2023 Ngaio Marsh Award Winners

Huge congratulations to the recently announced winners of the 2023 Ngaio Marsh Awards!

The judges had a formidable task as this years  longlist was so strong. However in the end they came to a decision and…

The wonderful Charity Norman picked up the Best Novel accolade for Remember Me; you can see our exclusive interview with Charity Norman Below.

Her winning novel Remember Me is a powerful, suspenseful, multi-layered, page-turning, contemporary thriller set in a close-knit New Zealand community. The plot revolves around the disappearance of a young woman twenty-five years previously.

The Best First Novel went to excellent Better the Blood by Michael Bennett and the non-fiction award was won by Steve Braunias for acclaimed Missing Persons.

The Ngaio Marsh Awards originated in 2010 for excellence in New Zealand crime, mystery and thriller writing. In 2016 the award for Best First Novel was added and in 2017 another category was also added for the Best Non-Fiction.

To accompany the awards, we recently had the great pleasure of seeing Charity Norman in full flow hosting an evening panel of criminally good conversation at our event Karori Mystery in the Library, a recording of which you can watch below.


Overdrive coverRemember Me, Charity Norman (ebook)
A heartfelt, page-turning suspense novel from the bestselling author of The Secrets of Strangers – ideal reading-group fiction, perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty.

Also available as a Physical copy. 


Better the blood / Bennett, Michael
“Hana Westerman is a tenacious Māori detective juggling single motherhood and the pressures of her career in Auckland’s Central Investigation Branch. When she’s led to a crime scene by a mysterious video, she discovers a man hanging in a secret room. Hana and her team work to track down the killer, searching for New Zealand’s first serial killer.” (Adapted from Catalogue) Also available as an eBook.


Missing persons / Braunias, Steve
“Twelve extraordinary tales of disappearance: a collection of true crime writing by New Zealand’s award-winning master of non-fiction. Former journalist Murray Mason, found dead in the Auckland Domain; the mysterious death of Socksay Chansy, found dead in a graveyard by the sea; the tragic disappearance of backpacker Grace Millane, victim of public enemy #1; the enduring mystery of the Lundy family murders… These are stories about how some New Zealanders go missing – the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time.” (Adapted from  Catalogue) Also available as an eBook.