Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sisters Act

To my knowledge, there’s no agreed-upon limit as to how many works can appear on a “shortlist” of nominees for book awards. But to judge by its press materials, Sisters in Crime Australia is feeling a tad guilty about putting 25 titles into the running for its 19th Davitt Awards, honoring crime books by Australian women. “[W]ith 127 books in contention,” says Davitt judges “wrangler” Jacqui Horwood, “the six judges were overwhelmed with so much outstanding writing to choose from. Many authors are serial offenders.”

I won’t list all of this year’s award rivals (there are five categories), but here are the nine works vying for the Adult Crime prize:

This I Would Kill For, by Anne Buist (Text)
Second Sight, by Aoife Clifford (Simon & Schuster)
Redemption Point, by Candice Fox (Penguin Random House)
Mine, by Susi Fox (Penguin Random House)
The Lost Man, by Jane Harper (Pan MacMillan Australia)
Wintering, by Krissy Kneen (Text)
The Killing of Louisa, by Janet Lee (University of Queensland Press)
The Rúin, by Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Australia)
Live and Let Fry, by Sue Williams (Text)

Click here to find the full inventory of 2019 Davitt Award nominees.

Winners will be declared during a “gala dinner” on Saturday, August 31, at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel.

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