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The Ngaio Marsh Awards 2018

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.

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The Dead Good Reader Awards 2018

Update: the winners have been announced and I’ve marked them on the shortlists. Congratulations to all the authors.

In April readers were offered the opportunity to nominate their favourite books and authors from the past year, the most popular forming the shortlists for the Dead Good Reader Awards which then go to a public vote. To qualify, books must have been published in any format within the past year. The winners will be announced at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate in July.

The shortlists are out and the vote is currently open to the public and closes on 18th July – https://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk/dead-good-reader-awards-2018/.

While I do have some firm favourites in the more general awards (such as Best Duo or ‘Wringer’ award) I’ve read very few of the specific books that have been shortlisted. More surprisingly for shortlists that have come from reader nominations there are a number of books and authors that I’ve not heard of at all.

The categories and shortlists are:

The Holmes and Watson Award for Best Detective Duo

Arthur Bryant and John May – Christopher Fowler
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles – Tess Gerritsen
Ruth Galloway and Harry Nelson – Elly Griffiths – winner
Marnie Rome and Noah Jake – Sarah Hilary
Rosie Strange and Sam Stone – Syd Moore
Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi – P J Tracy

The Whodunnit Award for the Book That Keeps You Guessing

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh – winner
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Cabot Cove Award for Best Small Town Mystery

A Murder to Die For by Stevyn Colgan
Dark Pines by Will Dean
The Devil’s Claw by Lara Dearman
Hell in a Handbasket by Denise Grover Swank
The Dry by Jane Harper
The Chalk Man by C J Tudor – winner

The Wringer Award for the Character Who’s Been Put Through It All

Jack Reacher – Lee Child – winner
Frieda Klein – Nicci French
Lottie Parker – Patricia Gibney
Ruth Galloway – Elly Griffiths
Michael Devlin – Tony Kent
David Raker – Tim Weaver

The House of Horrors Award for Most Dysfunctional Family

Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown
Blood Sisters by Jane Corry
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell – winner
Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

The Dead Good Recommends Award for Most Recommended Book

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll
The Dark Angel by Elly Griffiths – winner
Killer Intent by Tony Kent
Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
The Fear by C L Taylor
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

So if you have favourites from this list it’s time to get voting. Just one or two categories that I’ll be voting in.