And the winner is...
Best First Novel
Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare, NAL
Giles Blunt, Until the Night, Random House Canada
Lou Allin, Contingency Plan, Orca Books
Best Short Story
Yasuko Thanh, "Switch-blade Knife" in Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart
Steve Lillebuen, The Devil's Cinema: The Untold Story behind Mark Twitchell's Kill Room, McClelland & Stewart
Best French Book
Mario Bolduc, La Nuit des albinos: Sur les traces de Max O'Brien, Libre Expression
Best Juvenile/YA Book
Shane Peacock, Becoming Holmes, Tundra Books
Best Unpublished First Novel, aka The Unhanged Arthur
Coleen Steele, Sins Revisited
Derrick Murdoch Award
The above winners of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards were announced tonight in Toronto at the Annual Banquet held at the Arts and Letters Club.
For those interested in what Canadian mystery writers and guests eat at a banquet the menu was:
Salad of Seasonal Greens with Sweet Pepper, Bocconcini and
Toasted Pinenuts with Basil Caper Vinaigrette
Roast Breast of Chicken with Garlic and Lemon Glaze
White Beans and Tomatoes with Olives and Crispy Pancetta
Grilled Zucchini with Chilies
Tiramisu with Balsamic Strawberries
Coffee and a Selection of Teas
Vegetarian Entrée option:
Antipasto Tart with Grilled Peppers, Artichokes, Olives
& Pinenut Chevre on a Roasted Tomato-Basil Sauce
With regard to the winners, as I stated in an earlier post it was a year when I had not read any of the nominated books. Hopefully my 2013 - 2014 reading encompasses some of next year's nominees as happened in 2012 when I had read 3 of the 5 books on the shortlist for best mystery.
I have read Giles Blunt. He is a fine writer. I have not read some of his most recent books as the graphic depictions of violence in his early books had left me uncomfortable. With the Award for Best Novel I am going to have to consider again reading Blunt.
Congratulations to all the winners!