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.]