Sisters in Crime has announced its shortlist for its 17th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women. The Davitt Awards are named after Ellen Davitt, the author of Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865.

Jacqui Horwood, the Davitt Judges wrangler, said that judges faced the monumental task of reading nearly 100 books, many of them books by first time authors.

“Overall, the judges have been impressed with the quality of writing, especially the vivid evocations of place. We have been taken through the restaurants and laneways of Sydney‚Äôs Chinatown; dusty, drought-ridden country towns, the grungy back alleys of Collingwood, and city streets of London and Paris. Armchair travel at its best,‚ÄĚ Horwood said.

‚ÄúBest of all, we have been left breathless by breakneck plots and interesting, complex characters.”

Adult novels

  • Tania Chandler,¬†Dead in the Water¬†(Scribe Publications Australia)
  • Cath Ferla,¬†Ghost Girls¬†(Bonnier Publishing Australia)
  • Jane Harper,¬†The Dry¬†(Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Melina Marchetta,¬†Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil¬†(Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Holly Throsby,¬†Goodwood¬†(Allen & Unwin)

Young Adult novels

  • Megan Jacobson,¬†Yellow¬†(Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Shivaun Plozza,¬†Frankie¬†(Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Nova Weetman,¬†Everything is Changed¬†(University of Queensland Press)

Children’s novels

  • Catherine Jinks,¬†Theophilus Grey and the Traitor‚Äôs Mask¬†(Allen & Unwin)
  • Jessica Miller,¬†Elizabeth and Zenoba¬†(Text Publishing)
  • Judith Rossell,¬†Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery intrigue¬†(book #2) (HarperCollins Australia)
  • Jen Storer,¬†Truly Tan: Hoodwinked¬†(HarperCollins Australia)

Non-fiction books

  • Robin Bowles,¬†Into the Darkness: The mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk¬†(Scribe Publications Australia)
  • Rachel Landers,¬†Who Bombed the Hilton?¬†(Newsouth Books)
  • Megan Norris,¬†Look What You Made Me Do: Fathers who kill¬†(Bonnier Publishing Australia)
  • Ruth Wykes and Kylie Fox,¬†Invisible Women¬†(Bonnier Publishing Australia)

Debut

  • Cath Ferla,¬†Ghost Girls¬†(Bonnier Publishing Australia)
  • Jane Harper,¬†The Dry¬†(Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Megan Jacobson,¬†Yellow¬†(Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Rachel Landers,¬†Who Bombed the Hilton?¬†(Newsouth Books)
  • Melina Marchetta,¬†Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil¬†(Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Jessica Miller,¬†Elizabeth and Zenoba¬†(Text Publishing)
  • Shivaun Plozza,¬†Frankie¬†(Penguin Random House Australia)
  • Holly Throsby,¬†Goodwood¬†(Allen & Unwin)

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