The Arthur Ellis Awards are a group of Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada, for the best Canadian crime and mystery writing published in the previous year.
The awards are named for Arthur Ellis, the pseudonym of Canada's official hangman. The award statue itself is a wooden model of a hanging man.
Recently the shortlists were announced.
Hungry Ghosts by Peggy Blair
The Storm Murders by John Farrow
A Killing in Zion by Andrew Hunt
Open Season by Peter Kirby
The Night Bell by Inger Ash Wolfe
Best First Novel
Hard Drive by J. Mark Collins
What Kills Good Men by David Hood
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan (See my review: http://schatjesshelves.blogspot.ca/2016/02/review-of-unquiet-dead-by-ausma-zehanat.html.)
Encore by Alexis Koetting
Old Bones by Brian R. Lindsay
For the shortlists in all the categories, go to http://www.crimewriterscanada.com/awards/arthur-ellis-awards/current-contest/shortlists.
The winners will be announced on May 26.