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DAVITT AWARDS 2021 WINNERS

July 26, 2021

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Sisters in Crime Australia has announced the WINNERS for the 2021 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women.
 
The winners and shortlisted titles in each category are shown below: 
 


BEST ADULT CRIME NOVEL

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Death Beyond the Limit (Fiji Islands Mysteries #3) (B M Allsopp, Coconut Press)
Deadman’s Track (Calico Mountain #3) (Sarah Barrie, HQ Fiction)
Gathering Dark (Candice Fox, Penguin)
A Testament of Character (Rowland Sinclair #10) (Sulari Gentill, Pantera)
The Good Sister (Sally Hepworth, Macmillan)
Where the Truth Lies (Karina Kilmore, S&S)
The Deceptions (Suzanne Leal, A&U)
Stone Sky Gold Mountain (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP)
Torched (Kimberley Starr, Pantera)





BEST YOUNG ADULT CRIME NOVEL

Where We Begin by Christie Nieman
Deep Water (Sarah Epstein, A&U)
None Shall Sleep (Ellie Marney, A&U)
Where We Begin (Christie Nieman, Pan)
The Girl with the Gold Bikini (Lisa Walker, Wakefield)





BEST CHILDREN'S CRIME NOVEL

A Clue for Clara by Lian Tanner
The Book of Chance by Sue Whiting
The Ghost of Howlers Beach (Butter O’Bryan Mysteries #1) (Jackie French, HarperCollins)
The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Amelia Mellor, Affirm)
The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle (Pamela Rushby, Walker Books)
A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner, A&U)
The Book of Chance (Sue Whiting, Walker Books)





BEST NON-FICTION CRIME

Witness by Louise Milligan
After the Count: The death of Davey Browne (Stephanie Convery, Viking)
The Case of George Pell: Reckoning with child sexual abuse (Melissa Davey, Scribe)
Missing William Tyrrell (Caroline Overington, HarperCollins)
Snakes and Ladders: A memoir (Angela Williams, Affirm)





BEST DEBUT

Sheerwater by Leah Swann
Inheritance of Secrets (Sonya Bates, HarperCollins)
The Case of George Pell: Reckoning with child sexual abuse (Melissa Davey, Scribe)
The Safe Place (Anna Downes, Affirm)
Troubled Waters (Mary Jones, Green Olive Press)
Where the Truth Lies (Karina Kilmore, S&S)
The Grandest Bookshop in the World (Amelia Mellor, Affirm)
The Mother Fault (Kate Mildenhall, S&S)
Sheerwater (Leah Swann, Fourth Estate)
A Clue for Clara (Lian Tanner, A&U)
The Girl with the Gold Bikini (Lisa Walker, Wakefield).


READERS' CHOICE

The Shifting Landscape by Katherine Kovacic
 
 
This year’s judging panel comprised judges’ coordinator and medical autopsy expert Philomena Horsley; YA expert Joy Lawn; author and academic Janice Simpson; true crime author and podcaster Emily Webb; and Sisters in Crime national co-convenors Moraig Kisler and Tara Mitchell.

The winners of the awards were presented in Melbourne on Saturday, 28 August. No prize money is attached to the Davitts; the winner of each category receives a trophy.


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