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Arthur Ellis Awards finalists announced for best Canadian crime writing

CWCLogo-SquareCrime Writers of Canada has announced the shortlist for the 2015 Arthur Ellis Awards. The awards recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing.

Best Novel

Brenda Chapman, Cold Mourning (Dundurn Press)

Barbara Fradkin, None so Blind (Dundurn)

C.C. Humphreys, Plague (Doubleday Canada)

Maureen Jennings, No Known Grave (McClelland & Stewart)

Alen Mattich, Killing Pilgrim (House of Anansi Press)

Best First Novel

Janet Brons, A Quiet Kill (Touchwood Editions)

Steve Burrows, Siege of Bitterns (Dundurn)

M.H. Callway, Windigo Fire (Seraphim Editions)

Eve McBride, No Worst, There Is None (Dundurn)

Sam Wiebe, Last of the Independents (Dundurn)

Best Novella

Rick Blechta, The Boom Room (Orca Book Publishers)

Vicki Delany, Juba Good (Orca)

Ian Hamilton, The Dragon Head of Hong Kong (Anansi)

Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine)

Best Short Story

Margaret Atwood, “Stone Mattress” (McClelland & Stewart)

Melodie Campbell, “Hook, Line and Sinker” (YYM/NorthWord Literary Journal)

Peter Clement, “Therapy” (Belgrave House)

Madona Skaff, “First Impressions” (The Whole She-Bang 2, Sisters in Crime)

Kevin P. Thornton, “Writers Block” (World Enough and Crime, Carrick Publishing)

Best Book in French

Hervé Gagnon, Jack: Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme (Expression noir / Groupe librex)

Andrée Michaud, Bondrée (Editions Québec Amérique)

Maryse Rouy, Meurtre à l’hôtel Despréaux (Édition Druide)

Richard Ste Marie, Repentirs (Alire)

Best Juvenile/YA Book

Michael Betcherman, Face-Off (Penguin Canada)

Sigmund Brouwer, Dead Man’s Switch (Harvest House)

S.J. Laidlaw, The Voice Inside My Head (Tundra Books)

Norah McClintock, About That Night (Orca)

Jeyn Roberts, The Bodies We Wear (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Best Non-fiction Book

Bob Deasy with Mark Ebner, Being Uncle Charlie (Random House Canada)

Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country (HarperCollins Canada)

Joan McEwen, Innocence on Trial: The Framing of Ivan Henry (Heritage House Publishing)

Bill Reynolds, Life Real Loud: John Lefebvre, Neteller and the Revolution in Online Gambling (ECW Press)

Paula Todd, Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online (M&S)

Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel

Ryan Aldred, Rum Luck

Dave Butler, Full Curl

Dwayne Clayden, Crisis Point

Bill Prentice, Afghan Redemption

Elle Wild, Strange Things Done

Derrick Murdoch Award Winner

Sylvia McConnell