Update: And the winner is… announced on 1st September at WORD Christchurch, the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards winners are Jennifer Lane (Best First Novel) and Alan Carter (Best Novel).
This is a post I need to get in quickly before I’m too late and the winners of these awards are announced! The Ngaio Marsh Awards, as you might imagine, celebrate crime, mystery, thriller and suspense writing by New Zealand authors (citizens – wherever they live in world – and residents) and have been doing so since 2010.
There are two awards – Best Crime Novel and Best First Novel with submissions for the 2018 awards being from books published in New Zealand in 2017. In May the longlist for the Best Crime Novel was announced and in July the two shortlists were published.
Best Crime Novel (shortlisted novels in bold)
- Marlborough Man (Alan Carter, Fremantle Press) winner
- Baby (Annaleese Jochems, VUP)
- See You In September (Charity Norman, Allen & Unwin)
- The Lost Taonga (Edmund Bohan, Lucano)
- The Easter Make Believers (Finn Bell, self-published)
- The Only Secret Left To Keep (Katherine Hayton, self-published)
- Tess (Kirsten Mcdougall, VUP)
- The Sound of Her Voice (Nathan Blackell, Mary Egan Publishing)
- A Killer Harvest (Paul Cleave, Upstart Press)
- The Hidden Room (Stella Duffy, Virago)
Best First Novel
- The Floating Basin (Carolyn Hawes, self-published)
- Broken Silence (Helen Vivienne Fletcher, HVF Publishing)
- All Our Secrets (Jennifer Lane, Rose Mira Books) winner
- The Sound of Her Voice (Nathan Blackwell, Mary Egan Publishing)
- Nothing Bad Happens Here (Nikki Crutchley, Oak House Press)
The finalists will be celebrated, and the winners announced as part of a special event at the WORD Christchurch Festival, due to be held from 29 August to 2 September.