deNikolits OccultPersuasion

Lisa de Nikolits, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution, Inanna Publications

Christopher Moore meets Quentin Tarantino meets Gillian Flynn in this exhilarating suspense thriller that will enthral, delight and keep you guessing until the last page.

Martin FireFogWater

Mike Martin, Fire, Fog and Water, Ottawa Press and Publishing

Book 8 in the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series. Cool, clean, Canadian crime fiction set in beautiful Newfoundland.

Arnold ExerciseisMurder

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

A posh dinner at a charming country house goes very wrong when an historic treasure is stolen and a waiter is murdered.

Butler InRhinoWeTrust

Dave Butler, In Rhino We Trust, Dundurn Press

Jenny Willson investigates rhino poaching in Namibia, and finds herself in the cross-hairs of an international crime ring.

Gates ReadandBuriedEva Gates, Read and Buried, Crooked Lane Books

Librarian Lucy Richardson unearths a mysterious map dating back to the Civil War.

Duncan RememberingtheDead

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Remembering the Dead, Crooked Lane Books

A posh dinner at a charming country house goes very wrong when an historic treasure is stolen and a waiter is murdered.

Michaud IntrovertConfounds

Michael Paul Michaud, The Introvert Confounds Innocence, Black Opal Books

Continuing the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in THE INTROVERT.

Petru WidowLindsay

Maggie Petru, The Widow Lindsay, Sun Dragon Press

Jacob Lindsay will do anything to keep his newly discovered sister-in-law's hands off the family farm.

Ross BonitaPalms

Hal Ross, Bonita Palms, TitleTown

Continuing the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in THE INTROVERT.

Swailes NothingtoChance

Mark D. Swailes, Nothing to Chance, Amazon

When the lives of several people intertwine during a deadly bank robbery, no one is immune to the turbulent turns of fate.

Mesdames Keyof13

Mesdames of Mayhem, In the Key of 13, Carrick Publishing

The Mesdames of Mayhem's new anthology of music and murder. Their 4th book!

Cranidge ChristmasonUnionStreet

Kathleen Cranidge, Christmas on Union Street, White Bird Publications, LLC

Underneath a blizzard and an old-fashioned Christmas...there's an unsolved mystery.

Chatterson MergerManiac

Delvin Chatterson, Merger Maniac, Tellwell Talent

The Montreal Mafia is pushing Dale Hunter to join their money laundering schemes, but some offers just have to be refused.

Campbell CrimeClub

Melodie Campbell, Crime Club, Orca Book Publishers

Penny loves dogs, but why did her big mutt have to dig up a human bone in the backyard? A case for the Crime Club!

About the Grand Master Award

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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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