Craig Sisterson of the New Zealand-based books blog Crime Watch announced this morning the finalists contending for this year’s inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. They are:
• Cut & Run, by Alix Bosco (Penguin)
• Burial, by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster)
• Containment, by Vanda Symon (Penguin)
The winner will be announced on Friday, September 10, during a ceremony following the “Setting the Stage for Murder” event at The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival.
Sisterson says, “There were a number of high-quality crime novels published last year, and it has been a tough decision for the judges. It is fantastic to see crime writing of this quality being produced by New Zealand writers, and great that the Award recognizes both the best of our current authors, while also honoring the memory of one of our country’s true literary legends, who we have perhaps underappreciated in the past.”
This prize is of course named after prolific and best-selling crime novelist Ngaio Marsh (1895-1982).
READ MORE: “Memories of a Dame: An Encounter with Ngaio Marsh, Guest Post by Author Roy Vaughan” (Crime Watch).