2016 Arthur Ellis Award Finalists


The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the nominees for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Best Novel:

Peggy Blair, Hungry Ghosts, Simon & Schuster

John Farrow, The Storm Murders, Minotaur

Andrew Hunt, A Killing in Zion, Minotaur

Peter Kirby, Open Season, Linda Leith Publishing

Inger Ash Wolfe, The Night Bell, McClelland & Stewart

Best First Novel:

J. Mark Collins, Hard Drive, iUniverse

David Hood, What Kills Good Men, Vagrant Press

Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, Minotaur

Alexis Koetting, Encore, Five Star

Brian R. Lindsay, Old Bones, Volumes Publishing

Best Novella:

Jeremy Bates, Black Canyon, Dark Hearts

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:

Karen Abrahamson, With One Shoe, The Playground of Lost Toys, Exile Press

Hilary Davidson, The Seige, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, December 2015

Sharon Hunt, The Water Was Rising, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, August 2015

Scott Mackay, The Avocado Kid, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, June 2015

S. G. Wong, Movable Type, AB Negative Anthology, Coffin Hop Press

Best Book in French:

Luc Chartrand, L’Affaire Myosotis, Québec Amérique

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:

Robert Hough, Diego’s Crossing, Annick Press

Jeff Ross, Set You Free, Orca

Kevin Sands, The Blackthorn Key, Aladdin

Allan Stratton, The Dogs, Scholastic

Stephanie Tromly, Trouble is a Friend of Mine, Kathy Dawson Books

Best Nonfiction Book:

Gary Garrison, Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons, University of Regina Press

Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception, Harper Collins Publishers

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The Dundurn Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: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

Alice Bienia, Knight Blind

Pam Isfeld, Brave Girls

J.T. Siemens, Better the Devil You Know

J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek

The winners will be announced at The 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards Gala to be held on Thursday May 26, 2016 at the ARTS AND LETTERS CLUB in Toronto.