2022 Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2022 Davitt Awards, recognizing the best crime and mystery books by Australian women.

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

ADULT CRIME NOVEL                

  • Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy (Hamish Hamilton)

YOUNG ADULT CRIME NOVEL

  • The Gaps by Leanne Hall (Text)

CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVEL

  • The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel by Nicki Greenberg (Affirm)

NONFICTION CRIME BOOK

  • The Winter Road: A story of legacy, land and a killing at Croppa Creek by Kate Holden (Black Inc.)

DEBUT CRIME BOOKS

  • Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz (A&U)

The judging panel for 2022 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; Jacquie Byron, business journalist, and novelist, and Moraig Kisler, Sisters in Crime’s President, and review editor.

2022 Davitt Awards Shortlist

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlists for the 2022 Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women.

The winners will be announced in Melbourne on August 27.

The shortlisted titles are:

ADULT CRIME NOVEL                

  • Unforgiven (Sarah Barrie, HQ Fiction)
  • Before You Knew My Name (Jacqueline Bublitz, A&U)
  • You Had It Coming (B M Carroll, Profile Books)
  • All That I Remember About Dean Cola (Tania Chandler, Scribe)
  • Bodies of Light (Jennifer Down, Text)
  • Shelter (Catherine Jinks, Text)
  • The Beautiful Words (Vanessa McCausland, HarperCollins)
  • Once There Were Wolves (Charlotte McConaghy, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Family Doctor (Debra Oswald, A&U)
  • The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text)
  • The Silent Listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking)

YOUNG ADULT CRIME NOVEL

  • The Gaps (Leanne Hall, Text)
  • Dirt Circus League (Maree Kimberley, Text)
  • Sugar Town Queens (Malla Nunn, A&U Children’s)
  • House of Hollow (Krystal Sutherland, Penguin)

CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVEL

  • Night Ride into Danger (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
  • The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel (Nicki Greenberg, Affirm)
  • Ella at Eden #6: The London thief (Laura Sieveking, Scholastic)

NONFICTION CRIME BOOK

  • Empowering Women: From murder and misogyny to High Court victory (Susie Allanson with Lizzie O’Shea, Wilkinson Publishing)
  • Larrimah: A missing man, an eyeless croc and an outback town of 11 people who mostly hate each other (Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, A&U)
  • The Winter Road: A story of legacy, land and a killing at Croppa Creek (Kate Holden, Black Inc.)
  • Banquet: The untold story of Adelaide’s family murders (Debi Marshall, Vintage)

DEBUT CRIME BOOKS

  • Before You Knew My Name (Jacqueline Bublitz, A&U)
  • Shadow Over Edmund Street (Suzanne Frankham, Journey to Words)
  • Larrimah: A missing man, an eyeless croc and an outback town of 11 people who mostly hate each other (Caroline Graham & Kylie Stevenson, A&U)
  • The Waterhole (Lily Malone, Lily Malone Publishing)
  • Unsheltered (Clare Moleta, S&S)
  • The Family Doctor (Debra Oswald, A&U)
  • The Second Son (Loraine Peck, Text)
  • Shiver (Allie Reynolds, Hachette)
  • Crime Writer (Dime Sheppard, Ruby Books)
  • House of Hollow (Krystal Sutherland, Penguin)
  • The Silent Listener (Lyn Yeowart, Viking)

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

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

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.]

Crime Fiction Award Winners and Shortlists

SHAMUS AWARDS

The Private Eye Writers of America have announced winners of the 2021 Shamus Awards.

The juried award is given for private eye novels and short stories first published in the United States in 2020.

BEST PI HARDCOVER

  • Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)

BEST ORIGINAL PI PAPERBACK

  • Brittle Karma by Richard Helms (Black Arch Books)

BEST PI SHORT STORY

  •  “Mustang Sally” by John M. Floyd in Black Cat Mystery Magazine

BEST FIRST  PI NOVEL 

  • The Missing American by Kwei Quartey (Soho)

THE EYE, the PWA Life Achievement Award

  • Michael Z. Lewin

DASHIELL HAMMETT AWARD

The 2019 Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing winner has been named by the International Association of Crime Writers (North American Branch).

  • When These Mountains Burn by David Joy (Putnam) 

 DAVITT AWARDS

The shortlist for the 2021 Davitt Awards, given out by Sisters in Crime Australia, has also been unveiled. The awards highlight “the best crime and mystery books by Australian women.”

ADULT CRIME NOVELS 

  • B M Allsopp, Death Beyond the Limit (Fiji Islands Mysteries #3) (Coconut Press)
  • Sarah Barrie, Deadman’s Track (Calico Mountain #3) (HQ Fiction, an imprint of Harlequin Australia)
  • Candice Fox, Gathering Dark (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Sulari Gentill, A Testament of Character (Rowland Sinclair #10) (Pantera Press)
  • Sally Hepworth, The Good Sister (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Karina Kilmore, Where the Truth Lies (Simon & Schuster Australia) 
  • Suzanne Leal, The Deceptions (Allen & Unwin) 
  • Mirandi Riwoe, Stone Sky Gold Mountain (University of Queensland Press)
  • Kimberley Starr, Torched (Pantera Press)

YOUNG ADULT CRIME NOVELS 

  • Davina Bell, The End of the World Is Bigger than Love (Text Publishing) 
  • Sarah Epstein, Deep Water (Allen & Unwin Children’s)
  • Ellie Marney, None Shall Sleep (Allen & Unwin Children’s)
  • Christie Nieman, Where We Begin (Pan Macmillan Australia) 
  • Lisa Walker, The Girl with the Gold Bikini (Wakefield Press) 

 CHILDREN’S CRIME NOVELS 

  • Jackie French, The Ghost of Howlers Beach (Butter O’Bryan Mysteries #1) (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
  • Amelia Mellor, The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Affirm Press) 
  • Julianne Negri, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House (Affirm Press) 
  • Pamela Rushby, The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle (Walker Books Australia)
  • Lian Tanner, A Clue for Clara (Allen & Unwin Children’s) 
  • Sue Whiting, The Book of Chance (Walker Books Australia)

 NON-FICTION CRIME BOOKS 

  • Stephanie Convery, After the Count: The death of Davey Browne (Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia) 
  • Melissa Davey, The Case of George Pell: Reckoning with child sexual abuse (Scribe Publications) 
  • Louise Milligan, Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice (Hachette Australia)
  • Caroline Overington, Missing William Tyrrell (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
  • Angela Williams, Snakes and Ladders: A memoir (Affirm Press) 
  • Sonya Bates, Inheritance of Secrets (HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
  • Davina Bell, The End of the World Is Bigger than Love (Text Publishing)
  • Melissa Davey, The Case of George Pell: Reckoning with child sexual abuse (Scribe Publications)
  • Anna Downes, The Safe Place (Affirm Press)
  • Mary Jones, Troubled Waters (Green Olive Press)
  • Karina Kilmore, Where the Truth Lies (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Amelia Mellor, The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Affirm Press)
  • Kate Mildenhall, The Mother Fault (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Julianne Negri, The Secret Library of Hummingbird House (Affirm Press)
  • Leah Swann, Sheerwater (4th Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Australia)
  • Lian Tanner, A Clue for Clara (Allen & Unwin Children’s)
  • Lisa Walker, The Girl with the Gold Bikini (Wakefield Press)

Sisters in Crime Australia was set up 29 years ago and has chapters in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The Davitts are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

2020 Davitt Awards

Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards winners were announced September 26.

2020 Davitt Winners

Adult crime novels

  • The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press) 

Young Adult crime novels

  • Four Dead Queens, Astrid Scholte (Allen & Unwin) 

Children’s crime novels

  • The Girl in the Mirror, Jenny Blackford (Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press) 

Non-fiction crime books

  • Banking Bad: Whistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist’s fight for the truth, Adele Ferguson (ABC Books, ABC Books, a HarperCollins Australia imprint) 

Highly Commended:

  • See What You Made Me Do: Power, control and domestic abuse, Jess Hill (Black Inc.) 

Debut crime books

  • Eight Lives, Susan Hurley (Affirm Press)

2020 Davitt Readers Choice Award

[Joint winners]

  • Darkness for Light by Emma Viskic
  • The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

The judging panel for 2020 was Philomena Horsley, winner of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Award winner and medical autopsy expert; Bec Kavanagh, YA expert; Debbie Stephen, forensic specialist; and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Karina Kilmore (author and former Herald Sun book editor), Moraig Kisler and Pauline Meaney.

Sisters in Crime Australia was set up 29 years ago and has chapters in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. The Davitts are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865.

2020 Davitt Awards Shortlist

Twenty-four books crime and mystery books by Australian women are battling it out for Sisters in Crime’s 20th Davitt Awards.

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

2020 Davitt Shortlist

Adult crime novels

  • Bruny, Heather Rose (Allen & Unwin)
  • Eight Lives, Susan Hurley (Affirm Press) 
  • Life Before, Carmel Reilly (Allen & Unwin) 
  • Present Tense, Natalie Conyer (Clan Destine Press) 
  • The Scholar, Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Australia)
  • Six Minutes, Petronella McGovern (Allen & Unwin) 
  • The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press) 

Young Adult crime novels

  • All That Impossible Space, Anna Morgan (Lothian Children’s Books, a Hachette Australia imprint) 
  • Four Dead Queens, Astrid Scholte (Allen & Unwin) 
  • When the Ground is Hard, Malla Nunn (Allen & Unwin)

Children’s crime novels

  • The Girl in the Mirror, Jenny Blackford (Eagle Books, an imprint of Christmas Press) 
  • The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Lucerne, Katrina Nannestad (The Girl, the Dog and the Writer #3, ABC Books, a HarperCollins Australia imprint)
  • Jinxed!: The curious curse of Cora Bell, Rebecca McRitchie (Jinxed #1, HarperCollins Australia)
  • Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery, Renée Treml (Allen & Unwin) 

Non-fiction crime books

  • Banking Bad: Whistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist’s fight for the truth, Adele Ferguson (ABC Books, ABC Books, a HarperCollins Australia imprint) 
  • Fallen: The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell, Lucie Morris-Marr (Allen & Unwin) 
  • Fixed It: Violence and the representation of women in the media, Jane Gilmore (Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia)
  • See What You Made Me Do: Power, control and domestic abuse, Jess Hill (Black Inc.) 
  • Troll Hunting: Inside the world of online hate and its human fallout, Ginger Gorman (Hardie Grant Books) 

Debut crime books

  • Banking Bad: Whistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist’s fight for the truth, Adele Ferguson (ABC Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Australia)
  • Bee and the Orange Tree, The, Melissa Ashley (Affirm Press)
  • Drover’s Wife, The, Leah Purcell (Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Eight Lives, Susan Hurley (Affirm Press)
  • Four Dead Queens, Astrid Scholte (Allen & Unwin)
  • Life Before, Carmel Reilly (Allen & Unwin)
  • Present Tense, Natalie Conyer (Clan Destine Press)
  • Six Minutes, Petronella McGovern (Allen & Unwin)
  • Troll Hunting: Inside the world of online hate and its human fallout, Ginger Gorman (Hardie Grant Books)

The judging panel for 2020 comprises Philomena Horsley, winner of the 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Award winner and medical autopsy expert; Bec Kavanagh, YA expert; Debbie Stephen, forensic specialist; and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Karina Kilmore (author and former Herald Sun book editor), Moraig Kisler and Pauline Meaney.

Sisters in Crime Australia was set up 29 years ago and has chapters in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]

2019 Crime Fiction Awards News

MCILVANNEY PRIZES. Two award winners were announced at the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival  in Stirling, Scotland on September 20.

Scottish noir is celebrated by the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year.  

And the winner of the 2019 McIlvanney Debut Prize is —

NED KELLY AWARDS. The 2019 Ned Kelly Awards, given by the Australian Crime Writing Association, were presented on September 6.

Best True Crime

  • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Best First Fiction

  • The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan

Best Fiction

  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper

DAVITT AWARDS. The winners of the 2019 Davitt Awards, handed out by Sisters in Crime Australia, were named on August 31. (List obtained with an assist from crime fiction news site Shots.)

Best Adult Crime Novel

  • The Rúin by Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Australia)

Best Young Adult Crime Novel

  • Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein (Walker Books)

Best Children’s Crime Novel

  • Wakestone Hall by Judith Rossell (ABC Books)

Best Non-fiction Crime Book

  • The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper (Penguin Random House)

Best Debut Novel

  • Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin)

Readers’ Choice

  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)

PINCKLEY PRIZES. The 2019 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, awarded by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, honor two women writers. Both winners will receive both a financial award of $2,500 and a trip to New Orleans to accept their prize at a ceremony on October 10.

The Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work 

  • Megan Abbott

The Pinckley Prize for Debut Novel

  • Sarah St. Vincent

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]