The Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel (popularly called the Ngaio) is a book prize presented annually in New Zealand to recognize excellence in crime fiction, mystery, and thriller writing.
Named after Dame Ngaio Marsh, one of the four Queens for Crime (Christie, Allingham and Sayers were the other three) of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction it was established in 2010 by Craig Sisterson!
2016 Winner of the Ngaio for Best Novel:
Jerry Grey is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter a name that has been keeping readers on the edge of their seats for more than a decade. Recently diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of forty-nine, Jerry's crime writing days are coming to an end. His twelve books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the lives of the characters he has created, Jerry confesses his worst secret: The stories are real. He knows this because he committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are so many bad things happening? Why are people dying?