Davitt Award

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Davitt Awards
Awarded forExcellence in Australian crime fiction, adult and young adult
Presented bySisters in Crime Australia
First awarded2001

The Davitt Awards (named in honour of Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia's first mystery novel, Force and Fraud in 1865) are presented annually by the Sisters in Crime Australia association. The awards are presented for Australian crime fiction, by women, for both adults and young adults. They were established in 2001 to mark the 10th anniversary of the association.


  • Best Adult Novel
  • Best Young Adult Novel
  • True Crime
  • Debut Crime
  • Readers' Choice

Previous winners[edit]

Year Best Adult Novel Best Young Adult Novel Best Children's Novel True Crime Debut Novel Readers' Choice
2001 Eye to Eye by Caroline Shaw
2002 A Simple Death by Carolyn Morwood Three-Pronged Dagger by Kerry Greenwood Bleeding Hearts by Lindy Cameron
2003 (tie) Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing by Gabrielle Lord
Blood Redemption by Alex Palmer
Fireworks and Darkness by Natalie Jane Prior Skin Deep by Cathy Cole
2004 Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital Muck-Up Day by Ruth Starke Thicker Than Water by Lindy Cameron
2005 Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox Devastation Road by Joanna Baker Peepshow by Leigh Redhead
2006 The Butterfly Man by Heather Rose Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (tie) Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood
Rubdown by Leigh Redhead
2007 Undertow by Sydney Bauer The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage by Karen Kissane (tie) Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood
Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage by Karen Kissane
2008 Frantic by Katherine Howell The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Mandy Sayer Killing Jodie by Janet Fife-Yeomans Scarlet Stiletto - The First Cut by Lindy Cameron
2009 A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell
2010 Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt Liar by Justine Larbalestier Lady Killer by Ellen Connolly and Candace Sutton Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood
2011 Cold Justice by Katherine Howell A Girl Like Me by Penny Matthews Murderer No More by Colleen Egan The Old School by P.M. Newton
2012 A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill Surface Tension by Meg McKinlay Cold Case Files: Past crimes solved by new forensic science by Liz Porter Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford (tie) The Brotherhood by YA Erskine; and Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford
2013 Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff The Tunnels of Tarcoola by Jennifer Walsh The Waterlow Killings by Pamela Burton Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Geurilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff Taman Shud: The Somerton Man by Kerry Greenwood
2014[1] Dark Horse by Honey Brown The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee Truly Tan: Spooked! by Jen Storer Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport by Anna Krien Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
2015[2] Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Every Word by Ellie Marney Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington Intruder by Christine Bongers Tell Me Why by Sandi Wallace
2016[3] Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic Wildman by Alecia Simmonds (tie) Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic and Risk by Fleur Ferris Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic
2017[4] The Dry by Jane Harper Frankie by Shivaun Plozza Wormwood Mire: A Stella Montgomery Intrigue by Judith Rossell Look What You Made Me Do: Fathers Who Kill by Megan Norris Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla The Dry by Jane Harper
2018[5] And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield The Turnkey by Allison Rushby Whitely on Trial by Gabriella Coslovich The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey Force of Nature by Jane Harper

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Whodunnit? The women killing it in crime writing" by Stephen A Russell "The New Daily", 4 September 2014
  2. ^ "Announcing the 15th Davitt Awards' Results for Best Crime Books". Archived from the original on 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  3. ^ "It's a crime spree as Emma Viskic snaffles four writing awards" by Jason Steger, The Age, 28 August 2016
  4. ^ "'The Dry' wins best novel at 2017 Davitt Awards". Books and Publishing. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Sisters in Crime: Davitt Awards 2018". The Booktopian. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2019-05-29.

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