The 2016 Australian Crime Writing Award Winners Are…

Although your humble correspondents have been woefully inattentive, this year’s Davitt and Ned Kelly Awards for Australian Crime Writing have been awarded this weekend as part of Melbourne Writer’s Festival celebrations. It seems we’ve both got some reading to do given the very few of these titles we’ve gotten around to (so far).

Davitt Awards (Saturday 27 August) Sisters in Crime Australia

ResurrectionBayViskicBest Adult novel
– Anne Buist, MEDEA’S CURSE (Kerrie’s review, Bernadette’s review)
– Candice Fox, FALL
– Sulari Gentill, GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE
– Bronwyn Parry, STORM CLOUDS
– J. M. Peace, TIME TO RUN (Bernadette’s review, Kerrie’s review)
Emma Viskic, RESURRECTION BAY (Bernadette’s review) Winner

FerrisRiskBest Young Adult Novel

– Kathryn Barker, IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER
Fleur Ferris, RISK Winner
– Ellie Marney, EVERY MOVE
– Maureen McCarthy, STAY WITH ME

xfriday-barnes-under-suspicion.jpg.pagespeed.ic.1XSQMpfW6IBest Children’s Novel

– Susan Green, VERITY SPARKS AND THE SCARLET HAND
– Catherine Jinks, THEOPHILUS GREY AND THE DEMON THIEF
– R. A. Spratt, FRIDAY BARNES 2: UNDER SUSPICION Winner

WildManBest Non-Fiction

– Carol Baxter, BLACK WIDOW
– Cheryl Critchley and Helen McGrath, WHY DID THEY DO IT?
– Kate Kyriacou, THE STING
– Alecia Simmonds, WILD MAN Winner
– Sue Smetherst, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
– Sofija Stefanovic, YOU’RE JUST TO GOOD TO BE TRUE

ResurrectionBayViskicBest Debut

– Kathryn Barker, IN THE SKIN OF A MONSTER
– Anne Buist, MEDEA’S CURSE (Kerrie’s review, Bernadette’s review)
– Tania Chandler, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE
– Caroline de Costa, DOUBLE MADNESS (Bernadette’s review)
– Fleur Ferris, RISK
– J. M. Green, GOOD MONEY (Bernadette’s review, Kerrie’s review)
– J. M. Peace, TIME TO RUN (Bernadette’s review, Kerrie’s review)
– Ann Turner, THE LOST SWIMMER (Bernadette’s review, Kerrie’s review)
Emma Viskic, RESURRECTION BAY Winner (Bernadette’s review)

Emma Viskic also won the Reader’s Choice Award with RESURRECTION BAY (all members of Sisters in Crime Australia are allowed one vote for any of the books eligible for any of the categories). And for what may be the first time in history I am actually one of the in-crowd, having cast my own vote for this excellent novel.

Ned Kelly Awards (Sunday 28 August) Australian Crime Writers Association

ResurrectionBayViskicBest First Fiction

  • Tania Chandler – PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME HERE
  • J.M. Green – GOOD MONEY
  • Mark Holland – AMPLIFY
  • Gary Kemble – SKIN DEEP
  • Ian Ryan – FOUR DAYS
  • Emma Viskic – RESURRECTION BAY Winner (Bernadette’s review)

S.D. Harvey Award for Short Stories

  • Robbie Arnott – The Hall Chimp
  • Honey Brown – The Adjustment
  • Joshua Kemp – Sisters in Red
  • Roni O’Brien – Flesh Winner
  • Jemma Tyley-Miller – The Caretaker

certain_admissionsBest True Crime

  • Gideon Haigh – CERTAIN ADMISSIONS Winner
  • Kate Kyriacou – THE STING
  • Martin McKenzie-Murray – A MURDER WITHOUT MOTIVE: THE KILLING OF REBECCA LYLE
  • Rebecca Poulson – KILLING LOVE
  • Mark Tedeschi – KIDNAPPED

BeforeItBreaksBest Fiction

  • Mark Dapin – R&R
  • Candice Fox – FALL
  • Barry Maitland – ASH ISLAND
  • Adrian McKinty – RAIN DOGS
  • Dave Warner – BEFORE IT BREAKS Winner
  • Emma Viskic – RESURRECTION BAY (Bernadette’s review)

The Australian Crime Writers Association also awarded a lifetime achievement award this year to Carmel Shute who is one of the founders and the longest-serving National Co-Convener of Sisters in Crime Australia and has spent a quarter of a century supporting and nurturing Australian women crime writers. Twitter tells me Carmel took an Enid Blyton novel on stage with her when accepting her award.

Fair Dinkum Crime congratulates all the winners and shortlisted authors and we look forward to catching up with some good reading.

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