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Who dunnit? Who won it? Get your Quiz team together and join us for a night of mystery, laughter and festivities in honour of the 2023 Ngaio Marsh Awards for best Crime Writing. Quizmaster Vanda Symon will put you through your paces with criminally good quiz on Kiwi books and culture. We’ll celebrate our finalists and present the awards too. You never know which finalist might join your quiz team!

Book your spot – either by yourself and form a team on the night, or with your team of (up to) 4 people.

The finalists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Awards:

for Best Non-Fiction:

  • A NEW DAWN by Emeli Sione (Mila’s Books)
  • THE DEVIL YOU KNOW by Dr Gwen Adshead & Eileen Horne (Faber)
  • DOWNFALL: THE DESTRUCTION OF CHARLES MACKAY by Paul Diamond (Massey University Press)
  • THE FIX by Scott Bainbridge (Bateman Books)
  • MISSING PERSONS by Steve Braunias (HarperCollins)

for Best First Novel:

  • ONE HEART ONE SPADE by Alistair Luke
  • TOO FAR FROM ANTIBES by Bede Scott (Penguin SEA)
  • BETTER THE BLOOD by Michael Bennett (Simon & Schuster)
  • SURVEILLANCE by Riley Chance (CopyPress Books)
  • THE SLOW ROLL by Simon Lendrum (Upstart Press)
  • PAPER CAGE by Tom Baragwanath (Text Publishing)

for Best Novel:

  • EXIT .45 by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)
  • BLUE HOTEL by Chad Taylor (Brio Books)
  • REMEMBER ME by Charity Norman (Allen & Unwin)
  • THE DOCTOR’S WIFE by Fiona Sussman (Bateman Books)
  • BETTER THE BLOOD by Michael Bennett (Simon & Schuster)
  • BLOOD MATTERS by Renée (The Cuba Press)
  • THE SLOW ROLL by Simon Lendrum (Upstart Press)


Vanda Symon
Friday, 24 November
TSB Space, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm $10 per person
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