Ngaio Marsh Awards

The verdicts are in: new Kiwi voices dominate among 2017 Ngaios finalists

There’s fresh blood aplenty in the local crime writing ranks and the usual suspects were nowhere to be found as the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists were named on Monday.

Review - The Ice Shroud, Gordon Ell

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Book Title: 
The Ice Shroud
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780986456442
Series: 
Malcolm Buchan
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Location: 
New Zealand
Queenstown
Publisher: 
Bush Press
Year of Publication: 
2016

Review - A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse, Brannavan Gnanalingam

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Book Title: 
A Briefcase
Two Pies and a Penthouse
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
9780473356347
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Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Satire
Year of Publication: 
2016

#amreading Spare Me the Truth, C.J. Carver

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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.

From the Blurb:

Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life - and his son - is a lie.

Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother's funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.

Review - A Moment's Silence, Christopher Abbey

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Book Title: 
A Moment's Silence
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Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
ISBN: 
978-0-473-36189-1
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Publisher: 
Mary Egan Publishing
Year of Publication: 
2016

#amreading Revealed in Mist, Jude Knight

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Catching up on some recently read books - this is historical romance / crime fiction from New Zealander Author, Jude Knight.

From the Blurb:

Prue's job is to uncover secrets, but she hides a few of her own. When she is framed for murder and cast into Newgate, her one-time lover comes to her rescue. Will revealing what she knows help in their hunt for blackmailers, traitors, and murderers? Or threaten all she holds dear? 

#amreading Please Do Not Disturb, Robert Glancy

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Another from the weekend's reading pile - which wasn't that big unfortunately this time around, bit busy and then next weekend's Eurovision so other than hiding from the media on Sunday before the telecast - will be too flat out cooking :)

From the Blurb:

A funny, disturbing, and deeply affecting novel of power, corruption, and innocence in colonial Africa, by the author of Terms & Conditions.

As the African nation of Bwalo prepares for The Big Day—the only day in the year the ailing King talks to his subjects—we meet five very different people:

#amreading Days Are Like Grass, Sue Younger

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Another from the over Easter pile.

From the Blurb:

A beautiful New Zealand summer. An ugly past that won’t stay buried.

Paediatric surgeon Claire Bowerman has reluctantly returned to Auckland from London. Calm, rational and in control, she loves delicately repairing her small patients’ wounds. Tragically, wounds sometimes made by the children’s own families.

#amreading The Ice Shroud, Gordon Ell

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One from the Easter break where not enough reading was done.

From the Blurb:

When a woman's body is discovered frozen in the ice of a river near the alpine resort of Queenstown, Detective Sergeant Malcolm Buchan faces both a mystery and a moral dilemma. The identity of the nude woman is critical to the motives and manner of her murder, and Buchan is personally involved. So are a number of locals, from ski bums to multi-millionaire businessman.

#amreading A Briefcase, Two Pies and a Penthouse, Brannavan Gnanalingam

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Final dip into the #yeahnoir pile for the weekend.

From the Blurb:

Rachel McManus has just started at the New Zealand Alarm and Response Ministry. One of the few females working there, she is forced to traverse the peculiarities of Wellington bureaucracy, lascivious colleagues, and decades of sedimented hierarchy. She has the chance to prove herself by investigating a suspected terrorist, who they fear is radicalising impressionable youth and may carry out an attack himself on the nation's capital.