Crime Fiction Awards 2022 News


The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the 2022 shortlists for their annual Awards of Excellence.

Best Crime Novel
sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize

  • Linwood Barclay, Find You First, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Daniel Kalla, Lost Immunity, Simon & Schuster
  • Dietrich Kalteis, Under an Outlaw Moon, ECW Press
  • Shari Lapena, Not a Happy Family, Doubleday Canada
  • Roz Nay, The Hunted, Simon & Schuster

Best Crime First Novel
sponsored by Writers First, with a $500 prize

  • Ashley Audrain, The Push, Viking Canada
  • Fiona King Foster, The Captive, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Byron TD Smith, Windfall: A Henry Lysyk Mystery, Shima Kun Press
  • Katherine Walker, All Is Well, Thistledown Press
  • David Whitton, Seven Down, Rare Machines an imprint of Dundurn Press

The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery
sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize

  • Candas Jane Dorsey, What’s the Matter with Mary Jane?, ECW Press
  • Alice Bienia, Three Dog Knight, Cairn Press
  • Jackie Elliott, Hell’s Half Acre, Joffe Books
  • Catherine Macdonald, So Many Windings, At Bay Press
  • Vicki Delany, Murder in a Teacup, Kensington Publishing Corp

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada
sponsored by The Engel Family, with a $500 prize

  • C. S. Porter, Beneath Her Skin, Vagrant Press / Nimbus Publishing Inc.
  • Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Iron Will, Four Tails Publishing Inc.
  • Alice Walsh, Death on Darby’s Island, Vagrant Press / Nimbus Publishing Inc.
  • Sam Wiebe, Hell and Gone, Harbour Publishing Co. Inc.
  • Kevin Major, Three for Trinity, Breakwater Books

Best Crime Novella
sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $200 prize

  • Marcelle Dubé, Identity Withheld, Falcon Ridge Publishing
  • Brenda Gayle, Murder in Abstract (A Charley Hall Mystery, book 5),
    Bowstring Books
  • Wayne Ng, Letters From Johnny, Guernica Editions
  • Elvie Simons, Not So Fast, Dr. Quick, Dell Magazines

Best Crime Short Story
sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $300 prize

  • Pam Barnsley, What can You Do?, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
  • Hilary Davidson, Weed Man, Dell Magazines
  • Elizabeth Elwood, Number 10 Marlborough Place, Dell Magazines
  • Charlotte Morganti, All My Darlings, Die Laughing: An Anthology of Humorous Mysteries
  • Melissa Yi, Dead Man’s Hand, Dell Magazines

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

  • Roxanne Bouchard, Le murmure des hakapiks, Libre Expression
  • Marc-André Chabot, Dis-moi qui doit vivre… Libre Expression
  • Guillaume Morrissette, Conduite dangereuse, Saint-Jean
  • Patrick Senécal, Flots, Editions Alire
  • Richard Ste-Marie, Stigmates, Editions Alire

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
sponsored by Shaftesbury, with a $500 prize

  • Karen Bass, Blood Donor, Orca Book Publishers
  • Rachelle Delaney, Alice Fleck’s Recipes for Disaster, Puffin Canada
  • Cherie Dimaline, Hunting By Stars, Penguin Teen
  • Kevin Sands, The Traitor’s Blade, Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)
  • Jordyn Taylor, Don’t Breathe a Word, HarperTeen (HarperCollins Publishers)

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book
sponsored by Simpson & Wellenreiter LLP, Hamilton, with a $300 prize

  • Sarah Berman, Don’t Call it a Cult, Viking Canada
  • Aaron Chapman, Vancouver Vice: Crime and Spectacle in the City’s West End, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Catherine Fogarty, Murder on the Inside: The True Story of the Deadly Riot at Kingston Penitentiary, Biblioasis
  • Nate Hendley, The Beatle Bandit, Dundurn Press
  • Lorna Poplak, The Don: The Story of Toronto’s Infamous Jail, Dundurn Press

The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript sponsored by ECW Press, with a $500 prize

  • Delee Fromm, The Strength to Rise
  • Pam Isfeld, Captives
  • Renee Lehnen, Elmington
  • Katie Mac, Ken’s Corner
  • Mark Thomas, Part Time Crazy

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