anderson-dargatz-playingwithfireGail Anderson-Dargatz, Playing With Fire, Orca

There's an arsonist setting fires in town. Reporter Claire Abbot thinks she knows who the firebug is. Or does she? 


wan-iou-deadMichelle Wan, IOU DEAD, Orca Book Publishers

When you discover the identity of a serial killer you have three choices: Go to the cops. Profit from your knowledge. Run for your life. 

denikolets-betweenthecracksLisa de Nikolits, Between The Cracks She Fell, Inanna Publications

A powerful-first person narrative about the explosive consequences of betrayal, survival in troubled times. 

emerson-deathofabrideAllan J. Emerson, Death of a Bride and Groom, Five Star

When the body of writer Iris Morland is discovered in full bridal array atop a giant wedding cake parade float, the little resort town of Honeymoon Falls is left reeling. 

nikolai-icySandra Nikolai, Icy Silence, Vemcort Publishing

Without access to outside help, Megan and Michael must rely on their wits to outsmart the killer and keep everyone alive in the process. 


arnold-bluebabyCarolyn Arnold, Blue Baby, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Happiness is elusive for many, but from the killer’s standpoint, it’s something he creates. And he’s determined to get it right... 


skaff-journeyMadona Skaff-Koren, Journey of a Thousand Steps, Renaissance Press

Naya, an ex-marathon runner, must relearn to walk as she searches for her childhood friend since the police don’t believe anything’s wrong. 

mesdames-thirteeno-clockMesdames of Mayhem, Thirteen O'Clock, Carrick Publishing

Twisted tales of time...and crime. 

arnold-deadlyimpulseCarolyn Arnold, Deadly Impulse, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Looks aren’t the only things that can be deceiving… 


koetting-encoreAlexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star Publishing

Set in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Encore offers a backstage look at life in the theatre along with humor, heartbreak, and plenty of suspense. 

harlick-coldwhitefearR.J. Harlick, A Cold White Fear, Dundurn

Meg Harris digs deep within herself to survive after reluctantly letting two strange men into her isolated home during a major blizzard.


chase-lawandauthorErika Chase, Law and Author, Berkley Prime Crime

The Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society reconvenes to solve a murder in their own backyard. 

gates-bookedEva Gates, Booked for Trouble, Penguin Obsidian

Lucy must hunt down a dangerous killer before the authorities throw the book at her poor mother. 

barnard-deadlydiamondJayne Barnard, Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, Tyche Books

Steampunk girl reporter Maddie Hatter crosses deserts, moors and oceans on the trail of Baron Bodmin. Will she catch him before his Deadly Diamond destroys them both? 


campbell-st-pierre-necklaceMelodie Campbell and Cynthia St-Pierre, A Killer Necklace, Imajin Books

Who was the dead woman at the bottom of the stairs? A killer is determined to keep her identity a secret, even if it means killing again... 


yourkowski-sweetrevengeYvonne Yourkowski, Sweetest Revenge, Create Space

The only way to stop the voices is to appease them with more blood, and he's more than capable of obliging. 

ace-corpsediamondhandCathy Ace, The Corpse with the Diamond Hand, TouchWood Editions

Cait Morgan and Bud Anderson set sail on a romantic Hawaiian honeymoon cruise and, for nearly two weeks, the mystery solving newlyweds are worry-free. But then a man drops dead in the games room... 


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**Reminder:  October 15 is the deadline for the Unhanged Arthur.

Arthur Ellis Awards are now open for entries!

For Rules and Entry Forms, go to:

AWARDS in the menu above, and then SUBMISSIONS. 

Deadline for the Unhanged Arthur:  October 15. 

Deadline for all published categories:  December 15.




Arthur Gala Slide Presentation

Also check out the 2015 Arthur Photo Album on Facebook.



Announcing the 2015 Arthur Ellis Award Winners for Crime Writing

Best Novel

C.C. Humphreys, Plague, Doubleday Canada

Best First Novel

Steve Burrows, Siege of Bitterns, Dundurn Press

Best Novella *

Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

Best Short Story 

Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress, McClelland & Stewart

Best Book in French

Andrée Michaud, Bondrée, Editions Québec Amérique

Best Juvenile/YA Book

Sigmund Brouwer, Dead Man's Switch, Harvest House

Best Nonfiction Book

Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder, HarperCollins

Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

*CWC announces the Lou Allin Memorial Award of $200 for the Arthur Ellis Novella Category

Sponsored by the 2011 Bloody Words Conference Committee, this award will be given in honour of Lou Allin.  Lou was a board member of CWC, a co-chair of the 2011 Bloody Words Conference, an award-winning writer, and a mentor to many.  This award is particularly fitting, as she was the winner of the first Arthur Ellis Novella Award.  We miss you dearly, Lou.


Many thanks to artist and CWC member Don Graves for donating a Canadian landscape painting as a prize for Best Novel.



CWC announces the 2015 Derrick Murdoch Award Winner,

Sylvia McConnell

In 1998, Sylvia McConnell began RendezVous Crime, a publishing house with the mandate to publish crime novels written by Canadians set in Canada. Over the next thirteen years she published 80 works of crime fiction, many of which were nominated for or won prestigious awards.  For her belief in the value of Canadians telling Canadian stories, for her encouragement of new Canadian authors, and for her recognition of talent with staying power, we are proud to present Sylvia McConnell with the Derrick Murdoch award for 2015.



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