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»We make so much of serious literary fiction in this country, offering lavish prizes at the end of each year for novels that add gravitas and definition to Canada’s presence in world literature, that it’s something of a surprise to learn that we’ve also managed to accumulate a disproportionately large number of writers who are proving themselves world champions in the competitive populist genre of crime and mystery fiction.«

Greg Quill

Louise Penny, Giles Blunt, Peter Robinson and many more – Canada’s crime novelists making a killing, Greg Quill says. His view at The Star.

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»In Watching the Dark I started with St. Peter’s, the convalescent home for injured policemen, and I had originally intended to set much of the book there; but, as usual, other ideas forced their way in.«

Peter Robinson

J. Kingston Pierce talked with crime writer Peter Robinson about his new novel Watching the Dark and how this is different from his Banks series. Read the interview at Kirkus Review.

And of course the “Bonus” to this interview you will find at The Rap Sheet.

  • Daddy Love by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Gun Machine by Warren Ellis
  • Kinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton
  • Watching The Dark by Peter Robinson

Marilyn Stasio about new crime fiction novels and stories. Her views at The New York Times.

  • Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson
  • And When She was Good by Laura Lippman
  • Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs
  • Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill
  • The Prophet by Michael Koryta

Margaret Cannon with a new crime fictin round-up. Her reviews at theglobeandmail.com.

The Crime Writers of Canada present the Winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards 2012

  • Best Crime Novel: Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
  • Best First Novel: The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton
  • Best Crime Book in French: La chorale du diable by Martin Michaud
  • Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book: Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • Best Crime Nonfiction: Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art by Joshua Knelman
  • Best Crime Short Story: What Kelly Did by Catherine Astolfo
  • Best Unpublished First Novel (“Unhanged Arthur”): Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
  • Derrick Murdoch Award: Don Graves

Before the Poison by Peter Robinson
The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher
Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
Wild Thing by Josh Bazell
“Bumps in the Night”: Marilyn Stasio reviews new crime fiction novels. Read the “Bumbs” at nytimes.com.

New reviews from Margaret Cannon at theglobeandmail.com. Read more about “Before the Poison” by Peter Robinson, “Trick of the Dark” by Val McDermid,”The Burning Soul” by John Connolly, “The Bidding” by Bill Haugland, “The Red Floor” by Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan and “The River Killers” by Bruce Burrows.