Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Canada Applauds Its Stars

The Crime Writers of Canada last night announced its shortlists of nominees for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards. Because of the present COVID-19 pandemic, that news was spread online, rather than through the traditional method: a series of events held across Canada.

Best Crime Novel:
Greenwood, by Michael Christie (McClelland & Stewart)
Fate, by Ian Hamilton (House of Anansi Press)
Hideaway, by Nicole Lundrigan (Penguin Random House Canada)
The Last Resort, by Marissa Stapley (Simon & Schuster Canada)
In the Dark, by Loreth Anne White (Montlake Romance)

The Angela Harrison Memorial Award for Best Crime First Novel:
Nobody Move, by Philip Elliott (Into the Void Press)
Blindshot, by Denis Coupal (Linda Leith)
Past Presence, by Nicole Bross (Literary Wanderlust)

Best Crime Novella:
The Red Chesterfield, by Wayne Arthurson
(University of Calgary Press)
Blood Ties, by Barbara Fradkin (Orca)
Too Close to Home, by Brenda Chapman (Grass Roots Press)
The Goddaughter Does Vegas, by Melodie Campbell (Orca)
The Woman in Apartment 615, by Devon Shepherd (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January/February 2019)

Best Crime Short Story:
“In Plain Sight,” by Y.S. Lee (from Life is Short and Then You Die, edited by Kelley Armstrong; Macmillan)
“Closing Doors,” by Peter Sellers (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, March/April 2019)
“The Dead Man's Dog,” by Zandra Renwick (Alfred Hitchcock
Mystery Magazine
, January/February 2019)

Best French Crime Book:
Les offrandes, by Louis Carmain (VLB Éditeur)
Tempêtes, by Andrée Michaud (Éditions Québec Amériques)
Ghetto X, by Martin Michaud (Libre Expression)
Le tribunal de la rue Quirion, by Guillaume Morrissette
(Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur)
Le cercle de cendres, by Félix Ravenelle-Arcouette (Héliotrope)

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book:
Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror, by Liam O’Donnell
and Mike Dean, Orca)
The Grey Sisters, by Jo Treggiari (Penguin Teen)
Keep This to Yourself, by Tom Ryan (Albert Whitman)
Ghosts, by David A. Robertson (HighWater Press)

Best Non-fiction Crime Book:
The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed with Finding Him, by Katie Daubs
(MacClelland & Stewart)
The Billionaire Murders, by Kevin Donovan (Penguin Random House)
The Court of Better Fiction, by Debra Komar (Dundurn Press)
The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice, by Vanessa Brown (ECW Press)
Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise, by Charlotte Gray (HarperCollins)

The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished
Crime Manuscript:

Bert Mintenko and the Serious Business, by B.L. Smith
Henry’s Bomb, by K.P. Bartlett
One Bad Day After Another, by Max Folsom
The Dieppe Letters, by Liz Rachel Walker
The River Cage, by Pam Barnsley

In addition, Peter Robinson, Toronto-based author of the Alan Banks mystery series, has been chosen to receive the 2020 Grand Master Award, an honor presented biennially “to recognize a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work who has garnered national and international recognition.”

Winners of the other prizes are to be named in late May.

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