Wednesday, June 22, 2022

New Zealand Rolls Out Its Finest

“A dozen years after we launched the Ngaio Marsh Awards to celebrate Kiwi crime, thriller, and mystery writing,” writes Craig Sisterson, founder of those annual New Zealand prizes, “it’s really gratifying to see how our local authors, experienced and new, continue to raise the bar and produce world-class stories.” This year’s longlist of Best Novel nominees—shown below—includes a trio of previous winners, a few past finalists, and five first-time contestants.

City of Vengeance, by D.V. Bishop (Macmillan)
Before You Knew My Name, by Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin)
The Quiet People, by Paul Cleave (Upstart Press)
To the Sea, by Nikki Crutchley (HarperCollins)
Polaroid Nights, by Lizzie Harwood (Cuba Press)
Isobar Precinct, by Angelique Kasmara (Cuba Press)
Nancy Business, by R.W.R. McDonald (Allen & Unwin)
She’s a Killer, by Kirsten McDougall (Te Herenga Waka
University Press)
The Last Guests, by J.P. Pomare (Hachette)
The Devils You Know, by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)
Quiet in Her Bones, by Nalini Singh (Hachette)
Waking the Tiger, by Mark Wightman (Hobeck)

The Best Novel and Best First Novel finalists will be announced sometime in early August, with the ultimate winners set to be revealed during a special event at this year’s WORD Christchurch Festival, held on the South Island of New Zealand from August 31 to September 4.

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