Finalists for the 2012 Arthur Ellis awards announced.

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the finalists for the 2012 Arthur Ellis Awards. On 31stm the awards will be given out, at the Toronto Hilton Hotel, at a banquet prior to the Bloody Words Conference.
Best Novel:
I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS by Alan Bradley (Doubleday Canada)
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS by William Deverell (McClelland & Stewart)
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny (St. Martin’s Press/Raincoast)
BEFORE THE POISON by Peter Robinson (M&S)
THE GUILTY PLEA by Robert Rotenberg (Simon & Schuster)

Best Non-Fiction
THE PIRATES OF SOMALIA by Jay Bahader (HarperCollins Canada)
A SEASON IN HELL by Robert Fowler (HarperCollins Canada)
THE WEASEL: A DOUBLE LIFE IN THE MOB by Adrian Humphreys (John Wiley & Sons Canada)
HOT ART: CHASING THIEVES AND DETECTIVES THROUGH THE SECRET WORLD OF STOLEN ART by Joshua Knelman, (Douglas & McIntyre)
THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Steven Laffoley, (Pottersfield Press)

Best Juvenile/Young Adult
MISSING by Becky Citra (Orca Book Publishers)
CHARLIE’S KEY by Rob Mills, (Orca)
HELD by Edeet Ravel (Annick Press)
EMPIRE OF RUINS by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins Canada)
BLINK & CAUTION by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick Press/Random House)

Best First Novel
WATCHING JEOPARDY by Norm Foster (Xlibris)
THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI by Ian Hamilton (Spiderline/House of Anansi)
THE MAN WHO KILLED by Fraser Nixon (D&M)
THE SURVIVOR by Sean Slater (S&S)
TIGHT CORNER by Roger White (BPS Books)

Best Short Story
“WHAT KELLY DID” by Catherine Astolfo (Northword Magazine)
“THE PERFECT MARK” by Melodie Campbell (Flash Fiction Magazine)
“THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN HAIR” by Scott Mackay (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
“BEER MONEY” by Shane Nelson (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine)
“A NEW PAIR OF PANTS” by Jas. R. Petrin (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)

Unhanged Arthur (Best Unpublished First Crime Novel)
SNAKE IN THE SNOW by William Bonnell
THE RHYMESTER by Valerie A. Drego
GUNNING FOR BEAR by Madeleine Harris-Callway
TOO FAR TO FALL by Shane Sawyer
LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS by Sam Wiebe

Best Crime Writing in French
POUR NE PAS MOURIR CE SOIR by Guillaume Lapierre-Desnoyers (Lévesque Éditeur)
LA CHORALE DU DIABLE by Martin Michaud (Les Éditions Guélette)
PWAZON by Diane Vincent (Triptyque)