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Arthur Ellis Awards announce longlist for best novel

Crime Writers of Canada has announced the longlist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing in the best novel category.

For the first time this year, the 10-book longlist is being announced in advance of the shortlists in all Arthur Ellis Awards categories, in recognition of the increasing number and quality of submissions, a press release says. The five-title shortlist will be announced April 24.

The nominees are:

  •  John Brooke, Walls of a Mind (Signature Editions)
  •  Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk, The Wolves of St. Peter’s (HarperCollins Canada)
  •  Sean Haldane, The Devil’s Making (Stone Flower Press)
  •  Lee Lamothe, Presto Variations (Dundurn Press)
  •  Michael McCann, The Rainy Day Killer (Plaid Raccoon Press)
  •  Robert Rotenberg, Stranglehold (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  •  Howard Shrier, Miss Montreal (Vintage Canada)
  •  Sean Slater, The Guilty (Simon & Schuster U.K.)
  •  Simone St. James, An Inquiry into Love and Death (Penguin)
  •  David Whellams, The Drowned Man (ECW Press)

Winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced at a gala in Toronto on June 5.