Harlick PurplePaletteforMurder

R.J. Harlick, Purple Palette for Murder, Dundurn Press

Her husband arrested for murder, Meg flies to Yellowknife, where she races to unravel a sordid trail of family secrets and greed to prove his innocence.

Smallman LastCall

Phyllis Smallman, Last Call, Phyllis Smallman

Murder in the confusion of a hurricane, this is a suspenseful story of friendship and endurance.

Nesbitt Baggerman MurderAmongThieves

Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman, Murder Among Thieves, Volumes

Stolen gems, a notorious murder, the girl who knows: a mystery Matthew Traverse must solve – even if it kills him.

Delany WhiteSandBlues

Vicki Delany, White Sand Blues, Orca Rapid Reads

Paramedic Ashley Grant is thrown into the deep end when she arrives at her new job in the tiny Caribbean country of the Victoria and Albert Islands to be picked up at the airport by the island's only ambulance.

Sullivan Gritty

Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Gritty, Waldorf Publishing

Who would know that when Adam Garwood took a detour through a Montreal Alley, he would meet up with Gritty, a very complex character, taking up residence in a box?

Butler FullCurl

Dave Butler, Full Curl, Dundurn Press

When National Park Warden Jenny Willson discovers that trophy animals are being slaughtered in Canada's mountain parks, how far will she go in a cross-border race for justice?

Driscoll Danna BeforeItsTooLate

Jen J. Danna (writing as Sara Driscoll), Before It's Too Late, Kensington Publishing

FBI handler Meg Jennings and her trusted search-and-rescue Lab, Hawk, must race against the clock before a diabolical killer strikes again.

Bell Dying On Second

E.C. Bell, Dying on Second, Tyche Books

All Marie wants is fresh air and exercise. Is that too much to ask?

Mesdames 13Claws

Mesdames of Mayhem, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Are our animal companions angels or demons? Our friends or our betrayers? 13 Claws is the third anthology by The Mesdames of Mayhem.

Dowdall AuPair

Anna Dowdall, The Au Pair, The Wild Rose Press

Montrealer Ashley Smeeton's in a fix.  An au pair job sounds like easy money.  Family secrets and a strange child are one thing.  Murder's another.

MacLeod CodOnlyKnows

Hilary MacLeod, Cod Only Knows, Acorn Press

Finally, readers of The Shores Mystery series will meet Abel, the man whose been lurking in the background through five books. Cod Only Knows is a fish story about the one that got away - a 300 lb. giant cod that trails murder and mayhem in its wake.

Delany BodyonBakerSt

Vicki Delany, Body on Baker Street, Crooked Lane Book

The unusually perceptive Gemma Doyle and her confused but ever-loyal friend Jayne Wilson return in the second in the "charming" Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series.

Ryan Matanzas

Garry Ryan, Matanzas, NeWest Press

Calgary’s Detective Lane flies to Cuba to celebrate the wedding of his beloved niece. While there, though, he finds himself drafted by the local police into investigating the murder of a Canadian tourist.

Crawford BeyondFaith

Sharon A. Crawford, Beyond Faith, Blue Denim Press

Fraternal twins Dana Bowman and Bast Overture are thrust into a twisted scenario of extortion, stalking, fire, vandalism, secret adoptions, a bank robbery, assault, and murders.

Fradkin TrickstersLullaby

Barbara Fradkin, The Trickster's Lullaby, Dundurn Press

A winter camping trip turns deadly as two missing teenagers, a twisted love triangle, and the spectre of radicalism create turmoil in the remote Laurentian wilderness.

Bradshaw WinnersLoss

Mel Bradshaw, Winner's Loss, Iguana Books

In the fertile artistic milieu of 1927 Toronto, a painter is dead. Detective Sergeant Paul Shenstone won’t rest until he finds out why.

deNikolits NoFuryLikeThat

Lisa de Nikolits, No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications

A one-of-a kind literary thriller about life and death and the power of second chances. The novel takes you on a fast-paced, funny, adventurous ride, exploring themes of love, the meaning of life, friendship and revenge.

Whishaw DeathinDarkeningMist

Iona Whishaw, An Old Cold Grave, TouchWood Editions

Gwen felt a wave of horror sweep through her.  She could see, soil encrusted and stained the colour of dark tea, some delicate bones, with shreds of decaying cloth. The bones were most certainly human.

Evans SeaweedUnderFire

Stanley Evans, Seaweed Under Fire, Ekstasis Editions

If you want somebody's legs broken, even if you want somebody killed it can be arranged, at a price.

Cragg DeadReakoning

Carys Cragg, Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, Arsenal Pulp Press

A woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier. A powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn't necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.

Arnold HalloweenisMurder

Carolyn Arnold, Halloween is Murder, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

When a local television reporter ends up dead, Sean and Sara’s Halloween becomes even more chilling as they try to catch a killer.

April 2010

Arthur Ellis 2010 Shortlists

  • Best Crime Novel
  • Best First Crime Novel                                                                  
  • Best French Crime Book  
  • Best Juvenile Crime Book
  • Best Crime Nonfiction  
  • Best Crime Short Story   
  • Best Unpupublished 
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    The Judging Process

    by Linda Wiken, Jury Chair How is a box of books pared down to four or five of the best? It's a tough job...but somebody has to do it. Each year, CWC enlists the aid of reviewers, academics, authors and readers as judges in the Arthur Ellis Awards – 3 for each of the 6 published categories and the best unpublished contest. Books are shipped to them. They read, then compare notes based on guidelines provided by CWC. And the result ...shortlists! From that group the judges pick the winners, which are kept in strict confidence until the reveal at the Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet.


    Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet

    This year, the Banquet is being held at Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre in Toronto on Thursday, May 27, 2010. If you are attending the Bloody Words Conference ( www.bloodywords2010.com ), come into the city a little earlier and have the crime of your life. Caro Soles, author and past Derrick Murdoch award winner, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Our guest speaker is John Moore, former host of television’s “Mystery Ink.” and current host of CFRB Radio’s “Moore in the Morning”. Receiving the Derrick Murdoch Award this year is Peter Robinson, who has confirmed his attendance.

    • 6:30 pm Reception (cash bar)
    • 7:30 pm Dinner
    • 8:45 pm Award Ceremonies

    Tickets are $75. For the ticket order form Click here

     

    Find out who the winners — click on:

     

     

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    Shortlist for Best Crime Novel
    From Pacific to Prairie, a teasing treasure hunt turns into a frightening game of cat and mouse. P.I. Russell Quant is plunged into the vagaries of a shocking hometown murder and the blasphemous blackmail of one of the literary world's most esteemed writers.
    • Author: Anthony Bidulka
    • Title: Aloha, Candy Hearts
    • Publisher: Insomniac Press

    Meg Harris’s father’s plane went missing in the Arctic. He was never seen again. Thirty-six years later, her mother receives strange Inuit drawings that suggest he might have survived. Meg travels to Iqaluit and soon finds herself sucked into the world of Inuit art forgery and murder.
    • Author: R. J. Harlick
    • Title: Arctic Blue Death
    • Publisher: RendezVous Crime

    Charles and Elodie are hired to investigate a bombing attempt at the Ontario legislature, purportedly committed by an anarchist group called The Black Bloc. While the city drops into paranoia fuelled by the police and the mayor, Charlie and Elodie try to keep the black sheep daughter of a prominent family from a certain prison sentence.
    • Author: Lee Lamothe
    • Title: The Finger’s Twist
    • Publisher: Ravenstone
    Returning home a hero, celebrated WWII fighter pilot Wilf McLauchlin is immediately plunged into a series of bizarre murders, which he tries to solve. But when the trail leads back to Wilf, he must face those last days of the war before he can make a shattering connection.
    • Author: James W. Nichol
    • Title: Death Spiral
    • Publisher: McArthur & Co.

    Toronto investigator Jonah Geller has opened his own agency, World Repairs, with best friend and partner Jenn Raudsepp. Asked to investigate the apparent suicide of a young woman, they’re drawn into the high-stakes world of construction and development on a long-neglected parcel of Toronto’s waterfront.
    • Author: Howard Shrier
    • Title: High Chicago
    • Publisher: Vintage Canada (Random House)

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    Shortlist for Best First Crime Novel

     
    Flavia de Luce has a taste for poison. It is 1950 and eleven year-old Flavia, armed with a Victorian chemistry lab, is out to solve a murder - unafraid and morbidly fascinated. Agatha nominee and winner of the 2009 Dilys Award.
    • Author: Alan Bradley
    • Title: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
    • Publisher: Doubleday Canada

    The Welsh town of Llanelen is shocked when posh bride Meg Wynne Thompson goes missing on her wedding day. The last person believed to have seen her is manicurist Penny Brannigan, an expatriate Canadian. With her new friend, Victoria, Penny sets out to find the killer.
    • Author: Elizabeth Duncan
    • Title: The Cold Light of Mourning
    • Publisher: Minotaur Books
    Detective Charlie McKelvey is nearing the end of his career, but his life has been stuck on pause since the murder of his runaway teenage son. McKelvey has fingered a biker named Pierre Duguay for the murder. But is Duguay the right man or has McKelvey become blinded by his grief?
    • Author: C. B. Forrest
    • Title: Weight of Stones
    • Publisher: RendezVous Crime
    When the scalped remains of a Jane Doe are discovered, Detective Jake Fry is assigned the task of hunting down Calgary’s most disturbed murderer. Working against a rising body count and police department politics, Fry must relentlessly pursue a murderer with an agenda no one but he can comprehend.
    • Author: Eugene Meese
    • Title: A Magpie’s Smile
    • Publisher: NeWest Press







    As twenty-four hours of darkness falls on a remote Arctic Island, two mysterious deaths reveal a mystery with international implications. Published posthumously.
    • Author: Dennis Richard Murphy
    • Title: Darkness at the Break of Dawn
    • Publisher: Harper Collins

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    Shortlist for the Best French Crime Book

     
    "I count the dead" is the first novel by veteran screen writer, director and translator, Genevieve Lefebvre.
    • Author: Genevieve Lefebvre
    • Title: Je compte les morts
    • Publisher: Les Editions Libre Expression

    As he prepares to leave his post in Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Detective Sergeant Andrew Surprenant finds the corpse of a man. A rifle resting on his egs, the doors locked, everything suggests he committed suicide. A detective story full of twists and humour, featuring a gallery of colourful characters.
    • Author: Jean Lemieux
    • Title: Le mort du chemin des Arsène
    • Publisher: la courte échelle

    The hunger for land is the final episode of the series Managers of the Apocalypse, a plot where the future of humanity is played against a backdrop of eco-terrorism.
    • Author: Jean-Jacques Pelletier
    • Title: La Faim de la Terre
    • Publisher: Editions Alire Inc.

    Josette Marchand, masseuse, and Vincent Bastianello, an inspector with the Montreal Police, have strange friends. A work of art looted, a vandalized workshop, teens and missing patches of skin found here and there, launch Marchand and Bastianello on the trail of the elusive, the guilty, and the cruel.
    • Author: Diane Vincent
    • Title: Peaux de chagrins
    • Publisher: Les Editions Triptyques

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    Shortlist for the Best Juvenile Crime Book

     
    Like her Gran, Dee has “the sight,” an ability not only to see spirits from the afterlife but also to experience their deaths -- a quality that becomes more horrifying as the story takes darker turns. Dee is drawn into a deepening mystery that soon strikes terrifyingly close to home.
    • Author: Barbara Hayworth Attard
    • Title: Haunted
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    Thanks to her mother—the internationally beloved talk show host Mimi Schwartz—Robin’s got the money, the means and the connections to make even her wildest dreams come true. so why, then, does she choose to sit alone in a dark room watching endless reruns?
    • Author: Vicki Grant
    • Title: Not Suitable for Family Viewing
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    Ryan Dooley continues to struggle against circumstances that would defeat most teenagers, let alone kids who have been in serious trouble with the law. Dooley (as he prefers to be known) was involved in a break and enter a few years ago, served his time, and is now living with his hard-nosed uncle, a former cop.
    • Author: Norah McClintock
    • Title: Homicide Related: A Ryan Dooley Mystery
    • Publisher: Red Deer Press
    There are rumours that a hunchback infant in a gypsy freak show has the power to transform his appearance. This comes to the attention of Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association. Naming him Modo, Mr. Socrates keeps the boy indoors and never lets him see his deformity, while putting him through training to be a secret agent.
    • Author: Arthur Slade
    • Title: The Hunchback Assignments
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU. So when her artist father offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to find someone already living there.
    • Author: Tim Wynne-Jones
    • Title: The Uninvited
    • Publisher: Candlewick

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    Shortlist for the Best Crime Nonfiction

             As the city of Windsor celebrated the end of World War II and the return of its troops with parades and public revelry, the industrial city was shaken by a series of brutal stabbings.
    • Author: Patrick Brode
    • Title: The Slasher Killings
    • Publisher: Painted Turtle Press
    Having once infiltrated the Bandidos for three years in a landmark police operation, Alex Caine is uniquely positioned to reveal the untold story of the Hells Angels’ fiercest rivals.
    • Author: Alex Caine
    • Title: The Fat Mexican
    • Publisher: Random House of Canada

    What makes a poor, small-town journalist stay on a story even though threatened with certain death and offered handsome rewards for looking the other way?
    • Author: Terry Gould
    • Title: Murder Without Borders
    • Publisher: Random House of Canada

    Forbidden love. Lycanthropy. Death metal. Murder. Runaway Devil is the true story of Canada's youngest multiple killer: a middle-class, 12-year-old honour roll student from the suburbs who murdered her family with the help of her 23-year-old boyfriend, an aspiring death metal songwriter and self-professed werewolf.
    • Author: Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose
    • Title: Runaway Devil
    • Publisher: McClelland

    In April 2001, a jogger finds a human skeleton. The jogger phones 911, and homicide investigators from the police service in Hamilton, report to the scene, setting in motion an incredible investigation, a “true CSI story” in which detectives must first find the victim before they can find the killer.
    • Author: Jon Wells
    • Title: Postmortem
    • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

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    "I looked back at my mom and now she looked like she was crying and I could see the TV and it was all shaky like looking down from a helicopter. And I was freaking out because a voice in my head was shouting at me like ?Do something!"..."
    • Author: Rick Mofina
    • Title: Backup
    • Publisher: Ottawa Magazine

    "Dennis Richard Murphy had his fiction debut in EQMM in 2003, won an Arthur Ellis Award for the 2006 EQMM story "Fuzzy Wuzzy" and became a friend to us all at Dell Magazines. It was with great sadness that we learned of his death in June 2008..." EQMM, January, 2009
    • Author: Denis Richard Murphy
    • Title: Prisoner in Paradise
    • Publisher: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    "Halifax rocked with one headline grabber after another. Ernie Caul, pulled out of the harbour... Joe Proulx, crushed under a steel plate at the container dock...Tommy Jakes and Hector Sappota, a double whack."
    • Author: James Petrin
    • Title: Nothing is Easy
    • Publisher: Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

    "Lauren Winslow swept into my office a half hour after my secretary left, twenty minutes before Security came on duty downstairs. As slim as fading hope , she wore a long sapphire sheath that was sexy and modest at the same time."
    • Author: Twist Phelan
    • Title: Time Will Tell
    • Publisher: MWA Presents the Prosecution Rests (Little Brown)

    "Chief Inspector Bozo of the Clowntown Homicide Squad stepped from his office wearing a fedora between his side-tufts of bright orange hair, hair which had turned purple at the temples giving him a distinguished look."
    • Author: James Powell
    • Title: Clowntown Pajamas
    • Publisher: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

     

     

     

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     Best Unpublished Novel

     Unhanged Arthur

      Author: Pam Barnsley Title: This Cage of Bones  Pam Barnsley is a former newspaper reporter and snowboard instructor whose work has appeared in magazines, ad copy, and on CBC television and radio. Harbour Publishing published her non-fiction book Hiking Trails of the Sunshine Coast. Her short mystery stories have appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Storyteller Canada. She has just completed her mystery novel This Cage of Bones, set in Whistler in the world of Paralympic athletes, and she is working on the next in the series, Bed of Lies.
    Author: Deryn Collier Title: Confined Space
     Deryn Collier has had more jobs than she’d care to admit. She’s worked in 5-star restaurants, at a government inquiry, in a log yard and at a brewery. So when she started writing Confined Space, it only made sense to write about occupational safety – and murder. Deryn is originally from Montreal and has a BA from McGill University. She now lives in the interior of BC with her husband and two sons. She works as a freelance writer and physician recruiter by day, and writes mysteries in the wee hours of the morning.
    Author: Gloria Ferris Title: Corpse Flower
     Formerly a technical writer and editor, Gloria now works part-time as a senior editor with Warner Ferris Editorial Services in Guelph. Her first novel, Cheat the Hangman, was short-listed for the Unhanged Arthurs in 2009. She describes her books as amateur sleuth mysteries for readers who enjoy a happy ending, a dash of romance and humour, some tragedy, and a shot of the paranormal.
    Author: Blair Hemstock
    Title: Bait of Pleasure
       Blair Hemstock began life when he learned to read at the age of four. Nobody would pay him for reading mysteries, so he earned a PhD from McMaster University and now teaches college in Fort McMurray, Alberta. He analyzes James Joyce by day and enjoys Rex Stout by night. Happily, wife Jennifer is also a writer and a reader and together they publish NorthWord: A Literary Magazine of Canada’s North with friends. A Bait of Pleasure is his first novel.“If I ever write an autobiography, it will simply list all the books I’ve read.”
    Author: Peter Kirby Title: Putting Them Down Peter Kirby was born in Ireland and grew up in Brixton, one of South London’s poorest neighbourhoods. After high school he cooked in greasy spoons in New York City, Toronto and Montreal, often serving breakfasts to cops, criminals and assorted lowlifes. In Montreal, Peter got serious, went to university and studied law at McGill University. He now practices international trade law and international arbitration in one of Canada’s largest law firms and sometimes writes sleep-inducing articles on arcane points of international law. In his spare time, he writes crime and mystery short stories. "Putting Them Down" is his first novel.

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