Crime Writers of Canada's Podcast

Crime Writers of Canada's Podcast

A weekly podcast by a national professional association for mystery and crime writers in Canada. Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) is a national non-profit organization for Canadian mystery and crime writers, associated professionals, and others with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Our mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers with readers, reviewers, librarians, booksellers, and media. Hosted by Erik D'Souza


May 24, 2024 15 mins

Thirty Feet Under, a novel by William Woodhams was nominated for The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript.

Bill lives in Burlington, Ontario.  He is an author and award-winning copywriter who has been inspiring people with the life-changing possibilities of cell phones, hamburgers and drywall for over twenty years. 

His stories have been published in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper, the Pigeon Review Art and Literary...

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JUKEBOX EMPIRE, by David Rabinovitch is nominated for The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book sponsored by David Reid Simpson Law Firm (Hamilton).

David Rabinovitch is an EMMY, Peabody, and Gemini Award-winning film maker. With a background in investigative journalism, he has testified before Congress, documented human rights abuses in China, exposed exploitation of victims of a mass disaster, and contribut...

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Sheilla Jones and James Burns' story, Murder on Richmond Road: An Enquiry Bureau Mystery, is nominated for The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript.

Sheila Jones is an award-winning journalist and best-selling science author. James Burns is an award-winning author and an editor of Prairie History and curator Emeritus of paleontology at the Royal Alberta Museum.


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May 21, 2024 15 mins

M.H. Callway’s story, Wisteria Cottage, Published in Malice Domestic is nominated for Best Crime Short Story.

M. H. Callway’s crime fiction has won or been short-listed for several leading awards including the Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, the Debut Dagger, and the Derringer. Her thriller, Windigo Fire (Seraphim Editions), was a finalist for the CWC Best First Novel Award. In 2013, she and Donna Carrick of Carrick Pu...

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May 17, 2024 19 mins

Charlotte is a retired lawyer and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. Now she focuses on writing mysteries. She writes novels and short stories, ranging from gritty investigations to lighter capers. Her short stories have appeared in Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Weekly, and several anthologies.

Two years ago I interviewed her when she was nominated by the CWC for best short story. For her story, ALL M...

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May 16, 2024 14 mins

donalee Moulton’s story, Troubled Water, has been nominated for an Award of Excellence in The Best Crime Short Story category. 

Donalee has been writing professionally for over 25 years. She has been published in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, and The National Post. Her short story, “Swan Song,” is in the CWC anthology Cold Canadian Crime and was also nominated for an Award of Excellence.

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Iona Whishaw’s novel, TO TRACK A TRAITOR, has been nominated for The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery sponsored by Jane Doe.

Iona Whishaw has been a youth worker, social worker, teacher and an award winning High School Principal, who continued with her writing throughout her working life. Receiving her Masters in Creative writing from UBC, Iona has published short fiction, poetry, poetry translation and one children’s boo...

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May 14, 2024 16 mins

Robyn Harding’s novel, THE DROWNING WOMAN, (Grand Central Publishing) is nominated for The Peter Robinson Award for Best Crime Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo.

Robyn is a Vancouver crime writer known for her bestselling novels including The Perfect Family, The Arrangement, Her Pretty Face, and The Party. She was nominated for the 2018 Arthur Ellis Awards for best crime novel for The Party. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a...

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Craig H. Bowlsby’s story, REQUIEM FOR A LOTUS is nominated for The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Craig has a BFA in creative writing from UBC and has studied extensively with the brilliant and celebrated author William Deverell.

Last year, he won the Award of Excellence for the Best Crime Short Story, sponsored by Mystery Magazine, for his story, THE GIRL WHO WAS ONLY THREE QUARTERS DEAD. In 201...

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May 9, 2024 15 mins

Vicki Delany has been nominated twice in The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery sponsored by Jane Doe category. Steeped in Malice (published by Kensington Books) and The Game is a Footnote (published by Crooked Lane Books) are both on the shortlist.

Vicki is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than fifty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to...

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Steve Urszenyi’s debut international thriller, Perfect Shot, is nominated for Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Melodie Campbell

 Steve served for many years as a paramedic and a police tactical medic. He is an expert in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) incident response. When not writing, Steve loves international travel and touring on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his wife, Lynne.


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May 6, 2024 23 mins

Gail Bowen is nominated for The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery sponsored by Jane Doe. 

THE LEGACY is  22 book in her long running Joanne Kilbourn series, several of which were either nominated for or received awards, including the then named Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in 1994, for A COLDER KIND OF DEATH. She has also written four Rapid Reads novellas, the Charlie D  and several plays. She is well established in C...

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An Interview with Maureen Jennings,  the 2024 recipient of the Grandmaster Lifetime Achievement Award from Crime Writers of Canada. This prestigious award recognizes her long-term contribution to Canadian and international mystery writing. Established in 2014, the Grand Master Award is given to a Canadian crime writer with a substantial body of work that has garnered national and international recognition.

Visit her websi...

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Ludvica Boota (Progaming Director) and Erik D'Souza (Social Media Coordinator) discuss Crime Writers Canada's 2024 Awards of Excellence. They congradulate some of the nominees and talk about the voting process.

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April 18, 2024 15 mins

Amy Tector has spent more than 20 years plumbing the secrets squirrelled away at Canada’s national archives, Library and Archives.

Her debut novel, THE HONEYBEE EMERALDS was a finalist for the Indie Book Award Best - First Novel. Her second, THE FOULEST THINGS, was the first in a loose trilogy centered on murders and mayhem in the archives. It was a finalist in the Crime Writers of Canada awards. HONOR THE DEAD, out April 2024l, is ...

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Julie Hiner is an author of heavy metal horror. She spent endless hours during her childhood lost in the pages of books and listening to the metal gods.

Julie lives in Calgary, nestled near the Rocky Mountains. A hardcore 80s rocker at heart, Julie’s writing is infused with music of all eras. Her dark crime novels are a fusion of 80s metal, 70s acid rock and dark story telling. Obsessed with the dark mind of the serial killer, Julie...

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donalee Moulton’s first mystery book Hung out to Die was published in 2023. A historical mystery, Conflagration!, was published in 2024.

 A short story “Swan Song” was one of 21 selected for publication in Cold Canadian Crime. It was shortlisted for an Award of Excellence. Another short story in this series was published in Black Cat Weekly and shortlisted in the 2024 Derringer Awards.  Other short stories have been published recent...

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Yvonne Maximchuk is still exploring the Broughton Archipelago in her sixteen-foot speedboat SeaRose from her off-grid home on Gilford Island, still learning the secret world of islands and inlets from which she draws her inspiration. She is a life-long working artist in acrylic, watercolour, drawing media and clay, and author of a memoir; Drawn to Sea – From Paintbrush to Chainsaw, Carving out a Life on BC’s Rugged Raincoast (Caitl...

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March 6, 2024 19 mins

Laurie McLure has a passion for crime fiction and for those who read it, write it, edit it, represent it and publish it. Laurie garnered significant writing experience throughout her career with government and through working and volunteering with not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers of Canada. The great loves of Laurie's life are her family, animals, travel, boo...

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Joanna Vander Vlugt is an author and illustrator. As a teenager, she drew charcoal portraits and wrote mysteries. Now, she uses Copic markers to illustrate motorcycles and scooters. The Unravelling, her debut novel, and Dealer’s Child were Canadian Book Club Awards finalists. The  third novel in the Jade & Sage Thyme series, Spy Girls, will be released in March 2024. Joanna draws upon her 13 years’ experience working in the pro...

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