2016 Entries


2016 Entries will be posted in January

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

Cathy Ace, The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer, Seven House Publishers

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Diamond Hand, Touchwood Editions

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Sapphire Eyes, Touchwood Editions

Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last, McClelland & Stewart

Roxanne Barbour, Revolutions, Whiskey Creek Press

Lindwood Barclay, Broken Promise, Doubleday Canada

Jeremy Bates, The Catacombs, Ghillinnein Books

E.C. Bell, Drowning in Amber, Tyche Books Ltd.

Michael Blair, True Believers, Linda Leith Publishing

Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts, Simon and Schuster Canada

Brian Blosser, A Storm is Brewing, Self Published

Giles Blunt, The Hesitation Cut, Penguin Random House Canada

Gail Bowen, 12 Rose Street, McClelland & Stewart

Alan Bradley, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, Doubleday Canada

Janet Brons, Not a Clue, Touchwood Editions

John Brooke, Tropéano’s Gun, Signature Editions

Cliff Burns, Disloyal Son, Black Dog Press

Steve Burrows, A Pitying of Doves, Dundurn

Brenda Chapman, Butterfly Kills, Dundurn

John Colapinto, Undone, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

Nick Cutter, The Deep, Gallery

Jen J. Danna, Two Parts Bloody Murder, Five Star Publishing

Sebastian De Castell, Knight’s Shadow, Viking Canada

William Deverell, Sing a Worried Song, ECW Press

R.E. Donald, Sundown on Top of the World, Proud Horse Publishing

Joan Donaldson-Yarmey, Gold Fever, Books We Love Ltd.

Marcelle Dubé, Ghosts of Morocco, Falcon Ridge Publishing

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Slated for Death, Minotaur

Don Easton, Art and Murder, Dundurn

Caterina Edwards, The Sicilian Wife, Linda Leith Publishing

Anne Emery, Ruined Abbey, ECW Press

John Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur

Gloria Ferris, Shroud of Roses, Dundurn

Joy Fielding, Someone is Watching, Doubleday Canada

Susan Glickman, Safe as Houses, Cormorant Books

Nowick Gray, Hunter’s Daughter, Fiver River’s Publishing

R.J. Harlick, A Cold White Fear, Dundurn

Bill Haugland, The Informants, Véhicule Press

Donald J. Hauka, Pizza 911, Dundurn

Brett Hopson, Jericho Beach, Self Published

Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion, Minotaur

June Hutton, Two-Gun and Sun, Caitlin Press

Michael Januska, Maiden Lane, Dundurn

Daniel Kalla, Nightfall Over Shanghai, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

Dietrich Kalteis, The Deadbeat Club, ECW Press

Janet Kellough, The Burying Ground, Dundurn

Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan, Where Bodies Fall, Véhicule Press

Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Robert Landori, Four Equations, Friesen Press

Stephen Legault, The Same River Twice, Touchwood Editions

Matt Lenox, Knucklehead, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

Barbara Leslie, Cracked, Titan (Penguin Random House Canada)

Gerald Lynch, Missing Children, Signature Editions

Janice MacDonald, Another Margaret, Turnstone Press

Stephen Marche, The Hunger of the Wolf, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

Finley Martin, The Death Letter, Acorn Press

Alen Mattich, The Heart of Hell, House of Anansi Press

Michael J. McCann, Sorrow Lake, The Plaid Raccoon Press

John McFetridge, A Little More Free, ECW Press

D.J. McIntosh, The Angel of Eden, Penguin Canada

R.J. McMillen, Black Tide Rising, Touchwood Editions

J.A. Menzies, Shadow of a Butterfly, Murder Will Out Mysteries

Sandra Nikolai, Icy Silence, Vemcort Publishing

Kurt Palka, The Piano Maker, McClelland & Stewart

Louise Penny, The Nature of the Beast, Minotaur

Kayla Perrin, What’s Done in Darkness, St. Martin’s Press

Susan Philpott, Blown Red, Simon and Schuster Canada

Andrew Pyper, The Damned, Simon and Schuster Canada

Jon Redfern, Children of the Tide, Dundurn

A.J. Rich, The Hand that Feeds You, Scribner

Jeffery Round, After the Horses, Dundurn

Jeffery Round, The Jade Butterfly, Dundurn

Douglas Schofield, Time of Departure, Minotaur

Nazneen Sheikh, The Place of Shining Light, House of Anansi Press

Chevy Stevens, Those Girls, St. Martin’s Press

Jay Storey, The Arx, Non Sequitur Publishing

Carsten Stroud, The Reckoning, Knopf Canada

David Whellams, Verdict on Each Man Dead, ECW Press

Robert Wiersema, Black Feathers, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell, McClelland & Stewart

S.G. Wong, In For a Pound, Self Published



    Entered for Best First Crime Novel


    Marty Allen, Cordelia, Allen Creations

    Louise Carson, Executor, Signature Editions

    Michael Christie, If I Fall, If I Die, McClelland & Stewart

    J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive, iUniverse

    Elisabeth de Mariaffi, The Devil You Know, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

    Allan J. Emerson, Death of a Bride and Groom, Five Star

    Sarah Fox, Dead Ringer, Harper Collins

    Susan Gnucci, In Her Mind’s Eye, Self Published

    James Grainger, Harmless, McClelland & Stewart

    Dean Hamilton, The Jesuit Letter, Self Published

    David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Nimbus Publishing

    Christine Kehdar Horne, Tarstopping, Newest Press

    Ausma Zehana Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

    Alexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star

    Bob Kroll, The Drop Zone, ECW Press

    Brian Lindsay, Old Bones, Volumes Publishing

    Cheryl MacDonald, Colonel Nichol and the Murdered Maiden, Heronwood Enterprises

    George Mercer, Dyed in the Green, Self Published

    James Osborne, The Ultimate Threat, Endeavour Press Ltd.

    John Oughton, Death by Triangulation, Neo Poiesis

    Susan Palmer, Death by Budo, Create Space

    Judy Penz Sheluk, The Hanged Man’s Noose, Barking Rain Press

    James Ronson, Power and Possessions, Hidden Brook Press

    Craig Shreve, One Night in Mississippi, TAP Books

    Madona Skaff-Koren, Journey of a Thousand Steps, Renaissance Press

    Neil Smith, Boo, Penguin Random House Canada

    Kristina Stanley, Descent, Imajin Books

    Keith Weaver, An Uncompromising Place, Iguana Books

    T.E. Wilson, Mezcalero, Montezuma Books



    Entered for Best Crime Novella


    Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Playing with Fire, Orca Book Publishers

    Catherine Astolfo, Up Chit Creek, Imajin Books

    Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts

    Jeremy Bates, Neighbours, Dark Hearts

    Alison Bruce, Deady Season, Imajin Books

    M.H. Callway, Glow Grass, Carrick Publishing

    Dayle Campbell Gaetz, Disappearing Act, Orca Book Publishers

    Brenda Chapman, A Model Death, Grass Roots Press

    Vicky Delany, Haitian Graves, Orca Book Publishers

    Gloria Ferris and Donna Warner, Targeted, Black Opal Books

    Barbara Fradkin, The Night Thief, Orca Book Publishers

    Brian Harvey, Beethoven’s Tenth, Orca Book Publishers

    Don McLellan, Brunch with the Jackals, Thistledown Press

    Nanci Pattenden, Death on Duchess Street, Murder Does Pay, Ink

    Michelle Wan, I.O.U. Dead, Orca Book Publishers



    Entered for Best Crime Short Story


    Karen Abrahamson, With One Shoe, The Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Press

    Cathy Ace, The Trouble with the Turkey, Kings River Life Magazine

    Cathy Ace, Tiding of Comfort and Joy, Kings River Life Magazine

    Colleen Anderson, The Asylum, nEvermore!, Edge S&F Publishing

    Kelley Armstrong, The Orange Cat, nEvermore!, Edge S&F publishing

    Catherine Astolfo, Pulling a Rabbit, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Rosemary Aubert, The Bench Rests, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    John Barker, Cakes and Ale, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Jayne Barnard, Sudden Death, AB Negative, Coffin Hop Press

    Rob Brunet, The Hunt, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Jane Peterson Burfield, Hidden, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Jane Peterson Burfield, The Inheritance, nEvermore!, Edge S&F

    Melodie Campbell, Murder for the B Team, Sleuth Magazine

    Melodie Campbell, Perfect Timing, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Melodie Campbell, The Test of Time, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Donna Carrick, The 14th of Forever, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Hilary Davidson, The Siege, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Lisa de Nikolits, Troubled Times, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Catherine Dunphy, Beat the Clock, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    C.B. Forrest, The Runaway Girl From Portland, Oregon, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Barbara Fradkin, The Lighthouse, nEvermore!, Edge S&F publishing

    Cheryl Freedman, Mirror, Mirror, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Axel Howerton, Devil’s Due, AB Negative, Coffin Hop Press

    Axel Howerton, Goodnight Irene, Sleuth Magazine

    Sharon Hunt, The Water was Rising, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Rosemary McCracken, Nick of Time, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Rosemary McCracken, Plastic Paddies, Destination: Mystery!, Darkhouse Books

    Don McLellan, Alice Bird, Brunch with the Jackals, Thistledown Press

    Don McLellan, Green Honda, Brunch with the Jackals, Thistledown Press

    Don McLellan, Sweet and Sour, Brunch with the Jackals, Thistledown Press

    Lynne Murphy, Being Led a Fox, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Ed Piwowarczyk, Life Lesson, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    James Powell, Guy Talk, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    James Powell, The Poet’s Stew Pot, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Corey Redekop, Moot, The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, Exile Editions

    Michael Skeet, Mastering the Art of French Killing, Licence Expired, Chizine

    Kristina Stanley, When a Friendship Fails, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Collen Steele, Dented, Toys in the Attic, James Ward Kirk Publishing

    Michael Caleb Tasker, A Loneliness to the Thought, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    Kevin P. Thornton, The Mystery of the Missing Help, Northword Magazine

    Kevin P. Thornton, The Puzzle in the Game, AB Negative, Coffin Hop Press

    Guy Vanderhaeghe, Daddy Lenin, Daddy Lenin, McClelland & Stewart

    Guy Vanderhaeghe, Tick Tock, Daddy Lenin, McClelland & Stewart

    Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Life is a Big Headache, Mesdames of Mayhem: 13 O’Clock, Carrick Publishing

    Carol Weekes and Michael Kelly, The Ravens of Consequence, nEvermore!, Edge S&F

    Sam Wiebe, Head Down, The Violent, Image Comics

    Elle Wild, Playing Dead, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

    S.G. Wong, Movable Type, AB Negative Anthology, Coffin Hop Press

    S.G. Wong, The Fx, Sleuth Magazine

    Melissa Yi, Om, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine



    Entered for Best French Crime Book


    Camille Bouchard, Cartel, Éditions Alire

    Benoît Bouthillette, L’heure sans ombre, Druide

    Chrystine Brouillet, Le Mort mène le Bal, Éditions de L’Homme

    Chrystine Brouillet, Six minutes, Druide

    Laurent Chabin, Quand j’avais cinqans je l’ai tué!, Expression Noire

    Luc Chartrand, L’Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique,

    Claire Cooke, Le cruciverbiste, Les Éditions Goélette

    Hugues Corriveau, Les enfants de Liverpool, Druide

    Sylvie-Catherine De Vailly, Usage de Faux, Recto Verso Éditions

    Andree Decarie, Apocalypse une société secréte, Les Editions Revolte

    François Désalliers, Asphalte City, Druide

    Jean Louis Fleury, L’Affaire Céline, Éditions Alire

    Hervé Gagnon, Maria-Une enguête de Joseph Laflamme, Expression Noire

    Isabelle Gagnon, Du sang sur ses lèvres, Heliotrope

    Stéphanie Gauthier, Une fille trop curieuse, Éditions Triptyque

    Benoît Gignac, Deux enquétes du sergent-détective Leblanc, Les Éditions Goélette

    Maxime Houde, La Misère des laissés-pour-compte, Éditions Alire

    André Jacques, La bataille de Pavie, Druide

    Bruno Jobin, Les fleurs du malheur, Éditions Vents d’Ouest

    Léolane Kemner, Trent deniers, Les Éditions Goélette

    Stéphane Ledien, Sur ses gardes- Les phalanges d’Eddy Barcot, A L’etage

    Jean Lemineux, Le Mauvais Côtés des Choses, Québec Amérique

    Patrice Lessard, Excellence Poulet, Heliotrope

    Maureen Martineau, Le jour des mort, VLB éditeur,

    Maureen Martineau, Une eglist pour les oiseaux, Heliotrope,

    Florence Meney, L’encre mauve, Druide

    Sandra Messih, Le Rythme du Mensonge, Recto Verso Éditions

    Martin Michaud, Quand j’étais Théodore Seaborn, Les Éditions Goélette

    Guillaume Morrissette, L’Affaire Mélodie Cromier, Guy Saint-Jean Editeur

    Maryse Rouy, Voleurs d’enfants, Druide

    Zhanie Roy, Trois frois la bête, A L’etage

    Patrick Senécal, Faims, Éditions Alire

    Catherine Sylvestre, La Vieille Fille de la mort, Éditions Alire

    Ghislain Taschereau, Étoiles tombantes, Les Éditions Goélette

    Diane Vincent, Peaux de soie, Éditions Triptyque



    Entered for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book


    Don Aker, Delusion Road, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

    R.J. Anderson, A Pocket Full of Murder, Atheneum

    Kelley Armstrong, The Masked Truth, Doubleday Canada

    Kelley Armstrong, The Unquiet Past, Orca Book Publishers

    Jayne Barnard, Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, Tyche Books Ltd.

    Sigmund Brouwer, Nowhere to Hide, Harvest House

    Jasmine D’Costa, Real Justice: Branded a Baby Killer- The Story of Tammy Marquardt, James Lorimer & Company Ltd.

    John Denison, The Casebook of Padlock Holmes, Why Knot Books

    Vicki Grant, Small Bones, Orca Book Publishers

    Sarah Henstra, Mad Miss Mimic, Razorbill Canada

    Robert Hough, Diego’s Crossing, Annick Press

    Kate Jaimet, Endangered, Poisoned Pencil Press

    Gordon Korman, Masterminds, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

    Y.S. Lee, The Agency 4: Rivals in the City, Candlewick Press

    Roy MacGregor, Reality Check in Detroit, Tundra Books

    Norah McClintock, My Life Before Me, Orca Book Publishers

    Norah McClintock, Tru Detective, Orca Book Publishers

    Sylvia McNicoll, Best Friends Through Eternity, Tundra Books

    Angela Misri, Thrice Burned, Fierce Ink Books

    Eric Murphy, The Dead Man’s Boot, Dancing Cat Books

    Yvonne Prinz, If You’re Lucky, Algonquin Young Readers

    Jeff Ross, Set You Free, Orca Book Publishers

    Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin

    Caroline Stellings, The Secret of the Golden Flower, Second Story Press

    Jordan Stratford, The Case of the Missing Moonstone, RH Children’s Books

    Allan Stratton, The Dogs, Scholastic Canada

    Barrie Summy, The Disappearance of Emily H, RH Children’s Books

    Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Penguin Young Readers

    Pam Withers, Andreo’s Race, Tundra Books

    Tim Wynn-Jones, The Emperor of Any Place, Candlewick Press

    Edward Yatscoff, Voodoo Bully, Self Published



    Entered for BestNonfiction Crime Book


    Andy Burns, Wrapped in Plastic, ECW Press

    Nadia Fezzani, Through the Eyes of Serial Killers, Dundurn

    Gary Garrison, Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons, University of Regina Press

    Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

    Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr., Goose Lane Editions

    Jerry Langton, Cold War, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.

    Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks, Mr Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart, Flanker Press

    Kate Lines, Crime Seen, Penguin Random House Canada

    Philip Slayton, Mayors Gone Bad, Viking Canada

    Gilles Tetreault, The One Who Got Away- Escape from the Kill Room, Triplicity Publishing

    Ann Walmsley, The Prison Book Club, Viking Canada

    Emmanuelle Walter, Stolen Sisters, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.



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    Entered for Best

    Crime Novel