2018 Entries


Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing



Click here for submission rules.

Best Novel

Cathy Ace, The Case of the Unsuitable Suitor, Severn House Publishers

Mel Anastasiou, Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, Pulp Literature Press

Loreth Anne White, The Drowned Girls, Mont Lake

Kelley Armstrong, A Darkness Absolute, Random House

Kelley Armstrong, Indigo, St Martin’s Press

Carolyn Arnold, Power Struggle, Hibbert & Stiles

Madeline Ashby, Company Town, Tor

Linwood Barclay, Parting Shot, Doubleday Canada

Jack Batten, Booking In, Dundurn

E.C. Bell, Dying on Second, Tyche Books

Michael Blair, The Evil That Men Do, Linda Leith Publishing

Gail Bowen, The Winner’s Circle, McClelland & Steward

Mel Bradshaw, Winner’s Loss, Iguana Books

Terry Brown, Harvest, Thriller Reads

Alison Bruce, Ghost Writer, Imajin Press

Steve Burrows, A Shimmer of Humingbirds, Dundurn

Susan Calder, Ted Days in Summer, Books We Love

Louise Carson, The Cat Among Us, Signature Editions

Brenda Chapman, Shallow End, Dundurn

SharonA Crawford, Beyond Faith, Blue Demin Press

Jen J. Danna, Lament The Common Bones, Jen J Danna

Lisa de Nikolitis, No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications

Vicki Delany, Elementary She Read, Crooked Lane

Vicki Delany, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, Berkley

Vicki Delany, Body on Baker Street, Crooked Lane Books

William Deverell, Whipped, ECW Press

Sara Driscoll, Before Its Too Late, Kensington Books

Elizabeth J Duncan, Murder is for Keeps, Minotaur

Don Easton, Subverting Justice, Dundurn

Cecilia Ekback, The Midnight Sun, HarperCollins

Stanley Evans, Seaweed Under Fire, Ekstasis Editions

John Farrow, Perish The Day, Minotaur

George Fetherling, The Carpenter From Montreal, Linda Lieth Publishing

Patricia Filteau, Traces, Bookbaby

Barbara Fradkin, The Trickster’s Lullaby, Dundurn

Julie Frayn, Pocketful of Bones, Julie Frayn

M. Gamble, Willow Down, Solstice Publishing

David Gibbins, Testament, St Martin’s Press

R.M. Greenaway, Undertow, Dundurn

Tina Griffith, Under the Nail Polish, Xlibris

Ian Hamilton, The Couturier of Milan, House of Anansi Press

Robyn Harding, The Party, Scout Press

R.J. Harlick, Purple Pallet for Murder, Dundurn

Don Hayward, Murder on the Goderich Local, Virtual Bookworm.com

Axel Howerton, Con Morte, Coffin Hop Press

Maureen Jennings, Let Darkness Bury The Dead, McClelland & Steward

Dietrich Kalteis, Zero Avenue, ECW Press

Edward Kay, At Rope’s End, Crooked Land

Janet Kellough, The Heart Balm Tort, Janet Kellough

Sofie Kelly, A Tail of Two Kitties, Berkley

Wayne Kerr, Framed, Imajin Books

Ausma Zehanat Khan, Among the Ruins, Minotaur

Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan, In the Shadows, Vehicule Press

Mike Knowles, Rock Beats Paper, ECW Press

Bob Kroll, The Hell of It All, ECW Press

Chris Laing, A Family Matter, Seraphim Editions

Shari Lapena, A Stranger in the House, Doubleday Canada

Owen Laukkanen, The Forgotten Girls, Putnam

Harold Lea Brown, Evil Resurrection B3, Harold Lea Brown

Barbra Leslie, Unhinged, Titan Books

Nicole Lundrigan, The Substitute, House of Anansi Press

Gerald Lynch, Omphalos, Signature Editions

John MacLachlan, The White Angel, Douglas & McIntyre

Mike Martin, A Tangled Web, Baico Publishing

Michael McCann, Burn Country, The Plaid Racoon Press

George Mercer, Jasper Wild, George Mercer

Roz Nay, Our Little Secret, Simon & Schuster

Grace O’Connell, Be Ready for the Lightning, Random House

Vernon Oickle, Five Crows Silver, MacIntyre Purcell

Sandra Orchard, Over Maya Dead Body, Revel

Ross Pennie, Beneath the Wake, ECW Press

Louise Penny, Glass Houses, Minotaur

Anna Porter, The Appraisal, ECW Press

David A. Poulsen, Dead Air, Dundurn

Andrew Pyper, The Only Child, Simon & Schuster

Peter Robinson, Sleeping in the Ground, McClelland & Steward

Rebecca Rosenblum, So Much Love, McClelland & Steward

Robert Rotenberg, Heart of the City, Simon & Schuster

Garry Ryan, Matanzas, NeWest Press

Sofie Ryan, Telling Tales, Berkley

Douglas Schofield, Killing Pace, Minotaur

Phyllis Smallman, Last Call, Self

Alisa Smith, Speakeasy, Douglas & McIntyre   

Sherri Smith, Follow Me Down, Tor

Kristina Stanley, Look The Other Way, Imajin Books

Chevy Stevens, Never Let You Go, St Martin’s Press

Valerie Tate, Chameleon, Red Cottage

R W Wells, Surrogate, DJ McKay

Auralee Wallace, Ring In the New Year with Murder, St Martin’s Press

Auralee Wallace, Snowed In with Murder, St Martin’s Press

Alice Walsh, Last Lullaby, Nimbus Publishing

Tracy L Ward, Shadows of Madness, Willow Hill House

Iona Whishaw, An Old, Cold Grave, Touchwood Editions

Iona Whishaw, Death in a Darkening Mist, Touchwood Editions

Linda Wiken, Roux the Day, Berkley

Nick Wilkshire, The Moscow Code, Dundurn

Edward Yatscoff, Teeth of the Crocodrilo, Yatscoff Books

E.R. Yatscoff, Gerry’s War, Bookkus Publishing

Melissa Yi, Human Remains, Windtree

Rio Youers, The Forgotten Girl, St Martin’s Press



First Novel

Ray Argyle, An Act of Injustice, Mosaic Press

Dave Butler, Full Curl, Dundurn

Ron Corbett, Ragged Lake, ECW Press

Sky Curtis, Flush, Inanna Publications

Anna Dowdall, After the Winter, The Wild Rose Press

Sally Hill Brouard, Puzzle of Pieces, Friesen Press

Kimberley Howe, The Freedom Broker, Quercus

Lynn McPherson, The Girls’ Weekend Murder, Black Opal Books

Ken Ogilvie, Her Dark Path, Joffe Books

Jerry Petryshyn, The Fenian Season, Friesen Press

Ilona Salley, Yesterday is Gone, iUniverse

Jennifer Soosar, Parent Teacher Association, Black Opal Books

Jamie Tremain, The Silk Shroud, Black Opal Books

Mary Walsh, Crying for the Moon, HarperCollins




Mel Anastasiou, Stella Ryman: Fallen Crusader, Pulp Literature Press

Mel Anastasiou, Stella Ryman: Ghost at the end of the Bed, Pulp Literature Press

Mel Anastasiou, The Seven Swans: Highwayman’s Deception, Pulp Literature Press

Mel Anastasiou, The Seven Swans: Cavalier’s Rapier, Pulp Literature Press

Janet Brons, Measured for Murder, Touchwood Editions

M.H. Callway, Snake Oil, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Melodie Campbell, The Bootlegger’s Goddaughter, Orca Book Publishers

Brenda Chapman, Missing Her, Grass Roots Press

Mike Culpepper, How Lon Pruit Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Carolyn Dale, Here be Dragons, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Vicki Delany, White Sand Blues, Orca Book Publishers

Vicki Delany, Blood and Belonging, Orca  Book Publishers

M Gamble, Willow Down, Solstice Publishhing

John Lawrence Reynolds, Murder Below Zero, Orca Book Publishers

R.Daniel Lester, Dead Clown Blues, Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books

Jas.R. Petrin, Money Maker, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine



Short Stories

Catherine Astolfo, The Outlier, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Rosemary Aubert, Kitty Claws to the Rescue, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Thom Bennett, Uncle Charlie and the Passport, Mystery Weekly Magazine

Rob Brunet, The Last Thing You Smell, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Susan Calder, Passport to Murder, Down & Out Books

Medodie Campbell, The Coffee Tin, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Melodie Campbell, Dog Trap, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Susan Daly, Gossip, Wildside Press

Hilary Davidson, Jerusalem Syndrome, Down & Out Books

Lisa de Nikolitis, Blood and Apricots, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Lisa de Nikolitis, Mad Dag and the Sea Dragon Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick

Vicki Delany, Her Mama’s Pearls, Poisoned Pen Press

Catherine Dunphy, Animal Crackers, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Sharon Hunt, The Things We Do For Love, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Marilyn Kay, Journey into the Dark, Down & Out Books

Marilyn Kay, That Damn Cat, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

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

Rosemary McCracken, Homebodies, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Rosemary McCracken, The Queen-Sized Bed, Down & Out Books

Lynne Murphy, The Lion King, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Mary Patterson, Night Vision, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Jane Petersen Burfield, There be Dragons, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Ed Piwowarczyk, Snakebit, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Rosalind Place, Dana’s Cat, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

James Powell, Ask the Field Mice, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Merrilee Robson, The Way to a Man’s Heart, Over My Dead Body

Jennifer Soosar, The Settlement, Spinetingler Magazine

Cynthia St-Pierre, The Girl with the Mangled Breast, Crimson Streets

Kevin P Thornton, Between the Essence , NorthWord

Kevin P Thornton, Last Breaths, NorthWord

Bev Vincent, Pain Man, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Bev Vincent, Sticky Business, Level Best Books

Melissa Yi, The Sin Eaters, Akashic




Phillippe Beaudoin, La demiere nuit de Judith, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Mario Bolduc, Le Tsar de Peshawar, Libre Expression

Claudette Boucher, Celui qui avance avec la mort dans sa poche, Editions L’Interligne

Chrystine Brouillet, A qui la faute?, Druide

Claire Cooke, Une enquete d’Emma Clarke: Juree No9, Les Editions Goelette

Jacques Cote, Ou le soleit s’eteint, Editions Alire

Christine Daffe, Les Gammes, A l’etage

Eric Forbes, Amqui, Heliotrope

Herve Gagnon, Chemin de croix, Libre Expression

Mylene Gilbert-Dumas, La Memoire du Temps, VLBediteur

Maxime Houde, La Vie revee de Frank Belair, Editions Alire

Jean Lemieux, Les Cliffs du Silence, Quebec Amerique

Jean Louis Fleury, L’Ombre des monasteries, Editions Alire

Andree Michaud, Routes secondaires, Quebec Amerique

Guillaume Morrissette, Des fleurss pour ta premiere fois, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Maryse Rouy, La mort en blue pastel, Druide

Marie Saur, Les tricoteuses, Heliotrope

Patrick Senecal, Il y aura des morts, Editions Alire

Melanie Tremblay, Tuer la mort, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur




Kelley Armstrong, Missing, Doubleday Canada

Linwood Barclay, Chase, Puffin Canada

Jayne Barnard, Maddie Hatter and the Timely Taffeta, Tyche Books

Jayne Barnard, Maddie Hatter and the Guilded Gauge, Tyche Books

Gillian Chan, The Disappearance, Annick Pres

Donna Chubaty, Thistlewood, Grasmere Publishing

Marina Cohen, The Doll’s Eye, Roaring Brook

MacKenzie Common, The Lives of Desperate Girls, Penguin Teen Canada

Eileen Cook, The Hanging Girl, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Angie Counios and David Gane, Shepherd’s Watch, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing

Ishara Deen, God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems, Deeya Publications

Peter Edwards, The Biker’s Brother, Annick Press

Vicki Grant, Short for Chameleon, HarperCollins

Sarah Harvey & Robin Stevenson, Blood on the Beach, Orca Book Publishers

Gordon Korman, Masterminds: Payback, HarperCollins

Alice Kuipers, Me and Me, HarperCollins

Norah McClintock, Out of Tune, Orca Book Publishers

Sylvie McNicol, The Best Mistake Mystery, Dundurn

Kevin Sands, The Assassin’s Curse, Simon & Schuster Canada

Ted Staunton, Bounced, Scholastic

Jordan Stratford, The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals, Knopf BFYR

Teri Terry, The Book of Lies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt




Michael Arntfield & Marcel Danesi, Murder in Plain English, Prometheus Books

Trevor Cole, The Whisky King, HarperCollins

Carys Cragg, Dead Reckoning, Arsenal Pulp Press

Pauline Dakin, Run Hide Run, Viking Canada

Peter Edwards, Hard Road, Random House Canada

Robert J. Hoshowsky, OUTRAGED: The Murder of Shoeshine Boy, Emanuel Jaques, VP Publication

Fred Humber, Death at the Harbourview Cafe, Flanker Press

Jerry Langton with Dave Attwell, The Hard Way Out, HarperCollins

Eve Lazarus, Blood Sweat and Fear, Arsenal Pulp Press

Lee Mackenzie, The Charming Predator, Doubleday Canada

Antonia Monacelli, Bullets, Brothels & Blood, Self

Lorna Poplak, Drop Dead, Dundurn

Rachel Rose, The Dog Lover’s Unit, St Martin’s Press

Alex Roslin, The Police Wife, Sugar Hill Books



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Crime Novel