norburn-mustangshuffleJeff Norburn, Mustang Shuffle, Create Space

Having your car stolen is never a good thing, but it’s a much bigger problem when there’s a body in the trunk. Glenn Gillman thinks that practical jokes are harmless fun - at least until somebody dies. 

pattenden-bodyintheharbourNanci Pattenden, Body in the Harbour, Murder Does Pay, Ink

In a time before forensics, Detective Hodgins has to use his cunning to determine which of his suspects did the young man in and why. 


donald-sundownontopR.E. Donald, Sundown on Top of the World, Proud Horse Publishing

Hunter finds himself searching the banks of the mighty Yukon River for a tough old bush woman who may hold the key to more than one bloody death.

tardif-eyeofthescorpionCheryl Kaye Tardif, E.Y.E. of the Scorpion, Imajin Books

When Eileen Edwards, a former-cop-turned-PI, is given the task to find a missing street kid named Zipper, she has no idea what she has let into her life. 

gaetz-disappearingactDayle Campbell Gaetz, Disappearing Act, Orca Book Publishers

Leena O’Neil’s first case is a doozy. Her brother-in-law has been murdered and the police suspect her sister, Georgia. 


gates-bybookEva Gates, By Book or By Crook, Signet

Get bound up in murder in the first Lighthouse Library mystery! 


hamilton-eyeonyouJoe Hamilton, Eye on You - Murder in Biloxi

Gabriel Ross never planned to become a Private Eye. He just fell into it. Now he’s in over his head in a fun house ride... 

misrr-thriceburnedAngela Misri, Thrice Burned, Fierce Ink Press

Portia is still reeling from finding out that her guardian, Mrs. Jones, is actually the infamous Irene Adler and her grandmother. 

fritze-falseguiltPeter Fritze, False Guilt

Friends confess baffling secrets. An art collector leads a double life. Passion deceives. 


danna-twopartsbloodymurderJen J. Danna, Two Parts Bloody Murder, Five Star Publishing

It’s a double surprise for Trooper Leigh Abbott as she investigates a cold case and discovers two murder victims in a historic building. 


bowen-13rosestreetGail Bowen, 12 Rose Street, McClelland & Stewart

The indomitable Joanne Kilbourn is back! From beloved author Gail Bowen comes the 15th installment in the nationally bestselling series. 


pengelly-ryder2Nick Pengelley, Ryder: American Treasure, HarperCollins

Move over Indiana Jones; Meet Ayesha Ryder! 

brooks-pandoraRussell Brooks, Pandora's Succession

A search for a hyperdeadly microbe leads CIA operatives, Ridley Fox and Nita Parris, into a deadly game of spy vs spy vs spy 

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News Highlights


Who will be a finalist for the Arthur?

April 23: Arthur Ellis Shortlist events across the country!

Events in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa




The Arthur Ellis Shortlist event will be held in Ottawa on Thurs., April 23, 7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Chapters, 47 Rideau Street, main floor. A panel featuring local Crime Writers of Canada members will be featured along with book signings and the official announcement of the Arthur Ellis shortlist.



Thurs. April 23, Indigo, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor St. W., Toronto from 7-9 p.m.

Join MC Nate Hendley and the following CWC authors for a lively unveiling of the Arthur Ellis Award Finalists: Rosemary Aubert, Rick Blechta, Janet Bolin, Gina Buonaguro Steve Burrows, Rob Brunet, Madeleine Harris Callway, Melodie Campbell, Sharon Crawford, Lisa de Nikolits, Jill Downie, N.J. Lindquist, Angela Misri, Cathy Spencer.



Prairie Region presents an author event for the announcement of the finalists for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards , featuring readings by nominees David Poulsen (Serpents Rising) and Garry Ryan (Glycerin), as well as former finalists including Axel Howerton (Hot Sinatra) and Jayne Barnard (When The Bow Breaks). April 23 at 7PM Owl's Nest Books, Calgary



Join BC crime authors Cathy Ace, Don Hauka, Owen Laukkanen, Kay Stewart and Sam Wiebe for a murderously good panel discussion, and be on the spot when the finalists are revealed. Dead Write Books will be on hand too! Free, but space is limited. Register online at, in person
at the Metrotown First Floor Information Desk, or phone 604-436-5410



at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto!

Tickets will be on sale following the shortlists events. Watch the website.



Congratulations to CWC President Vicki Delany for being a

Derringer Award Finalist (Novelette) for Juba Good!

(an Orca Rapid Read)


Congratulations to CWC member Hilary Davidson for being a

Derringer Award Finalist in the long short story category,

for A Hopeless Case! (published in All Due Respect issue 4)


Congratulations to CWC member Madeleine Harris Callway for being a

Derringer Award Finalist (Short Story) for The Ultimate Mystery!

(published in World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing)



CWC, in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library,

presents the 2015 Unhanged Arthur Workshop!


Saturday, April 11, 2015

10:00 a.m. to noon:  Information Session (drop ins welcome)

1:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Blue Pencil Sessions (registration required)

Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver


This free workshop will be invaluable for writers thinking of entering the 2015 Arthur Ellis Unhanged Arthur competition for the best unpublished first crime novel. 



During the morning Information Session (10 a.m. to noon) past short-listed writers will share their experiences and discuss the benefits of entering the contest, and members will provide information about the competition rules, how to polish the manuscript and how to prepare a synopsis. Drop-ins are welcome for this segment. 



The afternoon segment (1:30 to 5 p.m.) features Blue Pencil Sessions (20 minutes each) during which members will meet one on one with participants to provide constructive tips for honing their manuscript excerpt. Pre-registration is required for the Blue Pencil Sessions and writers should note that they will be requested to send their excerpt to the workshop by April 5, 2015.


More information about the workshop, and a link to the Event Page, is available on Facebook:



To register for a Blue Pencil Session, send an email before April 5, 2015 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and mention "UA Workshop" in your subject line.



Congratulations to Louise Penny, author of The Long Way Home (Minotaur Books) which has been nominated for the 2014 Agatha, Best Contemporary Novel!


CWC is please to announce the 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.

Thursday May 28 2015

6 PM



Tickets will be available starting April 25



Congratulations to Anthony Bidulka, a long-time member of the board of the CWC, who has been named
Saskatoon's Citizen of the Year, along with his husband Herb McFaul.

Read the story here.


The Arthur Ellis Awards are now closed for submissions.

Check here on April 23 for the Finalists!



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