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I am a lawyer in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada who enjoys reading, especially mysteries. Since 2000 I have been writing personal book reviews. This blog includes my reviews, information on and interviews with authors and descriptions of mystery bookstores I have visited. I strive to review all Saskatchewan mysteries. Other Canadian mysteries are listed under the Rest of Canada. As a lawyer I am always interested in legal mysteries. I have a separate page for legal mysteries. Occasionally my reviews of legal mysteries comment on the legal reality of the mystery. You can follow the progression of my favourite authors with up to 15 reviews. Each year I select my favourites in "Bill's Best of ----". As well as current reviews I am posting reviews from 2000 to 2011. Below my most recent couple of posts are the posts of Saskatchewan mysteries I have reviewed alphabetically by author. If you only want a sentence or two description of the book and my recommendation when deciding whether to read the book look at the bold portion of the review. If you would like to email me the link to my email is on the profile page.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011 Arthur Ellis Award winners

The Crime Writers of Canada announced the 2011 Arthur Ellis Awards in Victoria, British Columbia last Thursday.

Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny was the Best Novel of the Year. It was not a surprise winner. It is a remarkable mystery. (Click here Bury Your Dead for my review.) Its success is vaulting Penny into the international elite of mystery writers. It has also won the Agatha Award for Best Mystery in the U.S. and was chosen as American Library Association as the Best Mystery of 2010. It is on the shortlist of the Anthony and Barry Awards.

Also winning Arthur Ellis Awards were:

1.) Best First Novel – The Debba by Avner Mandleman
2.) Best Juvenile or Young Adult Book – The Worst Thing She Ever Did by Alice Kuipers
3.) Best Non-Fiction – On the Farm by Stevie Cameron on serial killer Robert Pickton
4.) Best Short Story - So Much in Common by Mary Jane Maffini
5.) Best Novel published in French – Dans le quartier des agit├ęs
6.) Best Unpublished First Crime Novel - Better Off Dead by John Jeneroux

Nancy Grant and Lou Allin were awarded the Derrick Murdoch Award for their special contributions to the crime or mystery genre.


  1. Hi Bill,
    I had the honour of being the MC for this year's AE Awards in Victoria - so there was definitely a Saskatchewan flavour to the night. It was a glittering exciting evening. Louise asked me to accept on her behalf should she win-which she did- and her speech was gracious and self-effacing and smart and funny, just like the woman.
    Anthony Bidulka

  2. Anthony: Thanks for the comment. I am certain you represented Saskatchewan well. I regret I was not able to be at the Awards. It would have been fun to listen to you and see the Awards presented. I have thought Louise just gets better and better in her books. As well she is prompt and generous in responding to my contacts with her.