Paul Cleave wins Ngaio Marsh

Christchurch crime writer Paul Cleave has become the first to win the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel three times.

Cleave was awarded the prize in a ceremony at the Christchurch Art Gallery on Saturday night for his ninth novel Trust No One (Upstart Press) about a crime writer diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s who confesses to murders depicted in his books.

He took home the award in 2015 and 2011.

The Ngaio Marsh Awards judging panel praised Trust No One as “a stunningly audacious novel that functions as a literary hall of mirrors … it succeeds brilliantly on many different levels”.


Upstart author John Daniell was a finalist for “Best First Novel” for The Fixer.