Winners of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards

The Crime Writers of Canada have announced the winners of the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards tonight.

Best Novel
Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Rest of the shortlist:
Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts, Simon & Schuster
John Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur
Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion, Minotaur
Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell, McClelland & Stewart


Best First Novel
Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

Rest of the shortlist:
J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive, iUniverse
David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Vagrant Press
Alexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star
Brian R. Lindsay, Old Bones, Volumes Publishing


Best Novella
Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts, Ghillinnein Books

Rest of the shortlist:
Alison Bruce, Deadly Season, Imajin Books
M.H. Callway, Glow Glass, Carrick Publishing
Barbara Fradkin, The Night Thief, Orca Book Publishers
Brian Harvey, Beethoven’s Tenth, Orca Book Publishers


Best Short Story
Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

Rest of the shortlist:
Karen Abrahamson, With One Shoe, Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Editions
Hilary Davidson, The Seige, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
Sharon Hunt, The Water Was Rising, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine
S. G. Wong, Movable Type, AB Negative Anthology, Coffin Hop Press


Best Book in French
Luc Chartrand, L’Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique

Rest of the shortlist:
Jean-Louis Fleury, L’affaire Céline, Éditions Alire
André Jacques, La bataille de Pavie, Druide
Jean Lemieux, Le mauvais côté des choses, Québec Amérique
Guillaume Morrissette, L’affaire Mélodie Cormier, Guy Saint-Jean éditeur


Best Juvenile/YA Book
Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books

Rest of the shortlist:
Robert Hough, Diego’s Crossing, Annick Press
Jeff Ross, Set You Free, Orca
Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin
Allan Stratton, The Dogs, Scholastic

Best Nonfiction Book
Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers

Rest of the shortlist:
Gary Garrison, Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons, University of Regina Press
Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr., Goose Lane Editions
Jerry Langton, Cold War, Harper Collins Publishers
Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks, Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart, Flanker Press


The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel
Jayne Barnard, When the Flood Falls

Rest of the shortlist:
Alice Bienia, Knight Blind
Pam Isfeld, Brave Girls
J.T. Siemens, Better the Devil You Know
J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek

The Arthur Ellis Awards were established in 1984 and are named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman.