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Arthur Ellis Award Shortlist Announced

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Arthur Ellis Award Shortlist Announced

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the 2012 shortlist for the Arthur Ellis Award.

Winners will be announced on May 31, 2012, at the Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Crime Writers of Canada. A special gala for the awards has been planned. To be part of the fun click here to register. Tickets are $80.

Now on to the shortlist!

Best Crime Novel

  • A Trick of the Light (St. Martin’s Press) by Louise Penny
  • Before the Poison (McClelland and Stewart) by Peter Robinson
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Doubleday Canada) by Alan Bradley
  • I'll See you in My Dreams (McClelland and Stewart) by William Deverell
  • The Guilty Plea (Simon&Schuster) by Robert Rotenberg

Best First Novel

  • The Man Who Killed (Douglas & McIntrye) by Fraser Nixon
  • The Survivor (Simon&Schuster) by Sean Slater
  • The Water Rat of Wanchai (Anansi) by Ian Hamilton
  • Tight Corner (BPS Books) by Roger White
  • Watching Jeopardy (XLibris) by Norm Foster

Best Crime Book in French

  • La chorale du diable (Les Editions Guélette) by Martin Michaud
  • Pwazon (Editors Triptyque) by Diane Vincent
  • Pour Ne Pas Mourir ce soir (Lévesque Éditeur) by Guillaume Lapierre-Desnoyers

Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book

  • Blink & Caution (Candlewick Press) by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Charlie's Key (Orca Book Publishers) by Rob Mills
  • Empire of Ruins (HarperCollins) by Arthur Slade
  • Held (Annick) by Edeet Ravel
  • Missing (Orca Book Publishers) by Becky Citra

Best Crime Nonfiction

  • A Season in Hell (Harper Collins) by Robert Fowler
  • Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art (Douglas& McIntyre) by Joshua Knelman
  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Pottersfield) by Steven Laffoley
  • The Pirates of Somalia (Harper Collins) by Jay Bahader
  • The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob (Wiley) by Adrian Humphreys

Best Crime Short Story

  • A New Pair of Pants (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) by Jas. R. Petrin
  • Beer Money (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) by Shane Nelson
  • The Girl with the Golden Hair (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) by Scott Mackay
  • The Perfect Mark (Flash Fiction Magazine) by Melodie Campbell
  • What Kelly Did (North Word Magazine) by Catherine Astolfo

Best Unpublished First Novel - “Unhanged Arthur”

  • Gunning for Bear by Madeleine Harris-Callway
  • Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
  • Snake in the Snow by William Bonnell
  • The Rhymester by Valerie A. Drego
  • Too Far to Fall by Shane Sawyer

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