The Arthur Ellis Awards, established in 1984, celebrate the best in Canadian crime writing and are adjudicated by the Crime Writers of Canada. The winners of the 2020 Awards will be announced on the Crime Writers of Canada website Thursday, May 21st.

THE LAST RESORT by Marissa Stapley (Simon & Schuster Canada) has been shortlisted for Best Crime Novel! From bestselling author Marissa Stapley comes a gripping novel about marriage, loyalty, and the deadly secrets that unravel over the course of a two-week couples’ therapy retreat in Mexico.

Marissa Stapley is a journalist and the author of the acclaimed novel Mating for Life. She writes page-turning, deeply emotional fiction about families, friends, and women’s lives. She lives in Toronto with her family. Marissa is represented by Samantha Haywood.

THE GODDAUGHTER DOES VEGAS by Melodie Campbell (Orca Book Publishers) has been shortlisted for Best Crime Novella! Gina Gallo is a mob goddaughter who doesn’t want to be one. She’s left her loopy family behind to elope with Pete to Vegas. Vegas is full of great acts, but one impersonation is real: Gina has a crime-committing double whose activities are making Gina front-page news. Gina has to track down this fiendish fraud before the police catch up with her.

Winner of many awards, Melodie Campbell has been both a finalist for and a winner of the Derringer and Arthur Ellis awards for crime writing. She has over two hundred publications, including a hundred comedy credits, forty short stories and the Goddaughter series in the Rapid Reads collection. Her work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Star Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Canadian Living, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and many more. Melodie lives in Oakville, Ontario. Melodie is represented by Brenna English-Loeb.

THE BILLIONAIRE MURDERS by Kevin Donovan (Penguin Random House) has been shortlisted for Best Nonfiction Crime Book! Billionaires, philanthropists, socialites . . . victims. Barry and Honey Sherman appeared to lead charmed lives. But the world was shocked in late 2017 when their bodies were found in a bizarre tableau in their elegant Toronto home. Toronto Star investigative journalist Kevin Donovan chronicles the unsettling story from the beginning, interviewing family members, friends, and colleagues, and sheds new light on the Shermans’ lives and the disturbing double murder.

Kevin Donovan is the Chief Investigative Reporter for the Toronto Star, where he has worked for more than three decades. He has won three National Newspaper Awards, two Michener Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards.Kevin is represented by Samantha Haywood.

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