Around the World of Crime Fiction Awards

From opposite ends of the earth come two more crime fiction awards updates.

DAVITT AWARD

The winners of the 2021 Davitt Award, handed out by Sisters in Crime Australia, have been announced.

BEST ADULT NOVEL

  • Sally HepworthThe Good Sister (Pan Macmillan Australia)

 BEST YOUNG ADULT CRIME NOVEL

  • Christie Nieman — Where We Begin (Pan Macmillan Australia)

BEST CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVEL

  • Lian Tanner — A Clue for Clara (Allen & Unwin Children’s)

BEST CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVEL

  • Sue Whiting The Book of Chance (Walker Books Australia)

BEST NON-FICTION BOOK

  • Louise Milligan — Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice (Hachette Australia)

BEST DEBUT BOOK

  • Leah Swann — Sheerwater (4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia)

 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD

  • Katherine Kovacic — The Shifting Landscape (Alex Clayton #3) (Echo Publishing)

The Davitts are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865.

The judging panel for 2021 comprised Philomena Horsley, winner of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Award and medical autopsy expert; Joy Lawn, YA expert, and reviewer; Janice Simpson, author and academic; Emily Webb, true crime author, and podcaster; and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors, Moraig Kisler and Tara Mitchell.

MCILVANNEY PRIZE SHORTLIST

The McIlvanney Prize recognizes excellence in Scottish crime writing, and includes a prize of £1,000 and nationwide promotion in Waterstones.. Here is The McIlvanney Prize 2021 shortlist:

  • The Silent Daughter, Emma Christie (Wellbeck)
  • The Coffinmaker’s Garden, Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
  • Edge of the Grave, Robbie Morrison (Macmillan)
  • The April Dead, Alan Parks (Canongate)
  • Hyde, Craig Russell (Constable)

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

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