Thursday, April 21, 2022

Congratulations in Canada

Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the finalists for its 2022 Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards), in 10 categories. Winners are to be announced on Thursday, May 26.

Best Crime Novel:
Find You First, by Linwood Barclay (Morrow)
Lost Immunity, by Daniel Kalla (Simon & Schuster)
Under the Outlaw Moon, by Dietrich Kalteis (ECW Press)
Not a Happy Family, by Shari Lapena (Doubleday Canada)
The Hunted, by Roz Nay (Simon & Schuster)

Best Crime First Novel:
The Push, by Ashley Audrain (Viking Canada)
The Captive, by Fiona King Foster (HarperCollins)
Windfall, by Byron TD Smith (Shima Kun Press)
All Is Well, by Katherine Walker (Thistledown Press)
Seven Down, by David Whitton (Rare Machines)

The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery:
What’s the Matter with Mary Jane? by Candas Jane Dorsey (ECW Press)
Three Dog Knight, by Alice Bienia (Cairn Press)
Hell’s Half Acre, by Jackie Elliott (Joffe)
So Many Windings, by Catherine Macdonald (At Bay Press)
Murder in a Teacup, by Vicki Delany (Kensington)

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada:
Beneath Her Skin, by C.S. Porter (Vagrant Press)
Corpse with an Iron Will, by Cathy Ace (Four Tails)
Death on Darby’s Island, by Alice Walsh (Vagrant Press)
Hell and Gone, by Sam Wiebe (Harbour)
Three for Trinity, by Kevin Major (Breakwater)

Best Crime Novella:
Identity Withheld, by Marcelle Dubé (Falcon Ridge)
Murder in Abstract, by Brenda Gayle (Bowstring)
Letters from Johnny, by Wayne Ng (Guernica Editions)
Not So Fast, Dr. Quick, by Elvie Simons (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021)

Best Crime Short Story:
“What Can You Do?” by Pam Barnsley (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM], November/December 2021)
“Weed Man,” by Hilary Davidson (EQMM, September/October 2021)
“Number 10 Marlborough Place,” by Elizabeth Elwood (EQMM, November/December 2021)
“All My Darlings,” by Charlotte Morganti (from Die Laughing: An Anthology of Humorous Mysteries, edited by Kelly Carter; Independently Published)
“Dead Man’s Hand, by Melissa Yi (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, March/April 2021)

Best French Crime Book (fiction and non-fiction):
Le murmure des hakapiks, by Roxanne Bouchard (Libre Expression)
Dis-moi qui doit vivre …, by Marc-André Chabot (Libre Expression)
Conduite dangereuse, by Guillaume Morrissette (Saint-Jean)
Flots, by Patrick Senécal (Editions Alire)
Stigmates, by Richard Ste-Marie (Editions Alire)

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (fiction and non-fiction):
• Blood Donor, by Karen Bass (Orca)
• Alice Fleck’s Recipes for Disaster, by Rachelle Delane (Puffin Canada)
• Hunting By Stars, by Cherie Dimaline (Penguin Teen)
• The Traitor’s Blade, by Kevin Sands (Aladdin)
• Don’t Breathe a Word, by Jordyn Taylor (HarperTeen)

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Non-fiction Crime Book:
Don’t Call It a Cult, by Sarah Berman (Viking Canada)
Vancouver Vice: Crime and Spectacle in the City’s West End, by Aaron Chapman (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston Penitentiary, by Catherine Fogarty (Biblioasis)
The Beatle Bandit, by Nate Hendley (Dundurn Press)
The Don: The Story of Toronto’s Infamous Jail, by Lorna Poplak (Dundurn Press)

The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript:
The Strength to Rise, by Delee Fromm
Captives, by Pam Isfeld
Elmington, by Renee Lehnen
Ken’s Corner, by Katie Mac
Part Time Crazy, by Mark Thomas

In addition, the CWC has named Toronto-born author Louise Penny as the recipient of its latest Grand Master Award. “Louise Penny’s debut novel, Still Life, not only won CWC Award for Best First Novel but also the New Blood Dagger, Anthony and Barry awards,” it recalls in a news release. “Since then, Louise Penny has penned over sixteen Inspector Gamache novels, won many more awards, [and] become an international bestseller and Canadian icon. Inspector Gamache is being adapted for television by Left Bank Productions with Alfred Molina playing the beloved detective. Her most recent book, State of Terror, was written with 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, a literary coup and another bestseller.”

(Hat tip to Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan.)

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