The Davitt Awards were named in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia's first mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865. They are presented by the Sisters in Crime Australia association. The awards are presented for Australian crime fiction, by women, for both adults and young adults. They were established in 2001.
Brisbane writer Marianne Delacourt received the Davitt (Adult Fiction) for her debut crime novel for Sharp Shooter; Justine Larbalestier won the Davitt (Children’s & Young Adult Fiction ) for Liar; Sydney journalists Candace Sutton and Ellen Connolly shared the Davitt (True Crime) for Lady Killer while prolific Melbourne author, Kerry Greenwood was awarded the Davitt’s (Readers’ Choice), as voted by the 500 members of Sisters in Crime, for Forbidden Fruit.
This year 40 crime books competed for the Davitt Awards which were set up by Sisters in
Crime in 2001 to celebrate the achievements of Australian women crime writers. Tartan Noir crime ‘queen’ Val McDermid presented the awards before a crowd of 140 at the Celtic Club.
For the fourth year running, the awards were sponsored by the Victoria Police Museum.
Sisters in Crime spokesperson, Tanya King-Carmichael, said that the judges this year were particularly impressed by the children’s and young adult crime books:
2010 Adult Fiction Marianne Delacourt for Sharp Shooter
Tara Sharp should be just another unemployable, twenty-something, ex-private school girl, but she has the gift - or curse as she sees it - of reading people's auras. The troubleis, auras sometimes tell you things about people they don't want you to know. When a family friend recommends Mr Hara's Paralanguage School, Tara decides to give it a whirl, and graduates with flying colours. So when Mr Hara picks up passes on a job for a hotshot lawyer, she jumps at the chance despite some of his less-than-salubrious clients. More2100 Davitt Children’s & Young Adult Fiction Justine Larbalestier for Liar
Micah Wilkins is a liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Did they kiss? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie? Liar is a breathtaking roller-coaster read that will have you up all night, desperately seeking for something true. MoreCandace Sutton and Ellen Connolly shared the Davitt True Crime for Lady Killer: How Conman Bruce Burrell Kidnapped and Killed Rich Women for Their Money
In May 1997, mother-of-three Kerry Whelan disappears on the way to a beautician's appointment. Twenty-four hours later her husband receives a ransom letter: There will be no second chances. Follow all instructions or your wife will die.The case sparked Australia's greatest police manhunt, with detectives locked into a deadly waiting game for the kidnapper to make contact. As time ticked away and hopes for Kerry began to fade, a surprising suspect emerged. Bruce Allan Burrell was a seemingly respectable advertising executive living the good life with a coterie of well-to-do friends, including the Whelans. But when police delved into his background, Burrell's glamorous lifestyle proved to be a sham: in fact he was a thief and conman with a far more sinister secret. MoreDavitt’s (Readers’ Choice), as voted by the 500 members of Sisters in Crime, Kerry Greenwood for Forbidden Fruit.
Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. She's dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant searching for the perfect muffin recipe, her friend the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel, with whom she'd like to spend a lot more time. But Daniel is on the hunt to find two young runaways, Brigid and Manny. This simple Romeo-and-Juliet romance, though, is not as straightforward as it seems and they will go a long way to ensure they're not found. More
2010 Judges -The judging panel comprised Dr Shelley Robertson (Sisters in Crime member, forensic pathologist), Rosi Tovey (former owner of Chronicles Bookshop in St Kilda), Dr Sue Turnbull (Head of Media Studies, La Trobe University, Sisters in Crime national co-convenor andSydney Morning Herald crime columnist), Jacqui Horwood and Tanya King-Carmichael (both Sisters in Crime national co-convenors).2010 |2009 |Past Winners|Fishpond Books Australia | top | home page
2009 Davitt Award Winners
The ninth Davitt Awards . This year 39 crime books were in contention. For the third year running, the awards were sponsored by the Victoria Police Museum. Ironic.
Best Adult Crime Fiction: A Beautiful Place To Die (PanMacmillan), Malla Nunn - This very atmospheric thriller is set in early 1950's south africa where segregation is just coming into play. A haunted city detective is sent to the country to investigate the murder of a white police chief, only to find himself shoved to the side by the security branch. However he keeps digging around the edges and uncovers some surprising secrets. Moody and compelling. More
Best Young Adult: Genius Squad, (Allen & Unwin), Catherine Jinks -Sometimes, when it comes to fighting evil, one genius just isn't enough. Cadel Piggott's been having a hard time since he chose to be good rather than evil. He doesn't know where he was born. He doesn't know who his father is. And he's under constant threat from Prosper English - the criminal mastermind he helped to put in gaol. Will Genius Squad be the answer to all Cadel's prayers? Or is he right to question their motives? Deciding what's good and bad is more difficult than Cadel could ever have imagined .. More
True Crime:The Tall Man -- Death and Life on Palm Island ((Penguin Books Australia)
In 2004 Cameron Doomadgee, a 36-year-old resident of Palm Island, was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Within 45 minutes he was dead. The main suspect was well respected Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley. This is the story of what happened, the trial, and the Aboriginal myths around the case. More
Davitt Readers Choice: The Darkest Hour Katherine Howell - Paramedic Lauren Yatesstumbles into a world of trouble the night she discovers a dead man in an inner city alley, for the killer lurks nearby. When the murderer threatens to make her life hell if she tells the police, she believes him - he's Thomas Werner, her sister's ex, and a very bad man indeed. But when a stabbing victim tells her with his dying breath that Werner attacked him too, she finds herself with blood on her hands and Detective Ella Marconi on her back. Will Ella's investigation put her career on the line, just when she's finally got her foot in the door? And can Lauren keep her family safe before Werner makes good on his promise, or will they all pay the ultimate price? 'Howell may have left the ambulance service but she can still drive a narrative at full speed with the sirens blaring. Pass me the oxygen' - "Sydney Morning Herald". More
The judging panel comprised Dr Shelley Robertson (Sisters in Crime member, forensic pathologist), Rosi Tovey (former owner of Chronicles Bookshop in St Kilda), Dr Sue Turnbull (Head of Media Studies, La Trobe University, Sisters in Crime national co-convenor and Sydney Morning Herald crime columnist), Sylvia Loader (Sisters in Crime national co-convenor, and reviewer) Tanya King (reviewer and former Sisters in Crime national co-convenor).
|Year||Best Adult||Best Young Adult||True Crime||Readers' Choice|
|2001||Eye to Eye by Caroline Shaw|
|2002||A Simple Death by Carolyn Morwood||Three-Pronged Dagger by Kerry Greenwood||Bleeding Hearts by Lindy Cameron|
|2003||(tie) Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing by Gabrielle Lord
Blood Redemption by Alex Palmer
|Fireworks and Darkness by Natalie Jane Prior||Skin Deep by Cathy Cole|
|2004||Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital||Muck-Up Day by Ruth Starke||Thicker Than Water by Lindy Cameron|
|2005||Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox||Devastation Road by Joanna Baker||Peepshow by Leigh Redhead|
|2006||The Butterfly Man by Heather Rose||Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks||(tie) Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood
Rubdown by Leigh Redhead
|2007||Undertow by Sydney Bauer||The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty||
Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage by Karen Kissane
|(tie) Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood
Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage by Karen Kissane
|2008||Frantic by Katherine Howell||The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Mandy Sayer||
Killing Jodie by Janet Fife-Yeomans
|Scarlet Stiletto - The First Cut by Lindy Cameron|
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