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Arthur Ellis Awards

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Cathy Spencer (cm_spencer) | 13 comments Mod
The Arthur Ellis Awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman, are awarded annually by the Crime Writers of Canada in the following categories:

For published works:
Best Crime Novel
Best Crime First Novel
Best Crime Novella
Best Crime Short Story
Best French Crime Books (Fiction and Nonfiction)
Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
Best Nonfiction Crime Book

For unpublished authors:
The Unhanged Arthur Award (for best unpublished first Crime Novel)

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Cathy Spencer (cm_spencer) | 13 comments Mod
Authors, you may want to add your book to the group bookshelf. Click on "Bookshelf" under the group name, "Award-Nominated Fiction," at the top right of the page.

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John Brooke | 1 comments Hello Cathy. Thank you for opening this space. Congratulations on your nomination. And to E.R.
Good luck to all.

Walls of a Mind has made it to the short list for the Arthur Ellis prize for best mystery. This is my 5th Inspector Aliette Nouvelle book.

Here is the trailer…

Here is my website, with info about my work and links to Signature Editions and my Facebook page…


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Sean Haldane | 1 comments Dear Cathy, Congrats and good luck in your own nomination! I'm new to this. The Devil's Making - a Victorian Detective Mystery is on the short-list for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel. It is a crime novel all right, but also a historical novel ('Victorian' means the date, 1868, and the place, Victoria, BC) and I hope has something to say about the early identity of what is now Canada.

It is published in Canada by Stone Flower Press and distributed by

In Europe it is distributed by Rún Press

My personal website has a link to more details at

Best to all -


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Axel Howerton (axelhow) | 1 comments Thank you for providing a spot for the Arthurs!

My darkly funny hardboiled detective novel Hot Sinatrais one of the five finalists for the Best First Novel award in the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards.

Currently available in four languages and both paperback and ebook in all the usual venues from Evolved Publishing. Audiobook underway.

You can find out more about the book, my other work and me, myself and I at

Axel Howerton

Hot Sinatra by Axel Howerton
Hot Sinatra

message 6: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Spencer (cm_spencer) | 13 comments Mod
Sean wrote: "Dear Cathy, Congrats and good luck in your own nomination! I'm new to this. The Devil's Making - a Victorian Detective Mystery is on the short-list for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel. It is a cr..."

Hi Sean.
Here's the book cover and Goodreads link:
The Devil's Making by Sean Haldane
The Devil's Making

message 7: by E.R. (last edited Apr 30, 2014 07:12PM) (new)

E.R. Brown (er_brown) | 4 comments Hey Axel! I love Hot Sinatra. I'll bring my copy to Toronto for you to sign. I see that this new group has been opened up, so I'll repeat what I said elsewhere (warning: shameless self-promo) - my first novel, Almost Criminal: A Crime in Cascadia Mystery, has been nominated for two awards. The subject of this discussion is the Arthur Ellis, where it's up for Best First Novel up against, uh, you. And A.S.A Harrison and S.G. Wong (what's up with all the initials?)... wow, it's quite the list.

It's also been nominated for an Edgar award, for Best Paperback Original. Up against Stephen King and a batch of blockbusters. Safe to say I'm the dark horse. While I don't expect to win any of these awards, it's been incredibly validating to be recognized by other writers.

People can find more about the book on my Goodreads page and at

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Howard Shrier (howardshrier) | 1 comments I hope to meet all the nominated authors at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club June 5. Together we are making Canadian crime cool!

message 9: by Gail (last edited May 04, 2014 11:15AM) (new)

Gail Gallant | 1 comments Hi All,
Thanks for starting up this discussion Cathy. I'm a novice at everything myself, even discussion groups, but my first novel, Apparition, is nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award in the YA section. I'm thrilled because my book has mainly been seen as a paranormal romance, but I think at heart it's crime fiction! It's just that there are some ghosts amongst the characters, and, well, thwarted romance. But mostly crime - which must be solved!! It's published by Doubleday Canada.

I have a Facebook page at and a blog at

I love that the awards event is at the Arts and Letters Club!!
Good luck, everyone!

message 10: by J. (last edited May 07, 2014 09:52PM) (new)

J. Kent Messum | 4 comments Hi Cathy, thank you for creating this space.

My book "BAIT" made the short list for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award - 'Best First Novel'. I'm very proud and grateful to have been included in a list of works with such talented authors. It's doubtful my book will win, but it does feel nice to have something I did recognized and held to such esteem.

'BAIT' is represented by the UK literary agency Peter, Fraser, & Dunlop

It's published in Canada via Penguin Canada

In the US via Plume/Penguin

And in the UK under the Michael Joseph imprint/Penguin UK

I've been fortunate enough to also have it published in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Greece, with ebooks also available.

My website:


You can find me on facebook and twitter.

Good Luck to everyone! I can't wait to shake all your hands June 5th.

J. Kent

message 11: by Karen (new)

Karen | 1 comments Thank you, Cathy, for starting this group.

I'm delighted that my latest book SABOTAGE, published by Sono Nis Press, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book.

SABOTAGE: Danger hits close to home in Port Arthur, Ontario, for Saara and John Mäki in this adventure tale based on real espionage, sabotage, and paranoia in 1915 Canada.

My Facebook author page and website are:

Congratulations to all of the Arthur Ellis Awards shortlisted authors, and I look forward to meeting you at the Awards Gala!

Karen Autio

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