OCinneide StarrStingScale

C.S. O'Cinneide, The Starr Sting Scale, Dundurn Press

A hard-drinking former hitwoman agrees to help catch a killer — even though the murderer might just be her.

Davidson DontLookDown

Hilary Davidson, Don't Look Down, Thomas & Mercer

The dead body. The gun. The woman who pulled the trigger. The police have the evidence, but nothing adds up.

Delany MurderAfootVicki Delany, There's A Murder Afoot, Crooked Lane Books

Gemma Doyle and friends travel to London for Sherlock Holmes convention--but will Gemma's father take the fall for art fraud.

Copeland MadnessintheMethod

Karen Copeland, Madness in the Method, Amazon

A murder at Bonnechere University sparks an investigation of mistaken identity, drug trafficking and misogyny.

McKercher CarbonCopy

Ian McKercher, Carbon Copy, Ian McKercher

A strange variety of people wanted Carlos Orinoco dead. Can a Bank secretary puzzle it all out?

Freeland OrphanofHellsKitchenLiz Freeland, An Orphan of Hell's Kitchen, Kensington

The death of a prostitute leads Louise Faulk, one of New York City's first policewomen, on a grim journey through one of the city's darkest corners...

Arnold PastDeeds

Carolyn Arnold, Past Deeds, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and his team hunt a serial sniper, determined to put an end to her killing spree.

2017 Derrick Murdoch Christina Jennings

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DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2017

 

The Derrick Murdoch Award is a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre. It is awarded at the discretion of the Board Chair of Crime Writers of Canada. Known as the Chairman’s Award when first presented in 1984, it was later renamed in honour of its first recipient, Derrick Murdoch.

Christina Jennings resizeThis year’s recipient is Christina Jennings, founder, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury Films. She has won a number of awards, including Genies, Geminis and Canadian Screen Awards, among several other nominations and accolades throughout her career.

Christina founded Shaftesbury Films in 1987 as a feature film company. She has produced movies and television series based upon the work of several Canadian crime writers including the late novelist and playwright Timothy Findlay (External Affairs), novelists Gail Bowen (The Joanna Kilbourn TV movies) and Maureen Jennings (The Murdoch Mysteries), as well as historian Marjorie Freeman Campbell (Torso). She has also overseen the production of many other crime-themed works, created specifically for the screen and written by Canadians, including The Listener, Houdini and Doyle and The Summit.

2015 Derrick Murdoch Sylvia McConnell

 

DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2015

 

DerrickMurdoch 400In 1998, Sylvia McConnell began RendezVous Crime, a publishing house with the mandate to publish crime novels written by Canadians set in Canada. Over the next thirteen years she published 80 works of crime fiction, many of which were nominated for or won prestigious awards.
For her belief in the value of Canadians telling Canadian stories, for her encouragement of new Canadian authors, and for her recognition of talent with staying power, we are proud to present Sylvia McConnell with the Derrick Murdoch award for 2015.

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Sylvia McConnell is the former owner and publisher of Napoleon & Company, a Canadian trade publishing house in Toronto, Canada. In 2011, after twenty-two years of producing great Canadian fiction, Napoleon and Company, which included the imprint Rendezvous Crime, was sold to Dundurn Press. Since selling her company, Sylvia McConnell has been working as a freelance book editor, as well as an acquisitions editor.

2013 Derrick Murdoch Lyn Hamilton

 

 

DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2013

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Lyn Hamilton was the author of a successful series of archaeological mysteries featuring the peripatetic sleuth, antiques dealer Lara McClintoch. Each of the novels is set in a different and exotic location and draws on the ancient past in a unique way. A long time student of archaeology and mythology, Lyn brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the series. As former director of the Cultural Programs Branch of the Ontario government, she was responsible for the licensing of all archaeology in the province as well as for museum programs.

 

 

 

 

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Lyn visited the exotic sites she wrote about, and in 1999 led The Maltese Goddess mystery and archaeology tour to Malta to visit the scene of the crime. Her books have been translated into several languages, and the fourth in the series, The Celtic Riddle, formed the basis for Angela Lansbury’s 2003 Murder She Wrote TV movie. Lyn, like Lara, was something of an antiques addict.

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