Hopefully over the coming months and years this will just continue to grow and grow - after all we have a population not far off Scotland's, and look how they support, appreciate, and celebrate their own crime writing and crime writers.
This morning on TV3's Sunrise show, book reviewer Gail Woodward had a segment talking about New Zealand crime, and she looked at the debut novels of Alix Bosco (CUT & RUN) and Lindy Kelly (BOLD BLOOD). You can watch the segment here.
I think the TV3 website subeditor got a little carried away with the headline - "New Zealand murder mystery novels take crime genre by storm" - that would be nice, but isn't quite true (yet).
I think that although in future Kiwi crime writers might very well take the genre 'by storm' (we certainly have some quality writers capable of making a big impression), we're not quite there yet...
Hopefully this sort of publicity will help build the recognition of New Zealand crime and thriller writers however, as they are still pretty overlooked in the local (and international) literary world.