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Davitt Awards 2021 shortlists announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the shortlists for the 2021 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.

The titles shortlisted in each category are: 

Adult crime novel

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

Young adult crime novel 

  • The End of the World Is Bigger than Love (Davina Bell, Text)
  • Deep Water (Sarah Epstein, A&U)
  • None Shall Sleep (Ellie Marney, A&U)
  • Where We Begin (Christie Nieman, Pan)
  • The Girl with the Gold Bikini (Lisa Walker, Wakefield)

Children’s crime novel

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

Nonfiction crime book

  • After the Count: The death of Davey Browne (Stephanie Convery, Viking)
  • The Case of George Pell: Reckoning with child sexual abuse (Melissa Davey, Scribe)
  • Witness: An investigation into the brutal cost of seeking justice (Louise Milligan, Hachette)
  • Missing William Tyrrell (Caroline Overington, HarperCollins)
  • Snakes and Ladders: A memoir (Angela Williams, Affirm)

Debut crime books

  • Inheritance of Secrets (Sonya Bates, HarperCollins)
  • The End of the World Is Bigger than Love (Davina Bell, Text)
  • The Case of George Pell: Reckoning with child sexual abuse (Melissa Davey, Scribe)
  • The Safe Place (Anna Downes, Affirm)
  • Troubled Waters (Mary Jones, Green Olive Press)
  • Where the Truth Lies (Karina Kilmore, S&S)
  • The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Amelia Mellor, Affirm)
  • The Mother Fault (Kate Mildenhall, S&S)
  • The Secret Library of Hummingbird House (Julianne Negri, Affirm)
  • Sheerwater (Leah Swann, Fourth Estate)
  • A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner, A&U)
  • The Girl with the Gold Bikini (Lisa Walker, Wakefield).

This year’s judging panel comprises judges’ coordinator and medical autopsy expert Philomena Horsley; YA expert Joy Lawn; author and academic Janice Simpson; true crime author and podcaster Emily Webb; and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Moraig Kisler and Tara Mitchell.

Pandemic permitting, the winners of the awards, including readers’ choice, as voted by the members of Sisters in Crime Australia, will be presented at a gala dinner in Melbourne on Saturday, 28 August. No prize money is attached to the Davitts; the winner of each category receives a trophy.

For more information, see the Sisters in Crime website.

 

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