Wilson WildDogsofMexico

T.E. Wilson, Wild Dogs of Mexico, Boularderie Island Press

Detective Sánchez investigates the Catholic Church in the desert city of Durango, and offers himself as the final sacrifice.

Wilkshire RememberTokyo

Nick Wilkshire, Remember Tokyo, Dundurn Press

In Tokyo, Charlie Hillier discovers that you can't always bank on the truth.

McPherson GirlsWhisperedMurder

Lynn McPherson, The Girls Whispered Murder, Black Opal Books

It's 1954 in the cozy, New England town of Twin Oaks. Murder is on the menu. Can Izzy Walsh help find the culinary killer?

Penz Sheluk PastandPresent

Judy Penz Sheluk, Past & Present, Superior Shores Press

Sometimes the past reaches out to the present...

Martin DarkestBeforeDawn

Mike Martin, Darkest Before the Dawn, Ottawa Press and Publishing

Darkest Before the Dawn is the latest adventure of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Mountie who finds himself surrounded by a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland.

Fradkin PrisonersofHope

T.E. Wilson, Wild Dogs of Mexico, Boularderie Island Press

A former aid worker stumbles into the world of exploited foreign workers when she rescues a Filipino nanny accused of murder.

Calonego StrangerontheIce thumb

Bernadette Calonego, The Stranger on the Ice, AmazonCrossing

A frozen corpse on the Ice Road near the Inuit town of Inuvik in Canada`s Arctic and a haunting death on an Arctic expedition.

Butler NoPlaceForWolverines

Dave Butler, No Place for Wolverines, Dundurn Press

What if someone proposed a new ski area in a national park, but things weren't as they appeared?

Yi DeathFlight

Melissa Yi, Death Flight, Windtree Press

A doctor trapped on a plane with a killer battles to save lives—and wonders if she herself might be the murderer.

Lazarus MurderbyMilkshake

Eve Lazarus, Murder by Milkshake, Arsenal Pulp Press

In 1965, radio personality Rene Castellani poisoned his wife Esther with arsenic flavoured milkshakes so he could marry Lolly.

Whishaw SorrowfulSanctuary

Iona Whishaw, A Sorrowful Sanctuary, TouchWood Editions

When Lane Winslow finds a badly injured man in a rowboat, she gets a shocking reminder of the perils of the recent war.

Fox YeastofEden

Sarah Fox, Yeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery), Kensington (Lyrical)

It’s up to pancake house owner Marley McKinney to discover the waffle truth behind a rival’s murder . . .

Bell HearingVoices

E.C. Bell, Hearing Voices, Tyche Books

Marie wants the nightmares to stop. Doesn’t look like that's going to happen anytime soon.

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CWC established the Grand Master Award in 2014 to recognize a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work who has garnered national and international recognition.

The Grand Master is chosen by a jury chosen by the Chair of Crime Writers of Canada, with advice from the board. The award is presented biennially, alternating with the Derrick Murdoch Award.

 

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2018 Grand Master: Gail Bowen

Gail Bowen is being recognized by Crime Writers of Canada for her long and illustrious career as a crime fiction author. She has almost 20 books in her long running Joanne Kilbourn series, several of which were either nominated for or received awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1994, for A Colder Kind of Death. She has also written four Rapid Reads novellas and several plays. She is well established in Canada, highly respected in the writing community and much sought after by readers. She is frequently a guest at literary events. Several of her Joanne Kilbourn books were turned into a TV series.

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Wright Eric

2016 Grand Master: Eric Wright

If there ever was a crime writer whom the Canadian crime-writing community needs to thank it is Eric Wright. He wrote eighteen crime novels, in four different series, as well as novels, a novella, and a memoir.

Eric’s first novel, The Night the Gods Smiled (1983), won the first Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel, the John Creasey Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), and the City of Toronto Book Award. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000) won an Arthur and was nominated for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). His writing career spanned over forty years and his contribution to Canadian crime writing was, without question, immense. This was recognized in 1998 when Eric received the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian crime writing.

Eric Wright passed away in October, 2015, shortly after being notified that he had been selected for the Grand Master Award.

Howard Engel

2014 Grand Master: Howard Engel

It is with great pleasure that Crime Writers of Canada presents the inaugural award to Howard Engel, a mainstay of Canadian crime writing for many years.

Since his first book, Suicide Murders, introduced P.I. Benny Cooperman in 1980, his detective series has garnered both national and international recognition. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including 1985 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, the 1990 Harbourfront Festival Prize for Canadian Literature, the 1998 Derrick Murdoch Award and the 2005 Writer’s Trust Of Canada Matt Cohen Award. He was chosen as the Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor for University College at the University of Toronto and in 2007 named to the Order of Canada.

His books have been published in over 20 countries and two have been adapted for TV films.

Mr. Engel was a founding member of Crime Writers of Canada and a past president.

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