Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel was created in 2010 to celebrate quality crime, mystery, and thriller writing by New Zealand authors. Now in its fifth year, it looks like the 2014 Award may be the toughest yet for the judges, with several terrific books in the running, including a Man Booker Prize winner, and a New Zealand crime novel that's a finalist for the prestigious Edgar Award (which in some ways could be considered the Oscar of the crime writing world).
I will of course be keeping you up to date with what's happening with this year's award here on Crime Watch, including upcoming announcements about any longlist, the finalists for the award, the judging panel, and the ceremony itself, which is scheduled to be held during the Christchurch Writers Festival, in Dame Ngaio's hometown.
The Award also has its own Facebook page, where photos from prior ceremonies, as well as information about the Award and general crime fiction happenings, are shared. If you are a Facebook user, it would be terrific if you could 'like' the page, which can be found here.