The 13th Davitt Awards Longlist

61 books by Australian women are competing for the Davitt Awards presented by Sisters in Crime Australia. The Awards set up 22 years ago, were created by Sisters in Crime Australia – an organisation that aims to bring Australian women together who write crime and mystery. Categories this year include Best Novel (Adult); Best Novel (Children’s and Young Adult); Best True Crime Book; Best Debut Book (any category) and Readers’ Choice (as voted by the 600 members of Sisters in Crime Australia). This year, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award will also be awarded.

You can check Parramatta City Library online catalogue to see the availability of the titles.

The long list follows:


Merlinda Bobis, Fish-Hair Woman (Spinifex Press)

Honey Brown, After the Darkness (Penguin Books Australia)

Deborah Burrows, A Stranger in My Street (Pan Macmillan Australia)

R C Daniels, The Price of Fame (Clan Destine Press)

Marianne Delacourt, Stage Fright (Allen & Unwin)

Y A Erskine, The Betrayal (Random House)

Amy Espeseth, Sufficient Grace (Scribe Publications)

Jaye Ford, Scared Yet? (Random House)

Sara Foster, Shallow Breath (Random House)

Kathryn Fox, Cold Grave (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Sulari Gentill, Miles Off Course (Pantera Press)

Sulari Gentill, Paving the New Road (Pantera Press)

Kerry Greenwood, Unnatural Habits (Allen & Unwin)

Maggie Groff, Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Narrelle M Harris, Walking Shadows (Clan Destine Press)

Annie Hauxwell, In Her Blood (Michael Joseph/Penguin Books Australia)

Katherine Howell, Silent Fear (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Wendy James, The Mistake (Penguin Books Australia)

L A Larkin, Thirst (Murdoch Books)

Tobsha Learner, The Map (HarperCollins)

Gabrielle Lord, Death by Beauty (Hachette Australia)

Colleen McCullough, Prodigal Son (HarperCollins)

Kate Morton, The Secret Keeper (Allen & Unwin)

Carolyn Morwood, Cyanide and Poppies (Pulp Fiction Press)

Tara Moss, Assassin (HarperCollins)

Ruby J Murray, Running Dogs (Scribe Publications)

Malla Nunn, Silent Valley (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Caroline Overington, Sisters of Mercy (Random House)

Bronwyn Parry, Dead Heat (Hachette Australia)

Josephine Pennicott, The Poet’s Cottage (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Bridgette Powell, Reflection of Evil (MBS Press)

Edwina Preston, The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer (University of Queensland Press)

Rhonda Roberts, Hoodwink (HarperCollins)

Taylor Stevens, The Innocent (Bantam US/Random House)

Kirsten Tranter, A Common Loss (4th Estate/HarperCollins)

Felicity Young, A Dissection of Murder (HarperCollins)

Helene Young, Burning Lies (Penguin Books Australia)


Deborah Abela, Ghost Club 1 (Random House)

Gerry Bobsien, The Colour of Trouble (Walker Books)

Charlotte Calder, The Ghost at the Point (Walker Books)

Kaz Delaney, Dead, Actually (Allen & Unwin)

Kirsty Eagar, Night Beach (Penguin Books Australia)

Holly (H J) Harper, Bureau of Mysteries (Random House)

Sonya Hartnett, The Children of the King (Penguin Books Australia)

Michelle Renee Heeter, Riggs Crossing (Ford Street Publishing)

Fiona Horne, Witch (Allen & Unwin)

Gabrielle Lord, Conspiracy 365 – Malice (No. 14) (Scholastic Australia)

Sophie Masson, Moonlight and Ashes (Random House)

Jen Storer, Truly Tan (HarperCollins) Debut

Jennifer Walsh, The Tunnels of Tarcoola (Allen & Unwin)


Kathryn Bonella, Snowing in Bali: the incredible account of Bali’s hidden drug ring (Pan Macmillan Australia)

Hilary Bonney, The Double Life of Herman Rockefeller (Penguin Books Australia)

Pamela Burton, The Waterlow Killings: a portrait of a family tragedy (Melbourne University Publishing)

Justine Ford, Missing You (The Five Mile Press)

Kerry Greenwood, Taman Shud: the Somerton Man mystery (NewSouth Books)

Rochelle Jackson, Partners and Crime (Allen & Unwin)

Tanya Levin, Crimwife: an insider’s account of love behind bars (Black Inc.)

Kay Schubach, Perfect Stranger: a true story of desire and obsession (Penguin Books Australia)

Rachel Sommerville, California P.I. (NewSouth Books)

Leonie Wallace, Horrible Man – Sinister Secrets and Truths Untold: the Portland hair salon murders (Fontaine Press)

Megan Norris, True True Blood: the depraved truth behind our most brutal vampire slayings (The Five Mile Press)