Cool Canadian Crime
thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support.

Cool Canadian Crime
thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support.


Once a year in the spring, Crime Writers of Canada presents the Arthur Ellis Awards for the best in Canadian crime writing of the previous year. The awards competition is open to any writer living in Canada, regardless of nationality, and to Canadian writers living outside Canada.

There are six categories for published books and stories:

· Best crime novel

· Best first crime novel

· Best non-fiction crime writing

· Best juvenile crime book

· Best crime short story

· Best crime book in the French language

This year is also the second year for the Arthur Ellis award for best unpublished first crime novel (aka the Unhanged Arthur). Part of the CWC's mandate is to encourage developing new crime writing in Canada, and what better way to do it than to have an award for the best unpublished manuscript.

For a list of past winners, go to

The CWC would like to express our gratitude to Sleuth of Baker Street mystery book store in Toronto for donating the cash prize for best novel, to Book City in Toronto for donating the cash prize for best first novel, and to McArthur & Company for donating the cash prize for the Unhanged Arthur and for reading the winning manuscript with an eye to possibly publishing it.

And now the envelopes have been opened and we have our winners...




Best Novel
Jon Redfern, Trumpets Sound No More

Arthur Ellis award-winning author Jon Redfern’s new novel is a Victorian historical set in 1840s London. A young theatre entrepreneur is found murdered, and Inspector Owen Endersby of the recently formed London Detective Police must find the culprit. The book is an atmospheric thriller, treating readers to a view of old London from the stalls of Covent Garden market to the mansions of the rich to the backstage world of Drury Lane Theatre.

RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company)
Trade paperback
ISBN: 978-1-894917-40-7
November 2007

Best First Novel
Liam Durcan, Garcia's Heart
Neurologist Patrick Lazerenko travels to The Hague to witness the war crimes trial of his beloved mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement in torture. Driven by his own youthful memories of the man and his family, Lazerenko is determined to get to the truth behind the shocking accusations, even as the prosecution and a relentless journalist suspect Patrick of hiding information.

McClelland & Stewart
Trade paperback
April 2008 (originally published in hardcover April 2007)

Best Non-Fiction
Julian Sher, One Child at a Time:
The Global Fight to Rescue Children from Online Predators

The Internet has helped make child abuse terrifyingly common. One Child at a Time goes behind the headlines to show how law officers are fighting back against this tide of abuse, from daring rescues in homes to the seizures of millions of dollars in the offshore bank accounts of the porn merchants. In riveting detail, Julian Sher shows how investigators are turning the technology of the Internet against the perpetrators as they race to find and rescue the victims – children who otherwise have no voice.
Vintage Canada
Trade paperback

April 2008
(originally published in hardcover March 2007)

Best Juvenile
Shane Peacock, Eye of the Crow
Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit, but his keen powers of observation are already apparent. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.

Tundra Books

August 2007

Best Short Story
Leslie Watts, “Turners” in Kingston Whig-Standard (July 7, 2007)

A little girl with Turner’s Syndrome enters a painting of a garden in a local painting contest. The painting is stolen and the only person who pays attention to the child is the cop. What’s the value of a kid’s painting? Perhaps a lot…to a murderer.

Best Crime Writing in French
Mario Bolduc, Tsiganes
Les tsiganes forment un peuple originaire de l'Inde, qu'ils ont quitté vers l'an 1000 pour se répandre à travers l'Europe, surtout en Roumanie, voire même au Canada. Mario Bolduc a suivi leur destin jusqu'à ce jour, en éclairant toutes les facettes de leur ramification. Les assises de son roman bien documenté sont d'ordre historique. Oeuvre instructive qui renseigne brillamment sur le sort d'un peuple qui a servi de bouc émissaire à tous les péchés du monde.

Editions Libre Expression
Trade paperback
ISBN: 978-2764802724
February 2007



Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (the Unhanged Arthur)
D.J. McIntosh, The Witch of Babylon


The award, the Arthur, is an articulated wooden jumping-jack figure on a scaffold with a noose around his neck. Arthur "dances" when the string is pulled -- a fitting tribute to Canada's former official hangman, Arthur Ellis, after whom the award was named.

Every Arthur is hand-carved from hard maple by artisan Barry Lambeck. The award is based on a design and prototype by artist Peter Blais.


These Arthur Ellis winners can usually be found at -- or ordered online from -- our Crime Writers of Canada member bookstores:

· As the Plot Thickens (Kingston, ON)
Phone: (613) 548-4664

· Prime Crime Books (Ottawa, ON)
Phone: (613) 238-CLUE



· Sleuth of Baker Street (Toronto, ON)
Phone: (
416) 483-3111