The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the shortlists for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards as follows:

Best First Novel

* Peggy Blair, The Beggar’s Opera, Penguin Canada

* Deryn Collier, Confined Space, Simon & Schuster

* Peter Kirby, The Dead of Winter, Linda Leith Publishing

* Chris Laing, A Private Man, Seraphim

* Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, NAL

Best Novel

* Linwood Barclay, Trust Your Eyes, Doubleday Canada

* Giles Blunt, Until the Night, Random House Canada

* Sean Chercover, The Trinity Game, Thomas & Mercer

* Stephen Miller, The Messenger, Delacorte Press

* Carsten Stroud, Niceville, Knopf

Best Novella

* Lou Allin, Contingency Plan, Orca Rapid Reads

* Vicki Delany, A Winter Kill, Orca Rapid Reads

* Barbara Fradkin, Evil behind that Door, Orca Rapid Reads

* Christopher Moore, “Reunion“, Phnom Penh Noir, Heaven Lake Press

Best Short Story

* Melodie Campbell, “Life without George” in Over My Dead Body Mystery Magazine, August 2012

* Sandy Conrad, “Sins of the Fathers” in Daughters and Other Strangers, The Brucedale Press

* Scott MacKay, “Cruel Coast” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, July 2012

* Jas R. Petrin, “Mad Dog” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, October 2012

* Yasuko Thanh, “Spring-blade Knife” in Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart

Best Nonfiction

* Anita Arvast, Bloody Justice: The Truth behind the Bandidos Massacre at Shedden, John Wiley & Sons

* Guy Lawson, Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con, Crown Books/Random House

* Steve Lillebuen, The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room, McClelland & Stewart

* Bruce Livesey, Thieves of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians, Random House Canada

Best Juvenile/YA

* Lisa Harrington, Live to Tell, Cormorant Books

* Y.S. Lee, The Agency: The Traitor in the Tunnel, Candlewick Press

* Sylvia McNicoll, Crush Candy Corpse, James Lorimer & Company

* Shane Peacock, Becoming Holmes, Tundra Books

* Elizabeth Stewart, The Lynching of Louie Sam, Annick Press

Best Crime Book in French

* Mario Bolduc, La Nuit des albinos: Sur les traces de Max O’Brien, Libre Expression

* André Jacques, De pierres et de sang, Druide

* Jean Lemieux, L’homme du jeudi, La courte échelle

* Martin Michaud, Je me souviens, Goélette

* Richard Ste Marie, L’inaveu, Alire

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel: the Unhanged Arthur

* William Hall, Cold Black Tide

* Ilonka Halsband, The Raffle Baby

* Coleen Steele, Sins Revisited

The winners will annouced on May 30 in Toronto.