Bill Selnes of Mysteries and More). CC Humphreys is a Canadian crime writer who grew up in Britain and has specialised in tales set in various time periods in European history, including stories about Anne Boleyn's executioner, Shakespeare's fight choreographer, and the Dracula-inspiring Vlad the Impaler.
PLAGUE by Humphreys won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel at this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. The other winners on the night were:
Best First Novel
Steve Burrows, SIEGE OF BITTERNS (Dundurn Press)
Jas. R. Petrin, "A Knock on the Door", Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
Best Short Story
Margaret Atwood, "Stone Mattress" (McClelland & Stewart)
Best Book in French
Andrée Michaud, BONDREE, Editions Québec Amérique
Best Juvenile/YA Book
Sigmund Brouwer, DEAD MAN'S SWITCH, Harvest House
Best Nonfiction Book
Charlotte Gray, THE MASSEY MURDER, HarperCollins
Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel
"Strange Things Done" by Elle Wild
Sylvia McConnell received the Derrick Murdoch Award. She began RendezVous Crime in 1998 and published 80 crime novels over the next 13 years which were written by Canadians and set in Canada.
Congratulations to all the winners!