2019 Entries


Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2019 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing




Best Crime Novel

Kelley Armstrong, The Fallen Prey, Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)

Linwood Barclay, A Noise Downstairs, Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)

Casey Barrett, Against Nature, Kensington Books

Jackie Bateman, Straight Circles, Anvil Press

Andrew Battershill, Marry, Bang, Kill, Goose Lane Editions

C.C. Benison, Paul Is Dead, Signature Editions

Theanna Bischoff, Left, NeWest Press

Mario Bolduc, The Tanzania Conspiracy, Dundurn

Gail Bowen, A Darkness of the Heart, McClelland & Stewart

Steve Burrows, A Tiding of Magpies, Dundurn

Dave Butler, No Place for Wolverines, Dundurn

Bernadette Calonego, The Stranger on the Ice , Amazon Crossing

Louise Carson, The Cat Vanishes, Signature Editions

Brenda Chapman, Bleeding Darkness, Dundurn

MichaelJ. Clark, Clean Sweep: A Crime Novel, ECW Press

Miriam Clavir, Fate Accompli, Bayeux Arts

Ron Corbett, Cape Diamond: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery, ECW Press

Sky Curtis, Plots: A Robin McFarland Mystery, Inanna Publications

Jen J. Danna writing as Sara Driscoll, Storm Rising, Kensington Books

Vicki Delany, A Scandal in Scarlet, Crooked Lane Books

Vicki Delany, The Cat of the Baskervilles, Crooked Lane Books

Charles Demers, Property Values, Arsenal Pulp Press

Mary Lou Dickinson, The White Ribbon Man, Inanna Publications

Anne Emery, Though the Heavens Fall, ECW Press

Joy Fielding, The Bad Daughter, Doubleday Canada

Barry Finlay, Remote Access, Keep on Climbing

Barbara Fradkin, Prisoners of Hope, Dundurn

Liz Freeland , Murder in Greenwich Village, Kensington

Lisa Gabriele, The Winters, Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)

Davyd Gosselin, Murder at Matins, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform

R.M. Greenaway, Creep, Dundurn

Joanne Guidoccio, A Different Kind of Reunion, The Wild Rose Press

Robyn Harding, Her Pretty Face, Scout Press

Jennifer Hillier, Jar of Heats, Minotaur Books

Jennifer Hillier, Jar of Hearts, Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Press)

C.C. Humphreys, Chasing the Wind, Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Marmalade Murders, Minotaur

Dietrich Kalteis, Poughkeepsie Shuffle: A Crime Novel, ECW Press

Brad Kelln, Tell Me More, Insomniac Press

Janet Kellough, The Bathwater Conspiracy , EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing

Solomon Knight , Be Careful What You Wish For , CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Mike Knowles, Tin Men: A Crime Novel, ECW Press

Alexis Koetting, Triple Threat , Iguana Books

Shari Lapena, An Unwanted Guest, Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House)

Owen Laukkanen, Gale Force, Putnam Adult

Erin Lindsey, Murder on Millionaires' Row, Minotaur

E.J. Lister , Investing in Murder , Leo Publishing

Darwin Little , The God Particle , Self-Published

Darwin Little , Vostok , Self-Published

Janice MacDonald, The Eye of the Beholder, Turnstone Press

Kevin Major, One For the Rock, Breakwater Books Ltd.

Joseph Mark Glazner, MurderLand, A Crime Novel, Self-Published

Mike Martin , Darkest Before the Dawn , Ottawa Press and Publishing

MichaelJ. McCann, Persistent Guilt, The Plaid Raccoon Press

Catherine McKenzie, The Good Liar, Simon & Schuster Canada

Lynn McPherson, The Girls Whispered Murder: An Izzy Walsh Mystery, Black Opal Books

Maureen Medved, Black Star, Anvil Press

George Mercer, Fat Cats, Self-Published

Rick Mofina, Last Seen, Mira (HQ / Harper Collins)

Peter Moreira , The Haight, Poplar Press

Kim Moritsugu, The Showrunner, Dundurn

John Moss, Lindstrom Alone, Iguana Books

Louise Penny, Kingdom of the Blind, Minotaur

Judy Penz Sheluk , Past & Present, Superior Shores Press

Twist Phelan, The Target, Virage Press

David A. Poulsen, Last Song Sung, Dundurn

Katherine Prairie , Blue Fire , Stonedrift Press Ltd

Jennifer Quist, The Apocalypse of Morgan Turner , Linda Leith Publishing

Brian R. Lindsay , Back Story , Volumes Publishing

Peter Robinson, Careless Love, McClelland & Stewart

Jeffrey Round, The God Game, Dundurn

Garry Ryan , Sea of Cortez , NeWest Press

Simone St. James, The Broken Girls, Berkley

Amy Stuart , Still Water , Simon & Schuster Canada

K.A. Tucker, Keep Her Safe, Atria

W.D. Valgardson, In Valhalla's Shadows, Douglas & McIntyre

Tracy L. Ward, Mercy Me, Willow Hill House

Tracy L. Ward, Warm Hands Cold Heart, Willow Hill House

Ian Weir, The Death and Life of Strother Purcell, Goose Lane Editions

Iona Whishaw, A Sorrowful Sanctuary, TouchWood Editions

Iona Whishaw, It Begins in Betrayal, TouchWood Editions

Loreth Anne White, The Girl in the Moss, Montlake

Sam Wiebe, Cut You Down, Random House Canada

T.E. Wilson, Wild Dogs of Mexico, Boularderie Island Press

Virginia Winters, Painting of Sorrow, From The River Publishing

Melissa Yi , Death Flight , Windtree Press

Rio Youers, Halcyon, St. Martin's

Jay Zendrowski , Shake Off The Ghosts , Self-published


Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo with a $1000 prize

J.E. Barnard, When the Flood Falls, Dundurn

Jay Black, Poppy, Self-published

Dwayne Clayden, Crisis Point, Self-published

Michelle Cornish, Murder Audit, SolVin Creative

A.J. Delvin, Cobra Clutch, NeWest Press

V.V. Drummond, In Extremis, eXtasy Books

Fergus P. Egan, Black Donnelly, Rats And Pigs, Self-published

Helen C. Escott, Operation Wormwood, Flanker Press

Arthur Haberman, Wild Justice, Leaping Lion Books

Ardelle Holden, A Person of Interest, Self-published

Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder, Inkshares

P. J. Vernon, When You Find Me, Crooked Lane Books

Shilo Jones, On the Up, McClelland & Stewart

Peter Kingsmill, Sunset at 20:47, Self-published

Darwin Little, The Mica, Self-published

S. M. Hurley, Blackwater Bluff, Cressy Lakeside Books

Beverley McLachlin, Full Disclosure, Simon & Schuster Canada

Susan Nicol, Sagas and Sea Smoke, Friesen Press

Desmond P. Ryan, 10-33 Assist PC, Self-published

A.G. Pasquella, Yard Dog, Dundurn

Laurie Petrou, Sister of Mine, Crooked Lane Books

C.L. Polk, Witchmark, Tor

Bill Prentice, Why Was Rachel Murdered?, Echo Road

Nathan Ripley, Find You in the Dark, Simon & Schuster Canada

Ann Shortell, CELTIC KNOT, Friesen Press

J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek, Mosaic Press

Robert J. Young, Another Spy for Paris, Signature Editions


The Lou Allin Memorial Best Crime Novella with a $200 prize


Shawn L. Bird, Murdering Mr. Edwards, Coffin Hop Press Ltd

Desmond P. Ryan, The Funeral, Self-published

John Moss, The Jewel in the Cave, World Castle Publishing

Melissa Yi, Dog Island, Claren Books

Vicki Delany, Blue Water Hues, Orca Book Publishers

Melodie Campbell, The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife, Orca Book Publishers

John Lawrence Reynolds, Murder Among the Pines, Orca Book Publishers

Mel Anastasiou, The Bridgewater Canal Mystery, Pulp Literature Press

Kevin P. Thornton, Sherlock Holmes: A Matter of Time, Blurb


Best Crime Short Story sponsored by Mystery Weekly with a $300 prize

Mel Anastasiou, Stella Ryman and the Mystery of the Mah-Jongg Box, Pulp Literature Press

Mel Anastasiou, The Seven Swans: The Machineries of Progress, Pulp Literature Press

Carleigh Baker, The Midden, Akashic Books

M.H. Callway, The Seeker, Coffin Hop Press

M.H. Callway, The Cry, Mystery Weekly Magazine

Melodie Campbell, A Ship Called Pandora, Mystery Weekly Magazine

Chris Patrick Carolan, Circle of Steel, Coffin Hop Press

Kristi Charish, The Demon of Steveston, Akashic Books

M.Jane Colette, Violets, Coffin Hop Press

Susan Daly, Murder on the Northern Lights Express, Malice Domestic/Wildside Press

Hilary Davidson , Answered Prayers , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Elizabeth Elwood , Ghosts of Christmas Past, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Don English, Stitches, Akashic Books

R.M. Greenaway, The Threshold, Akashic Books

Therese Greenwood, Cry Havoc (Kill As You Go - Collection), Coffin Hop Press Ltd

Therese Greenwood, Marley Was Dead (Kill As You Go - Collection), Coffin Hop Press Ltd

Therese Greenwood, The Power Man, Coffin Hop Press anthology Baby It's Cold Outside

Therese Greenwood, Trifling Matters (Kill As You Go - Collection), Coffin Hop Press Ltd

Sharon Hunt , Promises to Keep, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Sharon Hunt, The Keepers of All Sins, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Dietrich Kalteis, Bottom Dollar, Akashic Books

Sheena Kamal, Eight Game-Changing Tips on Public Speaking, Akashic Books

Sherry Lalonde , Garden-Variety Criminal, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

R. Daniel Lester, Nowhere to Go but Dead, Switchblade Issue 7, Caledonia Press

Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Cabin in the Woods, Wildside Press for Malice Domestic

Rosemary McGacken, Black Bear Country, Mystery Weekely Magazine

Twist Phelan, Game, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Alex C. Renwick, Shallow Sand, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Linda L. Richards, Terminal City, Akashic Books

Nathan Ripley, The Landecker Party, Akashic Books

Peter Sellers , The Cooler , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Peter Sellers, Christmas Help, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Steve Shrott, Buried Secrets, Wildside Press

Jennifer Soosar, Playground of the Rich, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Robin Spano, The Perfect Playgroup, Akashic Books

Timothy Taylor, Saturna Island, Akashic Books

Craig Terlson, Jump Cut, Mystery Weekly

Yasuko Thanh, Burned, Akashic Books

Kevin P. Thornton, The Vatican Cameos, Belanger Books

Kevin P. Thornton, The Magic of Africa, EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing

Kevin P. Thornton, The Adventure of the Empty Cell, MX Publishing

Kevin P. Thornton, The Shih Tzu's Present, Coffin Hop Press

Kevin P. Thornton, The Resplendent Plane Tree, MX Publishing

Maaja Wentz , Inside of a Dog , Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine

Sam Wiebe, Wonderful Life, Akashic Books

S.G. Wong, Parting Shot, Coffin Hop Press

S.G. Wong, Survivors' Pension, Akashic Books


Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Marie-Eve Bourassa, Red Light 3 - Le sentier des bêtes, VLB Éditeur

Florence Chadronnet, Tuer la justice, Éditions Pierre Tisseyre

Eric Chassé, Iis étaient deux, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Hervé Gagnon, Adolphus - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, Groupe Librex

Christian Giguére, La Disparition De Kat Van Dale, Héliotrope

André Jacques, Ces femmes aux yeux cernés, Druide

Jean-Jacques Pelletier, Radio-Vérité, Éditions Alire

Patrice Lessard, La danse de L'ours, Héliotrope

François Lévesque, Neiges rouges, Éditions Alire

Suzanne Marchand, Plein sud, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Maureen Martineau, La ville allumette, VLB éditeur

Florence Meney, Sur ta tombe, Druide

Guillaume Morrissette, Deux coups de pied de trop, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Jean-Philippe Bernié, Un dernier baiser avant de te tuer, Groupe Librex

Johanne Seymour, Rinzen et la beauté intérieure, Groupe Librex

Richard Ste-Marie, De ton fils charmant et clarinettiste, Éditions Alire

Catherine Sylvestre, La Vieille Fille et le photographe, Éditions Alire


Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Linwood Barclay, Escape, Puffin Canada

Michelle Barker, The House of One Thousand Eyes, Annick Press

Martha Brack Martin, Myan Murder, Orca Book Publishers

Becky Citra, Murder at the St. Alice, Coteau Books

Counios & Gane, Wolfe in Shepherd's Clothing, Your Nickel's Worth Publishing

Rachelle Delaney, Clara Voyant, Puffin Canada

E. Latimer, The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray, Tundra Books

Amber Lynn Natusch, Dare You to Lie, Tor

Liam O'Donnell & Mike Deas, Tank & Fizz: The Case of Firebane's Folly, Orca Book Publishers

Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Monster, Tundra Books

Kevin Sands , Call of the Wraith , Aladdin

Arthur Slade & Christopher Steininger, Modo:Ember's End, Orca Book Publishers

Jordan Stratford, The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Case of the Perilous Palace, Alfred A. Knopf

Courtney Summers, Sadie, St. Martin's Press

Joel A. Sutherland, Haunted: Night of the Living Dolls, Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Jo Treggiari, Blood Will Out, Penguin Teen Canada

Stephanie Tromly, Trouble Never Sleeps, Kathy Dawson Books

Tim Wynne-Jones, The Ruinous Sweep, Candlewick Press

E.R. Yatscoff, The Rumrunner's Boy, TG & R Books


Best Nonfiction Crime Book

Daryl Ashby, 85 Grams: Art Williams -Drug Czar, Tellwell

Patrick Brode, How a Prohibition Preacher Got Away With Murder, Biblioasis

Tom Gruchy, The Murder of Minnie Callan: A True Newfoundland Crime Story, Flanker Press

Nate Hendley, The Boy on the Bicycle, Five Rivers Publishing

Kayla Hounsell , First Degree , Nimbus Publishing

Eve Lazarus, Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer, Arsenal Pulp Press

Natasha Stoynoff, The King of Con: How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and Lived to Tell the Crooked Tale, BENBELLA Books

Dave Sweet with Sarah Graham, Skeletons in My Closet - Life Lessons from a Homicide Detectives, Mischievous Books

Deborah Vadas Levison, THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, WildBlue Press

Peter Vronsky, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present, Berkley

Sarah Weinman, The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the Word, Knopf Canada


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