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.

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.

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.

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.

Wallace DowntheAisle

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

First comes love. Then comes. . .murder?

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.

Chapman BleedingDarkness

Brenda Chapman, Bleeding Darkness, Dundurn Press

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News Highlights

 Martin CWC Chair

Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is pleased to announce that Ottawa mystery writer Mike Martin has been elected as the new Chair of the organization by the CWC Board of Directors.

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Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing




Sleeping in the Ground, Peter Robinson, McClelland & Stewart

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Full Curl, Dave Butler, Dundurn Press

 BEST CRIME NOVELLA – The Lou Allin Memorial Award

How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around
Mike Culpepper, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine


The Outlier, Catherine Astolfo, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing


The Whisky King, Trevor Cole, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.


Chase - Get Ready to Run, Linwood Barclay, Penguin Random House
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Les tricoteuses, Marie Saur, Héliotrope Noir


Destruction in Paradise Dianne Scott


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Crime Writers of Canada is pleased to announce the
2018 Grand Master Gail Bowen
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Gail Bowen is being recognized by Crime Writers of Canada for her long and illustrious career as a crime fiction author. She has almost 20 books in her long running Joanne Kilbourn series, several of which were either nominated for or received awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1994, for A Colder Kind of Death. She has also written four Rapid Reads novellas and several plays. She is well established in Canada, highly respected in the writing community and much sought after by readers. She is frequently a guest at literary events. Several of her Joanne Kilbourn books were turned into a TV series.

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CWC Authors & the Bony Blithe Award

Four of the five shortlisted works for the Bony Blithe Award 2018 for Best Canadian Light Mystery are by CWC members.

Congratulations to all the finalists. More info here:

  • Cathy Ace: The Case of the Unsuitable Suitor
  • E.C. Bell: Dying on Second
  • Rickie Blair: Digging Up Trouble
  • Vicki Delany: Hark The Herald Angels Slay
  • Elizabeth J. Duncan: Much Ado About Murder

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