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The 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists

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The Crime Writers of Canada has announced the Arthur Ellis Awards shortlists. Winners will be announced at the end of May.
Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts

edition:Paperback
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tagged : crime

Inspector Ricardo Ramirez investigates a string of dead prostitutes from Cuba to Canada in this carefully constructed mystery from award-winning author Peggy Blair.

Murders always multiply when there’s a full moon, Inspector Ricardo Ramirez knows. As he’s investigating a vandal in the art world, a ghost appears by Ramirez’s side…a sure sign that another murder victim is on the way. Ramirez’s fears are confirmed when a dead prostitute is found in Havana with nylons wrapped tightly aroun …

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What Kills Good Men

What Kills Good Men

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : historical

On an October night in 1899 the body of a well-regarded city councilman is found floating under a Halifax wharf. Detective Inspector Culligan Baxter embarks on an investigation that leads from the waterfront, through the city's streets, and out into the surrounding countryside. Aided by the young but surprisingly astute Kenny Squire and an odd assortment of barkeeps, petty thieves, and prostitutes, Baxter's sleuthing takes him into the station's back files and along a path of connections and cor …

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The Night Thief

The Night Thief

A Cedric O'Toole Mystery
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : suspense, crime

Simple country handyman Cedric O’Toole relies on his organic vegetable garden to supplement his meager income, so he’s upset when vegetables begin disappearing. After several futile attempts to protect the garden, he stakes it out one night with his shotgun and spots a shadowy figure running into the woods. Cedric follows and finds a young boy living rough on his land. The boy has never been taught to read or write, and no one has reported him missing. No stranger to childhood neglect himse …

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Diego's Crossing

Diego's Crossing

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A young man is on a dangerous mission that will secure his future … or leave him dead.

Seventeen-year-old Diego dreams of a brighter future. His small town near the Mexican-United States border has been ravaged by the drug war, and the newspaper headlines are filled with body counts. Diego worries about his parents, particularly his tenderhearted father. Their road trips in his dad’s beloved, rusty Datsun are the only times the family can truly be carefree.

One day, Diego’s older brother Ern …

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Human on the Inside

Human on the Inside

Unlocking the Truth about Canada's Prisons
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

"A story of courage and boundless compassion." - Stephen Reid 

In Human on the Inside, Gary Garrison takes readers out of their comfort zones and into "The Max," one of Canada’s most notorious and violent prisons, introducing us to a menacing yet vibrant subculture of inmates, guards, and staff.

Through personal stories, Garrison illuminates a criminal justice system that ignores poverty, racism, mental illness, and addiction and deals instead with society's problems with razor wire and harsh tr …

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A Killing in Zion

A Killing in Zion

A Mystery
edition:Hardcover
tagged : historical

AN ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD FINALIST FOR BEST NOVEL

In the scorching, drought-plagued summer of 1934, as wildfires burn across Utah, Detective Lieutenant Art Oveson faces a unique assignment. Salt Lake City's mayor has tapped him to revive the Anti-Polygamy Squad, a unit formed years earlier for the purpose of driving out the city's "plural marriage zealots." As a Mormon ashamed of his own ancestors' part in the church's polygamist past, Art is eager to do his part to flush out the extremists.

Then a lo …

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The Unquiet Dead

The Unquiet Dead

A Novel
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

“Khan is a refreshing original, andThe Unquiet Dead blazes what one hopes will be a new path guided by the author's keen understanding of the intersection of faith and core Muslim values, complex human nature and evil done by seemingly ordinary people. It is these qualities that make this a debut to remember and one that even those who eschew the [mystery] genre will devour in one breathtaking sitting.” —The LA Times

Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Es …

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Beethoven's Tenth

Beethoven's Tenth

A Frank Ryan Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Piano tuner Frank Ryan is paid in kind by an aging music teacher with an old manuscript that turns out to be Beethoven’s Tenth Symphony. Launched into a world of intrigue and violence, Ryan, an unlikely sleuth, realizes he must use his wits to conquer his enemies and solve the mystery of the manuscript. In the process Ryan discovers whom he can trust and what he is made of. The first in a series featuring Frank Ryan, Beethoven’s Tenth is a smart page-turner.

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