Crime Fiction Awards 2022 News

THE CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

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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