Shortell CelticKnot

Ann Shortell, Celtic Knot, FriesenPress

Ottawa 1868: A hero shot, a rebel hanged, and three others die before young Irish maid Clara Swift untangles the Celtic Knot.

Duncan MarmaladeMurders

Elizabeth J. Duncan, The Marmalade Murders, St Martin's Press

Orange is the new dead.

Poulsen LastSongSung

David A. Poulsen, Last Song Sung, Dundurn Press

A fifty-year old cold case sends Cullen and Cobb on a search for an abducted sixties folk-singer—and the music turns deadly.

Dickinson WhiteRibbonMan

Mary Lou Dickinson, The White Ribbon Man, Inanna Publications

A woman’s body is found in the basement toilet of a downtown Toronto church.

Whishaw ItBeginInBetrayal

Iona Whishaw, It Begins in Betrayal, TouchWood Editions

Darling has been charged with murder and faces the hangman in London. Lane returns to England to save the man she loves.

Violini ClueTrail

Juanita Rose Violini, Clue Trail: From Whodunnit to Solution, Mystery Factory

Clue Trail, based on the Mystery Bones method, is a 'How-To' create clues, beat writers block and stop re-writing book.

Finlay RemoteAccess

Barry Finlay, Remote Access, Keep On Climbing Publishing

Will satisfy readers who have even a casual interest in tonight's news and who love page-turning suspense.

Toews GiveOutCreek

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

The story of a woman who must confront her worst fear to solve two murders while she struggles to keep her family together.

Wallace DowntheAisle

Auralee Wallace, Down the Aisle with Murder, St. Martin's Paperbacks

First comes love. Then comes. . .murder?

Greenaway Creep

R.M. Greenaway, Creep, Dundurn Press

As Halloween approaches, somebody is lurking in fun-fur and scaring the wits out of the locals. But is he, she, or it, also responsible for the mangled corpse.

Arnold SecretLostPharaoh

Carolyn Arnold, The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Archaeologist and adventurer Matthew Connor and his friends set off for Egypt when a recent dig hints at the discovery of a legnedary treasure.

Freeland MurderinGreenwichVillage

Liz Freeland, Murder in Greenwich Village, Kensington

In 1913 Manhattan, a sharp-witted young publishing secretary discovers she has a talent for investigating murder...

Guidoccio DifferentKindofReunion

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

One lost email could cost a life.

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CBC Books Features
Arthur Ellis Awards Finalists is running a series of interviews with Arthur Ellis Awards finalists titled "Magic 8 Q&A".

Eight authors pose a question each to select finalists.

Peter Robinson, Sleeping in the Ground

John MacLaren Gray, White Angel

More to come...


Rakuten Kobo Features Arthur Ellis Awards Finalists

Rakuten Kobo, sponsor of the Arthur Ellis Awards Best First Novel, is featuring the shortlisted books at: 


Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2018 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

The winners will be announced Thursday, 24 May, 2018 at the Arthur Ellis Awards Gala




The Winners’ Circle, by Gail Bowen, publisher McClelland & Stewart

The Party, by Robyn Harding, publisher Gallery/Scout Press

The White Angel, by John MacLachlan, publisher Gray Douglas and McIntyre

Sleeping in the Ground, by Peter Robinson, publisher McClelland & Stewart

The Forgotten Girl, by Rio Youers, publisher St. Martin’s Press

BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL sponsored by Rakuten Kobo

Puzzle of Pieces, by Sally Hill Brouard, publisher FriesenPress

Full Curl, by Dave Butler, publisher Dundurn Press

Ragged Lake, by Ron Corbett, publisher ECW Press

Flush, by Sky Curtis, publisher Inanna Publications

Our Little Secret, by Roz Nay, publisher Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.

BEST CRIME NOVELLA – The Lou Allin Memorial Award

Snake Oil, by M.H. Callway, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around,
by Mike Culpepper, published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by Dell

Blood & Belonging, by Vicki Delany, publisher Orca Book Publishers

Dead Clown Blues, by R. Daniel Lester, publisher Shotgun Honey

Money Maker, by Jas R. Petrin, published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by Dell


The Outlier, by Catherine Astolfo, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

There be Dragons, by Jane Petersen Burfield, published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing

Jerusalem Syndrome, by Hilary Davidson, published in Passport to Murder Bouchercon Anthology 2017
by Down & Out Books

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

The Sin Eaters, by Melissa Yi, published in Montreal Noir by Akashic Noir


Murder in Plain English, by Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi, publisher Prometheus Books

The Whisky King, by Trevor Cole, publisher HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Blood, Sweat and Fear, by Eve Lazarus, publisher Arsenal Pulp Press

The Dog Lover Unit, by Rachel Rose, publisher St. Martin's Press

Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence, by Alex Roslin, publisher Sugar Hill Books


Missing, by Kelley Armstrong, publisher Penguin Random House Doubleday Canada

Chase - Get Ready to Run, by Linwood Barclay, publisher Penguin Random House Puffin Canada

The Disappearance, by Gillian Chan, publisher Annick Press Ltd.

Thistlewood, by Donna Chubaty, publisher Grasmere Publishing

The Lives of Desperate Girls, by MacKenzie Common,
publisher Penguin Random House Penguin Teen Canada


Amqui, by Éric Forbes, publisher Héliotrope Noir

La vie rêvée de Frank Bélair, by Maxime Houde, publisher Éditions Alire Inc.

Les clefs du silence, by Jean Lemieux, publisher Québec Amérique

La mort en bleu pastel, by Maryse Rouy, publisher Éditions Druide

Les tricoteuses, by Marie Saur, publisher Héliotrope Noir

BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT sponsored by Dundurn Press

The Alibi Network by Raimey Gallant

Finn Slew by Ken MacQueen

Destruction in Paradise by Dianne Scott

Dig, Dug, Dead by Sylvia Teaves

Condemned by Kevin Thornton


 Click here for the Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Announcement Media Release

Cliquez ici pour les Prix Arthur Ellis 2018 pour le meilleur roman policier canadien, liste des finalistes annoncées


Crime Writers of Canada is pleased to announce the
2018 Grand Master
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Gail Bowen

Gail Bowen is being recognized by Crime Writers of Canada for her long and illustrious career as a crime fiction author. She has almost 20 books in her long running Joanne Kilbourn series, several of which were either nominated for or received awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1994, for A Colder Kind of Death. She has also written four Rapid Reads novellas and several plays. She is well established in Canada, highly respected in the writing community and much sought after by readers. She is frequently a guest at literary events. Several of her Joanne Kilbourn books were turned into a TV series.

Photo by Dale Williams


CWC Authors & the Bony Blithe Award

Four of the five shortlisted works for the Bony Blithe Award 2018 for Best Canadian Light Mystery are by CWC members.

Congratulations to all the finalists. More info here:

  • Cathy Ace: The Case of the Unsuitable Suitor
  • E.C. Bell: Dying on Second
  • Rickie Blair: Digging Up Trouble
  • Vicki Delany: Hark The Herald Angels Slay
  • Elizabeth J. Duncan: Much Ado About Murder

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