2018 Entries


Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing


Entrants as of December 12, 2017

Click here for submission rules.

 Best Novel

Cathy Ace, The Case of the Unsuitable Suitor, Severn House Publishers

Kelley Armstrong, A Darkness Absolute, Random House

Kelley Armstrong, Indigo, St Martin’s Press

Carolyn Arnold, Power Struggle, Hibbert and Stiles

Madeline Ashby, Company Town, Tor

Jack Batten, Booking In, Dundurn Press

Mel Bradshaw, Winner’s Loss, Iguana Books

Steve Burrows, A Shimmer of Humingbirds, Dundurn Press

Susan Calder, Ted Days in Summer, Books We Love

Brenda Chapman, Shallow End, Dundurn Press

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

Lisa de Nikolitis, No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications

Vicki Delaney, Hark the Herald Angels Slay, Berkley Publishing

Vicki Delany, Body on Baker Street, Crooked Lane Books

Sara Driscoll, Before Its Too Late, Kensington Books

Elizabeth J Duncan, Murder is for Keeps, Minotaur Publishing

Don Easton, Subverting Justice, Dundurn Press

Stanley Evans, Seaweed Under Fire, Ekstasis Editions

John Farrow, Perish The Day, Minotaur Publishing

George Fetherling, The Carpenter From Montreal, Linda Liethe Publishing

Barbara Fradkin, The Trickster’s Lullaby, Dundurn Press

M. Gamble, Willow Down, Solstice Publishing

David Gibbins, Testament, St Martin’s Press

R.M. Greenaway, Undertow, Dundurn Press

Tina Griffith, Under the Nail Polish, Xlibris

Ian Hamilton, The Couturier of Milan, House of Anansi Press

Robyn Harding, The Party, Scout Press

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

Don Hayward, Murder on the Goderich Local, Virtual Bookworm.com

Sofie Kelly, A Tail of Two Kitties, Berkley Publishing

Chris Laing, A Family Matter, Seraphim Editions

Owen Laukkanen, The Forgotten Girls, Putnam

Barbra Leslie, Unhinged, Titan Books

Nicole Lundrigan, The Substitute, House of Anansi Press

Mike Martin, A Tangled Web, Baico Publishing

Michael McCann, Burn Country, The Plaid Racoon Press

George Mercer, Jasper Wild, George Mercer

Roz Nay, Our Little Secret, Simon and Schuster

Grace O’Connell, Be Ready for the Lightning, Random House

Vernon Oickle, Five Crows Silver, MacIntyre Purcell

Sandra Orchard, Over Maya Dead Body, Revel

Louise Penny, Glass Houses, Minotaur Publishing

David A. Poulsen, Dead Air, Dundurn Press

Andrew Pyper, The Only Child, Simon and Schuster

Robert Rotenberg, Heart of the City, Simon and Schuster

Garry Ryan, Matanzas, NeWest Press

Sofie Ryan, Telling Tales, Berkley Publishing

Douglas Schofield, Killing Pace, Minotaur Publishing

Phyllis Smallman, Last Call, Self-published

Sherri Smith, Follow Me Down, Tor

Kristine Stanley, Look The Other Way, Imajin Books

Chevy Stevens, Never Let You Go, St Martin’s Press

Valerie Tate, Chameleon, Red Cottage

Auralee Wallace, Ring In the New Year with Murder, St Martin’s Press

Auralee Wallace, Snowed In with Murder, St Martin’s Press

Tracy L Ward, Shadows of Madness, Willow Hill House

LorethAnne White, The Drowned Girls, Mont Lake

Linda Wiken, Roux the Day, Berkley Publishing

Nick Wilkshire, The Moscow Code, Dundurn Press

Melissa Yi, Human Remains, Windtree

Rio Youers, The Forgotten Girl, St Martin’s Press

Ausma Zehanat Khan, Among the Ruins, Minotaur Publishing


First Novel

Ray Argyle, An Act of Injustice, Mosaic Press

Mel Bradshaw, Winner’s Loss, Iguana Books

Dave Butler, Full Curl, Dundurn Press

Sky Curtis, Flush, Inanna Publications

Anna Dowdall, After the Winter, The Wild Rose Press

Kimberley Howe, The Freedom Broker, Kimberley Hose

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

Roz Naz, Our Little Secret, Simon and Schuster Canada

Jerry Petryshyn, The Fenian Season, Friesen Press

Ilona Salley, Yesterday is Gone, iUniverse

Jennifer Soosar, Parent Teacher Association, Black Opal Books

Jamie Tremain, The Silk Shroud, Black Opal Books



Brenda Chapman, Missing Her, Grass Roots Press

Mike Culpepper, How Lon Pruit Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Carolyn Dale, Here be Dragons, Carrick Publishing

M H Callway, Snake Oil, Carrick Publishing

Donna Warner and Gloria Ferris, Death’s Footprint, Self-published


Short Stories

Catherine Astolfo, The Outlier: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Rosemary Aubert, Kitty Claws to the Rescue, Carrick Publishing

Rob Brunet, The Last Thing You Smell, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Medodie Campbell, The Coffee Tin:,

Melodie Campbell, Dog Trap: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Susan Daly, Gossip, Wildside Press

Hilary Davidson, Jerusalem Syndrome, Down and Out Books

Lisa de Nikolitis, Blood and Apricots: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Lisa de Nikolitis, Mad Dag and the Sea Dragon Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Vicki Delaney, Her Mama’s Pearls, Poisoned Pen Press

Catherine Dunphy, Animal Crackers: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Sharon Hunt, The Things We Do For Love, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Marilyn Kay, That Damn Cat: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Marilyn Kay, Journey into the Dark, Down and Out Books

Rosemary McCracken, Homebodies: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Rosemary McCracken, The Queen-Sized Bed, Down and Out Books

Lynne Murphy, The Lion King: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Mary Patterson, Night Vision: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Jane Petersen Burfield, There be Dragons: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Jas. R. Petrin, Money Maker, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Ed Piwowarczyk, Snakebit: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Rosalind Place, Dana’s Cat: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

James Powell, Ask the Field Mice, Ellery Queen’s Magazine

Jennifer Soosar, The Settlement, Spinetingler Magazine

Bev Vincent, Pain Man, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Bev Vincent, Sticky Business, Level Best Books

Sylvia Maultash Warsh, The Ranchero’s Daughter: Anthology 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Melissa Yi, The Sin Eaters, Akashic



Phillippe Beaudoin, La demiere nuit de Judith, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Mario Bolduc, Le Tsar de Peshawar, Libre Expression

Claudette Boucher, Celui qui avance avec la mort dans sa poche, Editions L’Interligne

Claire Cooke, Une enquete d’Emma Clarke: Juree No9, Les Editions Goelette

Jacques Cote, Ou le soleit s’eteint, Editions Alire

Eric Forbes, Amqui, Heliotrope

Herve Gagnon, Chemin de croix, Libre Expression

Mylène Gilbert-Dumas, La Mémoire du Temps, VLB Editeur

Maxime Houde, La Vie revee de Frank Belair, Editions Alire

Jean Lemieux, Les Cliffs du Silence, Quebec Amerique

Jean Louis Fleury, L’Ombre des monasteries, Editions Alire

Andree Michaud, Routes secondaires, Quebec Amerique

Guillaume Morrissette, Des fleurss pour ta premiere fois, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

Marie Saur, Les Tricoteuses, Heliotrope

Patrick Senecal, Il y aura des morts, Editions Alire

Melanie Tremblay, Tuer la mort, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur



Gillian Chan, The Disappearance, Annick Pres

Marina Cohen, The Doll’s Eye, Roaring Brook

Eileen Cook, The Hanging Girl, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Angie Counis and David Gane, Shepherd’s Watch, Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing

Peter Edwards, The Biker’s Brother, Annick Press

Sylvie McNicol, The Best Mistake Mystery, Dundurn Press

Kevin Sands, The Assassin’s Curse, Simon and Schuster Canada

Ted Staunton, Bounced, Scholastic

Jordan Stratford, The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals, Knopf BFYR

Teri Terry, The Book of Lies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi, Murder in Plain English, Promotheus Books,

Carys Cragg, Dead Reckoning, Arsenal Pulp Press

Pauline Dakin, Run Hide Run, Viking Canada

RobertJ Hoshowsky, OUTRAGED:, VP Publication

Brian Howald, Veni Vidi Vici Dresden, Bookworm Productions

Fred Humber, Death at the Harbourview Cafe, Flanker Press

Eve Lazarus, Blood Sweat and Fear, Arsenal Pulp Press

Antonia Monacelli, Bullets, Brothels and Blood, Self-published

Lorna Poplak, Drop Dead, Dundurn Press

Rachel Rose, The Dog Lover’s Unit, St Martin’s Press

Alex Roslin, The Police Wife, Sugar Hill Books


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Entered for Best

Crime Novel