Crime Fiction Awards: The Best in Mysteries, Suspense Novels and Thrillers

List of Awards



Arthur Ellis



Benjamin Franklin

Best Books


Bloody Scotland Crime Novel

Bloody Words

Bruce Alexander


CWA Dagger

Danish Crime Novel

Daphne du Maurier







Finnish Crime Novel


Friedrich Glauser

Glass Key

Grand Prix de Lit. Policière

Grant Allen



Harper Lee

Indie Lit

International Book


Irish Book

John Spray

LA Times





National (UK)

National Indie

Ned Kelly


Next Generation

Ngaio Marsh

Petrona Award

Poloni Prize


Premio Azzeccagarbugli

Premio Fedeli

Prix Mystère


Reader Views

Reviewers' Choice

Riverton Prize



SMM Crime Novel

SMM Private Eye

SMM Traditional

Spotted Owl

Strand Critics

Swedish Crime Novel



Tony Hillerman

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The Arthur Ellis Awards

The Arthur Ellis Award, named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, is an annual award from the Crime Writers of Canada that recognizes excellence in Canadian crime writing.


  • Best Crime Novel: Plague by C. C. Humphreys (Doubleday)
  • Best First Crime Novel: Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows (Dundurn)
  • Best Crime Novel in French: Bondrée by Andrée Michaud (Editions Québec Amérique)
  • Best Crime Non-Fiction: The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray (HarperCollins)
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: Dead Man's Switch by Sigmund Brouwer (Harvest House)
  • Best Crime Short Story: "Stone Mattress" by Margaret Atwood (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Best Unpublished First Novel: "Unhanged Arthur": Strange Things Done by Elle Wild
  • Best Novella: A Knock on the Door by Jas. R. Petrin (Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine)
  • Best Crime Novel: The Devil's Making by Seán Haldane (Stone Flower Press)
  • Best First Crime Novel: Bait by J. Kent Messum (Penguin Canada)
  • Best Crime Novel in French: L'enfant promis by Maureen Martineau (La courte échelle)
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History's Mysteries by Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)
  • Best Novella: The Goddaughter's Revenge by Melodie Campbell (Orca Books)
  • Best Crime Short Story: "Footprints in Water" by Twist Phelan (Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July 2013, Dell Magazines)
  • Best Unpublished First Novel: "Unhanged Arthur": Cold Girl by Rachel Greenaway
  • Grand Master Award: Howard Engle
  • Best Crime Novel: Until the Night by Giles Blunt (Random House)
  • Best First Crime Novel: The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James (NAL)
  • Best Crime Novel in French: La Nuit des albinos by Mario Bolduc (Libre Expression)
  • Best Crime Non-Fiction: The Devil's Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell's Kill Room by Steve Lillebuen (McClelland and Stewart)
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: Becoming Holmes by Shane Peacock (Tundra Books)
  • Best Crime Short Story: "Switch-blade Knife" by Yasuko Thanh (Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart)
  • Best Unpublished First Novel: "Unhanged Arthur": Sins Revisited by Coleen Steele
  • Best Novella: Contingency Plan by Lou Allin (Orca Rapid Reads)
  • Best Crime Novel: Before the Poison by Peter Robinson (McClelland and Stewart)
  • Best First Crime Novel: The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton (House of Anansi Press)
  • Best Crime Novel in French: La chorale du diable by Martin Michaud (Les Editions Guélette)
  • Best Crime Non-Fiction: Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art by Joshua Knelman (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick Press)
  • Best Crime Short Story: What Kelly Did by Catherine Astolfo (North Word Magazine)
  • Best Unpublished First Novel: "Unhanged Arthur": Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
  • Best Crime Novel: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (Little, Brown)
  • Best First Crime Novel: The Debba by Avner Mandleman (Random House)
  • Best Crime Novel in French: Dans le quartier des agités by Jacques Côté (éditions Alire)
  • Best Crime Non-Fiction: On the Farm by Stevie Cameron (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Book: Lost For Words (The Worst Thing She Ever Did) by Alice Kuipers (HarperCollins)
  • Best Crime Short Story: So Much in Common by Mary Jane Maffini (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
  • Best First Unpublished Crime Novel: Better Off Dead by John Jeneroux
  • Best Novel: High Chicago by Howard Shrier (Random House)
  • Best First Novel: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Doubleday)Review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • Best Juvenile: Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard (HarperCollins)
  • Best Unpublished: Corpse Flower by Gloria Ferris
  • Best Novel: Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay
  • Best First Novel: Buffalo Jump by Howard Shrier
  • Best Juvenile: War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay
  • Best Novel: Honour Among Men by Barbara Fradkin
  • Best First Novel: Sign of the Cross by Anne Emery
  • Best Juvenile: Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates by Sean Cullen
  • Best Novel: Fifth Son by Barbara Fradkin
  • Best First Novel: Dark Places by Jon Evans
  • Best Juvenile: The Beckoners by Carrie Mac
  • Best Novel: The Delicate Storm by Giles Blunt
  • Best First Novel: Just Murder by Jan Rehner
  • Best Juvenile: Acceleration by Graham McNamee
  • Best Novel: Blood of Others by Rick Mofina
  • Best First Novel: Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol
  • Best Juvenile: Break and Enter by Norah McClintock
  • Best Novel: In the Midnight Hour by Michelle Spring
  • Best First Novel: The Boy Must Die by Jon Redfern
  • Best Juvenile: Scared to Death by Norah McClintock
  • Best Novel: Cold is the Grave by Peter Robinson
  • Best First Novel: Hands Like Clouds by Mark Zuehlke
  • Best Juvenile: The Boy in the Burning House by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Best Novel: The Feast of Stephen by Rosemary Aubert
  • Best First Novel: Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper
  • Best Juvenile: How Can a Brilliant Detective Shine in the Dark? by Linda Bailey
  • Best Novel: Old Wounds by Nora Kelly
  • Best First Novel: Sudden Blow by Liz Brady
  • Best Juvenile: Sins of the Fathers by Norah McClintock
  • Best Novel: Trial of Passion by William Deverell
  • Best First Novel: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  • Best Juvenile: The Body in the Basement by Norah McClintock
  • Best Novel: Innocent Graves by Peter Robinson
  • Best First Novel: Death at Buckingham Palace by C. C. Benison
  • Best Juvenile: How Can a Frozen Detective Stay Hot on the Trail? by Linda Bailey
  • Best Novel: Mother Love by L. R. Wright
  • Best First Novel Tie:
    • The Last Castrato by John Spencer Hill
    • Moonlit Days and Nights by D. H. Toole
  • Best Juvenile: Mistaken Identity by Norah McClintock
  • Best Novel: A Colder Kind of Death by Gail Bowen
  • Best First Novel: What's a Girl Gotta Do? by Sparkle Hayter
  • Best Juvenile: Torn Away by James Heneghan
  • Best Novel: Gypsy Sins by John Lawrence Reynolds
  • Best First Novel: Memory Trace by Gavin Scott
  • Best Juvenile: Abalone Summer by John Dowd
  • Best Novel: Lizardskin by Carsten Stroud
  • Best First Novel: Passion Play by Sean Stewart
  • Best Novel: Past Reason Hated by Peter Robinson
  • Best First Novel: Flesh Wound by Paul Grescoe
  • Best Novel: A Chill Rain in January by L. R. Wright
  • Best First Novel: Sniper's Moon by Carsten Stroud
  • Best Novel: Hot Shots by Laurence Gough
  • Best First Novel: The Man Who Murdered God by John Lawrence Reynolds
  • Best Novel: Jack by Chris Scott
  • Best First Novel: A Stone of the Heart by John Brady
  • Best Novel: Swann by Carol Shields
  • Best First Novel: The Goldfish Bowl by Laurence Gough
  • Best Novel: Buried on Sunday by Edward O. Phillips
  • Best First Novel: Murder on the Run by Medora Sale
  • Best Novel: Death in the Old Country by Eric Wright
  • Best Novel: Murder Sees the Light by Howard Engel
  • Best Novel: The Night the Gods Smiled by Eric Wright

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