Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Setting the Stage for Murder
In the country’s biggest crime writing event, the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel will be presented alongside a session featuring two of the world’s best crime authors on Sunday, 21 August.
Award-winning American crime writers, Tess Gerritsen,(left), and John Hart, will join forces in a gripping session as they discuss their latest thrillers with crime aficionado and well-known book man, Graham Beattie. Before the 2011 winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel is announced, crime fiction expert Craig Sisterson will talk with the four finalists, Paul Cleave, Neil Cross, Paddy Richardson and Alix Bosco. It is fitting that the award will be presented in Christchurch, the hometown of New Zealand’s doyenne of the mystery writing genre, Dame Ngaio Marsh, who was renowned worldwide as one of the four ‘Queens of Crime’ in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, and whose books are still in print today.
In a satisfying plot twist, the winner of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award in 2010, Alix Bosco, has announced that he or she will appear at this year’s event. The name is a pseudonym for a well-known New Zealand writer, who works in a variety of other media and until now has wanted to keep his or her crime-writing persona separate.
In her latest novel, The Silent Girl, internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, who has sold more than 20 million books worldwide, uses her own medical background and Asian-American experience to deliver a story of murder and mystery in Boston’s Chinatown, featuring her popular protagonists, homicide detective, Jane Rizzoli, and medical examiner, Maura Isles.
Ex-lawyer John Hart, author of three New York Times bestsellers, won the prestigious Edgar Award for his novels Down River (2008) and The Last Child (2010) - the first author in history to win the ‘Oscar of crime writing’ with consecutive novels. His latest book, Iron House, illustrates once again why he has quickly moved into the top rank of thriller writers.
fascinating’, with ‘amazing twists and turns’ and a ‘main character who was drawn so well’.
The winner of the 2011 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel will receive a distinctive handcrafted trophy designed and created by New Zealand sculptor and Unitec art lecturer Gina Ferguson, a full set of all 32 Ngaio Marsh novels, along with Ngaio Marsh’s autobiography and Joanne Drayton’s biography of Marsh, Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime, courtesy of HarperCollins, and a cheque for $1000 provided by the Christchurch Writers Festival Trust.
Door sales will be available on the day.
Presented as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival
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