2010 CWC Arthur Ellis Award Winners

On May 27 in Toronto, The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) annouced the winners of its 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Derrick Murdoch Award: Peter Robinson

Best Crime Novel: High Chicago, by Howard Shrier (Vintage Canada/Random House)

Best First Crime Novel: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley (Doubleday Canada)

Best French Language Crime Novel: Le mort du chemin des Arsene, by Jean Lemieux (La courte echelle)

Best Juvenile Crime Novel: Haunted, by Barbara Hayworth Attard (HarperCollins)

Best Crime Non-fiction: Murder Without Borders, by Terry Gould (Random House of Canada)

Best Crime Short Story: “Prisoner in Paradise,” by Dennis Richard Murphy (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, January 2009])

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (The Unhanged Arthur): Corpse Flower, by Gloria Ferris

2010 Hammett Prize winner (press release)


The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce that The Manual of Detection: A Novel, by Jedediah Berry (Penguin Press), has been named the winner of the organization’s annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing.

The winning title was chosen by a group of three distinguished outside judges: Stephanie Anderson, Manager of WORD bookstore in Brooklyn; Glenn Burger, author of Chaucer’s Queer Nation; and Tamar Lewin, New York Times national reporter covering education. The judges selected from among five finalists nominated from the hundreds of crime books published in 2009. These five titles were selected by the organization’s nominations committee headed by Lou Boxer.

Other books nominated for the 2009 HAMMETT PRIZE were Bury Me Deep: A Novel, by Megan E. Abbott (Simon & Schuster); Devil’s Garden, by Ace Atkins (Putnam); The Long Fall, by Walter Mosley (Riverhead); and The Way Home, by George P. Pelecanos (Little, Brown).

Mr. Berry received a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor, Peter Boiger. The award ceremony took place this evening, in Toronto, during the Bloody Words mystery convention.