Margot Kingberg takes a look at the dark goings on in a 50’s Auckland brothel Another great book from the Ngaio Marsh Awards, 2016
Hello, All, Welcome to another special edition of In The Spotlight. As we continue our exploration of this year’s four finalists for the inaugural Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel, let’s take a close look at Jen Shieff’s historical novel, The Gentlemen’s Club. Let’s turn the spotlight on 1950s Auckland. Rita Saunders is a […]
A thoughtful review by Margot Kinberg of Ray Berard’s Inside The Black Horse.
Welcome to the first of four special editions of In The Spotlight. I got requests from a few folks to say a bit more about the finalists for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel, so I decided to do just that. Starting today and going on for the next three weeks, I’ll put the spotlight on each of the four finalists, so that you can learn (I hope!) a little more about them. Let’s begin with this year’s winner, Ray Berard’s Inside the Black Horse.
The Black Horse Bar and Casino is a pub that also offers off-course betting services (Incidentally, Berard was a supervisor for off-course betting outlets for the New Zealand government). Located in a rural town on New Zealand’s North Island, The Black Horse is owned by Toni Bourke, a recently widowed Māori who’s trying to do the best she can…
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Following on from last week’s WORD festival in Christchurch, members of Dunedin’s crime-writing fraternity shared a curry last night with the very entertaining and knowledgeable Scott Pack. Toured the peninsula today. Not a penguin to be seen, but some very nice cake!
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Earlier this week, at a meeting with Liam McIlvanney, Paddy Richardson and Vanda Symon, we founder members of the Dunedin Detection Club agreed our oath. Borrowed from that of the original Detection Club, formed in 1930 by a group of British mystery writers who included Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and G K Chesterton among others, our New Zealand version is shorter and has replaced Death-Rays, Super Criminals and Chinamen with Werewolves, Zombies, Aliens, Time Travellers, or any character from the Lord of the Rings. Full version below.
Detection Club of Dunedin Oath
The Ruler shall say to the Candidate: Is it your firm desire to become a Member of the Detection Club?
The Candidate shall answer in a loud voice: That is my desire.
The Ruler shall say to the Candidate: Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them, using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on, nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo-Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence or the Act of God?
Do you solemnly swear never to conceal a vital clue from the reader?
Do you promise to never include the use of Ghosts, Hypnotism, Identical Twins, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, Aliens, Time Travellers, or any character from the Lord of the Rings?
Will you honour the Queen’s English?
The Ruler shall ask: Do you swear to observe faithfully all these promises which you have made so long as you are a Member of the Club?
The Candidate shall answer All this I solemnly do swear. And I do furthermore promise and undertake to be loyal to the Club, neither purloining nor disclosing any plot or secret communicated to me before publication by any Member, whether under the influence of drink or otherwise.
The Ruler shall declare:
A N Other, you are duly elected a Member of the Detection Club, and if you fail to keep your promises may other writers anticipate your plots, may your publishers do you down in your contracts, may total strangers sue you for libel, may your pages swarm with misprints and may your sales continually diminish.
Murder In The Library went off smoothly last night. The crowd was enthusiastic, the panel witty and charming …
It being my first such public outing I was not without qualms, but Liam McIlvanney was a great host, Matt, Vanda and Paddy polished and poised.
Big thanks to Craig Sisterson and the Ngaio Marsh Award for arranging the whole thing, and for Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb for bringing along (and selling) our books.
This should be fun. Taking part in Murder In The Library on May 11, at Dunedin Public Library.Murder in the Library
Twister was launched on December 3 at The University Bookshop, Dunedin. We almost sold out of books. A fabulous time was had by all.
The fabulous Caroline Davies has done a wonderful job of photographing parts of Dunedin, and creating a feature on Twister in her on-line mag, Down In Eden.
To read click here
First review for Twister, by Graham Beattie, Beattie’s Book Blog.
“This most impressive first novel has been launched by its publishers, Rosa Mira Books and Makaro Press.
I was captivated, reading it in several long sessions over two days. I guess you could call it a cross between crime fiction and family drama. No matter how you define it, it is a superb piece of writing.
I hope the author is already at work on her next novel and that she will keep Detective Senior Sergeant Leo Judd as her protagonist in future titles.”