Debut books scoop Sisters in Crime’s 22nd Davitt Awards

Debut books in the crime and mystery genre scooped all six awards in Sisters in Crime’s 22nd Davitt Awards on 27 August – Charlotte McConaghy’s Once there Were Wolves; Leanne Hall’s The Gaps; Nicki Greenberg’s The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel; Jacqueline Bublitz’s Before You Knew My Name (two awards); and Kate Holden’s, The Winter Road.

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Corelli – TV Review by Siobhan Mullany

To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the ABC is posting classic TV dramas. One of these is Corelli. It is on a square screen but otherwise is as relevant today as it was in 1995. It is so much more than the set where Deborra-Lee Furness met Hugh Jackman. The portrayal of prison life is spot-on. From the first scene you get a visceral feel for a prison: the noise, the bravado, the underlying menace and the need for constant vigilance. The psychologists’ offices are squirrelled into the thick prison walls – the only light from high set windows.

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You can’t even spell! S. D. Hinton

S. D. Hinton didn’t know she was dyslexic until she was an adult. She went through school in an era where dyslexia was rarely recognised, and poorly understood, if it was. Sufferers were usually labelled as inattentive or not very bright. That constrictive label, reinforced from prep, became part of who she was. Find out how her put her disability to good use – and how it adds to her creativity.

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Murder, mystery, and memory

What happens when evidence points to you having committed murder, made someone disappear, committed some sort of crime, or been the victim of one – but you have no memory of it? Authors Megan Goldin, Tania Chandler, and Nell Pierce explore these tricky issues – and much more – with award-winning short story writer, Ruth Wykes.

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Twisted families: Lisa Jewell

Best-selling UK author, Lisa Jewell, doesn’t usually write sequels. But, from the day her 2019 novel The Family Upstairs was published, her social media inboxes filled up with messages from readers begging her for a sequel. She told them no, at first, but then, began to think maybe it could be fun. The result is The Family Remains.

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Murder Monday: Jacqueline Bublitz

Jacqueline Bublitz won an amazing two Sisters in Crime’s Davitt Awards on 27 August for Before You Knew My Name – Best Debut Book and the Readers’ Choice award. All 169 books in contention competed for this award as decided by the 500+ members of Sisters in Crime. Before You Knew My Name has the unusual distinction of being narrated by a dead woman. She spoke to Karina Kilmore, debut crime writer, journalist, and interviewer for Sisters in Crime Australia, about her novel approach and how she crafted her book.

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NSW CHAPTER ONLINE: The attraction of liars

Sisters in Crime (NSW Chapter) is thrilled to present its Sunday Soiree online series with Petronella McGovern discussing her latest release, The Liars (just out with Allen & Unwin) with Siobhan Mullany and Ann Penhallurick.

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The Crime Stack: 35 books across 7 titles. Bumper haul!

Thanks to our friends at Allen & Unwin this month’s Crime Stack member book draw is huge. 35 books across 7 titles! And such ripper books too. If you want to be in the draw you need to be a member. Click on Read More to find out … more!

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Crime wave hits Cobargo

Seven of Australia’s most popular female crime writers converged on the South Coast in August for a Sisters in Crime two-day writers festival on August 27 and 28. Candice Fox, Vikki Petraitis, Sulari Gentill, Fleur Ferris, Ilsa Evans, Professor Caroline de Costa, and Dorothy Johnston debated all matters crime before 100 people packed into the Cobargo Hall and a live-streamed global audience.

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D I Ray: TV review by Siobhan Mullany

Parminder Nagra (Bend it like Beckham) plays DI Rachita Ray with restraint. She is a detective promoted to Homicide as a token dark person. She has been brought in against the wishes of her bosses. They do not support her. She sucks it up. In her private life, she is equally restrained. I don’t love DI Ray but I want a second series. I want to see her succeed … I want those in charge to be made accountable. Is this misdirected fury at Morrison?

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New Reviews

Every month Sisters in Crime brings you new reviews from women who write criminally good books.

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