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Davitt Awards 2020 winners announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the winners of the 2020 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.

The winning titles in each category are:

Adult crime novel

  • The Trespassers (Meg Mundell, UQP)

Debut crime book

  • Eight Lives (Susan Hurley, Affirm)

Young Adult crime novel 

  • Four Dead Queens (Astrid Scholte, A&U)

Children’s crime novel

  • The Girl in the Mirror (Jenny Blackford, Christmas Press)

Nonfiction crime book

  • Banking Bad: Whistleblowers. Corporate cover-ups. One journalist’s fight for the truth (Adele Ferguson, ABC Books)
  • Highly commended: See What You Made Me Do: Power, control and domestic abuse (Jess Hill, Black Inc.)

Readers choice (joint winners)

  • The Scholar (Dervla McTiernan, HarperCollins)
  • Darkness for Light (Emma Viskic, Echo).

The winners were chosen from shortlists announced in July. This year’s judging panel includes 2018 Scarlet Stiletto Award-winner and medical autopsy expert Philomena Horsley, YA expert Bec Kavanagh, forensic specialist Debbie Stephen, and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Karina Kilmore, Moraig Kisler and Pauline Meaney.

Sisters in Crime Australia announced the winners in an online award ceremony on 26 September. For more information, see the Sisters in Crime website.



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