ace corpsewiththegarnetfaceCathy Ace, The Corpse with the Garnet Face, Touchwood Editions

Criminal psychologist Cait Morgan and her husband Bud travel to Amsterdam to unravel the clues about his long-lost uncle's mysterious past. 


Arnold ViolatedCarolyn Arnold, Violated, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher sets out to prove the innocence of a fellow agent suspected of murder.


Arvast WhatKilledJaneCrebaAnita Arvast, What Killed Jane Creba, Dundurn

Rap, Race and the Invention of a Gang War.


Duncan MurderbytheHourElizabeth J. Duncan, Murder on the Hour, St. Martin's Press

Sometimes a clock tells more than the time.


gates readingupastormEva Gates, Reading Up A Storm, Penguin US

Misfortune blows into the Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a mystery.


Schuh ShadowRidersEileen Vera Schuh, Shadow Riders, Kastle Harbour Publishing

From the moment she falls in love with the ‘bad boy’, the core of her being is forever changed.


Astolfo BabyLiftCatherine Astolfo, Operation Babylift, A Kira Callahan Mystery, Imajin Books

Painful memories of the Operation Babylift crash in Vietnam compel Kira Callahan to investigate a murder. But has she led the killer home?


filteau vantagepointPatricia Filteau, Vantage Point, A Kate Roarty, P.I. Novel

An action-filled international intrigue running ahead of drones, bullets and bombs, packed with suspense and romance.

Kerr Ric a dam dooWayne A D Kerr, Ric-A-Dam-Doo The Snow Devils, Canusa LLC

Most have heard of the US Navy Seals or Britain's SAS, but few know anything about Canada's elite Special Forces team - the Snow Devils


Dalby Shrunk

J. Thomas Dalby, Shrunk: Crime and Disorders of the Mind, Durvile

Shrunk is a collection of powerful chapters by eminent Canadian and international forensic psychologists and psychiatrists.


Wright LandmineEric Wright, The Land Mine, Cormorant Books

World War II finally hits home when a London schoolboy discovers that his backyard air raid shelter has been taken over by a suspicious man who claims to be a British double agent.


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

5:00 pm Board Room

Reception to Follow in the Great Hall

Arts and Letters Club in Toronto



Long time CWC member and incoming Director Kevin Thornton writes about his family's escape from Fort McMurray in this touching article published in the New York Times.


 Congratulations to the 2016 Arthur Finalists

Best Novel

Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts, Simon & Schuster

John Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur

Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion, Minotaur

Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell, McClelland & Stewart

Best First Novel

J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive, iUniverse

David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Vagrant Press

Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

Alexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star

Brian R. Lindsay, Old Bones, Volumes Publishing

The Lou Allin Memorial Award for Best Novella

Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts, Ghillinnein Books

Alison Bruce, Deadly Season, Imajin Books

M.H. Callway, Glow Glass, Carrick Publishing

Barbara Fradkin, The Night Thief, Orca Book Publishers

Brian Harvey, Beethoven’s Tenth, Orca Book Publishers

Best Short Story

Karen Abrahamson, With One Shoe, Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Editions

Hilary Davidson, The Seige, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Sharon Hunt, The Water Was Rising, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

S. G. Wong, Movable Type, AB Negative Anthology, Coffin Hop Press

Best Book in French

Luc Chartrand, L'Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique

Jean-Louis Fleury, L'affaire Céline, Éditions Alire

André Jacques, La bataille de Pavie, Druide        

Jean Lemieux, Le mauvais côté des choses, Québec Amérique

Guillaume Morrissette, L'affaire Mélodie Cormier, Guy Saint-Jean éditeur

Best Juvenile/YA Book

Robert Hough, Diego’s Crossing, Annick Press

Jeff Ross, Set You Free, Orca

Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin

Allan Stratton, The Dogs, Scholastic

Stephanie Tromley, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books

Best Nonfiction Book

Gary Garrison, Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons, University of Regina Press

Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers

Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr., Goose Lane Editions

Jerry Langton, Cold War, Harper Collins Publishers

Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks, Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart, Flanker Press

The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls

Alice Bienia, Knight Blind

Pam Isfeld, Brave Girls

J.T. Siemens, Better the Devil You Know

J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek


CWC announces the 2016 Grand Master Eric Wright

If there ever was a crime writer whom the Canadian crime-writing community needs to thank it is Eric Wright. He wrote eighteen crime novels, in four different series, as well as novels, a novella, and a memoir. Eric’s first novel, The Night the Gods Smiled (1983), won the first Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel, the John Creasey Award from the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA), and the City of Toronto Book Award. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000) won an Arthur and was nominated for an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). His writing career spanned over forty years and his contribution to Canadian crime writing was, without question, immense. This was recognized in 1998 when Eric received the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contribution to Canadian crime writing. Eric Wright passed away in October, 2015, shortly after being notified that he had been selected for the Grand Master Award. Eric continued writing until shortly before his death, and in May 2016, Cormorant Books released The Land Mine, a historical novel loosely based on Eric’s own childhood in World War II London.

The 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards Gala will be held on

Thursday May 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

at the ARTS AND LETTERS CLUB in Toronto.

Tickets are $80

To buy your tickets, contact Vicki Blechta at

Limited seating available so act fast!



Butternut Squash and Cider Soup with Apple Crisps


Roast Breast of Herbed Chicken with a Chevre Farce

Caramelized Shallot and Tarragon Jus

Mushroom, Scallion and Sweet Pepper Barley


Caramel Praline Daquoise with Chocolate Drizzle

Coffee and a Selection of Teas


Vegetarian Entrée:

Roasted Sweet Peppers filled with Vegetable Wild Rice

On Creamed Mushrooms and Garlic



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