Transatlantic is proud to share that titles from Rachelle Delaney and Amanda Peters have been nominated for the 2024 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing Shortlists!

Since 1984, Crime Writers of Canada has recognized the best in mystery, crime, suspense fiction, and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors, including citizens abroad and new residents.

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Winners will be announced on the Crime Writers of Canada website on May 29th, 2024.

About the shortlisted titles:

THE BERRY PICKERS by Amanda Peters (Harper Perennial) has been nominated in the Best Crime First Novel category, sponsored by Melodie Campbell, with a $1000 prize.

A four-year-old Mi’kmaq girl goes missing from the blueberry fields of Maine, sparking a mystery that will haunt the survivors, unravel a family, and remain unsolved for nearly fifty years.

Amanda Peters is a writer of Mi’kmaq and settler ancestry. Her work has appeared in the Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Dalhousie Review, and Filling Station Magazine. She is the winner of the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for Unpublished Prose and a participant in the 2021 Writers’ Trust Rising Stars program. A graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Amanda Peters has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, and currently teaches at Acadia University. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, with her fur babies, Holly and Pook.

Amanda is represented by Marilyn Biderman.

THE BIG STING by Rachelle Delaney (Tundra Books) has been nominated in the Best Juvenile/YA Crime Book category, sponsored by Shaftesbury Films with a $500 prize (Fiction and Nonfiction).

A visit to Leo’s grandfather’s farm turns upside down when his grandmother’s bee hives are stolen. A light-hearted and funny middle-grade novel for fans of Rebecca Stead and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Rachelle Delaney is the author of several middle-grade novels, including The Metro Dogs of Moscow, which was a CLA Book of the Year Honor Book, as well as a finalist for the Silver Birch Award and the Red Cedar Award, among others. Its sequel, The Circus Dogs of Prague, was shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award. The Bonaventure Adventures won BC’s Chocolate Lily Award in 2019, and Clara Voyant was a Chocolate Lily Award nominee. Visit her at

Rachelle is represented by Amy Tompkins.

Congratulations Amanda and Rachelle!