Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the longlists of nominees for its 2016 Davitt Awards, named in honor of Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud (1865). These commendations are meant to honor the best in Down Under crime/mystery fiction written by women. In total, 77 titles have been longlisted this year across four prize categories: 47 adult novels, nine young adult novels, eight children’s novels, and 13 works of non-fiction. That’s “more than a 10-fold increase” since 2001, when the Davitts were first presented, according to a news release.
There are simply too many contenders to list them all here. But the Adult Novel category includes such works as Monty and Me, by Louisa Bennet (HarperCollins); Please Don’t Leave Me Here, by Tania Chandler (Scribe); The Exit, by Helen Fitzgerald (Faber/Allen & Unwin); Storm Clouds, by Bronwyn Parry (Hachette); Lethal in Love, by Michelle Somers (Penguin Random House); Hush, Little Bird, by Nicole Trope (Allen & Unwin); and Resurrection Bay, by Emma Viskic (Echo Publishing). You’ll find a full list of contenders in that and other categories by clicking here.
The Davitt shortlists are scheduled to be broadcast in mid-July, with a declaration of the winning books and authors to follow on August 27. Also on that latter date, recipients of awards for Best Debut Book and Readers’ Choice will be announced.