Preston TooLate

Sydney Preston, Too Late for Redemption, Rye Publications

Plenty of people would like to murder Max Berdahl. But when it does happen, the motive turns out to be both shocking and sad.

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.

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...

White GirlintheMoss

Loreth Anne White, The Girl in the Moss, Montlake Romance, Apub

A shallow grave exposes deadly secrets as bestselling author Loreth Anne White brings her thrilling series to a close.

Gates SpooksintheStacks

Eva Gates, The Spook in the Stacks, Crooked Lane Books

Halloween in the Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky in the fourth in the national bestselling Lighthouse Library series.

Moss JewelintheCave

John Moss, The Jewel in the Cave, World Castle

It is in the silent spaces between the facts that the truth is to be found.

Burrows TidingofMagpies

Steve Burrows, A Tiding of Magpies, Dundurn Press

It is in the silent spaces between the facts that the truth is to be found.

Levison Crate

Deborah Levison, THE CRATE: A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice, WildBlue Press

A killer hid a wooden crate under our Muskoka cottage. Its horrific contents forced us to confront evil, past and present.

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.

Chapman BleedingDarkness

Brenda Chapman, Bleeding Darkness, Dundurn Press

Two murders, fourteen years apart, both shrouded in secrets.

Wallace DowntheAisle

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

First comes love. Then comes. . .murder?

Moritsugu Showrunner

Kim Moritsugu, The Showrunner, Dundurn Press

Hollywood-noir novel about three strong-willed women: the two co-creators of a hit TV show locked in a battle to destroy each other, and the actress who comes between them.

Mercer FatCats

George Mercer, Fat Cats, George Mercer

Fat Cats is the fourth story in the Dyed In The Green series about the challenges facing our country’s special places, and the people working tirelessly to protect these national treasures.

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About the Grand Master Award

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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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