Friday, April 19, 2013


Last night was a fun one at the Ottawa Public Library for all. Readers and writers were among the first to hear the shortlist announcement for the Arthur Ellis Awards from Crime Writers of Canada. Mega congratulations to all who made the lists...and to everyone who had something published last year. It was a booming year for Canadian crime....writing.

Here are those shortlisted:

Best First Novel
Peggy Blair, The Beggar’s Opera
Deryn Collier, Confined Space
Peter Kirby, The Dead of Winter
Chris Laing, A Private Man
Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Best Novel

Linwood Barclay, Trust Your Eyes
Giles Blunt, Until the Night
Sean Chercover, The Trinity Game
Stephen Miller, The Messenger
Carsten Stroud, Niceville

Best Novella
Lou Allin, Contingency Plan
Vicki Delany, A Winter Kill
Barbara Fradkin, Evil behind that Door
Christopher Moore, "Reunion"

Best Short Story
Melodie Campbell, “Life without George” in Over My Dead Body Mystery Magazine, August 2012
Sandy Conrad, “Sins of the Fathers” in Daughters and Other Strangers, The Brucedale Press
Scott MacKay, “Cruel Coast” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, July 2012
Jas R. Petrin, “Mad Dog” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, October 2012
Yasuko Thanh, “Spring-blade Knife” in Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart

Best Nonfiction
Anita Arvast, Bloody Justice: The Truth behind the Bandidos Massacre at Shedden
Guy Lawson, Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con
Steve Lillebuen, The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room
Bruce Livesey, Thieves of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians

Best Juvenile/YA
Lisa Harrington, Live to Tell
Y.S. Lee, The Agency: The Traitor in the Tunnel
Sylvia McNicoll, Crush Candy Corpse
Shane Peacock, Becoming Holmes
Elizabeth Stewart, The Lynching of Louie Sam

Best Crime Book in French

Mario Bolduc, La Nuit des albinos: Sur les traces de Max O’Brien
André Jacques, De pierres et de sang
Jean Lemieux, L’homme du jeudi
Martin Michaud, Je me souviens
Richard Ste Marie, L’inaveu

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: the Unhanged Arthur
William Hall, Cold Black Tide
Ilonka Halsband, The Raffle Baby
Coleen Steele, Sins Revisited

The winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on Thursday, May 30, at the Arts & Letters Club in downtown Toronto. Visit the Crime Writers of Canada website at for all the details.

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