Looking for a new crime to solve, a new case to break?
The Crime Writers of Canada “Arthurs” shortlist can help
If you’re in search of the next best nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat, can’t-sleep-at-night crime story to read, we have a few to propose.
The Crime Writers of Canada announced the shortlist for its 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing, which Kobo joined this year as the “Best First Novel” sponsor— a great complement to its own award in support of emerging writers.
The Crime and Mystery genres are by far the most read genres by Kobo booklovers, right here in Canada, and across the globe. You might ask, why are readers obsessed with crime?
We were wondering the same thing, and asked Emma Kenny, media psychologist, for her thoughts on the matter.
“Human beings are naturally inquisitive and whilst on the whole we would never wish to harm one another, our interest in the darker side of human nature is understandable. The voyeurism we are offered when reading crime novels is thrilling and the adrenalin rush we experience during those 'on the edge of our seat' moments is addictive on a physiological level. Great crime thrillers allow us to connect with certain characters and we are introduced to a cacophony of emotions that are so compelling due to the fact that they evoke feelings that are not common to experience. Whilst the average human being is empathic, compassionate and altruistic, experiencing the polarity of such traits through another's words offers excitement.”
We’ve kept you in suspense long enough. Without further ado, the shortlist:
Kelley Armstrong, City of the Lost, Penguin Random House of Canada
Michael Helm, After James, McClelland & Stewart
Maureen Jennings, Dead Ground in Between, McClelland & Stewart
Janet Kellough, Wishful Seeing, Dundurn Press
Donna Morrissey, The Fortunate Brother, Viking Canada
Best First Novel sponsored by Kobo
Ryan Aldred, Rum Luck, Five Star Publishing
R.M.Greenaway, Cold Girl, Dundurn Press
Mark Lisac, Where the Bodies Lie, NeWest Press
Amy Stuart, Still Mine, Simon & Schuster Canada
Elle Wild, Strange Things Done, Dundurn Press
Best Novella: The Lou Allin Memorial Award
Rick Blechta, Rundown, Orca Book Publishers
Brenda Chapman, No Trace, Grass Roots Press
Jas. R. Petrin, The Devil You Know, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing
Linda L. Richards, When Blood Lies, Orca Book Publishers
Peter Robinson, The Village That Lost Its Head, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing
Best Short Story
Cathy Ace, Steve’s Story, The Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime
Susan Daly, A Death at the Parsonage, The Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime
Elizabeth Hosang, Where There’s a Will, The Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime
Scott Mackay, The Ascent, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing
David Morrell, The Granite Kitchen, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Dell Publishing
Best Book in French
Marie-Ève Bourassa, Red Light: Adieu, Mignonne, Ville Marie (vlb éditeur)
Chrystine Brouillet, Vrai ou faux, Éditions Druide
Guillaume Morrissette, Terreur domestique, Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur
Johanne Seymour, Rinzen et l’homme perdu, Libre Expression
Richard Ste-Marie, Le Blues des sacrifiés, Éditions Alire
Best Juvenile/YA Book
Gordon Korman, Masterminds: Criminal Destiny, Harper Collins Publishers Ltd.
Nora McClintock, Trial by Fire, Orca Book Publishers
John Moss, The Girl in a Coma, The Poisoned Pencil-Poisoned Pen Press
Caroline Pignat, Shooter, Tundra Books
Eva Wiseman, Another Me, Tundra Books
Best Nonfiction Book
Christie Blatchford, Life Sentence: Stories from Four Decades of Court Reporting — or, How I Fell Out of Love with the Canadian Justice System, Doubleday Canada
Joe Friesen, The Ballad of Danny Wolfe: Life of a Modern Outlaw, Signal McClelland & Stewart
Jeremy Grimaldi, A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story, Dundurn Press
Debra Komar, Black River Road: An Unthinkable Crime, an Unlikely Suspect, and the Question of Character, Goose Lane
Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland, Goose Lane
Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel sponsored by Dundurn Press
Mary Fernando, An Absence of Empathy
S.J. Jennings, The Golkonda Project
Charlotte Morganti, Concrete Becomes Her
Ann Shortell, Celtic Knot
Mark Thomas, The Last Dragon
Winners will be announced on May 25. Stay tuned!
To find out more about the Crime Writers of Canada: http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/