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.

Duncan MarmaladeMurders

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

Orange is the new dead.

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.

Moss LindstromAlone

John Moss, Lindstrom Alone, Iguana Books: A Stonewood Imprint

Drawn into the saga of a family bent on self-destruction, a Toronto P.I. travels to Sweden and a showdown with a killer on the windswept island of  Fårö.

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.

Guidoccio DifferentKindofReunion

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

One lost email could cost a life.

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.

Sheluk HoleinOne

Judy Penz Sheluk, A Hole in One: A Glass Dolphin Mystery (#2), Barking Rain Press

Murder, mystery, and mayhem—small-town secrets have never been bigger…

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.

Wiken MarinatinginMurder

Linda Wiken, Marinating in Murder, Berkley Prime Crime

There's one thing J.J. Tanner and the Culinary Capers Dinner Club didn't have on the menu -- the dead body in the trunk!

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.

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CWC established the Grand Master Award in 2014 to recognize a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work who has garnered national and international recognition.

The Grand Master is chosen by a jury chosen by the Chair of Crime Writers of Canada, with advice from the board. The award is presented biennially, alternating with the Derrick Murdoch Award.

 

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2018 Grand Master: 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.

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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.

Howard Engel

2014 Grand Master: Howard Engel

It is with great pleasure that Crime Writers of Canada presents the inaugural award to Howard Engel, a mainstay of Canadian crime writing for many years.

Since his first book, Suicide Murders, introduced P.I. Benny Cooperman in 1980, his detective series has garnered both national and international recognition. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including 1985 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, the 1990 Harbourfront Festival Prize for Canadian Literature, the 1998 Derrick Murdoch Award and the 2005 Writer’s Trust Of Canada Matt Cohen Award. He was chosen as the Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor for University College at the University of Toronto and in 2007 named to the Order of Canada.

His books have been published in over 20 countries and two have been adapted for TV films.

Mr. Engel was a founding member of Crime Writers of Canada and a past president.

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