danna-flameinthewindJen J. Danna, A Flame In The Wind of Death, Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries

Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Leigh Abbott are called in to investigate burned remains following a fire in a historic antique shop. Mass market edition. 

ace-corpsewiththesapphireeyesCathy Ace, The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, TouchWood Editions

Cait, Bud, and Cait's sister Sian tackle the case of The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, attempting to solve the mystery before another sinister event can ruin their nuptials. 

kroll-dropzoneBob Kroll, The Drop Zone, ECW Press

When a deranged teenager, a possible witness, crosses Peterson's path, he is propelled into a sleazy, violent world... 

arnold-coffeeismurderCarolyn Arnold, Coffee is Murder, Carolyn Arnold

Their first case as private investigators have Sean, Sara, and Jimmy neck-deep in coffee beans trying to find a killer. 

jobb-empireofdeceptionDean Jobb, Empire of Deception, HarperCollins Canada

The untold story of 1920s Chicago con man Leo Koretz, who ran one of the longest and most successful swindles in history. 

campbell-codenamegmMelodie Campbell, Code Name: Gypsy Moth, Imajin Books

It isn't easy being a female barkeep in the final frontier...especially when you’re also a spy! 

deverell-sing-a-worried-songWilliam Deverell, Sing a Worried Song, ECW Press

Arthur Beauchamp prosecutes a thrill killer who turns on him, seeking to add him to his list. 

wong-dieonyourfeetSG Wong, Die On Your Feet, SG Wong

Arthur Ellis Award finalist now in print! 

blair-truebelieverMichael Blair, True Believers, Linda Leith Publishing

Things are slow for PI Hack Loomis when his assistant asks him to look into the disappearance of her friend Belle Ryerson. 

duncan-slatedfordeathElizabeth Duncan, Slated for Death, St. Martin's Press

Pandemonium erupts in the North Wales town of Llanelen. 

burrow-pityingofdovesSteve Burrows, A Pitying of Doves, Dundurn Press

Why would a killer ignore expensive jewellery and take a pair of Turtledoves as the only bounty? 

martin-deadletterFinley Martin, The Dead Letter, Acorn Press

Dirty cops,tainted politicians, tough-minded women, and ruthless criminals block PI Anne Brown's investigation into an alleged murder. 

farrow-stormmurdersJohn Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur

After a massive blizzard, two policemen are called to an isolated farm house sitting in the middle of a pristine snow-blanketed field. 

martin-twistoffortuneMike Martin, A Twist of Fortune, Baico Publishing

Sgt. Windflower is back on the case in Newfoundland. This time there's drugs, danger and more than one dead body.

carson-ancientdangersJo-Ann Carson, Ancient Danger, Jo-Ann Carson Terpstra

Sadie Stewart, a super model by day and CIA operative by night, is sent to stop the theft of King Tut’s scarab from Highclere castle. 

News Highlights

Arthur Gala Tickets are Sold OUT!

Winners will be posted here on May 29.


Announcing the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards

Shortlists for Crime Writing


Best Novel

Brenda Chapman, Cold Mourning, Dundurn Press

Barbara Fradkin, None so Blind, Dundurn Press

C.C. Humphreys, Plague, Doubleday Canada

Maureen Jennings, No Known Grave, McClelland & Stewart

Alen Mattich, Killing Pilgrim, House of Anansi

Best First Novel

Janet Brons, A Quiet Kill, Touchwood Editions

Steve Burrows, Siege of Bitterns, Dundurn Press

M.H. Callway, Windigo Fire, Seraphim Editions

Eve McBride, No Worst, There Is None, Dundurn Press

Sam Wiebe, Last of the Independents, Dundurn Press

Best Novella *

Rick Blechta, The Boom Room, Orca Book Publishers

Vicki Delany, Juba Good, Orca Book Publishers

Ian Hamilton, The Dragon Head of Hong Kong, House of Anansi

Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

Best Short Story 

Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress, McClelland & Stewart

Melodie Campbell, Hook, Line and Sinker, Your McMurray Magazine

Peter Clement, Therapy, Belgrave House

Madona Skaff, First Impressions, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

Kevin P. Thornton, Writers Block, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

Best Book in French

Hervé Gagnon, Jack: Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, Expression noir / Groupe librex

Andrée Michaud, Bondrée, Editions Québec Amérique

Maryse Rouy, Meurtre à l’hôtel Despréaux, Éditions Druide

Richard Ste Marie, Repentirs, Alire

Best Juvenile/YA Book

Michael Betcherman, Face-Off, Penguin Canada

Sigmund Brouwer, Dead Man's Switch, Harvest House

S.J. Laidlaw, The Voice Inside My Head, Tundra Books

Norah McClintock, About That Night, Orca Book Publishers

Jeyn Roberts, The Bodies We Wear, Knopf Books for Young Readers


Best Nonfiction Book

Bob Deasy (with Mark Ebner), Being Uncle Charlie, Penguin Random House

Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder, HarperCollins

Joan McEwen, Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry, Heritage House

Bill Reynolds, Life Real Loud: John Lefebvre, Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling, ECW Press

Paula Todd, Extreme Mean, McClelland & Stewart

Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred

Full Curl by Dave Butler

Crisis Point by Dwayne Clayden

Afghan Redemption by Bill Prentice

Strange Things Done by Elle Wild


And the winners are?

Find out May 28!


at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto!

Tickets are Sold Out


*CWC announces the Lou Allin Memorial Award of $200 for the Arthur Ellis Novella Category

Sponsored by the 2011 Bloody Words Conference Committee, this award will be given in honour of Lou Allin.  Lou was a board member of CWC, a co-chair of the 2011 Bloody Words Conference, an award-winning writer, and a mentor to many.  This award is particularly fitting, as she was the winner of the first Arthur Ellis Novella Award.  We miss you dearly, Lou.



CWC announces the 2015 Derrick Murdoch Award Winner,

Sylvia McConnell

In 1998, Sylvia McConnell began RendezVous Crime, a publishing house with the mandate to publish crime novels written by Canadians set in Canada. Over the next thirteen years she published 80 works of crime fiction, many of which were nominated for or won prestigious awards.  For her belief in the value of Canadians telling Canadian stories, for her encouragement of new Canadian authors, and for her recognition of talent with staying power, we are proud to present Sylvia McConnell with the Derrick Murdoch award for 2015.



 Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2015 Bony Blithe Award!

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (Touchwood Editions)

Judith Alguire, Many Unpleasant Returns (Signature Editions)

E.C. Bell, Seeing the Light (Tyche Books)

Janet Bolin, Night of the Living Thread (Berkley Prime Crime)

Allan Stratton, The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish (Dundurn Press)

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Bash on Friday, May 29, at The Hot House Restaurant & Bar, 35 Church St., Toronto (Church at Front). The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Room. For more information, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



CWC is please to announce the MC for the


Allison Dore

cohost from the WARD AND AL SHOW, ON Sirius XM Radio!


Allison Dore is a comedian, actor and radio personality. She is the cohost of the Ward and Al show on SiriusXM's Canada Talks channel 167, where she has the opportunity to talk about news, pop culture, entertainment, and current events for 3 hours a day. In an effort to use her skills to give back, Allison has had the privilege of hosting events for charities such as the BluMatter Project and Dress for Success, and performing comedy on various fundraisers for charities of all kinds.

Thursday May 28 2015

6 PM



Tickets will be available starting April 25



Congratulations to Anthony Bidulka, a long-time member of the board of the CWC, who has been named
Saskatoon's Citizen of the Year, along with his husband Herb McFaul.

Read the story here.



Crime Writers of Canada's

June Authors Events

are here!


Click on the Events and News Button above and choose Author Events or click on the CWC LOGO on the left to take you right there. Alternatively, open this downloadable pdf, Current Author Events.  Also, check out the Latest Events (Home Page top right) to see whose doing what now.




Cool Canadian Crime

annual-badge ccc-q-badge arthurellisawards-badge

 You can also use the books button in the button banner above to go to our current issue or find previous issues. Go ahead try it!

Find the best Canadian mysteries and thrillers. Our monthly newletter will keep you up to date about Cool Canandian Crime, Author Events and more. Sign up for CRIME BEAT

CWC Sponsors

Media: Please contact Executive Director Melodie Campbell, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Crime Writers of Canada offers sincere thanks to our sponsors and partners...



shrig_batt_logo carp



Books by Members

RSS Feed