crime books

Open invitation launch of J.M. Green’s, Shoot Through

Scribe Publications is delighted to invite you to the launch of  J.M. Green’s, Shoot Through,  to be launched by Imbi Neeme: 6.30pm Monday 22 July  – The Night Heron, 228 Nicholson St., Footscray Shoot Through is the 3rd in J.M. Green’s Stella hardy series set in Melbourne’s  West. Free but RSVP:      

Twenty-five crime books shortlisted for Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a shortlist of 25 books for its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels, and six non-fiction books. Twelve titles are also battling it out for the best debut book award. Jacqui Horwood, the

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The Life and Crimes of Vikki Petraitis

Vikki Petraitis, true crime writer and regular Dicks V Dames debater, will be interrogated about her 25 years of crime writing by Emily Webb, fellow true crime writer and co-presenter of the Australian True Crime Podcast. Vikki Petraitis took to writing true crime because, unlike crime fiction, it was so raw and it told the

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Melbourne Rare Book Week – Charlotte Jay

The Knife is Feminine: Discovering Charlotte Jay Hosted by Melbourne Library Service The inaugural winner of the  Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe award in 1953 was an Australian woman, Charlotte Jay, for Beat Not The Bones , a mystery set in Papua New Guinea. In 2019 who has heard of Charlotte Jay in this her

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Hit list: Sulari Gentill on optimism

Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre presented a brilliant session on the current state of crime writing on 3 July. As the official notice said: “It’s no mystery that Australian crime writers are on some kind of a rampage – some kind of a spree– filling bookshops, racing up bestseller lists and taking over big and small screens

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Beating a different drum: Rediscovering Charlotte Jay, Australian mystery writer

In 1992 Sisters in Crime co-convenor, Carmel Shute, was fortunate to interview pioneering Australian crime writer, Charlotte Jay, on the eve of the re-issuing of her 1952 novel, Beat Not the Bones, which had the rare distinction of winning the inaugural Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Writers of America Award. (Raymond Chandler won the following year.)

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The virtues of “bum glue”: Carmel Reilly

I’m a children’s educational writer by trade, but recently I’ve just released a crime-ish adult book, Life Before. People ask me how the two types of writing mesh together? Has being an educational writer been a help or a hindrance to writing for adults? My answer to that is that my background is probably more

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NZ author, Joanne Drayton, to present Sisters in Crime’s 19th Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime is delighted to announce that award-winning New Zealand author, Joanne Drayton, will present its 19th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The Davitts will be awarded at a gala dinner at Saturday 31 August, 6.30 for 7.00pm, at South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel. The hotel, Sisters in Crime’s

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S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award – opens 15 May; closes 31 July

S.D. HARVEY AWARD Kennedy Foundation hosts prestigious S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award Enter by clicking here The Kennedy Foundation is delighted to announce it will host the 10th  S.D. Harvey Short Crime Story Award in conjunction with the inaugural Kennedy Lecture dinner in September 2019. Sandra (Dawn) Harvey was an outstanding print journalist and television producer who

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Felonious communities and fractured families

The murderous intertwining of love, family secrets and the broader society informs the latest novels by Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Spence and Joanna Baker. The authors confessed all under the humorous but incisive interrogation of fellow author Vikki Petraitis in Melbourne on April 12. Under Vikki’s probing, they explained what inspired them to write their novels

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