2021 The Crime Writers of Canada

Awards of Excellence



Best Crime Novel
Sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize

Ace, Cathy, The Corpse with the Crystal Skull, Four Tails Publishing Ltd.
Armstrong, K.L., Every Step She Takes, Doubleday Canada
Arnold, Carolyn, Past Deeds, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Arnold, Carolyn, What We Bury, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Barnard, J.E., Why the Rock Falls, Dundurn Press
Bowen, Gail, The Unlocking Season, ECW Press
Buick, Jeff, A Killing Game, Novel Words Inc. and Jeff Buick
Carew, D.B., The Weight of Blood, NeWest Press
Celona, Marjorie, How a Woman Becomes a Lake, Hamish Hamilton Canada, Penguin Canada
Chapman, Brenda, Closing Time, Dundurn Press
Clayden, Dwayne, Speargrass-Opioid, Bad Alibi Press
Corbett, Ron, Mission Road, ECW Press
Danna, Jen J, Exit Strategy, Kensington Books
Delany, Vicki, A Murder Afoot, Crooked Lane Books
Demers, Charles, Primary Obsessions, Douglas & McIntrye
Duncan, Elizabeth J, On Deadly Tides, Crooked Lane Books
Ekbäck, Cecilia, The Historians, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Emery, Anne, Postmark Berlin, ECW Press
Ferguson, Will, The Finder, Simon & Schuster Canada
Finlay, Barry, The Burden of Darkness, Keep On Climbing Publishing
Freeland, Liz, An Orphan of Hell's Kitchen, Kensington Books
Greenaway, R.M., River of Lies, Dundurn Press
Harding, Robyn, The Swap, Simon & Schuster Canada
Ireland, Liz, Mrs. Claus and the Santaland Slayings, Kensington Books
Kalla, Daniel, The Last High, Simon & Schuster Canada
Kalteis, Dietrich, Cradle of the Deep, ECW Press
Kent, Winona, Lost Time, Blue Devil Books
King, Thomas, Obsidian, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Knowles, Mike, Running from the Dead, ECW Press
Lang, Essie, Death on the Page, Crooked Lane Books
Lee, Patricia C., First Gear: a Sadie Hawkins Mystery, Phoenix Literary Publishing
Lisac, Mark, Image Decay, NeWest Press
Lynch, Gerald, The Dying Detective, Signature Editions
McCormick, Jonathan, Barkley Sound Secrets, Kindle
McKenzie, Catherine, You Can't Catch Me, Simon & Schuster Canada
McKinnon, Hannah Mary , Sister Dear, MIRA, Harpercollins
Misri, Angela, The Detective and the Spy, Cormorant Books
Mofina, Rick, Their Last Secret, MIRA, Harpercollins
Nay, Roz, Hurry Home, Simon & Schuster Canada
Novis, Carol, Knock Off the Old Block, Self-Published
O'Cinneide, C.S., The Starr Sting Scale, Dundurn Press
Pennie, Ross, Bitter Paradise, ECW Press
Pettersen, Bev, Grave Instinct, Westerhall
Pyper, Andrew, The Residence, Simon & Schuster Canada
Round, Jeffrey, Lion's Head Revisited, Dundurn Press
Saric, Tom, Don't Look In, Severn River Publishing
Smith, Brad, The Goliath Run, At Bay Press
Stuart, Amy, Still Here, Simon & Schuster Canada
Whishaw, Iona, A Match Made for Murder, TouchWood Editions
White, Loreth Anne, In The Deep, Montlake
Yi, Melissa, Scorpion Scheme, Windtree Press

Best Crime First Novel
Sponsored by Writers First, with a $500 prize

Anderson, Raye, And We Shall Have Snow, Signature Editions
Bent, Bob, Spy on Ice, Nevermore Press
Berryman, Tony, The Night Nurse, Twintree Books
Bienia, Alice, Knight Blind, Self-Published
Bridgwater, E.J., The Man in the Bleachers, Brewed Ink Publishing
Carlson , Brenden, Night Call, Dundurn Press
Carolan, Chris Patrick, The Nightshade Cabal, Parliament House Press
Cockell, Douglas, Requiem for Thursday: A superntural Mystery, Dunhill Clare Publishing
Crane, Arlana, Mordecai's Ashes, Big Tree Press
Cushing, Raymond, Temper, Temper, Self Published
D'Izzia, Guglielmo, The Transaction, Guernica Editions
Dupuis, J.J., Roanoke Ridge: A Creature X Mystery, Dundurn Press
Fralich, Russell, True Patriots, Dundurn Press
Hepditch, Emily, The Woman in the Attic, Flanker Press
Jones, Gordon K., Saving Tiberius, Bookland Press
Macdonald, Don, Omand's Creek, Cordova Publishing Company
Ruddy, Erin, Tell Me My Name, Dundurn Press
West, Sheridan, Braziliada, Wicked West Publishing

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada
Sponsored by  the Engel Family with a $500 prize

Carson, Louise, The Cat Possessed, Signature Editions
Clayden, Dwayne, 13 Days of Terror, Bad Alibi Press
Collins, Gerard, The Hush Sisters, Breakwater Books
Cushing, Raymond, Your Taxi Is Here, Self Published
Denley, Randall, Payback, Ottawa Press and Publishing
Devlin, A.J., Rolling Thunder, NeWest Press
Dorsey, Candas Jane, The Adventures of Isabel, ECW Press
Escott, Helen C., Operation Wormwood: The Reckoning, Flanker Press
Fransworth, Vanessa, The Haweaters, Signature Editions
Haberman, Arthur, Poetic Justice, Leaping Lion Books
Heuvel, Wendy, Fishers of Menace (Faith & Foils Cozy Mystery Series #1), Olde Crow Publishing
Hopkins, Kevin, Reserved For Murder, Self Published
Humphreys, Helen, Rabbit Foot Bill, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Jennings, Maureen, November Rain, Cormorant Books
King, Richard, A Stab at Life, Baraka Books
Koetting, Alexis, A Bella James Mystery, Self-Published
Lambert, Ann, The Dogs of Winter, Second Story Press
Major, Kevin, Two for the Tablelands, Breakwater Books
Martin, Mike, A Perfect Storm, Ottawa Press and Publising
McCarthy, A.J., By the Book, Black Rose Writing
McCracken, Rosemary, Uncharted Waters, Carrick Publishing
Onstad, Katrina, Stay Where I Can See You, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Paulson, J.C., Griffin's Cure, Self-Published
Penz Sheluk, Judy, Where There's A Will, Superior Shores Press
Petryshyn, Jaroslav (Jerry), A Death Most Cold, Iguana Books
Schuh, Eileen, Project W.Olf, WolfSinger Publications
Skaff-Koren, Madona, Death by Association, Renaissance Press
Toews, J.G., Lucky Jack Road, Mosaic Press
Waltner-Toews, David, Dead Cows Talking, Self-Published

Best Crime Novella
Sponsored by Mystery Weekly

Benison, C.C, The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford, A Father Christmas Mystery, At Bay Press
Delany, Vicki, Coral Reef Views, Orca Book Publishers
D'Souza, Erik, The Stanley Park Rapist, Timbercrest Publishing
Hughes, Matthew, The Bicolour Spiral, Pulp Literature
Kent, Winona, Salty Dog Blues, Sisters in Crime - Canada West
Nichols, Brent, End of the Loop, The Seventh Terrace
Racknor, Chris, Murder Around the Corner, Yellow Brick Publishing House
Wiebe, Sam , Never Going Back, Orca Book Publishers

Best Crime Short Story
Sponsored by Mystery Weekly

 Barnard, Jayne, Christmas Rose, Carrick Publishing
Bennett, Thom, The Empty Grave, Carrick Publishing
Bienia, Alice, The Potluck Brigade, Sisters in Crime - Canada West
Brown, E.R., The White Box, Mystery Weekly
Cahill, Linda, The Referral, Carrick Publishing
Callway, M.H., The Eternal Bakery of the Fractual Mind, Carrick Publishing
Campbell, Melodie, Two Crooks Walk into a Store, Carrick Publishing
Daly, Susan, Deep Freeze in Suburbia, Superior Shores Press
Dubé, Marcelle, Cold Wave, Sisters in Crime - Canada West
Elwood, Elizabeth, The Homicidal Understudy, Wildside Press
Fromm, Delee, The Neighborhood Watch, Carrick Publishing
Greenwood, Therese, Boomtown Shakedown, Carrick Publishing
Harbridge, Kim, Maps, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Hosang, Elizabeth, A Pill a Day Keeps the Blues Away, Carrick Publishing
Hunt, Sharon, Silent Night, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Maultash Warsh, Sylvia, Days Without Name, Carrick Publishing
McCartney, Rob, The Red Cord, Carrick Publishing
McCracken, Rosemary, Hooked, Carrick Publishing
McCracken, Rosemary, Weekend in Lisdoonvarna: An Irish Mystery Short Story, Kings River Life Magazine
Morganti, Charlotte, Pickled to Death, Sisters in Crime-Canada West
Peterson Burfield, Jane, Unmasked, Carrick Publishing
Phelan, Twist, Used To Be, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Piwowarczyk, Ed, Danny and Me, Carrick Publishing
Place, Rosalind, Criminals Like Us, Carrick Publishing
Porter, A.M., The Gnomes, Mystery Weekly
Quon, Wynn, Art in Pieces, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Renwick, Zandra, Killer Biznez, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Robson, Merrilee, Edie, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Robson, Merrilee, Autumn is a Time for Dying, Sisters in Crime - Canada West
Robson, Merrilee, In His Element, Carrick Publishing
Thornton, Kevin P., Hypochondriacs never get this, Carrick Publishing
Thornton, Kevin P., Sherlock's Diagnosis, Belanger
Vincent, Bev, The Fugitive with the Dragon Tattoo, lack Cat Mystery Magazine / Wildside Press
Vincent, Bev, Expiration Date, Mango Press
Vincent, Bev, Kane and the Candidate, Berry Content Corporation
Weinman, Sarah, Limited Liability, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine
Westermann, Vanessa, Medicine, Carrick Publishing

Best French Crime Book

 Bouchard, Roxanne, La mariée de corail, Libre Expression
Brouillet, Chrystine , Les Cibles - une enquête de Maud Graham, Druide
Gauthier, Stéphanie, Inacceptable, Éditions Québec Amérique
Giguère, Christian, Le printemps des traîtres, Héliotrope
Hardy, Xavière, Ne passez pas par la case départ, Éditions Complicités
Lalancette, Guy, Les cachettes, Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature (VLB éditeur)
Lemieux, Jean, Les Demoiselles du Havre-Aubert, Éditions Québec Amérique
Martineau, Maureen, ZEC La Croche, Héliotrope
Paul, Philippe, Code 4-1, Le pouvoir de l'informateur, Druide
Roberge, Michel, Chronomeurtres, Éditions Noir Québec
Sylvestre, Catherine, La Vieille Fille et l'enfant, Éditions Alire

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book
Sponsored by Shaftesbury with a $500 prize

 Brouwer, Sigmund, Clan, Tundra Books
Camlot, Heather, The Other Side, Red Deer Press
Greenslade, Frances, Red Fox Road, Puffin Canada
Hale, Taylor, The Summer I Drowned, Wattpad Books
Hill, Janet, Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House, Tundra Books
Hutchinson, Michael, The Case of the Missing Auntie, Second Story Press
Jocelyn, Marthe, Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Body under the Piano, Tundra Books
Jocelyn, Marthe, Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park, Tundra Books
Kamal, Sheena, Fight Like a Girl, Penguin Teen
Lloyd Kyi, Tanya, Me and Banksy, Puffin Canada
McAdam, Tash, Blood Sport, Orca Book Publishers
Powell, Kelly, Magic Dark and Strange, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Reid, Raziel, Followers, Penguin Teen
Ryan, Tom, I Hope You're Listening, Albert Whitman & Company

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book
Sponsored by Simpson & Wellenreiter LLP (Hamilton) with a $300 prize

 Allore, John Allore, Pearson, Patricia, Wish You Were Here, Random House Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada
Batten, Jack, The Saga of a Brilliant Criminal Lawyer, Durvile Publications
Blackstock, Jeff, Murder in the Family: How the Search for My Mother's Killer Led to My Father, Viking Canada; Penguin Canada
Boucher, Norm, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip, NeWest Press
Burke, Ann, The Seventh Shot, Latitude 46 Publishing
Cameron, SIlver Donald, Blood in the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes, Viking Canada; Penguin Canada
Heckbert, Doug, Go Ahead and Shoot Me!, Durvile
Levine, Allan, Details are Unprintable: Wayne Lonergan and the Sensational Cafe Society Murder, Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littliefield
Ling, Justin, Missing from the Village, McClelland & Stewart
Nest, Michael; Reder, Deanna; Bell, Eric, The search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett, University of Regina Press
Radforth, Ian, Jeannie’s Demise: Abortion on Trial in Victorian Toronto, Between the Lines
Reimer, Chad, The Trials of Albert Stroebel: Love, Murder and Justice at the End of the Frontier, Caitlin Press
Toffan, Will, Watching the Devil Dance, Biblioasis



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