Gail Bowen among finalists for 2018 Arthur Ellis crime writing awards

Presented by Crime Writers of Canada, the awards recognize excellence in Canadian crime writing.
Gail Bowen has been writing the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series since 1990. (Madeleine Bowen-Diaz/McClelland & Stewart)

Bestselling author Gail Bowen is among the writers shortlisted for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards, announced this week. Presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada, the prizes recognize the best in Canadian crime writing from the past year.

The Crime Writers of Canada announced that Bowen is also the 2018 Grand Master winner for her "long and illustrious" career as a crime fiction author. The Grand Master award celebrates a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work who has garnered national and international recognition.

The winners of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards will be announced on May 24, 2018 at a gala event in Toronto. 

The complete list of finalists include:

Best Novel

  • The Winners' Circle by Gail Bowen
  • The Party by Robyn Harding
  • The White Angel by John MacLachlan
  • Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson
  • The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

Best First Novel​

  • Puzzle of Pieces by Sally Hill Brouard
  • Full Curl by Dave Butler
  • Ragged Lake by Ron Corbett
  • Flush by Sky Curtis
  • Our Little Secret by Roz Nay

Best Novella

  • Snake Oil by M.H. Callway
  • How Lon Pruitt Was Found Murdered in an Open Field with No Footprints Around by Mike Culpepper
  • Blood & Belonging by Vicki Delany
  • Dead Clown Blues by R. Daniel Lester
  • Money Maker by Jas R. Petrin

Best Short Story

  • The Outlier by Catherine Astolfo
  • There be Dragons by Jane Petersen Burfield
  • Jerusalem Syndrome by Hilary Davidson
  • The Ranchero's Daughter by Sylvia Maultash Warsh
  • The Sin Eaters by Melissa Yi

Best Juvenile/YA Book

  • Missing by Kelley Armstrong
  • Chase by Linwood Barclay
  • The Disappearance by Gillian Chan
  • Thistlewood by Donna Chubaty
  • The Lives of Desperate Girls by MacKenzie Common​

Best Nonfiction Book

  • Murder in Plain English by Michael Arntfield and Marcel Danesi
  • The Whisky King by Trevor Cole
  • Blood Sweat and Fear by Eve Lazarus
  • The Dog Lover Unit by Rachel Rose
  • Police Wife by Alex Roslin

​Best Crime Book in French

  • Amqui by Éric Forbes
  • La vie rêvée de Frank Bélair by Maxime Houde
  • Les clefs du silence by Jean Lemieux
  • La mort en bleu pastel by Maryse Rouy
  • Les Tricoteuses by Marie Saur

Best Unpublished Manuscript

  • 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​


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