burrows-seigebitternsSteve Burrows, A Siege of Bitterns, Dundurn

Inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn’t really want to be a detective. He prefers watching birds. 

blechta-boomroomRick Blechta, The Boom Room, Orca Books

Detective Mervin Pratt is called in to assist at a murder scene at a popular nightclub. 

danna-flameinthewindJen J. Danna, A Flame in the Wind of Death, Five Star

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. 


spencer-townhauntsCathy Spencer, Town Haunts, Comely Press

It takes a witch to catch a ghost. 

reid-sheldonharrisMahrie G. Reid, Sheldon Harris Came Home Dead, M.E.Reid Glab

Be careful what you do, for your past may come back to haunt you. 

kalteis-ridethelightningDietrich Kalteis, Ride the Lightning, ECW Press

Two men find themselves in a life and death struggle in the city’s underbelly of two-bit criminals, drug dealers and gangsters. 


davidson-bloodalwaysHilary Davidson, Blood Always Tells, Tor/Forge

Blood Always Tells is a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong, by the multiple award-winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises. 


arnold-silentgravesCarolyn Arnold, Silent Graves, Createspace

Thirty missing women in the period of six years. Now another has been abducted. 

delany-undercoldstoneVicki Delany, Under Cold Stone, Poisoned Pen Press

A weekend getaway to the Rocky Mountains. A Scottish-inspired castle of carved stone, imposing turrets, liveried bellhops, and panoramic views. Perched on the verge of one of the world’s greatest wildernesses. 


collier-opensecretDeryn Collier, Open Secret, Simon & Schuster Canada

A riveting new Bern Fortin mystery from the author of Confined Space. 


denikolits-witchdoctorsbonesLisa de Nikolits, The Witchdoctor's Bones, Inanna Publications

The Witchdoctor’s Bones is a thriller about the darkest secrets of African evil... 


ace-corpsewemeraldCathy Ace, The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb, TouchWood Editions

A dream vacation at a Mexican resort quickly dissolves into a nightmare for criminologist and foodie Cait Morgan. 


Steve Shrott, Audition for Death, Cozy Cat Press

Hollywood is in trouble, but can actor, Joshua Mclintock, save it, before it’s too late? 

ross-aboveallelseJeff Ross, Above All Else, Orca Book Publisher

When a teammate has his ankle broken by an unknown assailant Del tries to figure out which of the Rebels’ players is responsible for the attack. 

cook-reunionwithmurderFred Cook, Reunion With Murder, The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box

Bradley Jackson attends a high school reunion to investigate a ten year old murder and related current one. Mrs. Barns goes undercover to prevent a further murder. 

harlick-silvertotemR.J. Harlick, Silver Totem of Shame, Dundurn

The murder of a young Haida carver sends Meg Harris to Haida Gwaii, where she unravels a tangle of betrayal that reaches back to the 1880s. 


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News Highlights

2014 Arthur Ellis Awards Best Novel Longlist

Congratulations to the following Authors


John Brooke, Walls of a Mind (Signature Editions)


Gina Buonaguro & Janice Kirk, The Wolves of St. Peter’s (HarperCollins Canada) 


Sean Haldane, The Devil’s Making (Stone Flower Press)


Lee Lamothe, Presto Variations (Dundurn Press)


Michael McCann, The Rainy Day Killer (Plaid Raccoon Press)


Robert Rotenberg, Stranglehold (Simon & Schuster Canada)


Howard Shrier, Miss Montreal (Vintage Canada)


Sean Slater, The Guilty (Simon & Schuster UK)


Simone St. James, An Inquiry into Love and Death (Penguin)


David Whellams, The Drowned Man (ECW Press)


  The Arthur Ellis Shortlists for all seven categories will be announced on April 24.



SAVE THE DATE:  April 24

The Arthur Ellis Shortlist Events Across the Country!



April 24th 2014 7-9pm,

Peter Kaye Room, Vancouver Public Library

Panel: ER Brown, Debra Purdy Kong, Robin Spano, Dietrich Kalteis

Emcee: Cathy Ace   Moderator: Don Hauka



Thurs. April 24, Owl’s Nest Bookstore,

Calgary, from 7-9

Crime Writers of Canada authors will read from their books.



Thurs. April 24, Indigo, Manulife Centre,

55 Bloor St. W., Toronto from 7-9 p.m.

A variety of Crime Writers of Canada members will read from their works, including:

Cathy Astolfo, Rick Blechta, Steve Burrows, Melodie Campbell, Jen J. Danna,

Lisa de Nikolits, Rosemary McCracken and Joan O’Callaghan.

MC: Nate Hendley



Thurs. April 24th, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Chapters Rideau,

47 Rideau St., Ottawa.

A panel, "What's In the Water?" featuring authors Brenda Chapman,

Barbara Fradkin,R.J. Harlick and Michael McCann,

with moderator C.B. Forrest, will be followed by a

Showcase of area CWC authors and their works.

MC: Mary Jane Maffini



Arthur Ellis Awards Gala at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto!

Tickets will be on sale following the shortlists events. Watch the website.



Congratulations to the following CWC members who are finalist for the Bony Blithe Award!

Gold Web by Vicki Delany (Dundurn)

Framed for Murder by Cathy Spencer (Comely Press)

Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By by Elizabeth Duncan (Minotaur)

Miss Montreal by Howard Shrier (Vintage)

Thread and Buried by Janet Bolin (Berkley Prime Crime)


The award will be presented at the Bloody Words Mystery Conference gala banquet on Saturday, June 7, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. W., Toronto.


Congratulations to Melodie Campbell, author of The Goddaughter's Revenge,

which has won the Derringer Award for Novella!


 Congratulations to Louise Penny, author of How the Light Gets In,

which has won the

Best Novel set Outside the US at Left Coast Crime!



Congratulations to two CWC members shortlisted for the Edgar Awards!

E.R. Brown's Almost Criminal has been shortlisted for Best Paperback Original.

Louise Penny's How the Light Gets In has been shortlisted for Best Novel.


Crime Writers of Canada's

April Authors Events

are here!


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Books by Members



We are pleased to share the following stories from the 2013 Arthurs.

Scott MacKay, “Cruel Coast” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Jas R. Petrin, “Mad Dog” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

Melodie Campbell, “Life without George” in Over My Dead Body Mystery Magazine

Sandy Conrad, “Sins of the Fathers” in Daughters and Other Strangers, The Brucedale Press

And the 2013 Winner...

Yasuko Thanh, "Spring-blade Knife" in Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart


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