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2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards

After last year – it’s wonderful that the Mystery in the library events to showcase past and present entries in the Ngaio Marsh Awards are back on. If you enjoy reading mystery/thrillers and want to try something new – look at these New Zealand authors making a splash in the genre.

This year we have 10 of the 60 books entered for the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Best Novel Award – all can be found in our shop in Upper Hutt and our online shop.

Want to find out more about them? Then click on the Read more link at the end of each entry.

Caught Between by Jeannie McLean
The body of sixteen-year-old Jasmine Dunn is washed up on a rocky foreshore in Auckland. The next day, her mother’s body is found on a deserted beach. Read more…

Dark Empire: Wellington 1916 by John Horrocks
Also in the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Best First Novel catagory
Katherine Mansfield created some of literature’s most chilling characters, not least Harry Kember and his wife. They seemed out of place among the families enjoying summer holidays at Wellington’s Days Bay. Some of the women at the Bay thought that one day Harry would commit a murder. Read more …

Death Count by S.L. Beaumont (The Kat Munro Thrillers Book 1)
Can a conspiracy be uncovered before the Death Count rises?
Fast-paced and entertaining, Death Count takes a deadly dip into the world of financial crime. Read more …

Familiars and Foes by Helen Vivienne Fletcher
An old crush. A long-lost family member. A magical Labrador and a whole load of ghosts… At least Adeline can’t say life is boring! Read more…

Low Flying by John Reynolds
Matt Bullock, an Auckland university student clashes with his flying instructor Jason Collins who tries to hit on Matt’s racy girlfriend Fleur Lassiter, resulting in the two men brawling at their aeroclub. Read more…

The Murder Club by Nikki Crutchley
A dead body. An anonymous letter. This is only the beginning. ‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’ Read more …

The Mystery of the Missing Ministers by Gina Poekeleen
Me? An investigator? When two ministers vanish from the Beehive, Eryn finds herself hired as a junior investigator tasked with discovering why. Read more …

One Little Lie by Carne Maxwell
One thoughtless moment changes everything. Melissa’s deception turns her working holiday upside down, but one lie can unearth many secrets. Read more …

More by Andrew Harris (The Human spirit Series Book 3)
More food will be produced in the world in the next thirty years than has ever been consumed throughout our history. This reflects huge population growth and our constant desire for more.  A crime fiction thriller set in New York, London and Rio de Janeiro. Read more …

The Boys and Men of Auckland’s Mickey Rooney Gang by Robert Bolton
In a working-class suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1957, eight mildly rebellious schoolboys, inevitably obsessed with sex, were attracted to the arrogant and thoroughly delinquent little Mickey Rooney whose fantastic dreams of Hollywood fame were to be his downfall. Read more …


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