2016 Shortlists

April 21, 2016: Crime Writers of Canada was proud to announce the

 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing



Best Novel

Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts, Simon & Schuster

John Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur

Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion, Minotaur

Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell, McClelland & Stewart


Best First Novel

J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive, iUniverse

David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Vagrant Press

Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

Alexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star

Brian R. Lindsay, Old Bones, Volumes Publishing


Best Novella

Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts, Ghillinnein Books

Alison Bruce, Deadly Season, Imajin Books

M.H. Callway, Glow Glass, Carrick Publishing

Barbara Fradkin, The Night Thief, Orca Book Publishers

Brian Harvey, Beethoven’s Tenth, Orca Book Publishers


Best Short Story

Karen Abrahamson, With One Shoe, Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Editions

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

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

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

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


Best Book in French

Luc Chartrand, L'Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique

Jean-Louis Fleury, L'affaire Céline, Éditions Alire

André Jacques, La bataille de Pavie, Druide        

Jean Lemieux, Le mauvais côté des choses, Québec Amérique

Guillaume Morrissette, L'affaire Mélodie Cormier, Guy Saint-Jean éditeur


Best Juvenile/YA Book

Robert Hough, Diego’s Crossing, Annick Press

Jeff Ross, Set You Free, Orca

Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin

Allan Stratton, The Dogs, Scholastic

Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books


Best Nonfiction Book

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

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

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


The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls

Alice Bienia, Knight Blind

Pam Isfeld, Brave Girls

J.T. Siemens, Better the Devil You Know

J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek


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Click here for the 2014 Shortlists

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