Late last week, the Crime Writers of Canada hung honors proudly upon the winners of this year’s Arthur Ellis Awards, given in 6 categories to Canadians or Canadian citizens abroad, as well as the “Unhanged Arthur,” awarded to the best first crime novel by an unpublished author.
Louise Penny, who’s having a positively monotonous winning season for crime awards, took home the Best Crime Novel prize for the wonderful Bury Your Dead. Avner Mandelman won Best First Crime Novel for The Debba. Best French Crime Novel went to Jacques Côté for Dans les quartier des agités. Alice Kulper’s The Worst Thing She Ever Did won for Best Juvenile/Young Adult Crime Novel. Best Crime Nonfiction went to Stevie Cameron for On The Farm. Mary Jane Maffini won the Best Crime Short Story award for “So Much in Common,” appearing in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and the Best Unpublished First Crime Novel went to Jon Jeneroux for Better Off Dead.