Harlick PurplePaletteforMurder

R.J. Harlick, Purple Palette for Murder, Dundurn Press

Her husband arrested for murder, Meg flies to Yellowknife, where she races to unravel a sordid trail of family secrets and greed to prove his innocence.

Wilkshire Moscow

Nick Wilkshire, The Moscow Code, Dundurn Press

In Moscow, the truth can be a dangerous commodity.

Nesbitt Baggerman MurderAmongThieves

Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman, Murder Among Thieves, Volumes

Stolen gems, a notorious murder, the girl who knows: a mystery Matthew Traverse must solve – even if it kills him.

White LullabyGirl

Loreth Anne White, The Lullaby Girl, Montlake

Detective Angie Pallorino's past made her a cop. Now her past could kill her. Book 2 in the Angie Pallorino Series, a gritty, northern noir procedural set on Vancouver Island.

Cragg DeadReakoning

Carys Cragg, Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, Arsenal Pulp Press

A woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier. A powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn't necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.

Delany HarktheHerald

Vicki Delany, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, Penguin Random House

Santa’s summer vacation plans turn deadly in this festive mystery from the author of Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen and We Wish You a Murderous Christmas.

Ryan Matanzas

Garry Ryan, Matanzas, NeWest Press

Calgary’s Detective Lane flies to Cuba to celebrate the wedding of his beloved niece. While there, though, he finds himself drafted by the local police into investigating the murder of a Canadian tourist.

Dowdall AuPair

Anna Dowdall, The Au Pair, The Wild Rose Press

Montrealer Ashley Smeeton's in a fix.  An au pair job sounds like easy money.  Family secrets and a strange child are one thing.  Murder's another.

Evans SeaweedUnderFire

Stanley Evans, Seaweed Under Fire, Ekstasis Editions

If you want somebody's legs broken, even if you want somebody killed it can be arranged, at a price.

Dube ForsakenMan

Marcelle Dubé, The Forsaken Man, Falcon Ridge Publishing

It’s been a hard winter and Chief of Police Kate Williams longs for a quiet Spring. What does she get instead? The theft of valuable bull semen from the local vet and increasingly dangerous vandalism at a construction site.

Kong Knock Knock

Debra Purdy Kong, Knock Knock, Gypsy Moon Press

Violent home invasions and a brutal assault disrupt Casey’s personal and professional life, but she needs to stop a killer before more people die.

Arnold PowerStruggle

Carolyn Arnold, Power Struggle, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Detective Madison Knight investigates the murder of the man who killed her grandfather, and she fears the Russian Mafia is behind it.

Mesdames 13Claws

Mesdames of Mayhem, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Are our animal companions angels or demons? Our friends or our betrayers? 13 Claws is the third anthology by The Mesdames of Mayhem.

Sullivan Gritty

Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Gritty, Waldorf Publishing

Who would know that when Adam Garwood took a detour through a Montreal Alley, he would meet up with Gritty, a very complex character, taking up residence in a box?

Bruce GhostWriter

Alison Bruce, Ghost Writer, Imajin Books

Jen has to deal with two kinds of spooks: spies and ghosts. But which one is trying to kill her?

Barclay PartingShot

Linwood Barclay, Parting Shot, Doubleday Canada

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay comes a new, standalone blockbuster thriller that spins off from the events of the explosive Promise Falls trilogy.

Duncan MuchAdoAboutMurder

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Much Ado About Murder, Crooked Lane

Costume designer Charlotte Fairfax has another murder on her hands as she prepares for the Catskills Shakespeare Theater Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing.

Smallman LastCall

Phyllis Smallman, Last Call, Phyllis Smallman

Murder in the confusion of a hurricane, this is a suspenseful story of friendship and endurance.

Crawford BeyondFaith

Sharon A. Crawford, Beyond Faith, Blue Denim Press

Fraternal twins Dana Bowman and Bast Overture are thrust into a twisted scenario of extortion, stalking, fire, vandalism, secret adoptions, a bank robbery, assault, and murders.

Kerr Framed

Wayne Kerr, Framed, Imajin Books

After surviving ten years in prison for a murder she didn't commit, former homicide detective Reggie Swann, wants to return to her old life.

MacLeod CodOnlyKnows

Hilary MacLeod, Cod Only Knows, Acorn Press

Finally, readers of The Shores Mystery series will meet Abel, the man whose been lurking in the background through five books. Cod Only Knows is a fish story about the one that got away - a 300 lb. giant cod that trails murder and mayhem in its wake.

Danna Lament

Jen J. Danna, Lament The Common Bones, Jen Danna

Forensic anthropologist Matt Lowell doesn’t go looking for death. But when one of Matt’s students suspects the skeleton hanging in a research lab is actually from a murder victim...

2015 Entries


2015 Entries

Entered for Best Crime Novel

Entered for Best Crime First Novel

Entered for Best Novella 

Entered for Best Crime Short Story

Entered for Best French Crime Book

Entered for Best Juvenile Crime Book

Entered for Best Nonfiction Crime Book


Entered for Best
Crime Novel


    Victoria Abbott, The Wolfe Widow, Berkley Prime Crime

    Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Emerald Thumb, Touchwood Editions

    Cathy Ace, The Corpse with Platinum Hair, Touchwood Editions

    Judith Alguire, Many Unpleasant Returns, Signature Editions

    Rosemary Aubert, Don't Forget You Love Me, Carrick Publishing

    Mauro Azzano, Death Works at Night, Black Opal Books

    Jacqueline Baker, The Broken Hours, Harper Collins Publishers

    Linwood Barclay, No Safe House, Doubleday Canada

    Jackie Bateman, Savour, Anvil Press

    Rick Blechta, Roses for a Diva, Dundurn Press

    Janet Bolin, Night of the Living Thread, Berkley Prime Crime

    Alan Bradley, The Dead in their Vaulted Arches, Doubleday Canada

    Bruce Burrows, The Fourth Betrayal, Touchwood Editions

    Brenda Chapman, Cold Mourning, Dundurn Press

    Erika Chase, Book Fair and Foul, Berkley Prime Crime

    Deryn Collier, Open Secret, Simon & Schuster Canada

    Nick Cutter, The Troop, Simon & Schuster

    Jen J. Danna, A Flame in the Wind of Death, Five Star

    Hilary Davidson, Blood Will Always Tell, Forge Books

    Lisa de Nikolits, The Witchdoctor's Bones, Inanna Publications

    Vicki, Delany, Under Cold Stone, Poisoned Pen Press

    Jake, Doherty, Bearwalker Alibi, Carrick Publishing

    Emma Donoghue, Frog Music, HarperCollins Publishers

    Nadine Doolittle, The River Bride, Nadine Doolittle

    Jill Downie, Blood Will Out, Dundurn Press

    Don Easton, The Benefactor, Dundurn Press

    Howard Engel, City of Fallen Angels, Cormorant Books

    Charles Foran, Planet Lolita, Harper Collins Publishers

    Barbara Fradkin, None So Blind, Dundurn Press

    Don Gutteridge, Death of a Patriot, Simon & Schuster

    Linda Hall, Night Watch, Linda Hall

    Ian Hamilton, The King of Shanghai, House of Ansansi Press

    Ian Hamilton, The Two Sisters of Borneo, House of Ansansi Press

    Victoria Hamilton, Muffin But Murder, Berkley Prime Crime

    Victoria Hamilton, No Mallets Intended, Berkley Prime Crime

    R.J. Harlick, Silver Totem of Shame, Dundurn Press

    Jennifer Hillier, The Butcher, Simon & Schuster

    Joan Hall Hovey, The Deepest Dark, Books We Love

    Brian Howald, The Spot Marked X, Bookworm Literary Productions

    C.C. Humphreys, Plague, Doubleday Canada

    Maureen Jennings, No Known Grave, McClelland & Stewart

    Sofie Kelly, A Midwinter's Tale, Signet

    Suzanne F. Kingsmill, Dying for Murder, Dundurn Press

    Mike Knowles, The Buffalo Job, ECW Press

    Debra Purdy, Kong, The Deep End, Touchwood Editions

    Chris Laing, A Deadly Venture, Seraphim Editions

    Stephen Legault, Black Sun Descending, Touchwood Editions

    Stephen Legault, The Glacier Gallows, Touchwood Editions

    Janice MacDonald, The Roar of the Crowd, Turnstone Press

    Alen Mattich, Killing Pilgrim, House of Ansansi Press

    Eric McCormack, Cloud, Penguin Canada Books

    John McFetridge, Black Rock, ECW Press

    R.J. McMillen, Dark Moon Walking, Touchwood Editions

    Scott Gregory Miller, Black Thursday, Edti Publishing

    Rick Mofina, Whirlwind, MIRA Books

    John Moss, Blood Wine, Dundurn Press

    Barbara Palmer, Claudine, Penguin Books Canada

    Louise Penny, The Long Way Home, Minotaur

    David A. Poulsen, Serpents Rising, Dundurn Press

    Alison Preston, Vengeance, Signature Editions

    Perry Prete, The More Things Change, Sands Press

    David Adams Richards, Crimes Against My Brother, Doubleday Canada

    Peter Robinson, Abattoir Blues, McClelland & Stewart

    David Rotenberg, The Glass House, Simon & Schuster

    Jeffrey Round, Pumpkin Eater, Dundurn Press

    Bill Rowe, The Monster of Twenty Mile Pond, Flanker Press

    Garry Ryan, Glycerine, NeWest Press

    Eileen Schuh, Dispassionate Lies, Wolfsinger Publications

    Sean Slater, The Unforgiven, Simon & Schuster UK

    Phyllis Smallman, Martini Regrets, Touchwood Editions

    Catherine Spencer, Tidings of Murder and Woe, Comely Press

    Chevy Stevens, That Night, St Martin's Press

    Russell Wangersky, Walt, House of Ansansi Press

    Nick Wiltshire, Thin Ice, Dundurn Press


    Entered for Best
      Crime First Novel

    E.C. Bell, Seeing the Light, Tyche Books

    Janet Brons, A Quiet Kill, Touchwood Editions

    Rob Brunet, Stinking Rich, Down and Out Books

    Steve Burrows, Seige of Bitterns, Dundurn Press

    M.H. Callway, Windigo Fire, Seraphim Editions

    D.B. Carew, The Killer Trail, NeWest Press

    Sharon A. Crawford, Beyond Blood, Blue Denim Press

    David Cronenberg, Consumed, Penguin Canada (Hamish Hamilton)

    Kevin Donovan, The Dead Times, iUniverse

    Barry Finlay, The Vanishing Wife, Keep On Climbing Publishing

    Krista Foss, Smoke River, McClelland & Stewart

    Gerry Fostaty, Stage Business, Deux Voliers Publishing

    Peter Fritze, The Case for Killing, Peter Fritze

    Gordon Henderson, Man in the Shadows, Harper Collins Publishers

    Montgomery Hyde, Burdock, Self-published

    Klaus Jakelski, Dead Wrong, Blue Denim Press

    John Jantunen, Cipher, ECW Press

    Caroline Kaiser, Virginia's Ghost, Lavaliere Press

    Dietrich Kalteis, Ride the Lightning, ECW Press

    Nancy Lee, The Age, McClelland & Stewart

    Catherine Macdonald, Put on the Armour of Light, Dundurn Press

    Eve McBride, No Worst,  There Is None, Dundurn

    Sean McGinnis, Stark Nakid, Deux Voiliers Publishing

    Peter Norman, Emberton, Douglas & McIntyre

    John R. Patterson, The White Limousine, John R. Patterson

    Avi Silberstein, Human Solutions, Skyhorse Publishing

    Kevin Wark, Brought to Justice, Madcap Publications

    Sam Wiebe, Last of the Independents, Dundurn Press


    Entered for Best
    Crime Novella

    Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Search and Rescue, Orca Book Publishers

    Rick Blechta, Boom Room, Orca Book Publishers

    Melodie Campbell, The Artful Goddaughter, Orca Book Publishers

    Brenda Chapman, To Keep A Secret, Grass Roots Press

    Vicki Delany, Juba Good, Orca Book Publishers

    Ian Hamilton, The Dragon Head of Hong Kong, House of Anansi Press

    Jas. R. Petrin, "A Knock on the Door", Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Dell Magazines

    Perry Prete, The Things That Matter Most, Sands Press

    Linda L. Richards, If It Bleeds, Orca Book Publishers



    Entered for Best
    Crime Short Story

    Catherine Astolfo, The End of the World, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress, McClelland & Stewart

    Rosemary Aubert, The Prime Suspect, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Jayne Barnard, Easter Aches, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Anne Barton, Danger by Moonlight, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Linda Cahill, Special Delivery, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    M.H. Callway, The Ultimate Mystery, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Melodie Campbell, Cover Girl, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Melodie Campbell, Hook,  Line and Sinker, Northword Literary Journal

    Melodie Campbell, Women's Work, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Alex Carrick, The Piece of Mind Thief, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Donna Carrick, Doctor Shediac, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Miriam Clavir, The Dead of Winter, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Peter Clemment, Therapy, Belgrave House

    Hilary Davidson, My Sweet Angel of Death, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dell Magazines

    Yutaka Dirks, How I Learned to Dance, Over My Dead Body

    Jill Downie, The Goldstone House, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Allan J. Emerson, Judgement Day, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dell Magazines

    Elizabeth Hosang, There goes the Neighbourhood, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Andrea Kikuchi, Leverage, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Brad Ling, Delights in Novelty, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    H. MacDonald-Archer, Contents Known, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Tanis Mallow, Nightshade, Down and Out Books

    Bianca Marais, The Savages Among Us, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Rosemary McCracken, Antonia, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Lynne Murphy, Potluck, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Helen Nelson, Hammered, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Joan O'Callaghan, Runaway, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Joan O'Callaghan, Torch Song for Two Voices, Polar Expressions Publishing

    Judy Penz Sheluk, Live Free or Die, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Judy Penz Sheluk, Plan D, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sister in Crime

    Ed Piwowarczyk, The Angels Wait, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    James Powell, It's a Wonderful Rat Race, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dell Magazines

    James Powell, The Theft of the Clown Jules, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Dell Magazines

    Steve Shrott, Tourist Town, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Madona Skaff, First Impressions, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Madona Skaff, Testimony, The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime

    Nigel Tappin, Agent on the Case, Kill Him Again, Carrick Publishing

    Nigel Tappin, Brown's Case, Kill Him Again, Carrick Publishing

    Nigel Tappin, Parrot Call, Kill Him Again, Carrick Publishing

    John Thompson, What Fresh Hell is This?, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing

    Kevin P. Thornton, Writers Block, World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing


    Entered for Best
    French Crime Book

    Betrand Busson, La mandibule argentée, Marchand de fevilles

    Laurent Chabin, Apportez- moi la tête de Lara Crevier!, Expression noir - Groupe librex

    Claude Champagne, Écrire le mal, Édition Druide

    Hervé Gagnon, Jack - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, Expression noir - Groupe librex

    Maxime Houde, Derniers pas vers l’enfer, Alire

    Sylvain Meunier, L'empire du scorpion, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

    Andrée A. Michaud, Bondrée, Editions Québec Amérique

    Martin Michaud, Violence a l’origine, Goéllette

    Sylvie Ouellette, Showtime, Édition Druide

    Maryse Rouy, Meurtres à l'hôtel Despréaux, Édition Druide

    Richard Ste-Marie, Repentir(s), Alire


    Entered for Best
    Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book

    Jonathan Auxier, The Night Gardener, Penguin Canada

    William Bell, Julian, Doubleday Canada

    Michael Betcherman, Face-Off, Penguin Canada

    Sigmund Brouwer, Dead Man's Switch, Harvest House

    Ed Butts, Behind the Badge, Annick Press

    Charis Cotter, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, Tundra Books

    Cary Fagan, The Show to End all Shows, Penguin Canada

    Lisa Harrington, Twisted, Dancing Cat Books

    Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger, Viminy Crowe's Comic Book, Tundra Books

    Deborah Kerbel, Bye-Bye Evil Eye, Dancing Cat Books

    Alice Kuipers, The Death of Us, Harper Collins Publishers

    S.J. Laidlaw, The Voice Inside My Head, Tundra Books

    Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Lyr, The Haunting of Heck House, Penguin Canada

    Roy MacGregor, The Boston Breakout, Tundra Books

    Roy MacGregor, The Mystery of the Russian Ransom, Tundra Books

    Norah McClintock, About That Night, Orca Book Publishers

    Angela Misri, Jewel of the Thames, Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd

    Caroline Pignat, Unspeakable, Penguin Canada

    Alicia Priest, A Rock Fell on the Moon, Harbour Publishing

    Jeyn Roberts, The Bodies We Wear, Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Laura Scandiffio, Outlaws,  Spies and Gangsters, Annick Press

    Bill Swan, Real Justice: Jailed for Being Black, James Lorimer & Company

    Cora Taylor, Finding Melissa, Fitzhenry & Whiteside

    Lisa Taylor, Motive Games 2: Death Down Under, Rhiza Press


    Entered for Best
      Nonfiction Crime Book

    Alex Caine, Angel Dust: How the Outlaw Biker Gang Became a Criminal Empire, Penguin Canada (Viking Canada)

    Mark Coakley, Hidden Harvest: The Rise and Fall of North America's Biggest Cannabis Grow Op, ECW Press

    Bob Deasy, Being Uncle Charlie, Penguin Random House

    Mark C. Eddy, The Recent History of Terrorism in Canada from 1963-2013, Mark C. Eddy

    Peter Edwards, Unrepentant, Penguin Random House

    Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder, HarperCollins

    Randall Hansen, Disobeying Hiltler, Doubleday Canada

    Joan McEwan, Innocence on Trial: the Framing of Ivan Henry, Heritage House

    Bill Reynolds, Life Real Loud: John Lefebvre,  Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling, ECW Press

    Barry Ruhl, A Viable Suspect, Friesen Press

    Paula Todd, Extreme Mean, McClelland & Stewart

    Jon Wells, Death's Shadow True Tales of Homicide, Dundurn

    Paul Willsocks, Dead Ends: B.C. Crime Stories, University of Regina Press



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