THE CARTER BROWN MYSTERY WRITING AWARDS

Winner Announced

The Carter Brown Foundation in conjunction with Brio Books and Stark House Press is delighted to announce the inaugural winner of the Carter Brown Mystery Writing Awards is Wilson Toney for his novel Alibi for a Dead Man.

The judges praised the novel for its snappy plotting, sharp dialogue and authentic characterisation. It’s a modern story with a wonderfully retro feel – the perfect winner of a prize dedicated to the undisputed master of pulp.

Wilson Toney was born in 1952 and read his first mystery in 1962. He was instantly hooked. He worked as an engineer/analyst for most of his career and has written two technical books (Life Cycle Costing and Learning Curves). In 2017 he retired and began writing crime fiction featuring the characters Roche and Bug. Toney has travelled all over the US and around a large part of the world but has lived most of his life in Hartselle, Alabama.

Toney says, ‘I thank the Carter Brown team for a chance for a novice to have professionals read their material. When you are writing for an audience of one it is sometimes difficult to determine if your work is any good!’

Alibi for a Dead Man will be published internationally in late 2019.


The award is named in honour of prolific Australian author Alan Geoffrey Yates (aka Carter Brown). Born in England in 1923, Yates married and settled in Australia in 1948. He worked as a film technician, a salesman and in public relations for Qantas before taking up writing full-time. He wrote more than 350 novels and was a huge international success with reportedly 100 million books sold, second only to The Bible in terms of the number of languages they were translated into. There was a comic book series, the “Carter Brown Murder Mystery Hour” on radio, three French films, a Japanese TV series, and a French literary award for “The most whiskies drunk in a single novel”. He was also rumoured to have been one of John F. Kennedy’s favourite authors. Yates died in 1985 in Sydney. In 1997, he was posthumously awarded a Ned Kelly, Australia’s leading literary award for crime writing, for his lifelong contribution to the art.

For more information or to request an interview:

Rod Morrison, Brio Books
P: 0402 168 400
E: rmorrison@briobooks.com.au