»Jeannette Sloniowski and I are co-editing a collection of essays on Canadian crime writing … called Detecting Canada. In it, there is an essay by David Skene-Melvin that deals with the history of Canadian crime fiction, which he divides into … five periods: from the earliest begetters to 1880; 1880-1920; 1920-1940; 1940-1980; and 1980 to the present. He states that the decade 1970-1980 is one of transition in which the genre, as a truly Canadian expression of national consciousness, begins to emerge full bore.«
A worth reading interview: J. Kingston Pierce in conversation with Marilyn Rose, the co-editor of Detecting Canada: Essays on Canadian Detective Fiction, Film, and Television. More about Canadian crime fiction at The Rap Sheet.