Ngaio Marsh Awards

Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed

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.

Returning to the scene of the crime: Ngaio Marsh Award longlist revealed

Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.

#amreading The Jaws of Revenge, Mike Boshier

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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! 

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

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

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

Review - The Last Time We Spoke, Fiona Sussman

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

Review - Dead Lemons, Finn Bell

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

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

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

Review - The Ice Shroud, Gordon Ell

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

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

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

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

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

From the Blurb:

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

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