nicol is a New Zealander and I'm back reading a lot of NZ fiction at the moment. Finally at 98 or so pages long it was a perfect filler between forays into the stinking horrible heat to try to keep livestock pointing in the right direction.

From the Blurb:

Karen Chisholm

From my weekend's reading, this thriller, first in a series based around US SEAL and a threat to the US mainland.

From the Blurb:

The fate of America lies in the hands of one team of US SEALs. The US mainland is under threat as never before. Osama bin Laden is dead, and the world can relax. Or can they? Remaining leaders of Al-Qaeda want revenge, and they want it against the USA. When good fortune smiles on them and the opportunity presents itself to use stolen weapons of mass destruction, it's Game On! 

Karen Chisholm

I'm behind with everything and bloody hate coming up with Top howevermany's so I'm not pretending to try anymore. Instead, a list of books that just nailed it this year. In no particular order, or quantity, although I have had a go at combining them into geographical locations so you know - result.

Australia

Fiction

Too Easy, J.M. Green (review to come at Newtown Review of Books, but this is the second book in the Stella Hardy series and it's required reading).

Karen Chisholm

A two sitting read from 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award winner. There's something about this author's work ...

From the Blurb:

Michalia Arathimos

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Michalia Arathimos is a Greek / New Zealand writer who lives in Melbourne with her partner and two sons. She is a prize-winning author of short stories and essays, and winner of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards, 2016. She works as a freelance editor and is the fiction reviewer for Melbourne magazine Overland.

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Danyl McLauchlan

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Danyl McLauchlan was born in Wellington in 1974. He studied at Victoria University, and worked and travelled in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, before he returned to Wellington where he works as a biologist.

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Genesis Cotterell

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I live with Ruth in Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Napier is located on the eastern coast of the North Island. I have lived here since May 2015. NAPIER is a popular place for tourists because of its unique 1930's Art Deco architecture. Most of the city had to be rebuilt after the earthquake of 1931 which destroyed just about all the city buildings. It also has a beautiful Marine Parade. The temperatures in summer are often 30 -33 degrees.

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Charity Norman

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Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law in the northeast of England. Also a mediator, she is passionate about the power of communication to slice through the knots. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand.  Charity currently lives in Napier, New Zealand 

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Kirsten McKenzie

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A former Customs Officer, Kirsten McKenzie fought international crime for several years before leaving to help run the family antique shop. Ten years of surrounding herself with beautiful old things resulted in the publication of her first novel and her evolvement into a full time author.

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Rose Beecham

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Recipient of the 2006 Alice B. Readers' Appreciation Award. Born in beautiful New Zealand, the author now resides in the Midwest with her partner and a menagerie of animals. When she is not writing or reading, she loves to explore the mountains and prairies near her home, a landscape eternally and wonderfully foreign to her. Jennifer first published lesbian mysteries under this pen name with the Naiad Press in the 1990s. Her Amanda Valentine series was also published by Silver Moon in England, and in translation by Frauenoffensive in Germany.

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Tanya Moir

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Tanya Moir grew up in a small town in Southland, the deep south of New Zealand, and now lives on the west coast of Auckland with her husband and a large dog. 

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Brannavan Gnanalingam

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Brannavan Gnanalingam is a critically-acclaimed novelist from the Hutt Valley, New Zealand. His previous novel Credit in the Straight World about a small town finance company collapse drew comparisons with A Confederacy of Dunces and Charles Dickens, whilst his other books have examined Kiwis travelling in Paris and West Africa. This, his fourth novel, is his first set in Wellington. He hopes - one day - to write a novel about cricket.

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Jennifer Lane

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I had my first taste of literary success at the age of eleven when I won St Michael’s Primary School’s Year Six creative writing competition with my dramatic World War II piece, Dominic Finds a Way. Twenty-four comparatively unsuccessful years later, I was one of the winners of NZ Book Month’s Six Pack Twocompetition with Scout’s Honour, an extract from an early draft of what was to become All Our Secrets. My short stories have been published in journals and magazines both here and across the Tasman, including Southerly: Writers and their Journals (Australia), Pulp (NZ), Viola Beadleton’s Compendium (NZ) and Island (Australia).

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Karen Chisholm

Another from New Zealand - this time set in a small town hiding lots of old secrets.

From the Blurb:

The body of missing tourist Bethany Haliwell is found in the small Coromandel town of Castle Bay, where nothing bad ever happens. News crews and journalists from all over the country descend on the small seaside town as old secrets are dragged up and gossip is taken as gospel.

Among them is Miller Hatcher, a journalist battling her own demons, who arrives intent on gaining a promotion by covering the grisly murder. 

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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.

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The second novel out of New Zealand I've been able to read that explores the after-affects of crime. Let's hope this is not just a glitch in the continuum as both of these novels now have been thought-provoking and challenging.

From the Blurb:

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Late in mentioning this one, particularly as I've been reading and re-reading it a couple of times now.

From the Blurb:

Murder, political intrigue, bent cops and the fate of a nation - a thriller set in the murky underworld of 1951 New Zealand.

A man overboard, a murder and a lot of loose ends ...

In Auckland 1951 the workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation and the waterfront is the frontline. But this is a war with more than two sides and nothing is what it seems.

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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? 

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I read this recently. 

From the Blurb:

A false accusation. A brutal murder. Can Ngaire find a killer before he finds her?

Ngaire Blakes is trying to put her life back together. The ex-cop resigned from the police after a vicious assault left her battling PTSD. Dragged into a murder investigation, she’s shocked to discover that all the evidence points to her.

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Started reading this legal based thriller over the weekend.

From the Blurb:

When feisty lawyer Sasha Stace secures the acquittal of a sleazy politician charged with rape, it’s one legal victory too many. Disillusioned, she looks to the High Court bench for more fulfillment. But before she can become a judge, there’s one more criminal defense – a trial with complications, a trial like no other. 

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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.

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Picked this one up recently - billed as comic farce.

From the Blurb:

A desolate valley.

A missing mathematician.

A glamorous and beguiling council bureaucrat with a hidden past.

A cryptic map leading to an impossible labyrinth.

An ancient conspiracy; an ancient evil.

A housing development without proper planning permission.

All leading to the most mysterious mystery of all.

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First from the last weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

A cryptic message left next to a charred corpse in the middle of Reykjavík leaves police worried they have a gang war on their hands.

Across town Detective Grímur Karlsson investigates a missing girl from a nice suburban family and gets far too close to the truth for his own good. 

It becomes clear the two cases are connected and Karlsson doggedly pursues the trail that leads from junkies on the seedy streets of Reykjavík all the way to the very top of Icelandic society. 

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Second from the weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

Detective Jim Kelleher's daughter Annie is a teenage prostitute who's addicted to crystal meth but in his eyes she's still a lamb being preyed upon by wolves. He feels she's far too close to her Polynesian gangster boyfriend and the motorcycle gang and the triads he deals drugs with... and is there even some more forbidden cargo? Meanwhile, Jim's new partner Stuart has the unenviable task of trying to stop Jim from falling victim to the same temptations he's trying to save his daughter from.

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From the weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

London in the 1770s is bursting with opportunity. It's a city fuelled by new ideas and new money, where everything is for sale - including entree into the ruling class.

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Second from the weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

Solikha Duong lives the carefree life of a village girl in northern Cambodia until her world is torn apart by ‘truck men’ from the south. But Solikha is tough, resourceful, and won’t give up without a fight ...

Alice Kwann is on vacation when she’s set upon by thugs at a stopover in northern Nevada. But Alice too is tough, resourceful, and won’t give up without a fight ...

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Final from the weekend's pile.

From the Blurb:

Grammy night, 2021. Ruby wins 'Best Song' and makes an impulsive acceptance speech that excites nature lovers across the world. While Ruby and her band celebrate, an extreme evangelical sect, funded by covert paymasters, dispatches a disciple on a ruthless mission to England.

As the band plays its sold-out tour, Ruby is pursued by eco-groupies insisting she use her new fame to fight climate change.

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One from the Easter break where not enough reading was done.

From the Blurb:

When a woman's body is discovered frozen in the ice of a river near the alpine resort of Queenstown, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Buchan faces both a mystery and a moral dilemma. The identity of the nude woman is critical to the motives and manner of her murder, and Buchan is personally involved. So are a number of locals, from ski bums to multi-millionaire businessman.

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Another from the over Easter pile.

From the Blurb:

A beautiful New Zealand summer. An ugly past that won’t stay buried.

Paediatric surgeon Claire Bowerman has reluctantly returned to Auckland from London. Calm, rational and in control, she loves delicately repairing her small patients’ wounds. Tragically, wounds sometimes made by the children’s own families.

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A bit of a chilly, sometimes showery weekend meant any excuse for some reading - and this was the standout of the entire bunch.

From the Blurb:

Bobby Ress is a cop.

He believes in God and making a difference. 

He loves his wife and he loves his daughter. 

He has a place in the world. 

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Second from the NZ list over the weekend - this is another in what's an increasing number of books from that part of the world exploring consequences.

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Final dip into the #yeahnoir pile for the weekend.

From the Blurb:

Rachel McManus has just started at the New Zealand Alarm and Response Ministry. One of the few females working there, she is forced to traverse the peculiarities of Wellington bureaucracy, lascivious colleagues, and decades of sedimented hierarchy. She has the chance to prove herself by investigating a suspected terrorist, who they fear is radicalising impressionable youth and may carry out an attack himself on the nation's capital. 

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Picked this one up on the weekend - so far rather engaging read.

From the Blurb:

A small community, broken families, a bloody murder, and an ending you won’t see coming 

When Frida Delaney returns home to New Zealand after a self-imposed exile the last thing she expects to find is her neighbour’s bloody body and to be caught up in a murder inquiry. An inquiry that reaches into the darkest side of politics, financial conspiracy and families. 

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Started this one on Sunday night - first in the Ngaire Blakes series.

From the Blurb:

Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton drowned in a slurry. She choked to death as her hands scrabbled for purchase on the smooth concrete walls. A farmhand discovered her bloated body three days later.

Or she didn't.

Paul Worthington just confessed to her murder.

Forty years ago Magdalene Lynton died in a dirty shed. He smothered her life along with her cries for help and tossed her defiled corpse into a river when he was done.

Or he didn't.

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Long weekend reading part 3.

From the Blurb:

Set against a backdrop of actual events in 1995, Martyn Percival, a middle-aged New Zealander, seeks adventure on his first OE to the United Kingdom. A chance sighting, providing a possible link between an explosion that has rocked the nation and the whereabouts of a renegade IRA operative, has Martyn reporting his suspicions to an attractive police sergeant in the Cotswolds. 

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This is more of a novella - entered in the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards.

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Another from the Ngaio Marsh piles - this time a police procedural styled book set in Auckland.

From the Blurb:

Eleanor Catton

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Eleanor Catton (born 1985) is a New Zealand author. Catton was born in Canada while her father, a New Zealand graduate, was completing a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario. She lived in Yorkshire until the age of 13, before her family settled in Canterbury, New Zealand. She studied English at the University of Canterbury, and completed a Master's in Creative Writing at The Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. She wrote her first novel, The Rehearsal, as her master's thesis.Eleanor Catton holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she also held an adjunct professorship, and an MA in fiction from the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. Currently she teaches creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology.

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October on AustCrime because I'm back getting my act together.

Read / To be Reviewed:

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, Melina Marchetta (Aust)

Barbara Ewing

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About the Author EWING, Barbara ( - ) is an actor and novelist whose first novel, Strangers (1978) was not followed up by a second for twenty years, when The Actresses was published in 1997. Born and educated in New Zealand, Ewing has spent most of her life living and working as an actor in London. Mistakenly assumed by many critics and readers to be Ewing's first book, The Actresses was a popular and acclaimed novel. It is described in The Times as combining "elements of courtroom drama and comedy of manners, as well as sharp insights into the harsher realities of theatrical life."

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Donna Malane

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Donna Malane is a writer, television producer, script and series advisor, script writer, story-liner, script and story editor and developer. She has written a huge variety of television including drama, crime-drama and doco-drama, fantasy, children’s drama, sketch comedy, and documentary. Although Donna’s writing has largely been for television she has also had two other books published and her plays and short stories have been broadcast on National Radio.  

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Adam Sarafis

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Adam Sarafis is the creation of authors Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.  Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948. She left Sweden in 1986 and has lived in Kenya, Singapore, the UK and Japan, before settling in New Zealand. Her first novel, Let me sing you gentle songs (aka Astrid & Veronica) became an international bestseller, and has been followed by three more novels. She divides her time between Auckland and Stockholm. Thomas Sainsbury was born in Matamata, New Zealand. After graduating from the University of Auckland he pursued a career in theatre, television and comedy. His darkly comic plays have been performed throughout New Zealand and in Australia, USA, UK, Greece and France. He co-wrote the award-winning New Zealand television comedy Super City and the Vietnamese.

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Linda Olsson

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Linda Olsson lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Her debut 'Let me sing you gentle songs' was published in September 2005 in New Zealand. Since then the rights for it have been sold to many countries. It has now been published in the US and Canada under the title 'Astrid and Veronika' as well as in her country of birth, Sweden (Låt mig sjunga dig milda sånger).

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David McGill

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David McGill is a New Zealand social historian who has published 53 books. Born in Auckland, educated in the Bay of Plenty and at a Christchurch seminary, he trained as a teacher and did a BA at Victoria University of Wellington. He worked as a feature writer for The Listener, Sydney’s The Bulletin, London’s TVTimes, wrote columns for the Evening Post in Wellington and edited a local lifestyle magazine before becoming a full-time writer in 1984. His book subjects include Ghost Towns of New Zealand and the country’s first bushranger, local and national heritage buildings, Kiwi prisoners of war, the history of the NZ Customs Department, a biography of a criminal lawyer, a personal history of rock music, a rail journey around the country, historical and comic novels, several thrillers and six collections of Kiwi slang. He collects owl figurines and reads thrillers.

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Jennifer Barraclough

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My first career was in orthodox medicine. I worked in the hospital specialties of cancer care and general psychiatry, and spent some time in rural general practice. From 1991-2000 I held the post of Consultant in Psychological Medicine at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England. I published a number of medical books and research papers. Then I moved to Auckland with my New Zealand-born husband, and trained as a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner and Life Coach. Writing is now my main pursuit, with several books on holistic healing and natural therapies, three short novels and another on the way. I also edited my uncle's memoir 'Geoffrey Guy's War: Memoirs of a Spitfire Pilot'. Other interests are choral singing and animal welfare.

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D.A. Crossman

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David (D.A.) Crossman is a novelist and short story writer with a passion for flawed detectives, sinister spies, and femme fatales. English on his father’s side and Norwegian on his mother’s, David was born in South Africa and raised in South East London. David spent a number of years as an itinerant worker and he has resided in France, Israel, India, and Australia before settling down in rural New Zealand where he now lives with his family and their clowder of cats. He is currently employed (without remuneration) by his children as a cook, chauffeur, cleaner, gardener, and general dogsbody. When he isn’t ‘singing’ disharmoniously to the soundtrack of loud progressive rock music or shouting intemperately at the football on the TV, David can be found staring absently at the blank computer screen in the study.

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Dan Raberts

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I am a writer of fantasy novels and speculative fiction, sometime narrator of podcasts (including stories for the Hugo award-winning StarShipSofa), occasional sailor of sailing things, and father of two wee miracles in a little house on a hill, under the southern sun.

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Carolyn Hawes

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Carolyn Hawes was born in Westport. From the age of 14 she began writing poetry and then turned to short story writing. Later she researched and wrote a local history book, Great Expectations: the Colonisation of Buller. She has written articles for the local Westport paper, The News, including a column containing 25 biographical stories about Westport's mayors from 1873 until 1983 and has had freelance articles in The Press, Nelson Mail and various journals.

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S.L. Beaumont

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SL Beaumont is the author of the young adult romantic mystery saga, The Carlswick Mysteries. She lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband, three teenage sons and an enormous fluffy cat. Her passion for travel has seen her take many long haul flights from New Zealand. Her love of history helps determine the destination and the places she visits are a constant source of inspiration for her. She is a Chartered Accountant by day, having worked in London, New York and Auckland, and an author by night.

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Colin D Peel

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About the Author Colin D. Peel is the author of more than 20 novels, most of which have been published in the UK. His last novel to be published in New Zealand was White Desert (2002). British by birth, Colin spent many years working in the aerospace industries of USA, Europe and Canada as a weapons systems engineer. His writing often reflects his knowledge of classified defence projects. Colin and his wife now live in Waiuku, Auckland.

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Thomas Ryan

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Thomas Ryan has been a soldier in a theatre of war, traded in Eastern Europe, trampled the jungles of Asia and struggled through the trials of love and loss: ideal life experiences for a would-be author. Schooled by professionals who have helped him hone his literary style, Ryan is quickly establishing himself as a skilled writer of riveting thrillers and short stories. He considers himself foremost a storyteller, a creator who has plunged his psyche into the world of imagination and fantasy. Taking readers on a thrilling journey is what motivates Ryan as a writer.

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Karen Chisholm

It was a hometown quinella on Saturday night as Paul Cleave and Ray Berard were announced as the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.

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It rained over the weekend so I gave myself a treat to celebrate.

From the Blurb:

Rebecca Thorne is a successful television journalist, but her world is thrown into turmoil when her Saturday night programme is axed because of falling ratings. Not only will she lose her job but her big story on the convicted triple murderer Connor Bligh, whom Rebecca believes is innocent, has to be abandoned.

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July on AustCrime, and another busy month of reading and reviewing. It could very well be that I'm out of sync with these postings again. Who knows.

Read / To be Reviewed:

Certain Admissions, Gideon Haigh (Aust / True Crime)

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Another from this week's reading pile, which is, to be honest, from the very overdue section.

From the Blurb:

The Alo Release is a thriller exposing the potential for public opinion to be manipulated during an international crisis.

Nine days before the global release of a genetically modified seed coating set to make starvation history, the IT advisor for an environmental group receives a cryptic email from an old friend working for the seed corporation.

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After managing to keep this up for quite a few months - I forgot to do May and now I'm late with June.... 

Read / To be Reviewed:

The Long Con, Barry Weston (Aust)

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2016 Ngaios

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. 

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It was, at best, mildly damp in these parts over the weekend (unlike some parts that got hammered) but the hell with it - got some reading done anyway.

From the Blurb:

USS Ulysses: State-of-the-art nuclear submarine. Deterrent. Target.

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The 7th in the "byte" series from NZ author, Cat Connor.

From the Blurb:

Washington D.C. is burning, blowing up before SSA Ellie Conway’s eyes. More than ever she needs her controversial connections to prevent more terror attacks and horrifying deaths. 

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You knew this would be late didn't you? 

Read / To be Reviewed:

The Death Ray Debacle, David McGill

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Read over the long weekend - the latest in a series which is mystery focused, but rich with fascinating historical insight.

From the Blurb:

In the third instalment of the Le Fanu Mystery series, the intrepid superintendent is promoted to Inspector-General of Police in 1920s Madras, which proves to be more boring than he had envisaged.

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Final from a long weekend where a little more socialising than reading occurred.

From the Blurb:

The darkness felt tangible. Like it was pressing against my blind eyes … We were going to die here. Slowly, slowly.

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2nd from the long weekend's reading, and in New Zealand.

From the Blurb:

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One from this weekend's reading stack.

From the Blurb:

Audrey is a psychopath and a serial killer residing in a coastal town in the rural far north of New Zealand. 

Audrey discovers a drug cartel is using her Tiromoana Cabin Resort for cocaine trafficking. She appears to be helping the police when the drugs go missing and bodies start turning up, but is she? 

“The Murder Trail” is the third book in the series: The Audrey Murders 

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Next from a weekend spent getting stuck into the overdue reading list.

From the Blurb:

The summer of 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand. 

There is a severe marijuana drought. 

Two couples; a gynecologist and a physicist, together with a violinist and an actress meet by accident in a pub and help a Maori evade the police. 

A group of Maori plans to deliver a truckload of cannabis to Auckland. 

A Chinese family has harvested four greenhouses of enhanced sensimilla. 

A criminal mastermind plots to start a drug war. 

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From the piles and piles of things I've got queued up at the moment.

From the Blurb:

Boom and Bust is a violent hard-boiled crime novel about a man forced into acts of desperation and depravity by debt. He is over-committed in the property market and is changing careers to have a crack as a real estate agent just as the Global Financial Crisis is about to hit. His timing couldn't be worse and the bodies are piling up around him as he tries to shoot his way out of trouble. 

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Being a solo farmer for a week normally I dodge anything too "confrontational" in my reading matter - a) because it's usually impossible to get time to devote to something that's going to require concentration, and b) there's no point in scaring yourself witless if you don't have to (things have a tendency to go bump in the night around here). But this was a most unexpected experience, it was absolutely riveting, confrontational, difficult reading, but illuminating, moving.

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So having had my socks blown off by one New Zealand / Ngaio Marsh contender, the next book in the queue was intriguing, another most unusual slow burner of a read with all sorts of potential to go in all sorts of directions. That, needless to say, was the end of all but essential chores for the rest of the weekend.

From the Blurb:

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With a true story behind it, The Death Ray Debacle is set in New Zealand in the 1930's.

From the Blurb:

In June 1935 Takapuna inventor Victor Penny was attacked by foreign agents seeking what the newspapers dubbed a ‘death ray’. The government secretly shifted him to Somes Island in Wellington harbour to develop the weapon. The novel of this true story is told by Temporary Acting Detective Dan Delaney, seconded to Special Branch, forerunner of the Security Intelligence Service.

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Another from this past week's reading (got a lot of catching up done) - this from NZ based author Katherine Hayton.

From the Blurb:

Elisabet wakes with amnesia. The care offered to her by a husband she doesn’t remember descends within weeks into aggression and violence.

Lillian lies hogtied in an underground cell. Forget about escape; unless she can manage the necessities of life she’ll be dead within days.

Ben Sanders

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Twenty-year-old Ben Sanders’ fascination with crime fiction has paid off. Born and bred on Auckland’s North Shore, Sanders has been hooked on Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Cormac McCarthy and Pete Dexter since the age of thirteen, and now he’s put his interest in these big-selling authors to work. A keen writer since his teens, Sanders is also passionate about music; he wrote his first novel while listening to the tunes of R.E.M, Nick Cave, Grant-Lee Phillips, and The Mutton Birds and even found time to study engineering at the University of Auckland.

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Warren Olson

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Warren Olson didn't set out to be an author ; nor for that matter did he envisage he would become one of the most well known and successful Western private investigators to operate in South East Asia. .... A few years later he repatriated to his native New Zealand, where following an interest in Transnational crime he completed a masters degree in Strategic studies and penned an award winning research paper on cross cultural interviewing.

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Nick Spill

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I was born in England, Lived in London and immigrated to New Zealand where I learned to play rugby, chase girls and play the viola and guitar. During the 1970s I worked for the National Art Gallery and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

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Mike White

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Mike White is a senior writer at North & South magazine. He investigated Scott Guy's murder for more than a year and was present throughout Ewen Macdonald's five-week trial. At the 2013 Canon Media Awards, he won the Magazine Feature Writer of the Year award for his coverage of the case.

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Tina Clough

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Tina Clough grew up in Sweden and now lives in Hawke's Bay New Zealand. She left a career in corporate administration and divides her time between writing and looking after a one-acre field full of fruit trees, hens and various forms of wildlife, and taking visitors on wine tours.

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Julie Thomas

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Julie started writing at the age of eight, stories about pre-revolutionary Russian princesses who rode troikas through the snow. She has worked in the media for over 25 years, radio, TV and film. She has written three novels and seven feature film scripts. In 2011 she sold her house in Auckland and moved two hours south to Cambridge, a glorious English style village, not unlike St Mary Mede. She shares her house with a highly intelligent and manipulative, but affectionate cat, Chloe, and is passionate about music, cooking and sport. She writes from the heart about subjects that she feels passionate about and her motto is "To dream of the person you could be is to waste the person you are." And also, "It was a brave man who ate the first oyster."

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Damien Wilkins

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Damien Wilkins writes fiction, and he has published short stories, novels, and poetry. His writing has been described as ‘exuberant and evocative, subtle and exact, aware of its own artifice yet relishing the idiosyncrasies and possibilities of language’. Wilkins has had books published in New Zealand, the USA and the UK, and he has won and been nominated for a range of prizes and awards. He also edited the award-winning anthology, Great Sporting Moments: The best of Sport magazine 1988-2004 published in 2005.

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Fiona Kidman

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Fiona Kidman is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. Much of her fiction is focused on how outsiders navigate their way in narrowly conformist society. She has published a large and exciting range of fiction and poetry, and has worked as a librarian, producer and critic. Kidman has won numerous awards, and she has been the recipient of fellowships, grants and other significant honours, as well as being a consistent advocate for New Zealand writers and literature. She is the President of Honour for the New Zealand Book Council, and has been awarded an OBE and a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature. 

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Neil Cross

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Neil Cross lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons.  in 2006 Neil began working for Spooks, the BBC drama series set in the MI5 world of espionage.  In 2007, the Spooks production company Kudos asked Neil to work as lead writer for the Spooks Series 6.  He wrote four episodes of ten including the epic opening two parter.  The series will air in the UK in late 2007.  Neil is now working on a number of other television and film projects, as well as a new novel.

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C.J. Carver

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Caroline Carver

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Caroline Carver was born in the UK and at the age of twenty-two came to Australia for a holiday and ended up staying ten years. Caroline Carver was born in the UK. At 22 she cane to Australia for a holiday and stayed for 10 years, working in publishing and travelling. In 1992 she took part in the London to Saigon Car Rally, where she and her co-driver were the only all-female crew on a 63-day, 12,500 mile journey. In 1993, she fell into freelance writing and since then has worked while writing and travelling. In 1998, she completed the London to Cape Town Car Rally, once again the only all-female crew. She blames her love of adventure on her parents: her mother set the land speed record in Australia and her father was a jet fighter pilot. Caroline lives in a cottage near Bath with her dog.

Now writing as C.J. Carver

Tina Shaw

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TINA SHAW has published a wide range of fiction for adults and children. Her short stories have been published in anthologies, literary magazines, and been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was the 2005 Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. Her latest publication is the Bateman New Zealand Writer's Handbook. She is a manuscript assessor and creative writing tutor, and her website is http://www.tinashaw.co.nz

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Ken Smith was born in London, England. He was educated in South Africa, mainly at Durban High School and Natal University. He is an admitted Attorney of the High Courts of South Africa and Lesotho, Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, who practised law in South Africa for many years. He now resides in New Zealand.

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Leonie Mateer

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Puppeteer, children's entertainer, owner of a model agency, TV talk show panelist, luxury accommodation owner, entrepreneur: storyteller Leonie Mateer has lived a full and diverse life.  Born and raised in New Zealand, Mateer moved to the United States in her 30s to pursue business opportunities. She returned to New Zealand for several years in the 2000s, running a luxury lodge in Northland - which has been an inspiration for her crime series - and now splits her time between Northland and the United States. 

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Alan Carter was born in Sunderland, UK, in 1959.  He holds a degree in Communication Studies from Sunderland Polytechnic and immigrated to Australia in 1991.  Alan lives in Fremantle with his wife Kath and son Liam.  He works as a television documentary director.  In his spare time he follows a black line up and down the Fremantle pool. 

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Author that lives in Brisbane, who has written a book set in a particularly brutal part of the New Zealand wilderness.

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“The Maori call this place Ata Whenua—Shadow Land.”

Television reporter Callie Brown likes safe places with good coffee. But she joins friends from the past on a trek into New Zealand’s most brutal wilderness, in the hope of healing a broken heart.

What she doesn’t know is that someone wants them all dead.

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Paul Cleave wins Ngaio Marsh Award

Paul Cleave became the Crown Prince of antipodean crime writing when his thriller FIVE MINUTES ALONE was named the winner of the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel on Sunday night.

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THE NGAIO MARSH AWARD, in association with WORD Christchurch and The Press, is pleased to reveal that whodunit and who-won-it will be announced at a great event at the Court Theatre on 4 October.

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First from this NZ based, Swedish born author.

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Karen's life is abruptly thrown into chaos when her flatmate is gunned down in front of her in the street where they live.

Within days she is forced to take drastic action to ensure her own safety. She criss-crosses New Zealand to evade the killers, changes her appearance and settles into a small community as 'Cara'. But danger still stalks her and she is forced to make dramatic choices in the face of threats and brutal violence.

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FIVE OUTSTANDING novels full of mystery and intrigue have been announced as the shortlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented at a WORD Christchurch(link is external) event in late September.

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Started this on the weekend, new book from the collaboration of Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.

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When budding writer Brent Taylor dies a horrific death in the Auckland University Library, his friend, sex worker Jade Amaro, refuses to believe it is suicide. She seeks help from Sam Hallberg, a former government advisor on terrorism, now working as a mechanic.

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Over the weekend I picked up Databyte, which is the sixth book in the Byte Series, none of which I've read before.

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When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe?

Wanted for a murder she didn't commit and on the run from the FBI and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her name.

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The second book from a weekend's reading - started this on Sunday after being momentarily distracted by Sherlock on the TV.

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Very nice way to spend a weekend - in the company of one of my favourite Policemen around.

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AUGUST 1987: Against the backdrop of the nuclear ships stand-off with America; the rich and powerful gather in Auckland for a lavish election-night party. Before the night is out, a seventeen-year-old girl will be murdered and several lives utterly changed.

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Over the long weekend some serious reading took place, starting with this debut from NZ author Ben Atkins.

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In a city of elusive agendas, it's hard to find the truth. It's even harder to find what's right. A bootlegger's dream is rocked by an attempt to destroy his lucrative business. What begins as a curious evening snowballs into a night-time odyssey as Fontana searches for answers he never thought he'd have to find. The city is saturated with criminal and political extremism - is there anyone he can trust?

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Such a fabulous author of thrillers, I always end up kicking myself when I let these books linger too long.

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A mesmerising tale of three women who must overcome the past and beat the odds to find hope for the future.

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Inspired by a true story, set in Victorian London, this book is about a scandalous accusation and the subsequent trial.

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The Victorian gossipmongers called them The Petticoat Men. But to young widow Mattie Stacey, they are Freddie and Ernest, her gentlemen lodgers. It is Mattie who admires their sparkling gowns, makes their extravagant hats and laughs at their stories of attending society balls dressed up as the glamorous 'Fanny' and 'Stella'.

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Historical New Zealand Crime fiction - with the central thread being corruption, land grabs and bad behaviour over money. Seems like some things never change...

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The most dangerous people are those with the most to lose.

It is 1887. The young colony of New Zealand is in the grip of a deep depression. Insolvent speculators conspire with corrupt politicians while Maori land slips from the hands of its owners.

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For some reason getting hold of the latest Paul Cleave books here has become a bit of a marathon - but once they arrive - straight to the top of the pile.

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In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder.

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I was born in Zambia and raised in Malawi – a country known as the Warm Heart of Africa but made famous as the place where Madonna finds her children.  At 14 I moved from the warm heart of Africa to the cold lungs of Edinburgh, where I discovered the true meaning of the term ‘culture shock’.  After Edinburgh I studied history at Cambridge. Then off to London where, before I had time to find a career, a career in communications found me.  In my search to return to warmer weather, I moved to beautiful New Zealand in 2003, where I have lived ever since with my wife and two children. Except for 2014 where I moved to France and divided my time very unevenly between cat-sitting and writing my second book. The cat just about survived - sorry Molly! - and I finished my second book - Please Do Not Disturb. I am now back in New Zealand writing book three.

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Vanda Symon grew up in Tauranga and Hawkes Bay before heading south to study at the University of Otago.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Vanda returned to Hawkes Bay to work as a pharmacist in the community and local hospice.  After starting a family and making the decision to be at home with the children, she had the opportunity to indulge in her love of writing.  Vanda now lives in Dunedin with her husband and two young boys.

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Craig Marriner

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Craig Marriner (born 1974) is a novelist from Rotorua, New Zealand. His 2001 novel Stonedogs won a Montana New Zealand Book Award and in 2003 the film rights were sold to Australian production company Mushroom Pictures, a film based on the book is currently in production. His second novel Southern Style was published in 2006. He is currently working on a third novel about a group of backpackers trekking through Europe during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Chad Taylor was born in New Zealand in November 1964. He grew up in Manurewa, South Auckland and read English and Art History while doing a Fine Arts degree at Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts. ("I wanted to do something creative and I wanted to find out how art worked. Also, all my favourite bands had gone to art school," he says.) While studying he wrote music and film reviews for Rip It Up magazine.

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Cat Connor

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Cat lives in the Wellington region of New Zealand with her husband (Action Man), and their youngest children (The Boy Wonder, Squealer and Breezy). They share their home with a cat named Missy and Romeo the Greyhound. Cat has found the time to author 11 novels her latest being The _Byte series featuring Supervisory Special Agent Ellie Conway - published by Rebel e Publishing.  When Cat is not writing she is sewing, tie-dying, reading, or hanging out with her  family and the Admins. (Admin One, Admin Bubbles and Cat spent April 2011 in the USA, they had a fabulous time and managed not to get arrested...)

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Professor Liam McIlvanney, the son of novelist William McIlvanney, was born in Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After ten years lecturing in Scottish and Irish literature at the University of Aberdeen, he moved to Dunedin in New Zealand to teach at the University of Otago. He lectures in Scottish literature, culture and history, and on Irish-Scottish literary connections, and holds the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies chair at the University. He won a Saltire Award for his first book, Burns the Radical, in 2002. A chance meeting with an editor for Faber and Faber persuaded him to turn to fiction, and his first novel, All the Colours of the Town, was published in 2009. He is currently working on a second novel featuring journalist Gerry Conway. He has also written reviews and criticism for the London Review of Books, The Guardian, and others. He lives in Dunedin with his wife and children.

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Ben Atkins completed the first draft of his first novel aged only seventeen, and yet writes with the maturity of a forty year old. He is a student of Political Studies and Film & Media Studies at Auckland University. He has a deep interest in how politics permeates and defines society. 

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Another New Zealander writing crime fiction - this time set in Turangi, featuring the beautiful Tongariro River and fly fishing. Honestly!

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The first in the Diane Rowe series, read second of course. I think this might be my "thing". Never ever ever getting my act together well enoug to read a series in order.

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"A detective as tough as the country she comes from..."

Missing persons expert Diane Rowe is used to making sense of other people's lives. It's just a pity she's not having much luck with her own.

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FOUR OUTSTANDING novels have been announced as the finalists for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented on 30 August following The Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival. The Ngaio Marsh Award is made annually for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident.

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The Ngaio Marsh Award are running a competition where readers around the world can go into the draw to win a personally signed copy of the eventual NM Award-winning novel. There are no geographic limits on the prize.

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So far I've read the second and now this - the third Sean Devereaux novel from NZ author Ben Sanders. Set in Auckland this is a fast paced, dry, very noir styled series.

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When a failed witness protection operation ends in multiple homicides, evidence suggests the crime is linked to a series of violent robberies in Auckland City.

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Not going to pretend that the sheer size of this is not making it a rather daunting undertaking. 

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The Cleaner absolutely blew me away, and Joe Victim is a follow up to that book. Sounds good to me :)

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Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe—a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver—has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that’s the least of his worries.

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Honestly, it does not matter how many books you read in the world, there always seems to be more that you should have read. Somehow I missed the first in this series so have some catching up to do - which I'm doing back to front and out of order, as usual.

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It's been cold in these parts - so a good weekend for some reading.

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It is always a good weekend when you get to dip into something unexpected from New Zealand.

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When Johno comes out of prison, he resolves never to go back again. But his new life is not easy, especially as he soon finds himself in sole charge of his strange young son, Danny. Danny isn't the kind of son he would have chosen, but, in caring for the boy, Johno finds new meaning and new direction.

But what do you do when the world you've so carefully built comes crashing down? Can you ever escape your past?

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First for me, but fifth in the Wiki Coffin series, it's always a huge pleasure to get my hands on a book from New Zealand. To accompany it I'm having a bit of a flashback to my Dragon fandom days.

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Flagged as the case that gripped a nation, it's not one that I'd heard of on this side of the ditch, before starting this book. Seems like a very sad series of events all round.

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Scott Guy was a good man, a great dad, a salt-of-the-earth farmer who was gunned down at his front gate for no conceivable reason.

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John Ling is a Malaysian-born writer based in New Zealand. By day, he works as a producer at TVNZ, the nation's largest broadcaster. By night, he is the managing editor of Kia Kaha Press, a publishing imprint. His thriller, The Blasphemer, is available now as an e-book from  Amazon.com

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Extremely interesting thriller set in New Zealand.

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When Abraham Khan releases an e-book condemning radical Islam, the consequences hit him fast and hard -- an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt. Just barely. But will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the security operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed. The very best at what she does. Always one step ahead of the threat.

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Professor Brian Stoddart is an international consultant who works mainly on higher education reform in Asia and the Middle East, and is currently Distinguished Fellow of the Australia India Institute based at the University of Melbourne.    He trained as a South Asianist then also became an international authority on sport and culture.  His academic career was spent in Australia, Malaysia, Canada and Barbados, and he finished his formal career with a term as Vice-Chancellor and President at La Trobe University in Australia.  In addition to his formal work he is a regular contributor to regular and new media as a columnist and commentator.

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I write crime fiction by night and work as an archivist by day. I grew up at Franz Josef Glacier and worked in various national parks before spending 10 years as a journalist on a small-town newspaper. I set my mysteries in some of New Zealand's most beautiful places. My glacier guide sleuth Philippa Barnes lives the dream, retreating to the icy spaces of the glacier when she needs time alone.

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Dame Ngaio Marsh DBE (April 23, 1895 - February 18, 1982), born Edith Ngaio Marsh was an author and theatre director from New Zealand. There is some uncertainty over her birth date as her father neglected to register her birth until 1900, but she is believed to have been born in Christchurch on 23 April 1899. Marsh worked as an actress, theatrical producer and interior decorator before publishing her first novel, A Man Lay Dead, in 1934. This, and all subsequent novels, featured her series character Chief-Inspector Roderick Alleyn. 

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Edmund Bohan

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BOHAN, Edmund (1935 - ) is an historian and fiction writer who is a leading authority on 19th century New Zealand political history. He is also a former professional singer who, during a long career of over forty years, sang all over the world and released a number of commercial recordings. Bohan's first published books, written while he was touring Britain as a singer, were historical novels for junior readers, The Writ of Green Wax (1990), and The Buckler (1972). During his time in the UK he was also commissioned to write a centennial history of the Incorporated Society of Musicians The First Hundred Years (1982). On his return to New Zealand in 1987 Bohan decided to devote more time to writing and historical research. The first book published after his return was the acclaimed biography Edward Stafford: New Zealand's First Statesman (1994). The Daily Telegraph writes: "The book is essential reading for all interested in New Zealand history, philosophy or politics." The Nelson Evening Mail describes it as "a tour de force, one of the finest political biographies of the last decade."

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Gaelyn Gordon

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GORDON, Gaelyn, (1939 - 1997) wrote fiction for children and adults. Gaelyn Gordon was born in Hawera in 1939. She taught English and Drama at Hamilton Girls' High School until 1987, when she took a year's sick leave and used the time to write, which she continued to do full-time until her death in 1997. Gordon wrote that she enjoyed the process of letting her writing unfold and being surprised by the results: 'which is why I haven't gone back to teaching. I know the people I teach are going to turn out to be adults, and often have a fairly good idea of what sort of adults they'll be; I haven't the faintest idea what the story I'm writing at the moment is going to turn out to be.'

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Lindsey Grey

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About the Author Colin D. Peel is the author of more than 20 novels, most of which have been published in the UK. His last novel to be published in New Zealand was White Desert (2002). British by birth, Colin spent many years working in the aerospace industries of USA, Europe and Canada as a weapons systems engineer. His writing often reflects his knowledge of classified defence projects. Colin and his wife now live in Waiuku, Auckland.

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Lindy Kelly

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Lindy Kelly is a former event rider herself and has maintained her love of and interest in horses on the family farm in Nelson. Lindy is also a journalist, poet and playwright.

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Jennifer Mortimer

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Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Jennifer Mortimer holds degrees in English Literature, Philosophy and Information Science. She is now a project manager for Weta Digital in Wellington - the people behind the special effects for The Hobbit, Avatar and Ironman. Jennifer and her husband, Paul, and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Geoffrey Robert

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Geoffrey Robert is a New Zealand-born author, journalist and former communications advisor. He is also a father who cares about the state of the planet his children will inherit. He has travelled widely, witnessing first hand the swelling disparities in wealth and influence at the root of many of the world's problems. From the dazzle of Times Square to the clogged alleyways of India, the orderly streets of London to the chaotic bus stations of Kenya, the bountiful swagger of Sydney to the dirt floor poverty of Timor Leste. His love of the outdoors and passion for keeping things natural has taken him to ancient mountain trails in the Sinai, elephant watering holes in southern Africa and to the primeval rainforests of his homeland.

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Dinah Holman

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Dinah Holman QSO 1988 for public services to heritage, MA, DIP TP is a nationally known heritage planning consultant and author. She was chair of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (1986-90); executive director of the Auckland Heritage Trust (1985-89); a member of the Auckland Institute and Museum Council (1991-94), and a member of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust (1998- ). She received the NZPI Distinguished Service Award in 1992 She is the A.R.D. Fairburn Literary Executor.

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Jude Knight

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My goal is to give you stories to transport you to another time, another place, where you can enjoy adventure and romance, thrill to trials and challenges, uncover secrets and solve mysteries, and delight in a happy ending. I’ve been telling stories all my life: making up serial tales to amuse my friends and children, imagining sequels to books that have moved me and left me wanting more, occasionally submitting short stories to magazines and the radio, starting more than a dozen novels set in different times and places. I have devoted most of the last forty years to a career in commercial writing and raising a large family (most recently as grandmother-in-residence while a daughter was out of action for three years). Me and my own personal romantic hero, with whom I have shared those forty+ years, now live with two cats and frequent visitors in a small town in rural New Zealand. I wrote and published my first historical romance in 2014, and now have the wind in my sails and a head full of strong determined heroines, heroes with the sense to appreciate them, and villains you’ll love to loathe.

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Robert Philip Bolton

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Robert Philip is an independent New Zealand author. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1945. After a career in the advertising business he began freelance writing in 1983 and has been a self-employed writer ever since. Gradually he reduced his commercial writing to dedicate himself to his own writing, preferring to write and publish his own work which is mostly (but not only) about New Zealand and New Zealanders. He has travelled extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia, Britain (where he lived and worked), Europe, Asia and Japan, as well as the United States (where he worked in advertising). He says he loves all good writing from all eras. His other interests lie firmly in the arts: art, music, opera, ballet and the theatre. He plays the saxophone and the ukulele. On the other hand he also loves rugby league and has supported the Warriors since their foundation in 1995. He lives with his wife, who is also a writer, in Greenlane, Auckland. Robert welcomes comments and feedback and is happy to answer questions from readers and to speak about his writing and his books to schools, book clubs and writing groups within a convenient reach of Auckland.

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Mike Ponder

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Mike Ponder, a NZ author and painter, now living in Queensland Australia, has had a varied career. During his quarter century of professional painting he has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and internationally and produced two books of his works. Forestry, wine and olive oil have also played an important role in Mike's career. He has forestry interests in the Marlborough Sounds and in 1987 Mike and his wife Di purchased some land on the outskirts of Blenheim and planted their first olives and grapes the following year. When Ponder Estate was sold in 2002 they had a national and international reputation for their wines, and were known as pioneers in the development of the olive oil industry in NZ. And now Mike has turned his hand to fiction writing and Random House Australia is proudly publishing his foray into thriller writing.

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Tom Beauford

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Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, John Sligo attended Otago University before going on to study at Cambridge University.  After University he worked for the United Nations, and more recently has worked as a film and television journalist, and is a freelance writer.  Sligo now lives in Sydney.

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Michael Riddell

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Mike Riddell is a wordsmith and raconteur. Screenwriter, novelist, playwright and poet, Mike mines the vaults of the psyche in search of stories which are capable of helping us embrace our humanity. From deep in the heart of New Zealand he lives and writes and dreams in glorious obscurity, inspired by the wonderland which surrounds him.

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A.L. Neville

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In a previous life Ann Neville was a nurse, and a secondary school music and mathematics teacher. As a writer, most of her work has been non-fiction. However, in 2011, she completed a course in creative writing with Mandy Hager through Whitireia Polytechnic. The resultant book was short-listed for the Tom Fitzgibbon Award.

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Derek Hansen

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Derek Hansen was born in England and at the age of four convinced his parents to emigrate to New Zealand.  His writing talent took him back to London in the sixties where he rose through the ranks of one of the city's top advertising agencies.  Lured to Australia, Derek spent the next 25 years making ads while wishing he was writing novels.  His Lunch with the Generals was a bestseller, followed by Lunch with Mussolini, Sole Survivor and many others.

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Ken Catran

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CATRAN, Ken (1944 - ) is a children's writer and scriptwriter who has written for some of New Zealand's best-loved television series including "Close to Home" and "Shortland Street".

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Paul Cleave

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Paul lives in the city where all of his novels are set – Christchurch, New Zealand. For as long as he can remember Paul has always wanted to be a writer. His short stories written at school always concerned his teachers, and his High School report card stated there was a time and a place for his kind of writing – and school wasn’t it. At nineteen, Paul began work on his first few novels will never be allowed out of the bottom drawer.

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Steve Malley

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Tattooed, pierced and dreadlocked, Steve Malley is a writer, graphic novelist and professional artist. He is an American expatriate currently living in New Zealand and, once upon a time, a bit of a scrapper...

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Richard Newsome

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Richard Newsome was born in the small New Zealand river town of Wanganui.  Sensing there was no future for him there, he migrated with his family to Australia at the age of two.  His first job after leaving school was as a cadet journalist on the local newspaper where he honed his craft by chasing ambulances and police cars around the streets of the Gold Coast.  After stints on other newspapers and in radio and television with the ABC, he undertook university studies and graduated in economics at the University of Queensland. Richard started work with an international strategy consultancy in Boston, where he learned that it was possible to work for 20 hours days on a regular basis.  He returned to Australia and took up a position with a multinational media company in Sydney. Several promotions later, he was in the head office, overseeing corporate affairs and communications.  This gave him the chance to observe several real-life billionaires at close quarters and he grew to understand their entertainingly obsessive ways. After several years in this environment, Richard took the decision to step off the corporate hurdy-gurdy and take on the role of stay-at-home Dad to help raise his three children aged 14, 11 and 4.  Whilst still working part time and making school lunches, he found time to write The Billionaire's Curse again discovering that it is possible to work 20 hour days on a regular basis.

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Lucy Sussex

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Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand in 1957. She has degrees in English and Librarianship from Monash University, and is a freelance researcher, editor and writer. She has published widely, writing anything from literary criticism to horror and detective stories. In addition she is a literary archaeologist, rediscovering and republishing the nineteenth-century Australian crime writers Mary Fortune and Ellen Davitt. Her short story, `My Lady Tongue' won a Ditmar (Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) in 1988. In 1994 she was a judge for the international Tiptree award, which honours speculative fiction exploring notions of gender. Her first adult novel, The Scarlet Rider, is about biography, Victorian detective fiction, voodoo and a ghost.

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Paddy Richardson

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Paddy Richardson has written two collections of short stories, Choices and If We Were Lebanese, many of which have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand.  Her work has been highly commended in the Katherine Mansfield and Sunday Star-Times Awards and her previous novel, The Company of a Daughter, was written during her year as the Burns Fellow in 1997.  Paddy lives in Dunedin where she writes and teaches part-time courses in creative writing.

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John Sligo

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Born in Dunedin, New Zealand, John Sligo attended Otago University before going on to study at Cambridge University.  After University he worked for the United Nations, and more recently has worked as a film and television journalist, and is a freelance writer.  Sligo now lives in Sydney.

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Isa Moynihan

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Born in Ireland, Isa Moynihan lived in Singapore and Malaysia before settling in New Zealand. She is fiction editor of Takahe literary magazine and has been published in anthologies and literary magazines in New Zealand and overseas. In 1996 Isa won the Reed Fiction Award for her collection, Sex and the Single Mayfly.

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Sandy McCutcheon (born 1947) is a prominent Australian author, playwright, actor, journalist and broadcaster. Sandy McCutcheon was born in Christchurch, New Zealand which, however, he did not discover until he was over fifty years old. He was adopted at a very young age and spent several years looking for traces of his family around Europe, before finding relatives living in New Zealand. Incidentally, his adoption papers, uncovered in 1997, stated that he was born with the name Brian David Parry. He moved to Australia in 1970 and now lives in Brisbane. He spends time each year in the city of Fes in Morocco where he owns a house with his wife the photographer Suzanna Clarke.

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Paul Little

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Paul Little lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He has written for radio and television and has been chief sub-editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, and editor of Metro and the New Zealand Listener. He was named Editorial Writer of the year in 1995 and was a finalist in 1996 and 1997.

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David Frame

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David completed an M.Sc. in Astronomy in 1993. His thesis was entitled A photometric and spectroscopic analysis of the southern extremely hydrogen deficient binary stars . He then completed a Ph.D. in Atmospheric, Ionospheric and Space Physics here at Canterbury, still within the department, and went to work for the Treasury for two years. He is now Project Manager for climateprediction.net at the University of Oxford in the UK. He is the author of the satirical novel Light Speed.

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Steven Eldred-Grigg

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ELDRED-GRIGG, Steven (1952- ), is a social historian, fiction writer and autobiographer. His father came from a wealthy Canterbury sheep-farming family; his mother from a poor working-class family in south Christchurch. He was born in the Grey Valley but raised in prosperous suburban Christchurch. He attended Shirley BHS, Canterbury University (MA in history, 1975) and the Australian National University (PhD in history, 1978). Since then he has been a full-time writer based in Christchurch. Born on the back seat of a speeding taxi, the young writer grew up in suburban Christchurch. After graduating with a doctorate in history from the Australian National University the writer first became known as the author of A Southern Gentry, a book which has now sold more copies than almost any other history published in New Zealand. Quick, vivid, democratic - it leads the reader onto his other lively works of New Zealand history: A New History of Canterbury, Pleasures of the Flesh, Working People and The Rich.

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Dorothy Eden

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Dorothy Enid Eden (1912-1982) grew up on an isolated farm in New Zealand's South Island. She worked for some years as a legal secretary, but always wanted to be a writer. She wrote children's stories for a local farming publication and at age 21 published her first story for adults. These early writings were published under the name of Ena Eden. Her first book was published in 1940. She travelled extensively after the war, settling in London in the early 1950s, eventually becoming a full time writer. Eden's books have included family sagas, thrillers, gothic fiction and historical novels. By 1980 she was among the ten best-selling authors in the world, and was translated into many other languages. At least one book, ''Crow Hollow'', was filmed.

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Nigel Latta

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Nigel Latta is a New Zealand psychologist. He is also the host of the television show Beyond The Darklands, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Teenagers and The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show. Born in Oamaru to a family of four, Latta studied at the University of Otago. He received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Master of Science in Marine Science. In 1990 he joined the rock group Gavin Thornton’s Steam Injected Band. He toured around the South Island with them until 1991. After that he studied clinical psychology at the University of Auckland. Latta has also written several books dealing with helping families. Some of the titles include; the bestselling Into the Darklands: Unveiling the Predators Amongst Us, Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This!: Battlefield Wisdom for Stressed-Out Parents, Raising Teenagers: A Practical Guide for Parents, and Mothers Raising Sons among others. He has also written a fictional crime thriller, Execution Lullaby (published 2000), which focused on a death row prisoner recounting his life and actions that got him to that point.

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Jill Marshall

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Jill Marshall moved from the United Kingdom to New Zealand, along with her small daughter and her even smaller mad dog.  Her childhood ambition was to become an author, so in 2001 Jill gave up her career as a training director at a huge international company to concentrate on writing and being a mum. Jill plays guitar, takes singing lessons and is learning to play the drum kit she has set up in the garage.  One day she might even sing in a band again...

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Keith Bulfin

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Keith Bulfin is a New Zealander, born in 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland with a Double Major in Economics in 1983. He worked in the finance industry in South Africa and the UK, and for the University of Papua New Guinea as an administrator and lecturer in Accounting. Working in the Australian investment banking industry as a share and mortgage broker in the 1980s, he pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to defraud over the valuations of Lasseters Casino and Dreamworld. Keith spent three years in a Supermax prison, where he was introduced by prison authorities to two Mexican fugitives. It was his friendship with them that led to his recruitment by the US Department of Justice to operate a covert banking operation in Mexico for the Mexico drug cartels. He was reassigned to Washington DC and the FBI to operate a covert bank, targeting Middle Eastern countries and terrorist organisations. He has worked as an expert advisor on money laundering with the National Security Council in Mexico, various foreign governments, policing agencies and multinational companies.

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Vonnie Hughes

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Our family were all born in New Zealand and now live in Queensland, the sunshine state of Australia. Nobody else in my family writes, but in the latter part of the 19th century my antecedents published newspapers and were authors. Blood will out, as they say. I've always written - poetry and short stories as a child; then later on in life as our kids grew older I began writing novels, probably to counteract the stultifying boredom of being a legal executive.

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Jack Eden

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The novel Furt Bent from Aldaheit was inspired by events in 1971 when, at age 19, the author founded a newspaper in a country town near Auckland. He published a story on the innocence of a farmer found guilty of a double murder, and was visited by investigating officers for whom the story was an embarrassment. Eden left the town, and his newspaper, and headed north to the Hokianga where he met several Vietnam War draft dodgers (subject of new novel Jetsam's Caress). He continued in journalism, working on several community and daily newspapers in New Zealand and Australia. He started writing novels seriously in 2005, and has completed seven, two of which have been published. "Memories of the events surrounding those early days of writing about Arthur Alan Thomas stayed with me. Furt Bent from Aldaheit is a work of fiction, but it is fair to say it is inspired those events."

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Vicki Tyley

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Based in rural Victoria, Australia, Vicki writes fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings. Originally from New Zealand, she immigrated with her husband to Australia in 1982. She has travelled extensively, spending a year touring the world before terrorism was an influencing factor. She has lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps. In the lead up to her writing career, Vicki worked in a multitude of different industries including banking, stockbroking, importing and wholesaling, human resources, mining, hospitality, civil engineering, and toys, in predominantly accounting, IT and management roles. All these life experiences are brought to bear in her writing.

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Joan Druett

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Back in the year 1984, on the picture-poster tropical island of Rarotonga, I literally fell into whaling history when I tumbled into a grave. A great tree had been felled by a recent hurricane, exposing a gravestone that had been hidden for more than one and a half centuries. It was the memorial to a young whaling wife, who had sailed with her husband on the New Bedford ship Harrison in the year 1845. And so my fascination with maritime history was triggered ... resulting in 18 books (so far). The latest -- number nineteen -- is a biography of a truly extraordinary man, Tupaia, star navigator and creator of amazing art.

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Alan Duff

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Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950. He has written novels, including Once Were Warriors, One Night Out Stealing, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, Both Sides of the Moon, Szabad, Jake's Long Shadow, Dreamboat Dad and Who Sings for Lu?, the novella State Ward, several children's books and a number of non-fiction works. Once Were Warriors won the Pen Best First Book of Fiction Award and, as well, as What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, was made into an internationally acclaimed film. Duff was the driving force behind the Books in Homes scheme, which aims to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, anger and violence among underprivileged children by providing books for them to own.

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Grant Nicol

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Grant was born and raised in New Zealand and has also lived in Australia and more recently, Northern Ireland. He first visited Reykjavík in 2009 and after six visits in the space of five years he has finally decided to make the city his home.

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Michelle Somers

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Michelle Somers is a bookworm from way back. An ex-Kiwi who now calls Australia home, she's a professional ‘killer and matchmaker', a storyteller and a romantic. Words are her power and her passion. Her heroes and heroines always get their happy ever after, but she'll put them through one hell of a journey to get there. Michelle lives in Melbourne, Australia with her real life hero and three little heroes in the making. Her first book, Lethal in Love, is due for release in 2015. She loves hearing from her readers, so please visit her website www.michelle-somers.com, or chat with her on twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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Geoff Palmer

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Geoff Palmer is the author of five novels, including the acclaimed young-adult adventure/sci-fi book Too Many Zeros, originally published by Penguin, and the award-winning Telling Stories, winner of the Reed/North & South Fiction Award.

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David Bates

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The Royal New Zealand Navy as a young seaman preceded an early career in the New Zealand Police Force. He married, there were children while he studied for his law degree. Over the ensuing years he rose to Inspector level, the last six as a Legal Adviser at Police National Headquarters. In 1981 David Bates resigned to practice in criminal law. In 1989, the Government appointed him District Inspector for Mental Health, a position he continued in conjunction with his legal practice for some years. He has since practised as a barrister-sole, specialising in criminal, traffic, youth and mental health law.

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Penelope Haines

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Penelope Haines became a writer when she realized she could gaze out of the window with a glass of wine in her hands and claim to be working.  Her previous occupations of Nurse, Management Consultant, Parent, Farm Manager, CEO and Commercial Pilot failed to achieve this simple clarity. Her training as a nurse taught her not to kill patients; her training as a flying instructor convinced her to be patient as students attempted to kill her. Penelope’s current status as ‘alive’ is a testament to the speed of her reactions.  Writing detective novels allows her to explore new and creative ways of murdering those who have offended her. So far the results of that exploration have remained purely fantastical. Penelope's interests are centered round reading, writing, music, theatre and horse-riding. She maintains she is a single minded person, having one dog, one cat, one horse and one husband.

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Christopher Abbey

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Christopher Abbey was born in South Africa and, in 1977, immigrated with his family to New Zealand. A Quantity Surveyor by profession, he counteracted the predominance of numbers in his life by writing as a hobby. A creative writing course in 1996 inspired A Moment’s Silence. He has lived in Palmerston North since 1978. 

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Mark McGinn

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Mark McGinn lives in Christchurch, NZ with his family. When he's not writing crime novels, he's enjoying sport, reading other crime writers and, with U2 in his ear, trying to minimise the excesses of red wine and chocolate on an exercycle that looks like a dark age instrument of torture. Now writing his fifth novel, he has previously written two Sasha Stace legal thrillers, a third is with his editor and a mystery. A short story, Perfect Cover, has been published by Fairfax Media.  During a lengthy career in the NZ court system, Mark had the privilege of seeing some of the finest lawyers and judges in action in many notable criminal jury trials. That experience and his subsequent background in psychological assessment has enriched and driven his crime writing.

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Maurice Shadbolt

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Maurice Shadbolt was a major New Zealand fiction writer and playwright. He published numerous novels and collections of short fiction, as well as novellas, non-fiction, and a play. His writing often drew on his own family history. Shadbolt won several fellowships and almost every major literary prize, some more than once. He was capped Honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Auckland in 1997.

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Janet Frame

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The fate befalling the young woman who wanted "to be a poet" has been well documented. Desperately unhappy because of family tragedies and finding herself trapped in the wrong vocation (as a schoolteacher) her only escape appeared to be in submission to society's judgement of her as abnormal. She spent four and a half years out of eight years, incarcerated in mental hospitals. The story of her almost miraculous survival of the horrors and brutalising treatment in unenlightened institutions has become well known. She continued to write throughout her troubled years, and her first book (The Lagoon and Other Stories) won a prestigious literary prize, thus convincing her doctors not to carry out a planned lobotomy.
 

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Margaret Mahy

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Margaret Mahy ONZ (born in Whakatane, New Zealand on 21 March 1936) is a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

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Julie Parsons

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Julie Parsons was born in New Zealand but has lived most of her adult life in Ireland. She has tried her hand at artist's model, typesetter, freelance journalist, radio and television producer - before turning to writing fiction. She lives outside Dublin, by the sea, with her family.

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Katherine Dewar

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A seventies child and eighties teen, author Katherine Dewar was raised in North Yorkshire in a house filled with books, computers and animals. She studied politics and worked in Leeds before emigrating to Aotearoa NZ, where she founded a marketing business, GoodSense, to help worthwhile companies and volunteers with the Green Party. Katherine has made up stories for as long as she can remember, exploiting plastic animals as characters before she could wield a pen. Her early writing was encouraged by school clubs, the Arvon Foundation and her endlessly supportive parents. She credits Dame Fiona Kidman’s creative writing course, her local writers’ group and the discipline of crafting client soundbites for getting her writing to a standard to unleash on the world. Katherine loves long walks, loud music, wild places and good books.

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Debra Daley

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Debra Daley was born in New Zealand and grew up in west Auckland in a family of Irish extraction. After graduating from the University of Auckland she was employed as a journalist and editor in London and then in Sydney. She also worked as a screenwriter and as a public health journalist in Auckland, while raising two sons. She subsequently lived in Ibiza, and London again, where she wrote her first historical novel, Turning the Stones. She now lives in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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Christina Alexander

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Christina Alexander was born in the bitterly cold sheep and lake country of the far south of New Zealand, and trained as a teacher in Dunedin. She taught infants in the area before moving to Australia and studying journalism, English, psychology, and remedial education at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

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Ronald Hugh Morrieson

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James Ronald Hugh Morrieson died at 50, a sad and disappointed man. His remark, ‘I hope I’m not another one of these poor buggers who get discovered when they’re dead’ became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Morrieson was born on 29 January 1922 and lived his entire life in the house built by his grandfather at the corner of Regent Street and South Road, Hawera. A novelist and short story writer in the New Zealand vernacular, who was little known in his home country until after his death. He earned his living as a musician and music teacher, and played in dance bands throughout south Taranaki. Morrieson lived in the Taranaki town of Hawera all his life and this town appears (under other names) in his novels.

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