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?

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.

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.

Wilkshire Moscow

Nick Wilkshire, The Moscow Code, Dundurn Press

In Moscow, the truth can be a dangerous commodity.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kent FoldedDreams

Michael Kent, Folded Dreams, Mezzo Publications Inc.

It’s bad publicity for the city when the businesswoman of the year is murdered execution style. Officials want the case solved fast.

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.

Kong ToxicCraft

Debra Purdy Kong, A Toxic Craft, Imajin Books

Who knew that the elderly knitters at a Christmas craft fair would take their rivalry so far that someone could die?

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