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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 26, 2022

2022 Winers of Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence

I consider the highlight of the year for the Crime Writers of Canada is the announcement of winners of the Annual Awards. While life is getting closer to normal the 2022 Awards were awarded virtually. A link to this year’s visual presentation is at the end of this post.

Congratulations to the winners. 

They are:

Best Crime Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize

Dietrich Kalteis, Under an Outlaw Moon, ECW Press

Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Writers First, with a $500 prize
Ashley Audrain, The Push, Viking Canada

The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize
Candas Jane Dorsey, What’s the Matter with Mary Jane?, ECW Press

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada sponsored by The Engel Family, with a $500 prize
C. S. Porter, Beneath Her Skin, Vagrant Press / Nimbus Publishing Inc.

Best Crime Novella sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $200 prize
Wayne Ng, Letters From Johnny, Guernica Editions

Best Crime Short Story sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $300 prize
Elizabeth Elwood, Number 10 Marlborough Place, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction)
Patrick SenĂ©cal, Flots, Editions Alire

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction) sponsored by Shaftesbury, with a $500 prize
Kevin Sands, The Traitor's Blade, Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book sponsored by Simpson & Wellenreiter LLP, Hamilton, with a $300 prize
Nate Hendley, The Beatle Bandit, Dundurn Press

The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript sponsored by ECW Press, with a $500 prize
Renee Lehnen, Elmington

Video link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjSQew_DnnA


  1. What a fine selection of books, Bill. I definitely see some that I'd like to add to my reading list. As time goes on, I hope things will continue to move a bit closer to whatever normal is, so that these events can be done in person. Of course, online is a lot easier for people who live far away, but still...

    1. Margot: Thanks for the comment. I am starting my reading on the shortlist for Best Novel Set in Canada. Going forward I am expecting a lot of hybrid events - in person and on Zoom.

  2. I enjoyed my judging experience, Bill. Thanks for suggesting me for it.

    1. Penny: Thanks for the comment. The CWC and myself appreciate your participation as a judge. I am glad you had a good judging experience. It is an interesting process for a reader and lover of books.

  3. I find myself most looking forward to the results for the newer category, The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada.

    1. Anthony: Thanks for the comment. I will be reading the books in that category from the shortlist. I am not familiar with the winner, C.S. Porter.