Sunday, 22 April 2018 20:30

Next week the Edgar Awards will be presented on April 26 and the Agatha Award winners will be announced April 28.

But let’s not forget the award-winning authors of our Canadian neighbors.

The nominees for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing have been announced. These nominees represent those novels published during 2017.

The annual Arthur Ellis Awards by Crime Writers of Canada recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense writing in fiction and nonfiction by Canadian writers.

The winners will be announced on May 24, 2018, during the Arthur Ellis Awards Gala in Toronto.

The Winners’ Circle, by Gail Bowen (McClelland & Stewart)
The Party, by Robyn Harding (Gallery/Scout Press)
The White Angel, by John MacLachlan (Gray Douglas and McIntyre)
Sleeping in the Ground, by Peter Robinson (McClelland & Stewart)
The Forgotten Girl, by Rio Youers (St. Martin’s Press)

Puzzle of Pieces, by Sally Hill Brouard (FriesenPress)
Full Curl, by Dave Butler (Dundurn Press)
Ragged Lake, by Ron Corbett (ECW Press)
Flush, by Sky Curtis (Inanna Publications)
Our Little Secret, by Roz Nay (Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.)

BEST CRIME NOVELLA – The Lou Allin Memorial Award
Snake Oil, by M.H. Callway (published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing)
How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around, by Mike Culpepper (published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by Dell)
Blood & Belonging, by Vicki Delany (Orca Book Publishers)
Dead Clown Blues, by R. Daniel Lester (Shotgun Honey)
Money Maker, by Jas R. Petrin (published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, by Dell)

The Outlier, by Catherine Astolfo (published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing)
There be Dragons, by Jane Petersen Burfield (published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing)
Jerusalem Syndrome, by Hilary Davidson (published in Passport to Murder Bouchercon Anthology 2017, Down & Out Books)
The Ranchero’s Daughter, by Sylvia Maultash Warsh (published in 13 Claws by Carrick Publishing)
The Sin Eaters, by Melissa Yi (published in Montreal Noir by Akashic Noir)

Murder in Plain English, by Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi (Prometheus Books)
The Whisky King, by Trevor Cole (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.)
Blood, Sweat and Fear, by Eve Lazarus (Arsenal Pulp Press)
The Dog Lover Unit, by Rachel Rose (St. Martin's Press)
Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence, by Alex Roslin (Sugar Hill Books)

Missing, by Kelley Armstrong (Penguin Random House Doubleday Canada)
Chase - Get Ready to Run, by Linwood Barclay (Penguin Random House Puffin Canada)
The Disappearance, by Gillian Chan (Annick Press Ltd.)
Thistlewood, by Donna Chubaty (Grasmere Publishing)
The Lives of Desperate Girls, by MacKenzie Common (Penguin Random House Penguin Teen Canada)

Amqui, by Éric Forbes (Héliotrope Noir)
La vie rêvée de Frank Bélair, by Maxime Houde (Éditions Alire Inc.)
Les clefs du silence, by Jean Lemieux (Québec Amérique)
La mort en bleu pastel, by Maryse Rouy (Éditions Druide)
Les Tricoteuses, by Marie Saur (Héliotrope Noir)

The Alibi Network, by Raimey Gallant
Finn Slew, by Ken MacQueen
Destruction in Paradise, by Dianne Scott
Dig, Dug, Dead, by Sylvia Teaves
Condemned, by Kevin Thornton

The Crime Writers of Canada Grand Master Award:
Gail Bowen
Gail Bowen is being recognized by Crime Writers of Canada for her long and illustrious career as a crime fiction author. She has almost 20 books in her long-running Joanne Kilbourn series, several of which were either nominated for or received awards, including the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1994, for A Colder Kind of Death. She has also written four Rapid Reads novellas and several plays. She is well established in Canada, highly respected in the writing community, and much sought after by readers. She is frequently a guest at literary events. Several of her Joanne Kilbourn books were turned into a TV series in Canada.

About Crime Writers of Canada
Crime Writers of Canada was founded in 1982 as a professional organization designed to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers. Its membership includes authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, literary agents, and “developing authors.” Past winners of the “Arthurs” have included such major names in Canadian crime writing as Howard Engel, Eric Wright, Peter Robinson, Gail Bowen, Louise Penny, Stevie Cameron, Barbara Fradkin, and Mario Bolduc.

2018 Arthur Ellis Nominees
Oline Cogdill
Saturday, 14 April 2018 16:07

During the last couple of weeks, I have had at least two discussions about audiobooks.

And the talks began and ended the same way: Is listening to a book actually reading a book?

My response is, of course it is.

It is a different experience as you are “hearing” the book not just through the author’s vision but also through the narrators, as opposed to just you and the author.

And while to me there is nothing like holding a book in your hand and reading, audiobooks also give you that connection.

I always have an audiobook going on in my car at all times.

In fact, when I was recently buying a new car, it came down to two models. I chose the one that had the CD player, which most new cars no longer have.

Here are the finalists in the mystery and thriller categories for the 23rd annual Audie Awards®, as announced by the Audio Publishers Association.

Winners will be revealed at the Audie Awards® Gala on May 31, 2018, at the New-York Historical Society in New York City. You can find further details here. And yes, there are other categories.

Congratulations to all the finalists:

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz, narrated by Simon Vance (Random House Audio)
Glass Houses by Louise Penny, narrated by Robert Bathurst (Macmillan Audio)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond (HarperAudio)
Onervice: A Royal Spyness Mystery, Book by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Audible Studios)
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves, narrated by Julia Franklin (Macmillan Audio)

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris, narrated by Georgia Maguire (Macmillan Audio)
Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben, narrated by Steven Weber (Brilliance Publishing)
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer, narrated by Ellen Archer (Hachette Audio)
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker, narrated by Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton (Recorded Books)
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré, narrated by Tom Hollander (Penguin Audio)
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles, narrated by Scott Brick (HarperAudio)

Audie Award Nominees
Oline H Cogdill
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 14:03

The nominations for mystery fiction awards continue to roll in.

Here are the nominees for the 2018 International Thriller Writers' Thriller Award. Winners will be announced at ThrillerFest XIII, July 14, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Congratulations to all the finalists.

Dan Chaon: Ill Will (Ballantine)
Denise Mina: The Long Drop (Little, Brown and Company)
B.A. Paris: The Breakdown (St. Martin's Press)
Gin Phillips: Fierce Kingdom (Viking)
Riley Sager: The Final Girls (Dutton)

Steph Broadribb: Deep Down Dead (Orenda Books)
Daniel Cole: Ragdoll (Ecco)
Walt Gragg: The Red Line (Berkley)
K.J. Howe: The Freedom Broker (Quercus)
Sheena Kamal: The Lost Ones (William Morrow)

Christine Bell: Grievance (Lake Union)
Rachel Caine: Stillhouse Lake (Thomas & Mercer)
Layton Green: The Resurrector (Layton Green)
Adrian McKinty: Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly (Seventh Street Books)
Lori Rader-Day: The Day I Died (William Morrow)

Lee Child: “Too Much Time” (Delacorte)
Mat Coward: “What Could Possibly Go Boing?” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Zoë Z. Dean: “Charcoal and Cherry” (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine)
Willy Vlautin: “The Kill Switch” (Hachette)
Ben H. Winters: “Test Drive” (Hachette)

Gregg Hurwitz: The Rains (TOR Teen)
Gregg Olsen: The Boy She Left Behind (Polis Books)
Sheryl Scarborough: To Catch a Killer (TOR Teen)
Rysa Walker: The Delphi Effect (Skyscape)
Diana Rodriguez Wallach: Proof of Lies (Entangled Publishing)

Sean Black: Second Chance (Sean Black)
Jeff Gunhus: Resurrection America (Seven Guns Press)
Alan McDermott: Trojan (Thomas & Mercer)
Caroline Mitchell: Witness (Thomas & Mercer)
Kevin Wignall: A Fragile Thing (Thomas & Mercer)

Thriller Award Nominations
Oline H. Cogdill