April Showers Crime Fiction Awards Roundup

THE CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the 2024 shortlist for their annual Awards of Excellence.

Winners will be announced on the Crime Writers of Canada website on May 29.

The Peter Robinson Award for Best Crime Novel

sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize

  • Robyn Harding, The Drowning Woman, Grand Central Publishing
  • Shari Lapena, Everyone Here is Lying, Doubleday Canada
  • Scott Thornley, Middlemen, House of Anansi Press
  • Sam Wiebe, Sunset and Jericho, Harbour Publishing
  • Loreth Anne White, The Maid’s Diary, Montlake

Best Crime First Novel

sponsored by Melodie Campbell, with a $1000 prize

  • Jann Arden, The Bittlemores, Random House Canada
  • Lisa Brideau, Adrift, Sourcebooks
  • Charlotte Morganti, The End Game, Halfdan Press
  • Amanda Peters, The Berry Pickers, Harper Perennial
  • Steve Urszenyi, Perfect Shot, Minotaur

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada

sponsored by Charlotte Engel and Crime Writers of Canada, with a $500 prize

  • Gail Anderson-Dargatz, The Almost Widow, Harper Avenue/HarperCollins
  • Renee Lehnen, Elmington, Storeyline Press
  • Cyndi MacMillan, Cruel Light, Crooked Lane
  • Joan Thomas, Wild Hope, Harper Perennial/HarperCollins
  • Melissa Yi, Shapes of Wrath, Windtree Press

The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery

sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize

  • Gail Bowen, The Legacy, ECW Press
  • Vicki Delany, Steeped in Malice, Kensington Books
  • Vicki Delany, The Game is a FootnoteCrooked Lane Books
  • Nita Prose, The Mystery Guest, Viking
  • Iona Whishaw, To Track a TraitorTouchWood Editions

Best Crime Short Story

  • M.H. Callway, Wisteria Cottage, Wildside Press (for Malice Domestic)
  • Marcelle Dubé, Reversion, Mystery Magazine
  • Mary Keenan The Canadians (Killin’ Time in San Diego), Down & Out Books
  • donalee Moulton, Troubled Water, Black Cat Weekly (Wildside Press)
  • Zandra Renwick, American Night, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

The Best French Language Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)

  • Jean-Philippe Bernié, La punition, Glénat Québec
  • Chrystine Brouillet, Le mois des morts, Éditions Druide
  • Catherine Lafrance, Le dernier souffle est le plus lourd, Éditions Druide
  • André Marois, La sainte paix, Héliotrope
  • Jean-Jacques Pelletier, Rien, Alire

Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book

sponsored by Shaftesbury Films with a $500 prize (Fiction and Nonfiction)

  • Kelley Armstrong, Someone is Always Watching, Tundra Books
  • Cherie Dimaline, Funeral Songs for Dying Girls, Tundra Books
  • Rachelle Delaney, The Big Sting, Tundra Books
  • Clara Kumagai, Catfish Rolling, Penguin Teen Canada
  • Kevin Sands, Champions of the Fox, Puffin Canada

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book

sponsored by David Reid Simpson Law Firm (Hamilton), with a $300 prize

  • Josef Lewkowicz and Michael Calvin, The Survivor: How I Survived Six Concentration Camps and Became a Nazi Hunter, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Michael Lista, The Human Scale, Véhicule Press
  • David Rabinovitch, Jukebox Empire, Rowman & Littlefield
  • Bill Waiser and Jennie Hansen, Cheated, ECW Press
  • Carolyn Whitzman, Clara at the Door with a Revolver, UBC Press, On Point Press

Best Unpublished Crime Novel manuscript written by an unpublished author

  • Tom Blackwell, The Patient
  • Craig H. Bowlsby, Requiem for a Lotus
  • Sheilla Jones and James Burns, Murder on Richmond Road: An Enquiry Bureau Mystery
  • Nora Sellers, The Forest Beyond
  • William Wodhams, Thirty Feet Under

2024 Grand Master Award

  • Maureen Jennings

Established in 2014, the Grand Master (GM) Award recognizes a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.

Maureen Jennings, a long-time Crime Writers of Canada member, is a prolific author of non-fiction, short stories and book series featuring Christine Morris, Detective Murdoch, and D.I. Tom Tyler. The Detective William Murdoch television series, set in Victorian era Toronto, was optioned in 2003 by Shaftesbury Films. Murdoch Mysteries are shown in over 120 countries and feature innovative crime-solving techniques, social justice subplots and surprise guest appearances.

SPOTTED OWL

Friends of Mystery logo

The winner of the 2024 Spotted Owl Award was announced on March 28 by the Friends of Mystery. The award is for a mystery published during the previous calendar year by an author whose primary residence is Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or the Province of British Columbia. The winner is:

  • Breakneck by Marc Cameron

The runners-up were:

2. Dana Stabenow for Not the Ones Dead
3. Dana Haynes for The Saint of Thieves
4. Sam Wiebe for Sunset and Jericho
5. Jon Talton for The Nurse Murders
6. James Bryne for Deadlock
7. Haris Orkin for License to Die
8. Frank Zafiro for Hope Dies Last
9 (tie). Orlando Davidson for Baseline Road and J.A. Jance for Collateral Damage

PINCKLEY PRIZES

The winners of the 2022 and 2023 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, awarded by the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, honor three women writers. The winners receive a financial award of $2,500. This year the prize winners Douaihy and Rothchild participated at the 2024 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival.

2022 Pinckley Prize for Debut Fiction

  • Sascha Rothchild for Blood Sugar

2023 Pinckley Prize for Debut Fiction

  •   Margot Douaihy for Scorched Grace

2023 Pinckley Prize for Distinguished Body of Work

  •   Alafair Burke

Memorial Day Crime Fiction Awards Roundup

THE CRIME WRITERS OF CANADA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the winners of their annual Awards of Excellence.

BEST CRIME NOVEL
sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize

  • Anthony Bidulka, Going to Beautiful, Stonehouse Publishing

BEST CRIME FIRST NOVEL
sponsored by Melodie Campbell, with a $1000 prize

  • Sam Shelstad, Citizens of Light, TouchWood Editions

THE HOWARD ENGEL AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL SET IN CANADA
sponsored by Charlotte Engel and CWC, with a $500 prize

  • Joanne Jackson, A Snake in the Raspberry Patch, Stonehouse Publishing

THE WHODUNIT AWARD FOR BEST TRADITIONAL MYSTERY
sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize

  • Thomas King, Deep House, HarperCollins Canada

BEST CRIME NOVELLA
sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $200 prize

  • Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, The Man Who Went Down Under, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazines

BEST CRIME SHORT STORY
sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $300 prize

  • Craig H. Bowlsby, The Girl Who Was Only Three Quarters Dead, Mystery Magazine

BEST FRENCH CRIME BOOK (FICTION AND NONFICTION)

  • Richard Ste-Marie, Monsieur Hämmerli, Éditions Alire

BEST JUVENILE OR YA CRIME BOOK (FICTION AND NONFICTION)

sponsored by Shaftesbury, with a $500 prize

  • Jo Treggiari, Heartbreak Homes, Nimbus Publishing Limited

THE BRASS KNUCKLES AWARD FOR BEST NONFICTION CRIME BOOK
sponsored by David Reid Simpson Law Firm, Hamilton, with a $300 prize

  • Rosemary Sullivan, The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation, HarperCollins Canada

THE AWARD FOR BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT
sponsored by ECW Press, with a $500 prize

  • Mary Keenan, Snowed

SPOTTED OWL

The winner of the 2023 Spotted Owl Award was announced on May 8. The award is for a mystery published during the previous calendar year by an author whose primary residence is Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or the Province of British Columbia. The winner is:

  • What She Found, by Robert Dugoni

The other finalists were:

  • The Silent Sisters, by Robert Dugoni
  • Something to Hide, by Elizabeth George
  • The Lost Kings, by Tyrell Johnson
  • Cold Snap, by Marc Cameron
  • Murder at Black Oaks, by Phillip Margolin
  • Hell and Gone, by Sam Wiebe
  • Tom Clancy’s Red Winter, by Marc Cameron
  • Nothing to Lose, by J.A. Jance
  • Notes on an Execution, by Danya Kukafka

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for these stories.]

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

Crime Fiction Awards News From Canada and Norway

The Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence 2021 shortlists are out. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 27.  

BEST CRIME NOVEL

  • Marjorie Celona, How a Woman Becomes a Lake, Hamish Hamilton Canada; Penguin Canada
  • Cecilia Ekbäck, The Historians, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Will Ferguson, The Finder, Simon & Schuster Canada
  • Thomas King, Obsidian, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Roz Nay, Hurry Home, Simon & Schuster Canada

BEST CRIME FIRST NOVEL

  • Raye Anderson, And We Shall Have Snow, Signature Editions
  • Chris Patrick Carolan, The Nightshade Cabal, Parliament House Press
  • Guglielmo D’Izza, The Transaction, Guernica Editions
  • Russell Fralich, True Patriots, Dundurn Press
  • Emily Hepditch, The Woman in the Attic, Flanker Press

THE HOWARD ENGEL AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL SET IN CANADA

  • Randall Denley, Payback, Ottawa Press and Publishing
  • Helen Humphreys, Rabbit Foot Bill, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
  • Ann Lambert, The Dogs of Winter, Second Story Press
  • Kevin Major, Two for The Tablelands, Breakwater Books
  • Katrina Onstad, Stay Where I Can See You, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

BEST CRIME NOVELLA

  • C.C. Benison, The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford, At Bay Press
  • Vicki Delany, Coral Reef Views, Orca Book Publishers
  • Winona Kent, Salty Dog Blues, Sisters in Crime – Canada West
  • Sam Wiebe, Never Going Back, Orca Book Publishers

BEST CRIME SHORT STORY

  • Marcelle Dubé, Cold Wave, Sisters in Crime – Canada West
  • Twist Phelan, Used to Be, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
  • Zandra Renwick, Killer Biznez, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
  • Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Days Without Name, Carrick Publishing
  • Sarah Weinman, Limited Liability, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

BEST FRENCH CRIME BOOK (FICTION AND NONFICTION)

  • Roxanne Bouchard, La mariée de corail, Libre Expression
  • Stéphanie Gauthier, Inacceptable, Éditions Québec Amérique
  • Christian Giguère, Le printemps des traîtres, Héliotrope NOIR
  • Guy Lalancette, Les cachettes, VLB éditeur
  • Jean Lemieux, Les Demoiselles de Havre-Aubert, Éditions Québec Amérique

BEST JUVENILE OR YA CRIME BOOK (FICTION AND NONFICTION)

  • Frances Greenslade, Red Fox Road, Puffin Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Janet Hill, Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House, Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Sheena Kamal, Fight Like a Girl, Penguin Teen, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Kelly Powell, Magic Dark and Strange, Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Inc.
  • Tom Ryan, I Hope You’re Listening, Albert Whitman & Co.

THE BRASS KNUCKLES AWARD FOR BEST NONFICTION CRIME BOOK

  • Jeff Blackstock, Murder in the Family: How the Search For My Mother’s Killer Led to My Father, Viking Press
  • Norm Boucher, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip, NeWest Press
  • Silver Donald Cameron, Blood in the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes, Viking Press
  • Justin Ling, Missing From the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That FailedToronto’s Queer Community, McClelland & Stewart
  • Michael Nest with Deanna Reder and Eric Bell, Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett, University of Regina Press

 THE AWARD FOR BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT

  • The Future by Raymond Bazowski
  • Predator and Prey by Dianne Scott
  • Notes on Killing your Wife by Mark Thomas
  • A Nice Place to Die by Joyce Woollcott
  • Cat with a Bone by Susan Jane Wright

RIVERTON PRIZE. The winner of the 2021 Riverton Prize for Best Norwegian Crime Story was announced on April 29.

  • Sven Petter Næss for Skjebnesteinen (Fate of Stone / Stone of Destiny)

The Riverton Prize (Norwegian: Rivertonprisen) is a literature award given annually to the best Norwegian crime story (whether a novel, short story, play, or original screenplay). The prize is named after the Norwegian journalist and author Sven Elvestad (1884-1934) who published detective stories under the pen name Stein Riverton.

[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]