McPherson GirlsWeekendMurder

 

Lynn McPherson, The Girls' Weekend Murder, Black Opal Books

I had been taught that the language of friendship was founded in meaning, but sometimes words were hard to ignore--especially if they spelled murder...

White DrownedGirls

 

Loreth Anne White, The Drowned Girls, Montlake

When a rapist escalates to serial murder, a sex crimes detective takes a turn at homicide.

Sullivan Jaded

 

Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Jaded, Waldorf Publishing

As a sequel to Lil’s Way, Jaded takes you to a new level of intrigue and thrills. Delve into this world of deceit and family drama leading to murder. 

Doyle GhostsintheBrothel

 

Robert U. Doyle, Ghosts in the Brothel, APF Press

A sex worker murders a mob enforcer and escapes a Toronto brothel.Tara Street takes on the mob and ghosts in this cracker of a case.

Soosar PTA

 

Jennifer Soosar, Parent Teacher Association, Black Opal Books

A small town with a bad reputation. A troubled new teacher. An aggressive mother with a bizarre agenda. Welcome to Splinter Wood, Pennsylvania.

Poulson DeadAir

 

David A. Poulsen, Dead Air, Dundurn Press

Ex-cop turned private detective Mike and crime journalist Adam Cullen are hired to protect a right-wing radio personality.

Mercer JasperWild

 

George Mercer, Jasper Wild

Jasper Wild is the third 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.

Guidoccio TooManyWomen

 

Joanne Guidoccio, Too Many Women in the Room, The Wild Rose Press

Eight women have eight different motives for killing a lecherous photographer. One woman seizes the opportunity and succeeds.

Farrow PerishtheDay

 

John Farrow, Perish the Day, St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books

Coming up against campus secrets after a series of murders, retired Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between disparate groups quickly before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into death.

Duncan MurderisforKeeps

 

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Murder Is for Keeps, St. Martin's Press

Number 8 in the award-winning Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales.

Filteau Traces

 

Patricia Filteau, Traces, A Kate Roarty P.I. Novel, Bookbaby

Private investigator Kate Roarty is good at what she does; she knows too much. Her fierce independence and solo swimming put her a risk of demise as her detractors relentlessly seek to eliminate her.

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2017 Derrick Murdoch Christina Jennings

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DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2017

 

The Derrick Murdoch Award is a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre. It is awarded at the discretion of the Board Chair of Crime Writers of Canada. Known as the Chairman’s Award when first presented in 1984, it was later renamed in honour of its first recipient, Derrick Murdoch.

Christina Jennings resizeThis year’s recipient is Christina Jennings, founder, Chairman and CEO of Shaftesbury Films. She has won a number of awards, including Genies, Geminis and Canadian Screen Awards, among several other nominations and accolades throughout her career.

Christina founded Shaftesbury Films in 1987 as a feature film company. She has produced movies and television series based upon the work of several Canadian crime writers including the late novelist and playwright Timothy Findlay (External Affairs), novelists Gail Bowen (The Joanna Kilbourn TV movies) and Maureen Jennings (The Murdoch Mysteries), as well as historian Marjorie Freeman Campbell (Torso). She has also overseen the production of many other crime-themed works, created specifically for the screen and written by Canadians, including The Listener, Houdini and Doyle and The Summit.

2015 Derrick Murdoch Sylvia McConnell

 

DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2015

 

DerrickMurdoch 400In 1998, Sylvia McConnell began RendezVous Crime, a publishing house with the mandate to publish crime novels written by Canadians set in Canada. Over the next thirteen years she published 80 works of crime fiction, many of which were nominated for or won prestigious awards.
For her belief in the value of Canadians telling Canadian stories, for her encouragement of new Canadian authors, and for her recognition of talent with staying power, we are proud to present Sylvia McConnell with the Derrick Murdoch award for 2015.

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Sylvia McConnell is the former owner and publisher of Napoleon & Company, a Canadian trade publishing house in Toronto, Canada. In 2011, after twenty-two years of producing great Canadian fiction, Napoleon and Company, which included the imprint Rendezvous Crime, was sold to Dundurn Press. Since selling her company, Sylvia McConnell has been working as a freelance book editor, as well as an acquisitions editor.

2013 Derrick Murdoch Lyn Hamilton

 

 

DERRICK MURDOCH AWARD 2013

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Lyn Hamilton was the author of a successful series of archaeological mysteries featuring the peripatetic sleuth, antiques dealer Lara McClintoch. Each of the novels is set in a different and exotic location and draws on the ancient past in a unique way. A long time student of archaeology and mythology, Lyn brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the series. As former director of the Cultural Programs Branch of the Ontario government, she was responsible for the licensing of all archaeology in the province as well as for museum programs.

 

 

 

 

 Lyn Hamilton


Lyn visited the exotic sites she wrote about, and in 1999 led The Maltese Goddess mystery and archaeology tour to Malta to visit the scene of the crime. Her books have been translated into several languages, and the fourth in the series, The Celtic Riddle, formed the basis for Angela Lansbury’s 2003 Murder She Wrote TV movie. Lyn, like Lara, was something of an antiques addict.

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