2019 Entries


Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2019 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing




Best Crime Novel

Loreth Anne White, The Girl in the Moss, Montlake

Casey Barrett, AGAINST NATURE, Kensington Books

Andrew Battershill, Marry, Bang, Kill, Goose Lane Editions

Theanna Bischoff, Left, NeWest Press

Bernadette Calonego, The Stranger on the Ice, Amazon Crossing

Miriam Clavir, Fate Accompli, Bayeux Arts

Vicki Delany, A Scandal in Scarlet, Crooked Lane Books

Vicki Delany, The Cat of the Baskervilles, Crooked Lane Books

Barry Finlay, Remote Access, Keep on Climbing

Liz Freeland, Murder in Greenwich Village, Kensington

Joanne Guidoccio, A Different Kind of Reunion, The Wild Rose Press

Robyn Harding, Her Pretty Face, Scout Press

Jennifer Hillier, Jar of Hearts, Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Press)

Michael J. McCann, Persistent Guilt, The Plaid Raccoon Press

Janet Kellough, The Bathwater Conspiracy, EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing

Solomon Knight, Be Careful What You Wish For, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Alexis Koetting, Triple Threat,  Iguana Books

EJ Lister, Investing in Murder, Leo Publishing

Darwin Little, The God Particle, Self-Published

Darwin Little,  Vostok, Self-Published

Janice MacDonald, The Eye of the Beholder, Turnstone Press

Joseph Mark Glazner, MurderLand, A Crime Novel, Self-Published

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

Catherine McKenzie, The Good Liar, Simon & Schuster Canada

Lynn McPherson, The Girls Whispered Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery, Black Opal Books

Rick Mofina, Last Seen, Mira (HQ / Harper Collins)

Peter Moreira, The Haight, Poplar Press

Judy Penz Sheluk, Past & Present,  Superior Shores Press

Twist Phelan, THE TARGET, Virage Press

Katherine Prairie, Blue Fire, Stonedrift Press Ltd

Jennifer Quist, The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner, Linda Leith Publishing

Brian R. Lindsay, Back Story, Volumes Publishing

Garry Ryan, Sea of Cortez, NeWest Press

Amy Stuart,  Still Water, Simon & Schuster Canada

K.A. Tucker, Keep Her Safe, Atria

Iona Whishaw, A Sorrowful Sanctuary, TouchWood Editions

Iona Whishaw, It Begins in Betrayal, TouchWood Editions

Sam Wiebe, Cut You Down, Random House Canada

Melissa Yi, Death Flight, Windtree Press

Jay Zendrowski, Shake Off The Ghosts, Self-Published


Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo with a $1000 prize

Jay Black, Poppy, Jay Black - Self Published

A.J. Delvin , Cobra Clutch , NeWest Press

V.V. Drummond , In Extremis , eXtasy Books

Arthur Haberman, Wild Justice, Leaping Lion Books

Christopher Huang , A Gentleman's Murder, Inkshares

P. J. Vernon, When You Find Me, Crooked Lane Books

Peter Kingsmill, Sunset at 20:47, Self-Published

Darwin Little , The Mica , Self-Published

Beverley McLachlin, Full Disclosure, Simon & Schuster Canada

Fergus P Egan, Black Donnelly, Rats and Pigs, Self-Published

Desmond P. Ryan, 10-33 Assist PC, Self-Published

Laurie Petrou, Sister of Mine, Crooked Lane Books

Nathan Ripley, Find You in the Dark, Simon & Schuster Canada


The Lou Allin Memorial Best Crime Novella with a $200 prize

Shawn L. Bird, Murdering Mr Edwards, Coffin Hop Press Ltd

Best Crime Short Story sponsored by Mystery Weekly with a $300 prize

Hilary Davidson ,  Answered Prayers , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Elizabeth Elwood , Ghosts of Christmas Past, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Therese Greenwood, Cry Havoc / Marley Was Dead / Trifling Matters, Coffin Hop Press Ltd

Therese Greenwood, The Power Man, Coffin Hop Press anthology Baby It's Cold Outside

Sharon Hunt , Promises to Keep, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Sharon Hunt, The Keepers of All Sins, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Sherry Lalonde , Garden-Variety Criminal, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Rosemary McGacken, Black Bean Country, Mystery Weekly Magazine

Twist Phelan ,  Game , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Twist Phelan, Game, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Alex C. Renwick, Shallow Sand , Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Peter Sellers , The Cooler , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Peter Sellers, Christmas Help, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Jennifer Soosar, Playground of the Rich, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Maaja Wentz ,  Inside of a Dog , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

S.G. Wong, Parting Shot, Coffin Hop Press

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Marie-Eve Bourassa,  Red Light 3 - Le sentier des bêtes , VLB Éditeur

Maureen Martineau, La ville allumette, VLB éditeur


Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Counios & Gane, Wolfe in Shepherd's Clothing, Your Nickel's Worth Publishing

Joel A. Sutherland, Haunted: Night of the Living Dolls, Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Linwood Barclay, Escape, Puffin Canada

Michelle Barker, The House of One Thousand Eyes, Annick Press

Rachelle Delaney, Clara Voyant, Puffin Canada

E. Latimer, The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray, Tundra Books

Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Monster, Tundra Books

Kevin Sands, Call of the Wraith , Aladdin

Jo Treggiari, Blood Will Out, Penguin Teen Canada

E.R. Yatscoff, The Rumrunner's Boy, TG & R Books


Best Nonfiction Crime Book

Daryl Ashby, 85 Grams: Art Williams - Drug Czar, Tellwell - Self Published

Patrick Brode, How a Prohibition Preacher Got Away With Murder, Biblioasis

Nate Hendley, The Boy on the Bicycle, Five Rivers Publishing

Kayla Hounsell, First Degree ,  Nimbus Publishing

Deborah Vadas Levison, THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justic, WildBlue Press

Sarah Weinman, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the Word, Knopf Canada


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Crime Writers of Canada would also like to thank everyone in the Canadian publishing community

for making the Arthur Ellis Awards such a success through the years.


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Crime Novel