Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

The Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel was created in 2010 to celebrate quality crime, mystery, and thriller writing by New Zealand authors. Now in its fifth year, it looks like the 2014 Award may be the toughest yet for the judges, with several terrific books in the running, including a Man Booker Prize winner, and a New Zealand crime novel that's a finalist for the prestigious Edgar Award (which in some ways could be considered the Oscar of the crime writing world).

I will of course be keeping you up to date with what's happening with this year's award here on Crime Watch, including upcoming announcements about any longlist, the finalists for the award, the judging panel, and the ceremony itself, which is scheduled to be held during the Christchurch Writers Festival, in Dame Ngaio's hometown.

The Award also has its own Facebook page, where photos from prior ceremonies, as well as information about the Award and general crime fiction happenings, are shared. If you are a Facebook user, it would be terrific if you could 'like' the page, which can be found here.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Christchurch's Court Theatre spoofs Holmes' Hound...

Sherlock Holmes Goes Barking Mad!
Terror, mystery and uproarious mayhem ensue when Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson attempt to unravel the ancient curse of the Baskerville family before the Hound claims its next victim.
The Hound of The Baskervilles, the most popular of all of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, is brought to life in this slapstick comedy spoof packed full of laughter and suspense.
Will Sherlock get his man? Will Henry Baskerville get the girl? Or will the Hound get its next victim? It’s your chance to solve the case before the greatest detective of all time.
"Wonderfully barking spoof" - The Daily Telegraph. "Gut-bustingly hilarious" - The Times.
This terrific-looking show is currently being performed by the famous Court Theatre in Christchurch, the home of Ngaio Marsh, and runs to 17 May. I'm hoping to get down there at some point during the season (overdue a visit as it is). You can read more and score tickets here

Friday, April 18, 2014

First look at Fincher's take on Flynn's GONE GIRL

Book to film adaptations can always be a bit hit and miss, so it's not always great news when a bestselling or beloved book gets picked up for adaptation. I am a fan of David Fincher though, so have some hopes for his take on Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL, which was an astonishingly well-received thriller recently. I did enjoy the book (I may have perhaps preferred Flynn's earlier DARK PLACES, but GONE GIRL was very good), so I am curious to see how it plays on film.

You can watch the first trailer that has been released above. The film will hit cinemas in October.

Are you a fan of book-to-movie adaptations? What have been some of your favourite and least-favourite versions of books that have made it to the TV or movie screen? Love to hear your thoughts.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The return of Wiki Coffin: THE BECKONING ICE by Joan Druett

Readers of marine historian and mystery writer Joan Druett's acclaimed Wiki Coffin series of nautical crime novels will be pleased to see that Druett finally added to the terrific four book series in recent months, with the release of THE BECKONING ICE, an ebook.

Since the publication of DEADLY SHOALS, the fourth book in the series on part-Maori linguist Wiki Coffin (who sails the nineteenth century seas on US ships, playing investigator as strange happenings and deaths occur), the striking character has been restricted to short stories appearing in the likes of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. So it's great to see Wiki back in a full-length novel again.

I'll publish more about this book (just scored myself a copy today) in the near future, but for now just wanted to give you all a heads-up, as I think Druett is a terrific writer, and provides something kind of cool in the mystery genre, with her mix of maritime history and murder. I'd definitely recommend checking her out.

You can read more about the book on her website here.