From Craig Sisterson's CrimeWatch blog, devoted to Kiwi Crime Writing
On the evening of Saturday, 30 August, the fifth recipient of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel will be announced following the Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival 2014.
Eight excellent novels are in the running for this year's Award, with an international panel of crime fiction aficionados currently working on whittling down a terrific longlist to find the finalists and a winner. There have been some very close calls and tough decisions in the four years of the Award thus far, but this could be the most unpredictable year yet. It is without doubt the deepest and most diverse longlist in the Award's history.
So here is the official announcement of the eight longlisted titles for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award: