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The Davitt Award

The Davitt Award is given out each year by Sisters of Crime Australia for the best crime novel by a woman and published in Australia in book form in the previous year. The award is named in honor of Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia's first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865.


  • Best Adult Novel: Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff (Pan)
  • Best Debut Novel: Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff (Pan)
  • Best Young Adult Novel: The Tunnels of Tarcoola by Jennifer Walsh (Allen & Unwin)
  • Best True Crime: The Waterlow Killings by Pamela Burton (Victory)
  • Readers Choice Award: Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery by Kerry Greenwood (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Best Adult Novel: A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill (Pantera Press)
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Surface Tension by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books)
  • Best True Crime: Cold Case Files: Past Crimes Solved by New Forensic Science by Liz Porter (Pan/Macmillan)
  • Best Debut Novel: Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford (Bantam)
  • Readers Choice Award Tie:
    • The Brotherhood by Y. A. Erskine (Bantam)
    • Beyond Fear by Jaye Ford (Bantam)
  • Best Adult Novel: Cold Justice by Katherine Howell (Pan/Macmillan)
  • Best Young Adult Novel: A Girl Like Me by Penny Matthews (Penguin)
  • Readers Choice Award: The Old School by P. M. Newton (Penguin)
  • Best True Crime: Murderer No More by Colleen Egan (Allen & Unwin)
  • Best Adult Novel: Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Liar by Justine Larbalestier
  • Readers Choice Award: Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood
  • Best True Crime: Lady Killer by Candace Sutton and Ellen Connolly
  • Best Adult Novel: A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks
  • Readers Choice Award: The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell
  • Best Adult Novel: Frantic by Katherine Howell
  • Best Young Adult Novel: The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Mandy Sayer
  • Readers Choice Award: Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut by Lindy Cameron
  • Best Adult Novel: Undertow by Sydney Bauer
  • Best Young Adult Novel: The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Readers Choice Award: Silent Death: The Killing of Julie Ramage by Karen Kissane
  • Readers Choice Award: Devil's Food by Kerry Greenwood
  • Best Adult Novel: The Butterfly Man by Heather Rose
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
  • Readers Choice Award: Rubdown by Leigh Redhead
  • Readers Choice Award: Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood
  • Best Adult Novel: Malicious Intent by Kathryn Fox
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Devastation Road by Joanna Baker
  • Readers Choice Award: Peepshow by Leigh Redhead
  • Best Adult Novel: Due Preparation for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Muck-Up Day by Ruth Starke
  • Readers Choice Award: Thicker Than Water by Lindy Cameron
  • Best Adult Novel: Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing by Gabrielle Lord
  • Best Adult Novel: Blood Redemption by Alex Palmer
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Fireworks and Darkness by Natalie Jane Prior
  • Readers Choice Award: Skin Deep by Cathy Cole
  • Best Adult Novel: A Simply Death by Carolyn Morwood
  • Best Young Adult Novel: Three-Pronged Dagger by Kerry Greenwood
  • Readers Choice Award: Bleeding Hearts by Lindy Cameron

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