Mystery in the Library – Kapiti Coast

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Kāpiti Coast District Libraries, invites booklovers to an exciting event featuring several intriguing crime, mystery, and thriller authors.

2019 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants David McGill and Dan Rabarts are joined by 2018 Ngaios finalist Charity Norman and Martinborough storyteller Jude Knight to discuss where their inspiration comes from, how they create interesting characters, craft page-turning storylines, and infuse their tales with real-life issues as well as touches of crime and mystery. Screenwriter Nick Ward will prosecute the offenders.

WHEN: Thursday 2 May 2019
WHERE: Paraparaumu Library, 9 Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu
WHEN: 6pm – 7.30pm

This is a free event.

David McGill writes social histories of New Zealand, in recent times mixing real historical figures with crime stories. He has published more than fifty books. ON A BODGIE BIKE is his third novel to feature former detective and spy catcher Dan Delaney and is set in mid 1950s New Zealand. McGill’s stories have been called “pacy novels that are informed by honest and astute social histories”.

Ugandan-born former lawyer Charity Norman moved to New Zealand fifteen years ago. SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER is a psychological thriller entwined with cults that was shortlisted for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel. “A creepy portrayal of an ordinary young woman, feeling the lure of total belonging, who is groomed into accepting a sinister price” (Sydney Morning Herald).

Jude Knight is a Featherston author who worked for thirty years in commercial writing, editing, and publishing. She now writes historical romances, romantic mysteries, and romantic thrillers. She has written and contributed to more than twenty novels, novellas, and short story collections. She recently appeared at Rotorua Noir to discuss blending history, mystery, and romance in her books.

Dan Rabarts is a writer of fantasy, horror, and speculative fiction stories. He won the 2014 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best New Talent, and has gone on to win a further three Vogel Awards as well as two Australasian Shadows Awards. His most recent work includes the Path of Ra series, a crime noir/horror mash-up set in a near-future dystopian Auckland and co-written with Lee Murray.