In case you missed Murder in the Library


Talented local crime writers recently shared their secrets at the 'Murder in the Library' event at Rotorua Library.  

Organised by the Ngaio Marsh Awards, Murder in the Library events were held in 12 libraries throughout New Zealand this year.

Ahead of the event, we asked three of the authors about what turned them to a life of crime writing and more.


Grant Nicol

Genre: Icelandic Noir, Revenge Thrillers, Nordic Noir, Psychological Thrillers.

Published Books:  On A Small Island; The Mistake; A Place To Bury Strangers; Out On The Ice 

Grant Nicol moved to Rotorua for the first time in October and despite being "the new guy in town" he is the co-convener of  the Rotorua Noir Festival in January 2019. His past includes working with rock bands and living in Iceland, where his novels are set.

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​​​​Poppy Mann

Genre: Romantic/Crime Mystery

Published Books:  The Night Of The Moonflower; Dragonfly


Poppy Mann is a contender for this year's Ngaio Marsh Awards. We asked her about her journey to crime writing, tips for aspiring authors, and her interesting past.

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Joanne Ruth

Genre: Mixed Genre (Though classified as Sci-fi and General Fiction)

Published Books:  

TAMSIN The Unexpected One & TAMSIN  Waking Fire by Joanne Ruth.

Along The Guided Path: A collection of poetry prose and prayers by Joanne Smith.

Local Rotorua writer Joanne Ruth's TAMSIN series books have been nominated for the TCK Publishing – Reader’s Choice awards and her book, TAMSIN The Unexpected One was listed on the CQ International Magazine’s MUST READ LIST for 2018. She was recently a panelist at Murder in the Library and we asked her some questions about her work.   

She has always been fascinated by the way people think and operate and the unlimited capabilities of those who dare to step outside the accepted norm.

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Page reviewed: 11 May 2018 6:58am