Wallace DowntheAisle

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

First comes love. Then comes. . .murder?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chapman BleedingDarkness

Brenda Chapman, Bleeding Darkness, Dundurn Press

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

The Derrick Murdoch Award

The Derrick Murdoch 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.

Murdoch, “the driving force behind the creation of Crime Writers of Canada,” reviewed crime literature for The Globe and Mail for over twenty years—a career he took up in 1963, according to a 1983 interview in the Ottawa Citizen, after failing spectacularly in door-to-door sales and real estate. In addition to his column, he published two books of crime nonfiction. His biography of Agatha Christie, The Agatha Christie Mystery (1976), was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. Disappearances: True Accounts of Canadians Who Have Vanished (1983) appeared when he was 74. Murdoch served as first president of the Sherlock Holmes Society of Toronto, which also offers an award named in his honour. Born in England in 1909, he immigrated to Canada in 1950 and died in 1985. 

Like the man for whom it is named, past winners of the Derrick Murdoch Award have contributed greatly to the development of crime writing in Canada through their work as writers, editors, producers, publicists, and organizers.

The  award is presented biennially, alternating with the Grand Master Award.

 

Current Winner(s)

Past Winners

Current Winner

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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.

Past Winners

 The Derrick Murdoch Award

 

Past Winners

2017 Christina Jennings (CEO Shaftsbury Films)

2015 Sylvia McConnell (creator of Rendezvous Crime imprint)

2013 Lyn Hamilton (Author)

2012 Catherine Astolfo (author and Past President) and Don Graves (reviewer, Hamilton Spectator)

2011 Lou Allin (author, CWC director and Membership Chair) and  N.A.T. Grant (author, CWC director, Web Maevin)

2010 Peter Robinson (author of the Inspector Banks series; CWC past president)

2009 Gail Bowen (author of the Joanne Kilbourne series; active in CWC)

2008 Edward D. Hoch (author of over 900 crime short stories; CWC supporter)

2006 Mary Jane Maffini (author of three mystery series; CWC past president)

2005 Max Haines (“Crime Flashbacks” columnist for the Toronto Star)

2004 Cheryl Freedman (CWC Executive Director 1999 — 2009)

2003 Margaret Cannon (crime fiction reviewer for The Globe and Mail)

2002 James Dubro (nonfiction crime writer and film producer; CWC past president) and Caro Soles (founder of the Bloody Words mystery conference)

2001 L. R. Wright (author of two series set on the West Coast; CWC past president)

2000 Eddie Barber, Rick Blechta, David Skene-Melvin (secretary-treasurers of CWC) and John North (crime fiction reviewer for the Toronto Star; ed. Best of Cold Blood, Dishes to Die For)

1999Ted Wood (pioneer crime novelist and short story writer; CWC past president)

1998 Howard Engel (author of the Benny Cooperman series; CWC founding member and past president)  and Eric Wright (author of Charlie Salter series, 4 Best Novel awards)

1995 Jim and Margaret McBride (West Coast promoters of CWC, ed. In Cold Blood)

1992 William Bankier, James Powell, Peter Sellers (writers and promoters of Canadian crime short stories)

1990 Eric Wilson (pioneer Canadian mystery series for children)

1988 J. D. Singh (co-owner of Sleuth of Baker Street) and Jim Reicker (founder of Prime Crime Books)

1987 CBC Drama Department (adaptations of Canadian crime books as radio plays)

1986 Margaret Millar (Canadian-born author of some 20 crime novels)

1985 Tony Aspler (author of political thrillers; CWC founding member, first president)

1984 Derrick Murdoch (crime literature reviewer for The Globe and Mail; CWC founding member)

Books by Members