Friday, April 23, 2010

Short Lists for 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards Announced

Mystery Book Awards: The Edgars, The Agathas, The Anthonys, and many more.

The short lists for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced by the Crime Writers of Canada organization. These awards, in seven categories (one new this year), recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing. The short list titles are:

Best Novel:
Aloha, Candy Hearts by Anthony Bidulka (Insomniac Press)
Arctic Blue Death by R. J. Harlick (RendezVous Crime)
The Finger's Twist by Lee Lamothe (Ravenstone)
Death Spiral by James W. Nichol (McArthur)
High Chicago by Howard Shrier (Random House)

Best First Novel:
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley Review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Doubleday)
The Cold Light of Mourning by Elizabeth Duncan (St. Martin's Minotaur)
Weight of Stones by C. B. Forrest (RendezVous Crime)
A Magpie's Smile by Eugene Meese (NeWest Press)
Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy Review of Darkness at the Stroke of Noon by Dennis Richard Murphy (HarperCollins)

Best Juvenile:
Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard (HarperCollins)
Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins)
Homicide Related by Norah McClintock (Red Deer Press)
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)
The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (Candlewick)

Best Unpublished (new award this year):
This Cage of Bones by Pam Barnsley
Confined Space by Deryn Collier
Corpse Flower by Gloria Ferris
Bait of Pleasure by Blair Hemstock
Putting Them Down by Peter Kirby

Short lists were also announced for Best Novel in French, Best Non-Fiction, and Best Short Story. See the CWC website for all the details.

The winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards Banquet in Toronto on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

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