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Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
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, May 21, 2020

2020 Winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards for Canadian Crime Writing

Earlier this evening the Crime Writers of Canada announced the winners of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Awards.

They are:

Best Crime Novel Sponsored by Rakuten Kobo

Greenwood by Michael Christie

Best Crime First Novel Sponsored by Maureen Jennings

Nobody Move by Philip Elliott

Best Crime Novella Sponsored by Mystery Weekly

The Red Chesterfield by Wayne Arthurson

Best Crime Story Sponsored by Mystery Weekly

Closing Doors by Peter Sellers

Best French Crime Book

Tempêtes by Andrée Michaud

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book Sponsored by Shaftesbury

Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan

Best Nonfiction Crime Book

Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island by Charlotte Gray

The Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Crime Manuscript Sponsored by Dundurn Press

The Dieppe Letters by Liz Rachel Walker

Congratulations to all the winners!

Last night I put up a post, a link is below, about the Shortlist for the Best Novel Category in which I assessed them on the basis of "Which was the Hardest to Put Down". Fate by Ian Hamilton was my hardest. Greenwood, the winner, was second hardest. It is clearly a good book. I will be reviewing all of the books on the shortlist and putting up my thoughts on which was the best.



  1. Thanks, Bill, for sharing this. Greenwood certainly seems like a worthy winner, and I've put it on my wish list. It's not easy choosing a winner in a year when there are several great contenders, but it's good to know that some fine Canadian crime fiction is getting some well-deserved notice.

  2. Margot: Thanks for the comment. The Arthur Ellis Awards are one of my reading highlights of the year.