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Awards: Arthur Ellis nominees revealed

Arthur Ellis nominee Peggy Blair

Best Novel nominee Peggy Blair

Crime Writers of Canada have announced the shortlists for this year’s Arthur Ellis Awards. The eight awards recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing.

The winners will be presented May 26 at Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club.

Best Novel

  • Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts (Simon & Schuster)
  • John Farrow, The Storm Murders (Minotaur Books)
  • Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion (Minotaur)
  • Peter Kirby, Open Season (Linda Leith Publishing)
  • Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell (McClelland & Stewart)

Best First Novel

  • J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive (iUniverse)
  • David Hood, What Kills Good Men (Vagrant Press)
  • Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead (Minotaur)
  • Alexis Koetting, Encore (Five Star)
  • Brian R. Lindsay, Old Bones (Volumes Publishing)

Best Novella

  • Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon (Dark Hearts)
  • Alison Bruce, Deadly Season (Imajin Books)
  • M.H. Callway, Glow Glass (Carrick Publishing)
  • Barbara Fradkin, The Night Thief (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Brian Harvey, Beethoven’s Tenth (Orca)

Best Short Story

  • Karen Abrahamson, With One Shoe, The Playground of Lost Toys (Exile Press)
  • Hilary Davidson, The Seige, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
  • Sharon Hunt, The Water Was Rising, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
  • Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
  • S. G. Wong, Movable Type, AB Negative Anthology (Coffin Hop Press)

Best Book in French

  • Luc Chartrand, L’Affaire Myosotis (Québec Amérique)
  • Jean-Louis Fleury, L’affaire Céline (Éditions Alire)
  • André Jacques, La bataille de Pavie (Druide)
  • Jean Lemieux, Le mauvais côté des choses (Québec Amérique)
  • Guillaume Morrissette, L’affaire Mélodie Cormier (Guy Saint-Jean éditeur)

Best Juvenile/YA Book

  • Robert Hough, Diego’s Crossing (Annick Press)
  • Jeff Ross, Set You Free (Orca)
  • Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key (Aladdin)
  • Allan Stratton, The Dogs (Scholastic)
  • Stephanie Tromley, Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Kathy Dawson Books)

Best Non-fiction Book

  • Gary Garrison, Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons (University of Regina Press)
  • Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception (Harper Collins)
  • Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr. (Goose Lane Editions)
  • Jerry Langton, Cold War (Harper Collins)
  • Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks, Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart (Flanker Press)

The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

  • Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls
  • Alice Bienia, Knight Blind
  • Pam Isfeld, Brave Girls
  • J.T. Siemens, Better the Devil You Know
  • J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek