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Murder in the Library - Christchurch

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The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Christchurch City Libraries, invite booklovers to a free event featuring four talented Canterbury authors.
Entry: Free event but bookings required
RSVP: LibraryEvents@ccc.govt.nz

Crime writing has evolved from the puzzle-like mysteries of Agatha Christie and Christchurch's own Dame Ngaio Marsh to modern novels delving deeply into people, places, and psychology. It has continued to be the world’s most popular form of storytelling.

2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Edmund Bohan, Katherine Hayton, Justin Warren and Bill Wicks will discuss what drew them to crime writing, how they craft memorable characters and page-turning stories, and the impact of our New Zealand setting.

WHEN: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
WHERE: Sydenham Room, South Library, 66 Colombo Street
WHEN: 6.30pm panel discussion

Edmund Bohan is a Christchurch historian and former professional opera singer who also wrote the Inspector O'Rorke mysteries set in nineteenth century New Zealand. Bohan published five O'Rorke books from 1996-2003, then brought the character back recently in A SUITABLE TIME FOR VENGEANCE and THE LOST TAONGA.

Katherine Hayton is a prolific Christchurch novelist who has written several thrillers. Her first book starring part-Maori policewoman Ngaire Blakes was longlisted for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. The third and latest book in that series, THE ONLY SECRET LEFT TO KEEP is entered in the 2018 Awards.

Justin Warren is a local high school teacher who recently published his first novel, the crime thriller THE FORGOTTEN LANDS. A young detective looking to prove himself is sent across the country to investigate the disappearance of a small-town reporter.

Christchurch author Bill Wicks' book DIFFERENT SHADOWS introduces likable police sergeant Harry Brent, who is working on Christchurch cold cases while recovering from being accidentally shot by a hunter in Queenstown. What is the story behind a body found in a trench at a military camp?