The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) announced the shortlists for the 2020
Arthur Ellis Award shortlists on April 21 online as follows:

Best Crime Novel:
Michael Christie — Greenwood (MacClelland & Stewart)
Ian Hamilton — Fate (House of Anansi Press)
Nicole Lundrigan — Hideaway (Penguin Random House Canada)
Marissa Stapley — The Last Resort (Simon & Schuster Canada)
Loreth Anne White — In the Dark (Montlake Romance)

The Angela Harrison Memorial Award for Best Crime First Novel:
Philip Elliott — Nobody Move (Into the Void Press)
Denis Coupal — Blindshot (Linda Leith Publishing)
Nicole Bross — Past Presence (Literary Wanderlust)

Best Crime Novella:
Wayne Arthurson —“The Red Chesterfield” (University of Calgary Press)
Barbara Fradkin — “Blood Ties” (Orca Book Publishers)
Brenda Chapman — “Too Close to Home” (Grass Roots Press)
Melodie Campbell — “The Goddaughter Does Vegas” (Orca Book Publishers)
Devon Shepherd — “The Woman in Apartment 615” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery
Magazine, Jan/Feb 2019)

Best Crime Short Story:
Y.S. Lee — “In Plain Sight” (in Life is Short and Then You Die; edited by Kelly Armstrong, Macmillan)
Peter Sellers — “Closing Doors” (Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, March/April 2019)
Zandra Renwick — “The Dead Man’s Dog” (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2019)

Best French Crime Book:
Louis Carmain — Les offrandes (VLB Editeur)
Andree Michaud — Tempetes (Editions Quebec Ameriques)
Martin Michaud — Ghetto X (Libre Expression)
Guillaume Morrissette —Le tribunal de la rue Quirion (Guy Saint-Jean editeur)
Felix Ravenelle-Arcouette — Le cercle de cendres (Heliotrope)

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book:
Liam O’Donnell & Mike Dean — Tank & Fizz: The Case of the Tentacle Terror
(Orca Book Publisher)
Jo Treggiari — The Grey Sisters (Penguin Teen)
Tom Ryan — Keep This to Yourself (Albert Whitman & Company)
David A. Robertson — Ghosts (HighWater Press)

Best Nonfiction Crime Book:
Katie Daubs — The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and
the City Obsessed with Finding Him (MacClelland & Stewart)
Kevin Donovan — The Billionaire Murders (Penguin Random House)
Debra Komar — The Court of Better Fictio (Dundurn Press)
Vanessa Brown — The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case
Sleuth, and a Search for Justice (ECW Press)
Charlotte Gray — Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a
Strange Death on an Island Paradise (HarperCollins Publishers)

The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript:
B.L. Smith — Bert Mintenko and the Serious Business
K.P. Bartlett — Henry’s Bomb
Max Folsom — One Bad Day After Another
Liz Rachel Walker — The Dieppe Letters
Pam Barnsley — The River Cage

The 2020 Grand Master Award recipient: Peter Robinson

The annual awards gala has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The winners will be announced in late May on the website and social media.