Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

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2010 was the inaugural year of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.

The award is made for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident, published in New Zealand during the previous year. Decided by a panel of local and international judges, it is named after New Zealand’s most successful crime writer, Dame Ngaio Marsh.

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Read our October 2017 interview with Ngaio Marsh Awards founder and judging convenor Craig Sisterson.

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Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2018 

The winners were announced at the WORD Christchurch Festival, held from 29 August to 2 September.

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Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2017 

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The winners will be announced at a WORD Christchurch event in October. Read more about the finalists in The Spinoff.

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel 2016

2015

Paul Cleave was announced as the 2015 winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel at a ceremony held on 4 October at the Court Theatre in Christchurch. The WORD event Murder in the Court featured an improvised murder mystery with the Court Jesters.

2014

Read the blog post The fantastic four emerge from an excellent eight.

Liam McIlvanney was announced as the 2014 winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel at a ceremony at the conclusion of the Great New Zealand Crime Debate which took place on Saturday 30 August 2014 during the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.

2013

Read the blog post about the 2013 Awards.

2012

Neil Cross was announced as the 2012 winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel at a ceremony at the conclusion of the Great New Zealand Crime Debate which took place on Saturday 1 September 2012 during The Press Christchurch Writers Festival.

2011

Read the blog post about the event.

2011’s winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel was announced at a ceremony at the conclusion of the Setting the Stage for Murder event, on Sunday, 21 August 2011. New York Times bestselling international crime writers Tess Gerritsen and John Hart also appeared at the event. The winner received a distinctive handcrafted trophy designed and created by New Zealand sculptor and Unitec art lecturer Gina Ferguson, a set of Ngaio Marsh novels courtesy of HarperCollins, and a cheque for $1,000 provided by the Christchurch Writers Festival Trust.

2010

The winner of the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel was announced at a ceremony at the conclusion of the “Setting the Stage for Murder” event at The Press Christchurch Writers Festival on Friday, 10 September 2010.

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