Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2018 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

The shortlists were announced across Canada on
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018



The Winners’ Circle, by Gail Bowen, publisher McClelland & Stewart

The Party, by Robyn Harding, publisher Gallery/Scout Press

The White Angel, by John MacLachlan, publisher Gray Douglas and McIntyre

Sleeping in the Ground, by Peter Robinson, publisher McClelland & Stewart

The Forgotten Girl, by Rio Youers, publisher St. Martin’s Press


BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL sponsored by Rakuten Kobo

Puzzle of Pieces, by Sally Hill Brouard, publisher FriesenPress

Full Curl, by Dave Butler, publisher Dundurn Press

Ragged Lake, by Ron Corbett, publisher ECW Press

Flush, by Sky Curtis, publisher Inanna Publications

Our Little Secret, by Roz Nay, publisher Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.


BEST CRIME NOVELLA – The Lou Allin Memorial Award

Snake Oil, by M.H. Callway, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around,
by Mike Culpepper, published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by Dell

Blood & Belonging, by Vicki Delany, publisher Orca Book Publishers

Dead Clown Blues, by R. Daniel Lester, publisher Shotgun Honey

Money Maker, by Jas R. Petrin, published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by Dell



The Outlier, by Catherine Astolfo, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

There be Dragons, by Jane Petersen Burfield, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

Jerusalem Syndrome, by Hilary Davidson, published in Passport to Murder Bouchercon Anthology 2017
by Down & Out Books

The Ranchero’s Daughter, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

The Sin Eaters, by Melissa Yi, published in Montreal Noir by Akashic Noir



Murder in Plain English, by Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi, publisher Prometheus Books

The Whisky King, by Trevor Cole, publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Blood, Sweat and Fear, by Eve Lazarus, publisher Arsenal Pulp Press

The Dog Lover Unit, by Rachel Rose, publisher St. Martin's Press

Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence, by Alex Roslin, publisher Sugar Hill Books



Missing, by Kelley Armstrong, publisher Penguin Random House Doubleday Canada

Chase - Get Ready to Run, by Linwood Barclay, publisher Penguin Random House Puffin Canada

The Disappearance, by Gillian Chan, publisher Annick Press Ltd.

Thistlewood, by Donna Chubaty, publisher Grasmere Publishing

The Lives of Desperate Girls, by MacKenzie Common,
publisher Penguin Random House Penguin Teen Canada



Amqui, by Éric Forbes, publisher Héliotrope Noir

La vie rêvée de Frank Bélair, by Maxime Houde, publisher Éditions Alire Inc.

Les clefs du silence, by Jean Lemieux, publisher Québec Amérique

La mort en bleu pastel, by Maryse Rouy, publisher Éditions Druide

Les tricoteuses, by Marie Saur, publisher Héliotrope Noir


BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT sponsored by Dundurn Press

The Alibi Network by Raimey Gallant

Finn Slew by Ken MacQueen

Destruction in Paradise by Dianne Scott

Dig, Dug, Dead by Sylvia Teaves

Condemned by Kevin Thornton


 Click here for the Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Announcement Media Release

Cliquez ici pour les Prix Arthur Ellis 2018 pour le meilleur roman policier canadien, liste des finalistes annoncées

  Click here for past finalists and winners


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