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READERS IN New Zealand and around the world have a chance to go into the draw to win a full set of all seven crime, mystery, and thriller novels longlisted for the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.
But you'll have to hurry - this terrific opportunity closes next week!
The longlisted titles that one lucky entrant will win are:
"This year’s longlist features everything from dark serial killer tales to the latest books in popular detective series, ‘ripped from the headlines’ psychological suspense, and a prequel to one of the most compelling TV crime series of recent years," said Ngaio Marsh Award Judging Convenor Craig Sisterson. "We have the mysterious tale of a narcissistic restaurant critic’s kidnapping, penned by New Zealand’s poet laureate, and an engaging debut thriller written under a nom de plume.”
Now keen readers have a chance to try for themselves the entire line-up that has so impressed the expert international judging panel. Anyone can enter the prize draw simply by emailing a photo of themselves reading any New Zealand crime, mystery, or thriller title - contemporary or from days gone by - to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book in your picture doesn't have to be set in New Zealand, as long as the author is associated with New Zealand (lives in New Zealand, was born or grew up in New Zealand, etc). So whether it's a well-loved copy of a Ngaio Marsh, Elizabeth Messenger, Laurie Mantell, Michael Wall, or Paul Thomas novel that's been sitting on your bookshelf for years, or a brand new New Zealand crime novel you've recently picked up from a bookstore or library, grab your camera, take a smiling photo of yourself with the book, and send it to email@example.com. Photos of ebooks (hold up the cover for the photo) are also welcome.
If you need some inspiration when it comes to finding an eligible, mystery, or thriller novel to read and photograph, check out this list of more than 80 authors and more than 250 titles here.
Photos will be displayed on the Ngaio Marsh Award Facebook page, which you can visit and 'like' here.
The winner of the competition will be randomly drawn from the entered photos on Friday 31 August 2012, in the lead-up to the presentation of the 2012 Ngaio Marsh Award at The Press Christchurch Writers’ Festival on 1 September 2012. Best of luck, and happy snapping.