Zendrowski ShakeofftheGhosts

Jay Zendrowski, Shake Off The Ghosts, Createspace

Detectives Tee Pepper and Rupert Wallace have a case full of prime suspects. They use their wits to find the guilty party.

Campbell B Team

Melodie Campbell, The B-Team, Orca Books

They do wrong for all the right reasons. And sometimes it even works...

Koetting TripleThreat

Alexis Koetting, Triple Threat, Iguana Books

The second Bella James Mystery, filled with new and familiar characters who will make you laugh, cry, and keep you guessing until the very end.

Delany CatoftheBaskervilles

Vicki Delany, The Cat of the Baskervilles, Crooked Lane Books

The game is once again afoot at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium

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.

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!

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…

Fritze CrooksHill

Peter Fritze, Crook's Hill, Peter Fritze

Alan Boltby yearns to be more than a workaholic lawyer. Confronted by insider trading, unexplained deaths and blame for a sordid family secret, he turns investigator.

Past Chairs and Presidents

Past Chairs of CWC (Title changed 2014)

(June to June each year.)

2015-2016: Vicki Delany

2014-2015: Vicki Delany

Past Presidents of CWC

(June-June each year)

2013-2014: RJ Harlick

2012-2013: RJ Harlick

2011-2012: Garry Ryan

2010-2011: Cathy Astolfo

2009-2010: Kay Stewart

2008-2009: Kay Stewart

2007-2008: Michael Blair

2006-2007: Rick Blechta

2005-2006: Rick Blechta

2004-2005: Barbara Fradkin

2003-2004: Maureen Jennings

2002-2003: Mary Jane Maffini

2001-2002: Mary Jane Maffini

2000-2001: Nora Kelly

1999-2000: James Dubro

1998-1999: Peter Sellers

1997-1998: Peter Robinson

1996-1997: Peter Robinson

1995-1996: Laurence Gough

1994-1995: James Dubro

1993-1994: John Lawrence Reynolds

1992-1993: LR Wright

1991-1992: Alison Gordon

1990-1991: Alison Gordon

1989-1990: Medora Sale

1988-1989: Peter Sellers

1987-1988: Ted Wood

1986-1987: Howard Engel

1985-1986: William Gough and Anna Sandor

1984-1985: Eric Wright

1983-1984: Tony Aspler

1982-1983: Tony Aspler

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Who We Are

We are the national professional association 
for mystery and crime writers in Canada.


Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media.

What is Crime Writing?

The field of Crime Writing is a broad category that includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. Cross-over tales such as romantic suspense and speculative thrillers are also considered part of the genre. In broader terms, it includes any work of fact or fiction that features crime or mystery as a central element.

Our history

Crime Writers of Canada was established as a professional organization in June 1982 by Derrick Murdoch, the Globe and Mail’s crime fiction reviewer at the time, and other writers interested in the quality of Canadian mystery and crime writing. The following year the Canadian National Arthur Ellis (AE) Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing were launched.  A special annual Derrick Murdoch Award, in the gift of the Board Chair, was created in honour of Derrick Murdoch’s inspired creation of CWC.

In 2005, a written constitution formalized the rules and principles of CWC, and in 2006 the organization was federally incorporated as a non-profit corporation by the Canadian Ministry of Industry.

As a non-profit organization, our activities are made possible by hard-working volunteers and committees. Our activities have two main goals: author promotion and professional development.

Board of Directors 2017 - 2018 (June – June) 

Executive Officers:

Chair:  Cathy Ace, BC/Yukon/NWT

Vice Chair: Mike Martin, Ottawa/EO

Past-Chair:  Vicki Delany, ON
Click here for a full list of past Chairs/Presidents.

Treasurer: Ryan Aldred, Ottawa/EO


Merrilee Robson, BC/Yukon/NWT

Cara Loverock, BC/Yukon/NWT

David Poulsen, Prairies

Kevin Thornton, Prairies

Judy Penz Sheluk, Toronto/SO

John Simpson, Toronto/SO

Ryan Aldred, Ottawa/EO

Hilary MacLeod, QC/Atlantic

Regional Representatives:

BC/Yukon/NWT: Merrilee Robson

Prairies: David Poulsen

Toronto/SO: Judy Penz Sheluk

Ottawa/EO: Mike Martin

QC/AtlanticHilary MacLeod



Executive Director: Alison Bruce

Assistant Executive Director: Ludvica Boota

Books by Members