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‘Spare Me The Truth’ long-listed for Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel


I’m thrilled to find out that my novel Spare Me The Truth, the first in the Dan Forrester series, has been long-listed for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel!

The award is now in its seventh year and recognises “the best in New Zealand crime fiction”, writes The Spinoff – wow! I’m very honoured to be standing alongside such brilliant talent, particular congratulations to Fiona Sussman and Ben Sanders, fellows at Allen and Unwin NZ.

Longlist entry: Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnier Zaffre): Dan Forrester is struggling to adjust to the gaps in his memory following the death of his son. After a stranger approaches him saying most of what he thinks about his life is a lie, Forrester gets caught up in a conspiracy, alongside a blackmailed woman and a disgraced female cop exiled to the rural backblocks. “It takes all sorts of wild leaps – terrorism, pharmaceutical experimentation – and lands soundly,” ruled ye judges.

The other long-listed books are:

  • Dead Lemons by Finn Bell
  • Pancake Money by Finn Bell
  • Spare Me The Truth by CJ Carver (Bonnie Zaffre)
  • Red Herring by Jonothan Cullinane (HarperCollins)
  • The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley (Quercus)
  • The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton by Katherine Hayton
  • Presumed Guilty by Mark McGinn (Merlot Publishing)
  • Marshall’s Law by Ben Sanders (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Straits Settlement by Brian Stoddart (Crime Wave Press)
  • The Last Time We Spoke by Fiona Sussman (Allison & Busby)

The longlist is currently being considered by a panel of seven crime fiction experts from five countries. The finalists will be announced in August, along with the finalists for the best first novel and best true-crime categories. The winners will be announced at a WORD Christchurch event in October.






February 2017: Against the odds…

I’m writing this at 35,000ft above the Tasman Sea, flying from New Zealand to Australia – lucky me!

The launch of Tell Me A Lie has been terrific, thanks so much for all your reviews on Goodreads and Amazon – it means so much I can’t tell you. Not only does it get me noticed by new readers, but it makes me very happy as well as give me some really good feedback.


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January 2017: My top five books of 2016

I can’t believe it’s been ten months since Dan Forrester and Lucy Davies hit the shelves – where has the time gone?!

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and that your stockings came full of books – in my view there is no more perfect gift than a well-chosen book. But then I would say that being a book addict as well as an author!
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December 2016: Can a writer stop working – even at Christmas?

I’ve just returned from buying fairy lights, mince pies, and 100g* Flux Cored Solder.  The fairy lights and mince pies were for the kitchen, the solder for my chap, but as I stood in the queue in Halford’s, looking at the coils of silvery solder, my mind trotted off into thriller-writer-land and I wondered whether I could use it to restrain somebody. A type of makeshift handcuffs, you could say. Continue Reading December 2016: Can a writer stop working – even at Christmas?