2022 CWC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS

The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the winners for the 2022 CWC Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards) as follows:

Best Crime Novel: (5)
Linwood Barclay, Find You First, William Morrow
Daniel Kalla, Lost Immunity, Simon & Schuster
WINNER Dietrich Kalteis, Under the Outlaw Moon, ECW Press
Shari Lapena, Not a Happy Family, Doubleday Canada
Roz Nay, The Hunted, Simon & Schuster

Best Crime First Novel: (5)
WINNER Ashley Audrain, The Push, Viking Canada
Fiona King Foster, The Captive, HarperCollins Publishers
Byron TD Smith, Windfall, Shima Kun Press
Katherine Walker, All Is Well, Thistledown Press
David Whitton, Seven Down, Rare Machines

The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery: (5)
WINNER 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

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada: (5)
WINNER C. S. Porter, Beneath Her Skin, Vagrant Press/Nimbus Publishing
Cathy Ace, Corpse with an Iron Will, Four Tails Publishing
Alice Walsh, Death on Darbyfs Island, Vagrant Press/Nimbus Publishing
Sam Wiebe, Hell and Gone, Harbour Publishing Co.
Kevin Major, Three for Trinity, Breakwater Books

Best Crime Novella: (4)
Marcelle Dube, Identity Withheld, Falcon Ridge Publishing
Brenda Gayle, Murder in Abstract, Bowstring Books
WINNER Wayne Ng, "Letters From Johnny", Guernica Editions
Elvie Simons, Not So Fast, Dr. Quick, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, July/August 2021

Best Crime Short Story: (5)
Pam Barnsley, What can You Do?, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November/December 2021
Hilary Davidson, Weed Man, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Setember/October 2021BR> WINNER Elizabeth Elwood, "Number 10 Marlborough Place", Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, November/December 2021
Charlotte Morganti, All My Darlings, Die Laughing
Melissa Yi, Dead Man's Hand, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, March/April 2021

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction): (5)
Roxanne Bouchard, Le murmure des hakapiks, Libre Expression
Marc-Andre Chabot, Dis-moi qui doit vivrec, Libre Expression
Guillaume Morrissette, Conduite dangereuse, Saint-Jean
WINNER Patrick Senecal, Flots, Editions Alire
Richard Ste-Marie, Stigmates, Editions Alire

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction): (5)
Karen Bass, Blood Donor, Orca Book Publishers
Rachelle Delaney, Alice Fleck's Recipes for Disaster, Puffin Canada
Cherie Dimaline, Hunting By Stars, Penguin Teen
WINNER Kevin Sands, The Traitor's Blade, Aladdin
Jordyn Taylor, Don't Breathe a Word, HarperTeen

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book: (5)
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
WINNER 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: (5)
Delee Fromm, The Strength to Rise
Pam Isfeld, Captives
WINNER Renee Lehnen, Elmington
Katie Mac, Ken's Corner
Mark Thomas, Part Time Crazy

2022 Grand Master Award recipient:
Louise Penny, the author of the Inspector Gamache series

The winners were announced on Thursday, May 26, 2022.


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