New Zealand

Shortlist for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Awards announced

FOUR OUTSTANDING novels have been announced as the finalists for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented on 30 August following The Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival. The Ngaio Marsh Award is made annually for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Review - CROSS FINGERS, Paddy Richardson

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Cross Fingers
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New Zealand
ISBN: 
9781869713072
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Thriller
Special Interests: 
Springbok Tours
Location: 
New Zealand
Publisher: 
Hachette
Year of Publication: 
2013

Review - FREDERICK'S COAT, Alan Duff

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Book Title: 
Frederick's Coat
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New Zealand
ISBN: 
9781869415662
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Category: 
Psychological Thriller
Publisher: 
Vintage
Year of Publication: 
2013

Currently Reading - Only the Dead, Ben Sanders

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So far I've read the second and now this - the third Sean Devereaux novel from NZ author Ben Sanders. Set in Auckland this is a fast paced, dry, very noir styled series.

From the Blurb:

When a failed witness protection operation ends in multiple homicides, evidence suggests the crime is linked to a series of violent robberies in Auckland City.

Review - THE BECKONING ICE, Joan Druett

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Book Title: 
The Beckoning Ice
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780992258832
Series: 
Wiki Coffin
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Historical
Special Interests: 
Naval
Location: 
Southern Ocean
Publisher: 
Old Salt Press
Year of Publication: 
2013

Currently Reading - Joe Victim, Paul Cleave

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The Cleaner absolutely blew me away, and Joe Victim is a follow up to that book. Sounds good to me :)

From the Blurb:

Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe—a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver—has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that’s the least of his worries.

Currently Reading - Where the Dead Men Go, Liam McIlvanney

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Honestly, it does not matter how many books you read in the world, there always seems to be more that you should have read. Somehow I missed the first in this series so have some catching up to do - which I'm doing back to front and out of order, as usual.

From the Blurb:

Liam McIlvanney

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McIlvanney, Liam

Professor Liam McIlvanney, the son of novelist William McIlvanney, was born in Kilmarnock in Ayrshire, and studied at Glasgow and Oxford Universities. After ten years lecturing in Scottish and Irish literature at the University of Aberdeen, he moved to Dunedin in New Zealand to teach at the University of Otago. He lectures in Scottish literature, culture and history, and on Irish-Scottish literary connections, and holds the Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies chair at the University.

Donna Malane

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Malane, Donna

Donna Malane is a writer, television producer, script and series advisor, script writer, story-liner, script and story editor and developer.

She has written a huge variety of television including drama, crime-drama and doco-drama, fantasy, children’s drama, sketch comedy, and documentary. Although Donna’s writing has largely been for television she has also had two other books published and her plays and short stories have been broadcast on National Radio.