Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence

Given by Crime Writers of Canada (CWC)

Other Names: Prix Arthur-Ellis (French)
483 Works / 486 Items 120,456 Books 5,512 Reviews ½ 3.8
The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) honors works published for the first time in the previous year by authors living in Canada, regardless of their nationality, or by Canadian writers living outside of show more Canada. Arthur Ellis was the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman. show less
Stages:
All, Best (Winner) (184), Shortlist (310), No Stage (1)
Categories:
Years:
All, 2023 (6), 2022 (36), 2021 (7), 2020 (6), 2019 (13), 2018 (17), 2017 (20), 2016 (19), 2015 (13), 2014 (13), 2013 (18), 2012 (12), 2011 (13), 2010 (14), 2009 (12), 2008 (15), 2007 (14), 2006 (13), 2005 (13), 2004 (12), 2003 (13), 2002 (12), 2001 (12), 2000 (13), 1999 (13), 1998 (13), 1997 (11), 1996 (12), 1995 (10), 1994 (14), 1993 (9), 1992 (8), 1991 (10), 1990 (9), 1989 (9), 1988 (8), 1987 (7), 1986 (6), 1985 (6), 1984 (3)

Best (Winner) 184

WorkCategoryYear
Citizens of Light: A Novel by Sam ShelstadCrime First Novel2023
Going to Beautiful by Anthony BidulkaCrime Novel2023
A Snake in the Raspberry Patch by Joanne JacksonCrime Novel Set in Canada2023
Heartbreak Homes by Jo TreggiariJuvenile or YA Crime Book2023
The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary SullivanNonfiction Crime Book2023
Deep House by Thomas KingTraditional Mystery2023
The Push by Ashley AudrainCrime First Novel2022
Under an Outlaw Moon: A Novel by Dietrich KalteisCrime Novel2022
Beneath Her Skin by C.S. PorterCrime Novel Set in Canada2022
Letters from Johnny by Wayne NgCrime Novella2022
Flots by Patrick SenécalFrench Crime Book2022
The Traitor's Blade by Kevin SandsJuvenile or YA Crime Book2022
The Beatle Bandit: A Serial Bank Robber's Deadly Heist, a Cross-Country Manhunt, and the Insanity Plea that Shook the Nation by Nate HendleyNonfiction Crime Book2022
What's the Matter with Mary Jane? by Candas Jane DorseyTraditional Mystery2022
The Transaction (174) (Essential Prose Series) by Guglielmo D'IzziaCrime First Novel2021
The Finder by Will FergusonCrime Novel2021
Stay Where I Can See You: A Novel by Katrina OnstadCrime Novel Set in Canada2021
Never Going Back by Sam WiebeCrime Novella2021
La mariée de corail by Roxanne BouchardFrench Crime Book2021
Red Fox Road by Frances GreensladeJuvenile or YA Crime Book2021
Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto's Queer Community by Justin LingNonfiction Crime Book2021
Nobody Move by Philip ElliottFirst Crime Novel2020
Tempêtes by Andrée A. MichaudFrench Book2020
Keep This to Yourself by Tom RyanJuvenile or YA Book2020
Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise by Charlotte GrayNonfiction2020
Greenwood by Michael ChristieNovel2020
The Red Chesterfield by Wayne ArthursonNovella2020
Adolphus: Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme by Hervé GagnonCrime Book in French2019
Though the Heavens Fall by Anne EmeryCrime Novel2019
Murder Among the Pines by John Lawrence ReynoldsCrime Novella2019
Cobra clutch by A. J. DevlinFirst Crime Novel2019
Escape by Linwood BarclayJuvenile/Young Adult Crime Book2019
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah WeinmanNonfiction Crime Book2019
Les Tricoteuses by Marie SaurCrime Book in French2018
Full Curl by Dave ButlerFirst Crime Novel2018
Chase by Linwood BarclayJuvenile/YA Crime Book2018
The Whisky King: The remarkable true story of Canada's most infamous bootlegger and the undercover Mountie on his trail by Trevor ColeNonfiction Crime Book2018
Sleeping in the Ground by Peter RobinsonNovel2018
Red Light - Tome 1: Adieu, mignonne by Marie-Eve BourassaBook in French2017
Strange Things Done by Elle WildFirst Novel2017
Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon KormanJuvenile/YA2017
A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story by Jeremy GrimaldiNonfiction2017
The Fortunate Brother by Donna MorrisseyNovel2017
Rundown: A Pratt & Ellis Mystery (Rapid Reads) by Rick BlechtaNovella2017
L'Affaire Myosotis (French Edition) by Luc ChartrandBook in French2016
Open Season by Peter KirbyCrime Novel2016
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat KhanFirst Novel2016
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie TromlyJuvenile/YA2016
Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation by Dean JobbNonfiction2016
Black Canyon by Jeremy BatesNovella2016
A Siege of Bitterns by Steve BurrowsFirst Novel2015
Dead Man's Switch by Sigmund BrouwerJuvenile/YA2015
The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country by Charlotte GrayNonfiction2015
Plague by C. C. HumphreysNovel2015
Stone Mattress: A Story by Margaret AtwoodShort Story2015
Les Enquêtes de Judith Allison l'Enfant Promis by Maureen MartineauBook in French2014
Bait by J. Kent MessumFirst Novel2014
Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries by Elizabeth MacLeodJuvenile/YA2014
The Devil's Making: A Mystery by Sean HaldaneNovel2014
The Goddaughter's Revenge by Melodie CampbellNovella2014
The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. JamesCrime First Novel2013
Night of the Albinos by Mario BolducCrime French Book2013
The Devil's Cinema: The Untold Story Behind Mark Twitchell's Kill Room by Steve LillebuenCrime Nonfiction2013
Until the Night by Giles BluntCrime Novel2013
Contingency Plan by Lou AllinCrime Novella2013
Becoming Holmes by Shane PeacockJuvenile/YA2013
chorale du diable by Martin MichaudCrime Book in French2012
Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art by Joshua KnelmanCrime Nonfiction2012
Before the Poison by Peter RobinsonCrime Novel2012
The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian HamiltonFirst Novel2012
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-JonesJuvenile or Young Adult2012
On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women by Stevie CameronCrime Nonfiction2011
Bury Your Dead by Louise PennyCrime Novel2011
The Debba by Avner MandelmanFirst Crime Novel2011
Dans le Quartier des Agites - les Cahiers Noirs de l'Alieniste 1 by Jacques CôtéFrench Crime2011
Lost for Words by Alice KuipersJuvenile/Young Adult2011
Murder Without Borders: Dying for the Story in the World's Most Dangerous Places by Terry GouldCrime Nonfiction2010
Le mort du chemin des Arsène by Jean LemieuxCrime Writing in French2010
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan BradleyFirst Novel2010
Haunted by Barbara Haworth-AttardJuvenile2010
High Chicago by Howard ShrierNovel2010
Buffalo Jump by Howard ShrierFirst Novel2009
Le Chemin des brumes by Jacques CôtéFrench2009
War Brothers by Sharon E. McKayJuvenile2009
Mafiaboy: How I Cracked the Internet and Why It's Still Broken by Michael CalceNonfiction2009
Too Close to Home by Linwood BarclayNovel2009
Garcia's Heart by Liam DurcanFirst Novel2008
The Roma Plot by Mario BolducFrench2008
Eye Of The Crow by Shane PeacockJuvenile2008
One Child at a Time: Inside the Fight to Rescue Children from Online Predators by Julian SherNonfiction2008
Trumpets Sound No More by Jon RedfernNovel2008
The Witch of Babylon by D J McIntoshUnpublished First Crime Novel2008
Sign of the Cross by Anne EmeryFirst Novel2007
Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates by Sean CullenJuvenile2007
High: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler by Brian O'DeaNonfiction2007
Honour Among Men by Barbara FradkinNovel2007
Margarita Nights by Phyllis SmallmanUnpublished First Crime Novel2007
Still Life by Louise PennyFirst Novel2006
Quid Pro Quo by Vicki GrantJuvenile2006
Under the Bridge by Rebecca GodfreyNonfiction2006
April Fool by William DeverellNovel2006
Lightning Rider [short story] by Rick MofinaShort Story2006
Dark Places by Jon EvansFirst Novel2005
The Beckoners by Carrie MacJuvenile2005
The Irish Game: A True Story of Crime and Art by Matthew HartNonfiction2005
Fifth Son by Barbara FradkinNovel2005
Just Murder by Jan RehnerFirst Novel2004
On finit toujours par payer by Jean LemieuxFrench2004
Acceleration by Graham McNameeJuvenile2004
The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada by Julian SherNonfiction2004
The Delicate Storm by Giles BluntNovel2004
Midnight Cab by James W. NicholFirst Novel2003
Le rouge idéal by Jacques CôtéFrench2003
Break and Enter by Norah McClintockJuvenile/YA2003
Covert Entry : Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service by Andrew MitrovicaNonfiction2003
Blood of Others by Rick MofinaNovel2003
The Boy Must Die by Jon RedfernFirst Novel2002
Scared to Death by Norah McClintockJuvenile/YA2002
The Last Amigo: Karlheinz Schreiber and the Anatomy of a Scandal by Stevie CameronNonfiction2002
In the Midnight Hour by Michelle SpringNovel2002
Hands Like Clouds by Mark ZuehlkeFirst Novel2001
Le Roman Policier en Amérique Française by Norbert SpehnerFrench2001
The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-JonesJuvenile/YA2001
The Spinster and the Prophet: H.G. Wells, Florence Deeks, and the Case of the Plagiarized Text by A. B. McKillopNonfiction2001
Cold is the Grave by Peter RobinsonNovel2001
Lost Girls by Andrew PyperFirst Novel2000
LOUNA by Lionel NoëlFrench2000
How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark? by Linda BaileyJuvenile/YA2000
Cowboys and Indians: The Shooting of J.J. Harper by Gordon Sinclair Jr.Nonfiction2000
Feast of Stephen by Rosemary AubertNovel2000
Sudden Blow by Liz BradyFirst Novel1999
Sins of the father by Norah McClintockJuvenile/YA1999
No Claim to Mercy: The Controversial Case for Murder Against Robert Baltovich by Derek FinkleNonfiction1999
Old Wounds by Nora KellyNovel1999
Déjà Dead by Kathy ReichsFirst Novel1998
Body in the Basement by Norah McClintockJuvenile/YA1998
When She Was Bad...: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence by Patricia PearsonNonfiction1998
Trial of Passion by William DeverellNovel1998
Death at Buckingham Palace by C. C. BenisonFirst Novel1997
How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail? by Linda BaileyJuvenile/YA1997
The Cassock and the Crown by Jean MonetNonfiction1997
Innocent Graves by Peter RobinsonNovel1997
The Last Castrato by John Spencer HillFirst Novel1996
Moonlit Days and Nights by D. H. TooleFirst Novel1996
Mistaken Identity by Norah McClintockJuvenile/YA1996
Secret Lives of Sgt. John Wilson by Lois SimmieNonfiction1996
Mother Love by Laurali R. WrightNovel1996
What's A Girl Gotta Do by Sparkle HayterFirst Novel1995
Torn Away by James HeneghanJuvenile/YA1995
The Prodigal Husband: The Tragedy of Helmuth and Hanna Buxbaum by Michael HarrisNonfiction1995
A colder kind of death by Gail BowenNovel1995
Memory Trace by Gavin ScottFirst Novel1994
Abalone summer by John DowdJuvenile/YA1994
With malice aforethought: Six spectacular Canadian trials by David R. WilliamsNonfiction1994
Gypsy Sins by John Lawrence ReynoldsNovel1994
The Stillborn Lover by Timothy FindleyPlay1994
Passion Play by Sean StewartFirst Novel1993
Redrum The Innocent: The Murder of Christine Jessop and the Controversial Conviction of her Next-Door Neighbour, Guy Paul Morin by Kirk MakinNonfiction1993
Lizard Skin by Carsten StroudNovel1993
Spy fiction, spy films, and real intelligence by Wesley K. WarkCriticism/Reference1992
Flesh Wound by Paul GrescoeFirst Novel1992
Arms and the Man: Dr. Gerald Bull, Iraq and the Supergun by William LowtherNonfiction1992
Past Reason Hated by Peter RobinsonNovel1992
sherlock holmes among the pirates: copyright and conan doyle in america 1890-1930 by donald redmondCriticism/Reference1991
Sniper's Moon by Carsten StroudFirst Novel1991
Ginger: The Life and Death of Albert Goodwin by Susan MayseNonfiction1991
A Chill Rain in January by L. R. WrightNovel1991
The Man Who Murdered God by John Lawrence ReynoldsFirst Novel1990
Conspiracy of Silence by Lisa PriestNonfiction1990
Hot Shots by Laurence GoughNovel1990
A Stone of the Heart by John BradyFirst Novel1989
Conspiracy of Brothers: A True Story of Murder, Bikers and the Law by Mick LoweNonfiction1989
Jack by Chris ScottNovel1989
The Goldfish Bowl by Laurence GoughFirst Novel1988
Stung: The Incredible Obsession of Brian Molony by Gary RossNonfiction1988
Mary Swann by Carol ShieldsNovel1988
Murder on the Run by Medora SaleFirst Novel1987
Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer by Elliott LeytonNonfiction1987
Buried on Sunday by Edward O. PhillipsNovel1987
A Canadian Tragedy: JoAnn and Colin Thatcher: A Story of Love and Hate by Maggie SigginsNonfiction1986
Death in the Old Country by Eric WrightNovel1986
The Trials of Israel Lipski: A True Story of a Victorian Murder in the East End of London by Martin L. FriedlandNonfiction1985
Murder Sees The Light by Howard EngelNovel1985
The Night the Gods Smiled by Eric WrightNovel1984

Shortlist 310

WorkCategoryYear
Le Murmure des hakapiks: La troisième enquête de Joaquin Moralès (French Edition) by Roxanne BouchardCrime Book in French2022
Dis-moi qui doit vivre...: DIS-MOI QUI DOIT VIVRE.. [NUM] (French Edition) by Marc-André ChabotCrime Book in French2022
Conduite dangereuse (French Edition) by Guillaume MorrissetteCrime Book in French2022
Stigmates (Francis Pagliaro t. 5) (French Edition) by Richard Ste-MarieCrime Book in French2022
The Push by Ashley AudrainCrime First Novel2022
The Captive by Fiona King FosterCrime First Novel2022
Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery by Byron TD SmithCrime First Novel2022
All Is Well by Katherine WalkerCrime First Novel2022
Seven Down by David WhittonCrime First Novel2022
Don't Call It a Cult by Sarah BermanCrime Nonfiction2022
Vancouver Vice: Crime and Spectacle in the City’s West End by Aaron ChapmanCrime Nonfiction2022
Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston Penitentiary by Catherine FogartyCrime Nonfiction2022
The Don: The Story of Toronto's Infamous Jail by Lorna PoplakCrime Nonfiction2022
Under an Outlaw Moon: A Novel by Dietrich KalteisCrime Novel2022
Find You First by Linwood BarclayCrime Novel2022
Lost Immunity by Daniel KallaCrime Novel2022
Not a Happy Family by Shari LapeñaCrime Novel2022
The Hunted by Roz NayCrime Novel2022
Beneath Her Skin by C.S. PorterCrime Novel Set in Canada2022
The Corpse with the Iron Will (The Cait Morgan Mysteries Book 10) by Cathy AceCrime Novel Set in Canada2022
Three for Trinity by Kevin MajorCrime Novel Set in Canada2022
Death on Darby’s Island by Alice WalshCrime Novel Set in Canada2022
Hell and Gone: A Wakeland Novel by Sam WiebeCrime Novel Set in Canada2022
Letters from Johnny by Wayne NgCrime Novella2022
Flots by Patrick SenécalFrench Crime Book2022
The Traitor's Blade by Kevin SandsJuvenile or YA Crime Book2022
Blood Donor (Orca Soundings) by Karen BassJuvenile or YA Crime Book2022
Alice Fleck's Recipes for Disaster by Rachelle DelaneyJuvenile or YA Crime Book2022
Hunting by Stars by Cherie DimalineJuvenile or YA Crime Book2022
Don't Breathe a Word by Jordyn TaylorJuvenile or YA Crime Book2022
The Beatle Bandit: A Serial Bank Robber's Deadly Heist, a Cross-Country Manhunt, and the Insanity Plea that Shook the Nation by Nate HendleyNonfiction Crime Book2022
What's the Matter with Mary Jane? by Candas Jane DorseyTraditional Mystery2022
Three Dog Knight by Alice BieniaTraditional Mystery2022
Murder in a Teacup by Vicki DelanyTraditional Mystery2022
Hell's Half Acre by Jackie ElliottTraditional Mystery2022
So many windings by Catherine MacdonaldTraditional Mystery2022
Cape Diamond: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery by Ron CorbettCrime Novel2019
The Winters: A Novel by Lisa GabrieleCrime Novel2019
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise PennyCrime Novel2019
The Girl in the Moss by Loreth Anne WhiteCrime Novel2019
Operation Wormwood by Helen C. EscottFirst Crime Novel2019
Full Disclosure by Beverley MclachlinFirst Crime Novel2019
Find You In The Dark by Nathan RipleyFirst Novel2019
Ragged Lake by Ron CorbettFirst Novel2018
Flush: A Robin Macfarland Mystery (Robin Macfarland Mystery: Inanna Poetry & Fiction) by Sky CurtisFirst Novel2018
Our Little Secret: A Novel by Roz NayFirst Novel2018
Amqui by Éric ForbesFrench2018
Blood, Sweat and Fear: The Story of Inspector Vance, A Pioneer Forensics Investigator by Eve LazarusNonficion2018
Murder in Plain English: From Manifestos to Memes--Looking at Murder through the Words of Killers by Michael ArntfieldNonfiction2018
The dog lover unit : lessons in courage from the world's K9 cops by Rachel RoseNonfiction2018
Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence by Alex RoslinNonfiction2018
The Winners’ Circle by Gail BowenNovel2018
The White Angel by John MacLachlan GrayNovel2018
The Party by Robyn HardingNovel2018
The Forgotten Girl: A Thriller by Rio YouersNovel2018
Cold Girl by RM GreenawayFirst Novel2017
Where The Bodies Lie by Mark LisacFirst Novel2017
Still Mine by Amy StuartFirst Novel2017
Vrai ou faux by Chrystine BrouilletFrench2017
Terreur domestique by Guillaume MorrissetteFrench2017
Rinzen et l'homme perduFrench2017
Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting -- or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System (Especially Judges) by Christie BlatchfordNonfiction2017
The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw by Joe FriesenNonfiction2017
Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character by Debra KomarNonfiction2017
Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland by Bobbi-Jean MacKinnonNonfiction2017
City of the Lost by Kelley ArmstrongNovel2017
After James by Michael HelmNovel2017
Dead Ground In Between by Maureen JenningsNovel2017
Wishful Seeing by Janet KelloughNovel2017
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat KhanFirst Novel2016
Rum Luck (A Bar on a Beach Mystery) by Ryan AldredFirst Novel2016
Hard Drive by J. Mark CollinsFirst Novel2016
What Kills Good Men by David HoodFirst Novel2016
Encore by Alexis KoettingFirst Novel2016
L'affaire Mélodie Cormier by Guillaume MorrissetteFrench2016
Human on the inside : unlocking the truth about Canada's prisons by Gary GarrisonNonfiction2016
The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr. by Debra KomarNonfiction2016
Cold War by Jerry LangtonNonfiction2016
Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart by Colleen LewisNonfiction2016
Hungry Ghosts: An Inspector Ramirez Novel by Peggy BlairNovel2016
The Storm Murders by John FarrowNovel2016
A Killing in Zion: A Mystery by Andrew HuntNovel2016
The Night Bell by Inger Ash WolfeNovel2016
A Quiet Kill by Janet BronsFirst Novel2015
No Worst, There Is None by Eve McBrideFirst Novel2015
Last of the Independents: Vancouver Noir by Sam WiebeFirst Novel2015
Being Uncle Charlie: A Life Undercover with Killers, Kingpins, Bikers and Druglords by Bob DeasyNon-fiction2015
Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online by Paula ToddNon-fiction2015
The Boom Room (Rapid Reads) by Rick BlechtaNovella2015
Juba Good by Vicki DelanyNovella2015
The Dragon Head King of Hong Kong by Ian HamiltonNovella2015
Almost Criminal (A Crime in Cascadia Mystery) by E.R. BrownFirst Novel2014
The Silent Wife by A. S. A. HarrisonFirst Novel2014
Hot Sinatra by Axel HowertonFirst Novel2014
Presto Variations: A Ray Tate and Djuna Brown Mystery by Lee LamotheNovel2014
Miss Montreal by Howard ShrierNovel2014
An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. JamesNovel2014
My Sister's Keeper by Brenda ChapmanNovella2014
A Woman Scorned by James HeneghanNovella2014
The Beggar's Opera by Peggy BlairFirst Novel2013
Confined Space by Deryn CollierFirst Novel2013
The Dead of Winter by Peter KirbyFirst Novel2013
A Private Man by Chris LaingFirst Novel2013
Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con by Guy LawsonNon-fiction2013
Thieves of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians by Bruce LiveseyNon-fiction2013
Trust Your Eyes by Linwood BarclayNovel2013
The Trinity Game by Sean ChercoverNovel2013
The Messenger: A Novel by Stephen MillerNovel2013
Niceville by Carsten StroudNovel2013
A Winter Kill by Vicki DelanyNovella2013
Evil Behind That Door by Barbara FradkinNovella2013
Watching Jeopardy by Norm FosterFirst Novel2012
The Man Who Killed by Fraser NixonFirst Novel2012
Survivor by Sean SlaterFirst Novel2012
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan BradleyNovel2012
I'll See You in My Dreams: An Arthur Beauchamp Novel by William DeverellNovel2012
A Trick of the Light by Louise PennyNovel2012
The Guilty Plea: A Novel by Robert RotenbergNovel2012
The Damage Done by Hilary DavidsonFirst Novel2011
The Penalty Killing: A Martin Carter Mystery by Michael McKinleyFirst Novel2011
The Parabolist: A Novel by Nicholas RuddockFirst Novel2011
Still Missing by Chevy StevensFirst Novel2011
In Plain Sight by Mike KnowlesNovel2011
The Extinction Club by Jeffrey MooreNovel2011
A Criminal to Remember by Michael Van RooyNovel2011
As Long As We Both Shall Live by Rick Mofina2011
The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth J. DuncanFirst Novel2010
The Weight of Stones by C. B. ForrestFirst Novel2010
A Magpie's Smile by Eugene MeeseFirst Novel2010
Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard MurphyFirst Novel2010
Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki GrantJuvenile2010
Aloha, Candy Hearts by Anthony BidulkaNovel2010
Arctic Blue Death: A Meg Harris Mystery by R.J. HarlickNovel2010
The Finger's Twist by Lee LamotheNovel2010
Death Spiral by James W. NicholNovel2010
Iced Under by Nadine DoolittleFirst Novel2009
Headline Murder by April LindgrenFirst Novel2009
Margarita Nights by Phyllis SmallmanFirst Novel2009
The K Handshape by Maureen JenningsNovel2009
Transgression: A Novel of Love and War by James W. NicholNovel2009
A Rule Against Murder by Louise PennyNovel2009
The Tsunami File by Michael E. RoseNovel2009
The Line Painter by Claire CameronFirst Novel2008
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean ChercoverFirst Novel2008
Blood of Dreams by Susan ParisiFirst Novel2008
The Silk Train Murder: A Mystery of the Klondike by Sharon RowseFirst Novel2008
Sucker Punch by Marc StrangeFirst Novel2008
No Time for Goodbye by Linwood BarclayNovel2008
SNOW CANDY by Terry CarrollNovel2008
A Journeyman to Grief by Maureen JenningsNovel2008
The Cruellest Month by Louise PennyNovel2008
The Elvis Interviews by Glen BonhamFirst Novel2007
Reparations by Stephen KimberFirst Novel2007
Dead Money by Grant MccreaFirst Novel2007
Deadly Lessons by David RussellFirst Novel2007
Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent by Rodrigo BascuñánNon-Fiction2007
Lone Wolf by Linwood BarclayNovel2007
Every Secret Thing by Susanna KearsleyNovel2007
Break No Bones by Kathy ReichsNovel2007
Piece of My Heart by Peter RobinsonNovel2007
The Joining of Dingo Radish by Rob HarasymchukFirst Novel2006
All Shook Up by Mike HarrisonFirst Novel2006
Blue Mercy by Illona HausFirst Novel2006
Sugarmilk Falls by Ilona Van MilFirst Novel2006
Cemetery of the Nameless by Rick BlechtaNovel2006
Blackfly Season by Giles BluntNovel2006
Cold Dark Matter by Alex BrettNovel2006
Strange Affair by Peter RobinsonNovel2006
Death in the Age of Steam: A Mystery by Mel BradshawFirst Novel2005
Raw Deal: A Jake Morgan Mystery (Jake Morgan Mystery series) by Rick GadziolaFirst Novel2005
Confession in Moscow by Michael JohansenFirst Novel2005
Mad Money by Linda L. RichardsFirst Novel2005
The Border Guards by Mark SinnettFirst Novel2005
The last good day by Gail BowenNovel2005
The Magyar Venus by Lyn HamiltonNovel2005
Playing with Fire by Peter RobinsonNovel2005
Sweep Lotus: An Elias McCann Mystery by Mark ZuehlkeNovel2005
Amuse Bouche by Anthony BidulkaFirst Novel2004
The Mazovia Legacy by Michael E. RoseFirst Novel2004
The Sleeping Boy by Barbara J. StewartFirst Novel2004
Lament for a Lounge Lizard by Mary Jane MaffiniNovel2004
The Glenwood Treasure by Kim MoritsuguNovel2004
The Summer that Never Was by Peter RobinsonNovel2004
The Hua Shan Hospital Murders (Zhong Fong Mystery) by David RotenbergNovel2004
Unlikely Victims by Alvin AbramFirst Novel2003
Undertow by Thomas Rendell CurranFirst Novel2003
Come Clean by John F. ParkerFirst Novel2003
Work of Idle Hands by Jonathon PlatzFirst Novel2003
Blackflies Are Murder by Lou AllinNovel2003
Once Upon a Time by Barbara FradkinNovel2003
Hot Pursuit by Nora KellyNovel2003
Grave Secrets by Kathy ReichsNovel2003
The Thief-Taker by T. F. BanksFirst Novel2002
The Devil In Me by J.D. CarpenterFirst Novel2002
Missing: Presumed Dead by James HawkinsFirst Novel2002
Every Wickedness by Cathy Vasas-BrownFirst Novel2002
The Laughing Falcon by William DeverellNovel2002
Ice Lake by John FarrowNovel2002
Cold Fear by Rick MofinaNovel2002
Aftermath by Peter RobinsonNovel2002
Seeing Stars by Gary Barwin2001
Dying by Degrees by Eileen CoughlanFirst Novel2001
If Angels Fall by Rick MofinaFirst Novel2001
To Die in Spring: A Rebecca Temple Mystery by Sylvia Maultash WarshFirst Novel2001
Diamond Dogs by Alan WattFirst Novel2001
Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles BluntNovel2001
One-Eyed Jacks by Brad SmithNovel2001
The kidnapping of Rosie Dawn by Eric WrightNovel2001
Crimes of War by Peter HoggFirst Novel2000
Pluto Rising by Karen IrvingFirst Novel2000
Speak Ill of the Dead by Mary Jane MaffiniFirst Novel2000
Guilty Addictions: A Political Mystery by Garrett WilsonFirst Novel2000
The Dead of Winter by Lisa AppignanesiNovel2000
Slander by William DeverellNovel2000
City of Ice by John FarrowNovel2000
In a Dry Season by Peter RobinsonNovel2000
Lethal Practice by Peter ClementFirst Novel1999
Hoot to Kill by Karen DudleyFirst Novel1999
Down in the Dumps (Polly Deacon Murder Mysteries) by H Mel MaltonFirst Novel1999
The Electrical Field by Kerri SakamotoFirst Novel1999
Verdict in Blood by Gail BowenNovel1999
Cold Comfort by Scott MackayNovel1999
Remedy for Treason by Caroline RoeNovel1999
Next Week Will Be Better by Jean RurykNovel1999
Standing in the Shadows by Michelle SpringNovel1999
Shanghai Alley by Jim ChristyFirst Novel1998
The Xibalba Murders by Lyn HamiltonFirst Novel1998
Except the Dying by Maureen JenningsFirst Novel1998
The Blood Libel by Allan LevineFirst Novel1998
Free Reign by Rosemary AubertNovel1998
Death at Sandringham House by C. C. BenisonNovel1998
Ghirlandaio’s Daughter by John Spencer HillNovel1998
Dead Right by Peter RobinsonNovel1998
Illegal Alien by Robert J. SawyerNovel1998
Plane Death by Anne Mary DooleyFirst Novel1997
Throwaway Angels by Nancy RichlerFirst Novel1997
Gas Head Willy- Introducing D. B. Murphy Private Detective by Richard J. ThomasFirst Novel1997
Alias Grace by Margaret AtwoodNovel1997
Light from Dead Stars by Martin S. CohenNovel1997
Nice Girls Finish Last by Sparkle HayterNovel1997
Fatal Flaw by Frank SmithNovel1997
Deadly by Nature (Midnight Original Murder Mystery) by Meredith AndrewFirst Novel1996
Debut for a Spy by Harry CurrieFirst Novel1996
Moonlit Days and Nights by D. H. TooleFirst Novel1996
Street Legal: The Betrayal by William DeverellNovel1996
Striking Out by Alison GordonNovel1996
Heartbreaker by Laurence GoughNovel1996
No Cure for Love by Peter RobinsonNovel1996
Healthy Wealthy & Dead (Phoebe Fairfax Mystery) by Suzanne NorthFirst Novel1995
Every Breath You Take by Michelle SpringFirst Novel1995
Lights Out by Peter AbrahamsNovel1995
The Good Life by John BradyNovel1995
Solitary dancer by John Lawrence ReynoldsNovel1995
A Touch of Panic by L. R. WrightNovel1995
The Bloody Man: A Jean-Claude Keyes Mystery by Bevan AmberhillFirst Novel1994
Dead and Living: A Novel by Jane BowFirst Novel1994
Deadlock by J. Stuart LangfordFirst Novel1994
Alaska Highway Two-Step by Caroline WoodwardFirst Novel1994
All Souls by John BradyNovel1994
There was an Old Woman: A Benny Cooperman Mystery (Benny Cooperman Mysteries) by Howard EngelNovel1994
Virtual Light by William GibsonNovel1994
Water Damage by Gregory WardNovel1994
Prized Possessions by L. R. WrightNovel1994
A Murder of Crows by Margaret HaffnerFirst Novel1993
Found: A Body by Betsy StruthersFirst Novel1993
The wandering soul murders by Gail BowenNovel1993
Fall Down Easy by Laurence GoughNovel1993
Wednesday's Child by Peter RobinsonNovel1993
Pursued by Shadows by Medora SaleNovel1993
The Jacamar nest by David ParryFirst Novel1992
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The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) honors works published for the first time in the previous year by authors living in Canada, regardless of their nationality, or by Canadian writers living outside of Canada. Arthur Ellis was the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman. (English, Member-written)
The Arthur Ellis Award, named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, is an annual award from the Crime Writers of Canada that recognizes excellence in Canadian crime writing. (English, Member-written)

The Awards are for CRIME WRITING and are not restricted to mystery writing. Crime-writing encompasses far more than the traditional whodunit. The crime genre includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works.

Awards are presented annually in the following categories (pending sufficient numbers.)

For published works:

  • The Peter Robinson Award for Best Crime Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize (Min. 50,000 words)
  • Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Melodie Campbell with a $1,000 prize (Min. 50,000 words AND author’s 1st novel in any genre.)
  • The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize (Min. 50,000 words)
  • The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada sponsored by Charlotte Engel and CWC with a $500 prize. (Min. 50,000 words)
  • Best Crime Novella (8,001 - 49,999 words)
  • Best Crime Short Story (Max. 8,000 words)
  • Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book sponsored by Shaftesbury with a $500 prize (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book sponsored by David Reid Simpson Law Firm (Hamilton) with a $300 prize

For unpublished novels:

  • The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript

The Awards are open to permanent residents of Canada, or by Canadian citizens living abroad.

(English, Award granter)
URL: https://crimewriterscanada.com/awards/annual-awards/about

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