Friday, April 29, 2011



Here they are, the best in Canadian mystery and crime writing for 2010. Of course, there's still another "Best" list to come out of these shortlists and the winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards banquet in Victoria, B.C. on Thurs. June 2, the day before Bloody Words starts.

So, congratulations to all on these lists!

Best Crime Novel
A Criminal to Remember, Michael Van Rooy, Turnstone Press
Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny, Little, Brown UK
In Plain Sight, Mike Knowles, ECW Press
Slow Recoil, C.B Forrest, RendezVous Crime
The Extinction Club, Jeffrey Moore, Penguin Group

Best First Crime Novel
The Damage Done, Hilary Davidson, Tom Doherty Associates
The Debba, Avner Mandleman, Random House of Canada
The Penalty Killing, Michael McKinley, McClelland & Stewart
The Parabolist, Nicholas Ruddock, Doubleday Canada
Still Missing, Chevy Stevens, St. Martin's Press

Best French Crime Book
Cinq secondes, Jacques Savoie, Libre Expression
Dans le quartier des agités, Jacques Côté, Éditions Alire
La société des pères meurtriers, Michel Châteauneuf, Vent d’Ouest
Quand la mort s'invite à la première, Bernard Gilbert, Québec Amerique
Vanités, Johanne Seymour, Libre Expression

Best Crime Nonfiction
Northern Light, Roy MacGregor, Random House
On the Farm, Stevie Cameron, Alfred A. Knopf Canada
Our Man in Tehran, Robert Wright, HarperCollins Canada

Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book

Borderline, Allan Stratton, HarperCollins
Pluto's Ghost, Sharee Fitch, Doubleday Canada
The Vinyl Princess, Yvonne Prinz, HarperCollins
Lost For Words (The Worst Thing She Ever Did), Alice Kuipers, HarperCollins
Victim Rights, Norah McClintock, Red Deer Press

Best Crime Short Story
In it Up to My Neck, Jas R. Petrin, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
So Much in Common, Mary Jane Maffini, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
The Big Touch, Jordan McPeek,
The Piper's Door, James Powell, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
The Bust, William Deverall, Whodunnit: Sun Media’s Canadian Crime Fiction Showcase

And, in case you missed it, we have two Ottawans on the list: C.B. Forrest for Best Novel and Mary Jane Maffini for Best Short Story...yay!

Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
Mystery Book Club series coming
from Berkley Prime Crime, April, 2012

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