>Inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award – Finalist Announced


Just read in Crime Time that the three finalist are:

Cut & Run by Alix Bosco (Penguin);

Burial by Neil Cross (Simon & Schuster); and

Containment by Vanda Symon (Penguin).

The international judges said Cut & Run was "complex and suspenseful" and had "scenes and incidents which are jaw-droopingly good", that Burial "maintained the tension and the atmosphere from beginning to end, keeping the atmosphere creepy", and that Containment had "an attractive series heroine (feisty but vulnerable)" while starting with a "superb" opening scene that by itself would make the judge "want to read more Vanda Symon".

I have received recently Burial and expect to receive soon Cut & Run and Containment, however I might not be on time to finish all three before the final announcement is made at the upcoming The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival in September. 

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