Murder in the Library - Christchurch

6.30pm
Sydenham Room, South Library
66 Colombo Street
Christchurch

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Christchurch City Libraries, invite booklovers to an event featuring four talented Canterbury authors.

Crime writing has evolved from the puzzle-like mysteries of Agatha Christie and Christchurch's own Dame Ngaio Marsh to modern novels delving deeply into people, places, and psychology. It has continued to be the world’s most popular form of storytelling.

2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Katherine Hayton and Mark McGinn will be joined by 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalist Tanya Moir and 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel winner Ray Berard. The foursome will discuss what drew them to crime writing, how they craft memorable characters and page-turning stories, and the impact of our New Zealand setting on tales of crime and mystery.Entry: Free event but bookings required
RSVP: LibraryEvents@ccc.govt.nz or (03) 941 7923

Ray Berard's Inside the Black Horse was praised by the Ngaio Marsh Awards judges as “a lucid and potent portrait of good people and gangsters that is unmistakably Kiwi in flavour and tone... a fine story with considerable depth".

Katherine Hayton has two books in her new series starring part-Maori policewoman Ngaire Blakes entered in this year's awards, The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton and The Second Stage of Grief.

Mark McGinn's Presumed Guilty is the third book in his series centred on feisty lawyer Sasha Stace. McGinn, who has written several novels, had a lengthy career in the New Zealand court system and in psychological assessment.

Tanya Moir has written several books across a number of genres. The Legend of Winstone Blackhat was described by Ngaio Marsh Awards judges as "an unusually subtle treatment of crime ... brilliantly paced and plotted, very seriously discomforting reading".