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2017 Shortlists

 

Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2017 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

Shortlisted Works

Best Novel

Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost, Penguin Random House of Canada

Michael Helm, After James, McClelland & Stewart

Maureen Jennings, Dead Ground In Between, McClelland & Stewart

Janet Kellough, Wishful Seeing, Dundurn Press

Donna Morrissey, The Fortunate Brother, Viking Canada

 

Best First Novel sponsored by Ratuken Kobo

Ryan Aldred, Rum Luck, Five Star Publishing

R.M.Greenaway, Cold Girl, Dundurn Press

Mark Lisac, Where the Bodies Lie, NeWest Press

Amy Stuart, Still Mine, Simon & Schuster Canada

Elle Wild, Strange Things Done, Dundurn Press

 

Best Novella The Lou Allin Memorial Award

Rick Blechta, Rundown, Orca Book Publishers

Brenda Chapman, No Trace, Grass Roots Press

Jas. R. Petrin, The Devil You KnowAlfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing

Linda L. Richards, When Blood Lies, Orca Book Publishers

Peter Robinson, The Village That Lost Its HeadEllery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing

 

Best Short Story

Cathy Ace, Steve’s StoryThe Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime

Susan Daly, A Death at the ParsonageThe Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime

Elizabeth Hosang, Where There’s a WillThe Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime

Scott Mackay, The AscentEllery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing

David Morrell, The Granite KitchenEllery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing

 

Best Book in French

Marie-Eve Bourassa, Red Light: Adieu, Mignonne, Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature, vlb éditions

Chrystine Brouillet, Vrai ou faux, Éditions Druide

Guillaume Morrissette, Terreur domestique, Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur

Johanne Seymour, Rinzen et l’homme perdu, Expression Noire

Richard Ste-Marie, Le Blues des sacrifiés, Éditions Alire

 

Best Juvenile/YA Book

Gordon Korman, Masterminds: Criminal Destiny, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

Norah McClintock, Trial by Fire, Orca Book Publishers

John Moss, The Girl in a Coma, The Poisoned Pencil- Poisoned Pen Press

Caroline Pignat, Shooter, Tundra Books

Eva Wiseman, Another Me, Tundra Books

 

Best Nonfiction Book

Christie Blatchford, Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting — or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System, Doubleday Canada

Joe Friesen, The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw, Signal McClelland & Stewart

Jeremy Grimaldi, A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story, Dundurn Press

Debra Komar, Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character, Goose Lane Editions

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland, Goose Lane Editions

 

Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel sponsored by Dundurn Press

Mary Fernando, An Absence of Empathy

S.J. Jennings, The Golkonda Project

Charlotte Morganti, Concrete Becomes Her

Ann Shortell, Celtic Knot

Mark Thomas, The Last Dragon

 

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

2016 Winners

 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards for

 

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

 

Winners

 

Best Novel:

Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Best First Novel:

Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

The Lou Allen Memorial Award for Best Novella*:

Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts,
Ghillinnein Books

Best Short Story:

Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Best Book in French:

Luc Chartrand, L'Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique

Best Juvenile/YA :

Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books

Best Nonfiction:

Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers

 

The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel:

Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls

 

 

 

*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.

 

 
 

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2014 Winners

 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners

 

 

And the winner is...

Best Novel
Seán Haldane, The Devil’s Making, Stone Flower Press

Best First Novel
J. Kent Messum, Bait, Penguin Canada

Best Novella
Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge, Orca Books

Best Short Story
Twist Phelan, Footprints in Water, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Best Book in French
Maureen MartineauL’enfant promis, La courte échelle

Best Juvenile/YA
Elizabeth MacLeod, Bones Never Lie, Annick Press

Best Unpublished First Novel (Unhanged Arthur)
Rachel Greenaway, Cold Girl

Find out more about these books in the CCC Shortlist Special

This is the inaugural year of the CWC Grand Master Award, intended to recognize Canadian crime writers who have a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.

This year’s winner of the CWC Grand Master Award is Howard Engel, the author of the award winning Benny Cooperman detective series. A mainstay of the Canadian crime writing scene for many years, Mr. Engel helped put Canadian crime writing on the map at a time when few mysteries were set in this country.

 

 
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2018 Winners

Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

 

Winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards Gala on

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 at

The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto

 

 Click here for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners

 

For details of the 2018 Awards Gala: click here.

Click here for past finalists and winners.

 

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2015 Winners

 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners

And the winners are...

Best Novel
C.C. Humphreys
Plague

Best First Novel
Steve Burrows
Siege of Bitterns

Best Novella
Jas. R. Petrin
A Knock on the Door

Best Short Story
Margaret Atwood
Stone Mattress

Best Juvenile/YA
Sigmund Brouwer
Dead Man's Switch

Best Nonfiction
Charlotte Gray
The Massey Murder

Unhanged Arthur
Elle Wilde
Strange Things Done

Crime Writers of Canada
2015 Derrick Murdoch Award
Sylvia McConnell

 

 

 

*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.

 

 
 

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Guidelines are available in the AWARDS section of this website.