YA crime fiction

Davitt Awards: a (long) shortlist for women’s best crime & mystery books announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a rather long shortlist – 25 – for its 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, six children’s novels and five non-fiction books. Twelve books from all categories are competing for the debut award.

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Women’s crime (writing) spree continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Australian women’s crime (writing) spree shows no signs of abating. An astonishing 127 books are competing in Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books – a record equal to 2019. Judging coordinator, Dr Philomena Horsley, couldn’t be more pleased, if somewhat daunted by the prospect of so much reading.

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U3A Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events (mostly in Port Phillip), nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell. Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a

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Entries for Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for women’s crime books now open

Sisters in Crime Australia’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books (and published in 2020) by Australian women are now open. Publishers have until Friday 7 May 2021 to enter. Self-published books are eligible. Books co-authored or edited by men or including chapters by men are not. This year the Davitts are

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Crime waves – the beach awash with possibilities

Not had enough of the beach over the holidays? Catch up with Sisters in Crime’s first event for 2021 with authors Belinda Alexandra, Sarah Thornton and Lisa Walker as they explore the appeal of salt-laced mysteries with Tara Mitchell. Click  below to view the event on YouTube:   Belinda Alexandra’s latest book, The Mystery Woman (HarperCollins Publishing), is set in

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Best holiday reads, 2020-2021

What a year it has been and what a solace (and diversion) reading – especially reading crime books – has proven. Now, oh joy, we can throw off our masks in most places and enjoy a holiday (or at least a small break) and, of course, more reading. Sisters in Crime asked convenors, author members,

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Astrid Scholte: crime writer and artist

This week’s Murder Mondays interview by Sisters in Crime’s national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore is with Astrid Scholte, the winner of the 2020 Davitt (Best Young Adult Crime Novel) for her debut novel, Four Dead Queens, (Allen & Unwin). (Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)            

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Prescient pandemic theme in Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards

It must have been something in the ether. Two of the winning books in Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards officially awarded tonight (26 September) concern pandemics – Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers (University of Queensland Press), the winner of the Davitt (Best Adult Crime Novel) and Susan Hurley’s Eight Lives, (Affirm Press), winner of the

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Lili Wilkinson: award-winning YA writer, manuscript assessor and chicken lover

With an incredible sixteen books under her belt, including eleven YA books, Melbourne author, Lili Wilkinson knows a hell of a lot about the craft of crime writing and she revealed all (well almost) to Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, Karina Kilmore for this week’s Murder Mondays interview.  (Click on the image below to go

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Val McDermid to present 20th Davitt Awards

Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication   Sisters in Crime Australia is thrilled that Val McDermid, Tartan Noir Queen and long-time Sisters friend, will present its 20th Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women and published in 2019. In a special online ceremony, Val will announce the

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