The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) has announced the shortlists for the 2021 CWC Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Awards) as follows:

Best Crime Novel: (5)
Marjorie Celona, How a Woman Becomes a Lake, Hamish Hamilton Canada
Cecilia Ekback, The Historians, HarperCollins
Will Ferguson, The Finder, Simon & Schuster Canada
Thomas King, Obsidian, HarperCollins
Roz Nay, Hurry Home, Simon & Schuster Canada

Best Crime First Novel: (5)
Raye Anderson, And We Shall Have Snow, Signature Editions
Chris Patrick Carolan, The Nightshade Cabal, Parliament House Press
Guglielmo D’Izza, The Transaction, Guernica Editions
Russell Fralich, True Patriots, Dundurn Press
Emily Hepditch, The Woman in the Attic, Flanker Press

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada: (5)
Randall Denley, Payback, Ottawa Press and Publishing
Helen Humphreys, Rabbit Foot Bill, HarperCollins
Ann Lambert, The Dogs of Winter, Second Story Press
Kevin Major, Two for The Tablelands, Breakwater Books
Katrina Onstad, Stay Where I Can See You, HarperCollins

Best Crime Novella: (4)
C.C. Benison, “The Unpleasantness at the Battle of Thornford,” At Bay Press
Vicki Delany, “Coral Reef Views,” Orca Book Publishers
Winona Kent, “Salty Dog Blues,” Sisters in Crime – Canada West
Sam Wiebe, “Never Going Back,” Orca Book Publishers

Best Crime Short Story: (5)
Marcelle Dube, “Cold Wave,” Sisters in Crime – Canada West
Twist Phelan, “Used to Be,” Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, January/February
Zandra Renwick, “Killer Biznez,” Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, September/October
Sylvia Maultash Warsh, “Days Without Name,” Carrick Publishing
Sarah Weinman, “Limited Liability,” Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, May/June

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction): (5)
Roxanne Bouchard, La mariee de corail, Libre Expression
Stephanie Gauthier, Inacceptable, Editions Quebec Amerique
Christian Giguere, Le printemps des traitres, Heliotrope NOIR
Guy Lalancette, Les cachettes, VLB editeur
Jean Lemieux, Les Demoiselles du Havre-Aubert, Editions Quebec Amerique

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction): (5)
Frances Greenslade, Red Fox Road, Puffin Canada
Janet Hill, Lucy Crisp and the Vanishing House, Tundra Books
Sheena Kamal, Fight Like a Girl, Penguin Teen
Kelly Powell, Magic Dark and Strange, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Tom Ryan, I Hope You’re Listening, Albert Whitman & Co.

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book: (5)
Jeff Blackstock, Murder in the Family: How the Search For My Mother’s Killer Led to My Father, Viking Press
Norm Boucher, Horseplay: My Time Undercover on the Granville Strip, NeWest Press
Silver Donald Cameron, Blood in the Water: A True Story of Revenge in the Maritimes, Viking Press
Justin Ling, Missing From the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto’s Queer Community, McClelland & Stewart
Michael Nest with Deanna Reder and Eric Bell, Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett, University of Regina Press

The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript: (5)
The Future by Raymond Bazowski
Predator and Prey by Dianne Scott
Notes on Killing your Wife by Mark Thomas
A Nice Place to Die by Joyce Woollcott
Cat with a Bone by Susan Jane Wright

The 2021 Derrick Murdoch Special Achievement Award recipient:
Marian Misters (co-owner of The Sleuth of Baker Street, a mystery bookstore
in Totonto)

The winners will be announced across Canada on Thursday, May 27, 2021.