The Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence


The Winners will be announced Thursday, 25 May 2023.

 EN Finalist GenBadge

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

Linwood Barclay, Take Your Breath Away, William Morrow

Anthony Bidulka, Going to Beautiful, Stonehouse Publishing

Nicole Lundrigan, An Unthinkable Thing, Viking Canada

Catherine McKenzie, Please Join Us, Simon & Schuster Canada

Shelly Sanders, Daughters of the Occupation, HarperCollins Canada


Best Crime First Novel
sponsored by Melodie Campbell, with a $1000 prize

T. Lawrence Davis, The Pale Horse, Friesen Press

Bill Edwards, Killer Time, Friesen Press

Adam Frost, The Damned Lovely, Down and Out Books

Sam Shelstad, Citizens of Light, TouchWood Editions

M.Z. Urlocker, The Man from Mittelwerk, Inkshares, Inc.


The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada
sponsored by Charlotte Engel and CWC, with a $500 prize

A. J. Devlin, Five Moves of Doom, NeWest Press

S. M. Freedman, Blood Atonement, Dundurn Press

Joanne Jackson, A Snake in the Raspberry Patch, Stonehouse Publishing

Maureen Jennings, Cold Snap, Cormorant Books

Amy Tector, The Foulest Things, Keylight Books


The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery
sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize

Alice Bienia, Knight in the Museum, Cairn Press

Anne Emery, Fenian Street, ECW Press

Thomas King, Deep House, HarperCollins Canada

Mary Jane Maffini, Death Plans a Perfect Trip, Beyond the Page

Iona Whishaw, Framed in Fire, Touchwood Editions


Best Crime Novella
sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $200 prize

M.H. Callway, Amdur's Ghost, In the Spirit of 13,Carrick Publishing

Hilary Davidson, Dangerous to Know, A Grifter's Song Vol. 8, Down & Out Books

Julie Hiner, Dead End Track, Julie Hiner

Matt Hughes, The Emir's Falcon, Shadowpaw Press Premiere

Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, The Man Who Went Down Under, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazines


Best Crime Short Story
sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $300 prize

Craig H. Bowlsby, The Girl Who Was Only Three Quarters Dead, Mystery Magazine

M.H. Callway, Must Love Dogs - or You're Gone, Gone, Red Dog Press

Blair Keetch, To Catch a Kumiho, In the Spirit of 13, Carrick Publishing

Sylvia Maultash Warsh, The Natural Order of Things, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

donalee Moulton, Swan Song, Cold Canadian Crime, Crime Writers of Canada


Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

Geneviève Blouin, Le Mouroir des anges, Éditions Alire

Isabelle Lafortune, Chaîne de glace, Éditions XYZ

Guillaume Morrissette, Le dernier manège, Saint-Jean éditeur

Suzan Payne, Modus operandi, Éditions Perce-Neige

Richard Ste-Marie, Monsieur Hämmerli, Éditions Alire


Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
sponsored by Shaftesbury, with a $500 prize

Natasha Deen, Lark Steals the Show, Orca Book Publisher

Marthe Jocelyn, Aggie Morton Mystery Queen: The Seaside Corpse, Tundra Books

H.N. Khan, Wrong Side of the Court, Penguin Teen

Wesley King, Butt Sandwich & Tree, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Jo Treggiari, Heartbreak Homes, Nimbus Publishing Limited


The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book
sponsored by David Reid Simpson Law Firm, Hamilton, with a $300 prize

Michael Arntfield, How to Solve a Cold Case: And Everything Else You Wanted to Know About Catching Killers, HarperCollins Canada

Sharon Anne Cook and Margaret Carson, The Castleton Massacre, Dundurn Press Ltd.

Harley Rustad, Lost in the Valley of Death, Knopf Canada - Penguin Random House Canada

Rosemary Sullivan, The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, HarperCollins Canada

Sarah Weinman, Scoundrel, Knopf Canada - Penguin Random House Canada


The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript
sponsored by ECW Press, with a $500 prize

Jan Garnett, No Safe House

Mary Keenan, Snowed

Joanne Kormylo, Two Knots

Joel Nedecky, The Broken Detective

Michael Pennock, The Peaks


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