2020 Entries


Crime Writers of Canada presents the

2020 Arthur Ellis Awards for

Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing



Cathy Ace, The Wrong Boy, Four Tails Publishing Ltd.
George Amabile, Operation Stealth Seed, Signature Editions
K.L. Armstrong, Wherever She Goes, Doubleday Canada
J.E. Barnard, Where the Ice Falls, Dundurn Press
Thom Bennett, The Man with Hemingway's Face, Dark Porch Publishing
Brenda Brooks, Honey, ECW Press
Jeff Buick, One is Evil, Novel Words Inc.
Steve Burrows, A Dance of Cranes, Dundurn Press
Dave Butler, In Rhino We Trust, Dundurn Press
Susan Calder, To Catch a Fox, BWL Publishing Inc
Louise Carson, The Cat Between, Signature Editions
Brenda Chapman, Turning Secrets, Dundurn Press
Delvin Chatterson, Simply The Best, Self-Published
Delvin Chatterson, Merger Maniac, Self-Published
Michael Christie, Greenwood, McClelland & Stewart
Michael J. Clark, Mahoney’s Camaro, ECW Press
Gary Coffin, Passage into Darkness, Self Published
Sky Curtis, A Robin MacFarland Mystery, Inanna Publications
Emma Dakin, Hazards in Hampshire: The British Book Tour Mysteries, Camel Press
Hilary Davidson, One Small Sacrifice, Thomas & Mercer
Lisa de Nikolits, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution, Inanna Publications
R.E. Donald, Yellowhead Blues, Proud Horse Publishing
Sara Driscoll, No Man's Land, Kensington Books
Don Easton, The Grey Zone, Dundurn Press
Helen C. Escott, Operation Vanished, Flanker Press LTD.
Stanley Evans, Saying Hello to the Hangman, Ekstasis Editions
Joy Fielding, All the Wrong Places, Doubleday Canada
Caitlin Galway, Bonavere Howl, Guernica Editions
Carol Rose GoldenEagle, Bone Black, Nightwood Editions
R.M. Greenaway, Flights and Falls, Dundurn Press
Andrea Gunraj, The Lost Sister, Vagrant Press
Arthur Haberman, Social Justice, Lion Books
Linda Hall, The Devil to Pay, Wild Seas Press
Ian Hamilton, Fate, House of Anansi
Robyn Harding, The Arrangement, Simon & Schuster: Scout Press
Wendy Hewlett, Ailey of Skye, Self Published
Wendy Hewlett, High Priestess, Self Published
Maureen Jennings, Heat Wave, Cormorant Books
Timothy S. Johnston, The Savage Deeps, ChiZine Publications
M. C. Joudrey, Fanonymous, At Bay Press
Dietrich Kalteis, Call Down the Thunder, ECW Press
Brad Kelln, The Russian, Insomniac Press
Winona Kent, Notes on a Missing G-String, Blue Devil Books
Wayne Kerr, A Pinot Noir to Die For, Self Published
Wayne Kerr, Murder on the Okanagan Express, Self Published
Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan, The Gang of Four, Véhicule Press
Thomas King, A Matter of Malice: A Dreadful Water Mystery, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Bob Kroll, Fire Trap: A T.J. Peterson Mystery, ECW Press
Steven Laffoley, Halifax Nocturne: A Novel, Pottersfield Press Ltd
Shari Lapena, Someone We Know, Doubleday Canada
Keith Ross Leckie, Cursed! Blood of the Donnellys, Douglas & McIntyre
Luba Lesychyn, Theft Between the Rains, Self Published
Blair J Lindsay, The Beast in the Bone, Desperado Media
Erin Lindsey, A Golden Grave, Minotaur Books, Raincoast Books
Nicole Lundrigan, Hideaway, Penguin Random House
S.J Maher, Social Misconduct, Simon & Schuster
Finley Martin, Killings at Little Rose, Acorn Press
Mike Martin, Fire, Fog and Water, Ottawa Press and Publishing
A.J. McCarthy, Legacy of Fear, Black Rose Writing
Arlene McFarlane, Murder, Curlers & Kegs, Paradise Deer Publishing
Catherine McKenzie, I'll Never Tell, Simon & Schuster
Ian McKercher, Carbon Copy, Self-Published
Hannah Mary McKinnon, Her Secret Son, HarperCollins - MIRA
Rick Mofina, Missing Daughter, HarperCollins - MIRA
Rick Mofina, The Lying House, HarperCollins - MIRA
John Moss, Lindstrom Unbound, Iguana Books
A.G. Pasquella, Carve the Heart, Dundurn Press
Louise Penny, A Better Man, Minotaur Books, Raincoast Books
Judy Penz Sheluk, A Fool's Journey, Superior Shores Press
Maggie Petru, The Widow Lindsay, Sun Dragon Press Inc.
Robert Pobi, City of Windows, Minotaur Books, Raincoast Books
David A. Poulsen, None So Deadly, Dundurn Press
Andrew Pyper, The Homecoming, Simon & Schuster
Elka Ray, Divorce is Murder, Seventh Street Books
Peter Robinson, Many Rivers to Cross, McClelland & Stewart
Jeffrey Round, Shadow Puppet, Dundurn Press
Desmond P Ryan, Man At The Door, Copper Press Publishing
Joel Scott, Arrow’s Fall, ECW Press
Antanas Sileika, Provisionally Yours, Biblioasis
Alisa Smith, Doublespeak, Douglas & McIntyre
Sherri Smith, The Retreat, Forge Books, Raincoast Books
Marissa Stapley, The Last Resort, Simon & Schuster
Jamie Tremain, Lightning Strike, Black Opal Books
Leslie Vryenhoek, We All Will Be Received, Breakwater Books
Iona Whishaw, A Deceptive Devotion, TouchWood Editions
Loreth Anne White, In The Dark, MONTLAKE/Amazon Publishing
Penelope Williams, Lies that Bind, Dundurn Press
Melissa Yi, Graveyard Shift, Windtree Press
Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide, Minotaur Books, Raincoast Books


Norman Bacal, Odell's Fall, Barlow Books
Nicole Bross, Past Presence, Literary Wanderlust
Denis Coupal, Blindshot, Linda Leith Publishing
Philip Elliott, Nobody Move, Into the Void
Nikki Everts, Evidence of Uncertain Origin, Arboretum Press
Lee Gregg, Fool's Bluff, Discover Me Technologies
Karen Grose, The Dime Box, Notebook Publishing
Kevin Hopkins, A Striking Similarity, Self Published
Niall Howell, Only Pretty Damned, NeWest Press
David Kloepfer, Cheap Thrills, Now or Never Publishing
Ann Lambert, The Birds That Stay, Second Story Press
Susanna McLeod, In a Small Box of Chocolate, Self-Published
Laurie Glenn Norris, Found Drowned, Nimbus Publishing
A.M. Potter, Bay of Blood, Black Opal Books
Eve Simpson, The Emerald Tablet, Self Published
Marlene Stanton, Mercy, Mercy, Acorn Press
Mark D Swailes, Nothing to Chance, Self Published
Vanessa Westermann, An Excuse For Murder, The Wild Rose Press



Wayne Arthurson, The Red Chesterfield, University of Calgary Press
M.H Callway, Brainworm, Carrick Publishing
Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter Does Vegas, Orca Book Publishers
Brenda Chapman, Killer Heat, Grass Roots Press
Brenda Chapman, Too Close to Home, Grass Roots Press
Lisa de Nikolits, Hit Me With Your Pet Shark, Carrick Publishing
Barbara Fradkin, Blood Ties, Orca Book Publishers
Michael Kent, Bank Shot, Mizzo Publications
R. Daniel Lester, 40 Nickels, Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books
John Moss, Surviving the End of the World, World Castle Publishing
Ed Piwowarczyk, The Ballad of Will Robinson, Carrick Publishing
Merrilee Robson, The Flamingo Diamond, The People's Friend magazine
Devon Shepherd, The Woman in Apartment 615, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Kevin P. Thornton, The Recovery of the Ashes, MX Publishing



Catherine Astolfo, Gentle Rain From Heaven, Carrick Publishing
Rosemary Aubert, The Beethovan Disaster, Carrick Publishing
Melodie Campbell, Death of a Cheapskate, Carrick Publishing
Susan Daly, Spirit River Dam, Superior Shores Press
Lisa deNikolits, Fire Drill, Superior Shores Pres
Catherine Dunphy, Winona and the CHUM Chart, Carrick Publishing
Elizabeth Elwood, The Chess Room, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Angelique Fawns, Three Calendars, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Keith Hann, The Dragon's Mark, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Maureen Jennings, Heat Wave, Taddle Creek
Marilyn Kay, Her Perfume, Carrick Publishing
Blair Keetch, A Contrapuntal Duet, Carrick Publishing
Y.S. Lee, In Plain Sight, Macmillan Publishing Group
Sylvia Maultash Warsh, None Shall Sleep, Carrick Publishing
Rosemary McCracken, Dining Out, Wildside Press LLC
Rosemary McCracken, Farewell to the King, Carrick Publishing
Lynne Murphy, Let the Sunshine In, Carrick Publishing
J.L. Orchard, A Question of Rabbits, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Twist Phelan, Rude Awakening, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Twist Phelan, Fathers-in-Law, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Rosalind Place, Bad Vibrations, Carrick Publishing
A.M Porter, The Drawings, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Zandra Renwick, The Dead Man's Dog, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Merrilee Robson, Stealth, Toe Six Press
Merrilee Robson, A Locked Co-op Mystery, Mystery Weekly
Peter Sellers, Closing Doors, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Elvie Simons, I Could Still Kill You, Dark City Mystery Magazine
Madona Skaff, Backbone, Renaissance Press
Madona Skaff, Soul Behind the Face, Carrick Publishing
Caro Soles, The Moonlight Sonata, Carrick Publishing
Kevin P. Thornton, Under the Lamplight, Carrick Publishing
Kevin P. Thornton, The Mystery of Maclean House, Belanger Books
Kevin P. Thornton, Angelus Domini Nuntiavit, MX Publishing
Bev Vincent, The Patience of Kane, Down & Out Books
Sylvia Maultash Warsh, The Comeback, Todd Robins
Sylvia Maultash Warsh, The Veiled Heart, Down & Out Books
Elle Wild, A Girl's Guide to the End of the World, The London Reader
Melissa Yi, Blue Christmas, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Melissa Yi, Dueling Dojos, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine



Chrystine Brouillet, Dans son ombre, Druide
Louis Carmain, Les offrandes, VLB Éditeur
Marc-André Chabot, Dis-moi qui doit mourir…, Libre Expression
Mylène Gilbert-Dumas, Le Livre de Judith, VLB Éditeur
Steve Laflamme, Sous un Ciel D'Abîme, Les Editions de l'Homme
Martin Michuaud, Ghetto X, Libre Expression
Andrée A. Michuaud, Tempêtes, Éditions Québec Amériques
Guillaume Morrissette, Le tribunal de la rue Quirion, Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur
Lionel Noël, Halifax Express, Éditions Alire
Suzan Payne, Valérie, Les éditions Perce-Neige
Suzan Payne, Joëlle, Les éditions Perce-Neige
Jean-Jacques Pelletier, Ontue, Éditions Alire
Félix Ravenelle-Arcouette, Le Cercle de Cendres, Héliotrope



Michael Betcherman, The Justice Project, Orca Book Publishers
Kate A. Boorman, What We Buried, Henry Holt & Co, Raincoast Books
Melodie Campbell, Crime Club, Orca Book Publishers
Eileen Cook, You Owe Me a Murder, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Raincoast Books
Natasha Deen, Lark and the Dessert Disaster, Orca Book Publishers
Natasha Deen, Thicker Than Water, Orca Book Publishers
Cary Fagan, The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster, Tundra Books
Alison Hughes, Watch Out, Orca Book Publishers
Michael Hutchinson, The Case of Windy Lake, Second Story Press
Margaret J. McMaster, 8 Days in Dumbo, Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
Liam O'Donnell and Mike Deas, Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror, Orca Book Publishers
Shane Peacock, Phantom of Fire, Nimbus Publishing
Shane Peacock, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim: Demon, Tundra Books
Kelly Powell, Songs from the Deep, Simon & Schuster: McElderry Books
David A. Robertson, Ghosts, HighWater Press (an Imprint of Portage & Main Press)
Tom Ryan, Keep This to Yourself, Albert Whitman & Company
Arthur Slade, Amber Fang: Haunted, Orca Book Publishers
Courtney Summers, Sadie, Wednesday Books, Raincoast Books
Jo Treggiari, The Grey Sisters, Penguin Teen



Jim Brown, The Golden Boy of Crime: The Almost Certainly True Story of Norman "Red" Ryan, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Vanessa Brown, The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice, ECW Press
Katie Daubs, The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed with Finding Him, MacClelland & Stewart
Kevin Donovan, The Billionaire Murders, Penguin Random House
Sarah Edmondson, with Kristine Gasbarre, Scarred, Chronicle Books, Raincoast Books
John Goddard, The Man with the Black Valise, Dundurn Press
Charlotte Gray, Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Debra Komar, The Court of Better Fiction, Dundurn Press
Linden MacIntyre, The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Shayne Morrow, The Bulldog and the Helix: DNA and the Pursuit of Justice in a Frontier Town, Heritage House
Geordie Telfer, Hogtown Empire: The disappearance of Ambrose Small, Slang Inc.
Dan Werb, City of Omens, Bloomsbury, Raincoast Books



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