Arthur Ellis Awards

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The Arthur Ellis Awards are a group of Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada for the best Canadian crime and mystery writing published in the previous year. The award is presented at a gala dinner in the year following publication.

The awards are named for Arthur Ellis, the pseudonym of Canada's official hangman. The award statue itself is wooden model of a hanging man. The arms and legs move when the statue's string is pulled.

The year cited below is the year in which the work was published.

Best Crime Novel[edit]

Best First Novel[edit]

  • 1987 - Medora Sale, Murder on the Run 
  • 1988 - Laurence Gough, The Goldfish Bowl 
  • 1989 - John Brady, A Stone of the Heart 
  • 1990 - John Lawrence Reynolds, The Man Who Murdered God [1]
  • 1991 - Carsten Stroud, Sniper's Moon 
  • 1992 - Paul Grescoe, Flesh Wound 
  • 1993 - Sean Stewart, Passion Play 
  • 1994 - Gavin Scott, Memory Trace 
  • 1995 - Sparkle Hayter, What's A Girl Gotta Do? 
  • 1996 - (tie) John Spencer Hill, The Last Castrato and D.H. Toole, Moonlit Days and Nights 
  • 1998 - C. C. Benison, Death At Buckingham Palace 
  • 1997 - Kathy Reichs, Déja Dead 
  • 1999 - Liz Brady, Sudden Blow 
  • 2000 - Andrew Pyper, Lost Girls 
  • 2001 - Mark Zuehlke, Hands Like Clouds 
  • 2002 - Jon Redfern, The Boy Must Die 
  • 2003 - James W. Nichol, Midnight Cab 
  • 2004 - Jan Rehner, Just Murder 
  • 2005 - Jon Evans, Dark Places 
  • 2006 - Louise Penny, Still Life [2]
  • 2007 - Anne Emery, Sign of the Cross [3]
  • 2008 - Liam Durcan, Garcia's Heart [4]
  • 2009 - Howard Shrier, Buffalo Jump [5]
  • 2010 - Alan Bradley, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie [6]
  • 2011 - Avner Mandelman, The Debba [7]
  • 2012 - Ian Hamilton, The Water Rat of Wanchai [8]

Best Crime Book in French[edit]

  • 2000 - Lionel Noël, Louna 
  • 2001 - Norbert Spehner, Le roman policier en Amérique française 
  • 2002 - Anne-Michèle Lévesque, Fleur invitait au troisième 
  • 2003 - Jacques Côté, Le rouge ideal 
  • 2004 - Jean Lemieux, On finit toujours par payer 
  • 2005 - Ann Lamontagne, Les douze pierres 
  • 2006 - Gérard Galarneau, Motel Riviera [2]
  • 2007 - No award given [3]
  • 2008 - Mario Bolduc, Tsiganes [4]
  • 2009 - Jacques Côté, Le Chemin des brumes [5]
  • 2010 - Jean Lemieux, Le mort du chemin des Arsene [6]
  • 2011 - Jacques Côté, Dans le quartier des agités [7]
  • 2012 - Martin Michaud, La chorale du diable [8]

Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book[edit]

Best Crime Nonfiction[edit]

Best Crime Short Story[edit]

  • 1988 - Eric Wright, "Looking for an Honest Man", in Cold Blood: Murder in Canada 
  • 1989 - Jas. R. Petrin, "Killer in the House", in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, December 1988 
  • 1990 - Josef Skvorecky, "Humbug", in The End of Lieutenant Boruvka 
  • 1991 - Peter Robinson, "Innocence", in Cold Blood III 
  • 1992 - Eric Wright, "Two in the Bush", in Christmas Stalkings 
  • 1993 - Nancy Kilpatrick, "Mantrap", in Murder, Mayhem, and the Macabre 
  • 1994 - Robert J. Sawyer, "Just Like Old Times", in On Spec, Summer 1993 
  • 1995 - Rosemary Aubert, "The Midnight Boat Toronto Palermo", in Cold Blood IV 
  • 1996 - Mary Jane Maffini, "Cotton Armour", in Ladies Killing Circle 
  • 1997 - Richard K. Bercuson, "Dead Run", in Storyteller, Winter 1996-97 
  • 1998 - Sue Pike, "Widow's Weeds", in Cottage Country Killers 
  • 1999 - Scott Mackay, "Last Inning", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, February 1998 
  • 2000 - Matt Hughes, "One More Kill", in Blue Murder Magazine, December 1999 
  • 2001 - Peter Robinson, "Murder in Utopia", in Crime Through Time III 
  • 2002 - Mary Jane Maffini, "Sign of the Times", in Fit to Die 
  • 2003 - James Powell, "Bottom Walker", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, May 2002 
  • 2004 - Gregory Ward, "Dead Wood", in Hard Boiled Love 
  • 2005 - Leslie Watts, "Crocodile Tears", in Revenge: A Noir Anthology 
  • 2006 - Rick Mofina, "Lightning Rider", in Murder in Vegas [2]
  • 2007 - Dennis Richard Murphy, "Fuzzy Wuzzy", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, August 2006 [3]
  • 2008 - Leslie Watts, "Turners", in Kingston Whig-Standard, July 7, 2007 [4]
  • 2009 - Pasha Malla, "Filmsong", in Toronto Noir [5]
  • 2010 - Dennis Richard Murphy, "Prisoner in Paradise", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [6]
  • 2011 - Mary Jane Maffini, "So Much in Common", in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [7]
  • 2012 - Catherine Astolfo, "What Kelly Did" [8]
  • 2013 - Yasuko Thanh, "Spring-blade Knife" in Floating Like The Dead

Best Unpublished First Novel - “Unhanged Arthur”[edit]

First awarded in 2007 as part of the CWC mandate to recognize and promote the careers of promising new crime writers.

  • 2007 - Phyllis Smallman, "Margarita Nights" [3]
  • 2008 - D.J. McIntosh, "The Witch of Babylon" [4]
  • 2009 - Douglas A. Moles, "Louder" [5]
  • 2010 - Gloria Ferris, "The Corpse Flower" [6]
  • 2011 - John Jeneroux, "Better Off Dead" [7]
  • 2012 - Sam Wiebe, "Last of the Independents" [8]

Derrick Murdoch Award[edit]

This is a special achievement award for contributions to the genre of crime and mystery writing, awarded at the discretion of the president of the Crime Writers of Canada. When first presented in 1984, it was known as the Chairman's Award; it was later renamed in honour of its first recipient, Derrick Murdoch.

Best Genre Criticism/Reference[edit]

The award for Best Genre Criticism or Reference has only been presented twice.

  • 1991 - Donald A. Redmond, Sherlock Holmes Among the Pirates 
  • 1992 - Wesley A. Wark, Spy Fiction, Spy Films and Real Intelligence 

Best Play[edit]

The award for Best Play has only been presented once.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New, William H. (ed.) (2002). Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. p. 65. University of Toronto Press
  2. ^ a b c d e f 2006 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g 2007 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g 2008 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g 2009 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h 2011 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards Winners Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Arthur Ellis Award - Derrick Murdoch Award Crime Writers of Canada, (retrieved 11/21/2012)

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