ace-caseofthedottydowagerCathy Ace, The Case of the Dotty Dowager, Severn House Publishing

Meet the Women of the WISE Enquiries Agency (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish & one English). 


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.


penzsheluk-hangmansnooseVirginia Winters, The Child on the Terrace, Cambridge Books

Vacationing Anne McPhail must rescue a kidnapped Israeli child. 

barclay-brokenpromiseLinwood Barclay, Broken Promise, Doubleday Canada

Secrets big and small are about to rip the town of Promise Falls apart 


guidoccio-season4killingblondsJoanne Guidoccio, A Season for Killing Blondes, The Wild Rose Press

4 dead blondes + 1 brunette lottery winner with no alibi 

kendall-rainydaywomenKay Kendall, Rainy Day Women, Stairway Press-Seattle

1969. Austin Starr jets from Toronto to Vancouver, infant in tow, to save her pal accused of killing a women's lib leader at UBC. 

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. 

ferris-shroudofrosesGloria Ferris, Shroud of Roses, Dundurn Press

Fifteen years after the final graduation party, a skeleton is found curled up in an abandoned high school locker. 


penzsheluk-hangmansnooseJudy Penz Sheluk, The Hanged Man's Noose, Barking Rain Press

Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in this fast-moving, deftly written tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok. 

mcmillan-blacktiderisingR.J. McMillen, Black Tide Rising, Touchwood Editions

A woman is missing on Nootka Island and retired cop Dan Connor is pulled into the search to find her. 


mcintosh-angelofedenD.J. McIntosh, The Angel of Eden, Penguin Random House Canada

New York antiquities dealer John Madison is hired to hunt for stolen Renaissance book of angel magic.

hauka-pizza911Donald J. Hauka, Pizza 911: A Mister Jinnah Mystery, Dundurn Press

The lure of one last front-page byline is too much for Jinnah to resist -- even if it turns out to be his own obituary. 

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Arthur Gala Slide Presentation

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Announcing the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards

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.



 Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 Bony Blithe Award!

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (Touchwood Editions)



CWC wishes to thank our MC for the


Allison Dore

cohost from the WARD AND AL SHOW, ON Sirius XM Radio!


Allison Dore is a comedian, actor and radio personality. She is the cohost of the Ward and Al show on SiriusXM's Canada Talks channel 167, where she has the opportunity to talk about news, pop culture, entertainment, and current events for 3 hours a day. In an effort to use her skills to give back, Allison has had the privilege of hosting events for charities such as the BluMatter Project and Dress for Success, and performing comedy on various fundraisers for charities of all kinds.


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