Friday, May 27, 2022

The Thin Man Martini Montage: Happy Birthday, Dashiell Hammett

Happy Birthday, Dashiell Hammett! Raise a glass!

Enjoy this Thin Man Martini Montage! SCROLL DOWN!


Memorial Day aka Decoration Day is a day of remembrance of those men and women who fell protecting us, of those who didn't come home. Many people go to cemeteries and memorials on the last Monday in May, and there's a tradition to fly the flag at half mast. Memorial Day in the U.S. is part of a three day holiday weekend. Many think of this weekend as the beginning of Summer, a time for Barbecues, the Beach, the Cabin, and S'mores. Not planning a get-together? You can celebrate Memorial Day by reading some of these Mysteries set during the Memorial Day Weekend.

In memory of all who served their country, here's an updated list of Mysteries set during Memorial Day Weekend. Let me know if I've forgotten any titles. You may also want to check out my Veterans Day Mystery List.

Memorial Day Mysteries

Death is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons
Last Man Standing by David Baldacci
The Twenty Three by Linwood Barclay
Treble at the Jam Fest by Leslie Budewitz
The Decoration Memorial Day War by David H. Brown
Memorial Day by Sandra Thompson Brown and Duane Brown
Flowers for Bill O'Reilly: Memorial Day by Max Allan Collins

Absolute Certainty by Rose Connors
One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer Fleming (not technically Memorial day, but it fits the theme)
Memorial Day by Vince Flynn
Memorial Day by Harry Shannon
Beside Still Waters by Debbie Viguie
Who Killed the Neanderthal by Cheryl Zelenka

Children's Mysteries:

Trixie Belden: The Mystery of the Memorial Day Fire by Kahryn Kenny
Sam's Top Secret Journal: Memorial Day by Sean Adelman, Siri Bardarson, Dianna Border & Andrea Hurst

Rosemary is for Remembrance. Check out the recipe for Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies on my other blog:


Thursday, May 26, 2022



Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) announced the winners for the 2022 Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing. Started in 1984, the annual Crime Writers of Canada Awards of Excellence, then known as the Arthur Ellis Awards, recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense fiction, and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors

The presentation of the winners can be viewed on CWC’s YouTube channel: 

Best Crime Novel sponsored by Rakuten Kobo, with a $1000 prize 

Dietrich Kalteis, Under an Outlaw Moon, ECW Press 

Best Crime First Novel sponsored by Writers First, with a $500 prize 

Ashley Audrain, The Push, Viking Canada 

The Whodunit Award for Best Traditional Mystery sponsored by Jane Doe, with a $500 prize 

Candas Jane Dorsey, What’s the Matter with Mary Jane?, ECW Press 

The Howard Engel Award for Best Crime Novel Set in Canada sponsored by The Engel Family, with a $500 prize 

C. S. Porter, Beneath Her Skin, Vagrant Press / Nimbus Publishing Inc. 

Best Crime Novella sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $200 prize 

Wayne Ng, Letters From Johnny, Guernica Editions 

Best Crime Short Story sponsored by Mystery Magazine, with a $300 prize 

Elizabeth Elwood, Number 10 Marlborough Place, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine 

Best French Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction) Patrick Senécal, Flots, Editions Alire 

Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book (Fiction and Nonfiction) sponsored by Shaftesbury, with a $500 prize 

Kevin Sands, The Traitor's Blade, Aladdin (Simon & Schuster) 

The Brass Knuckles Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book sponsored by Simpson & Wellenreiter LLP, Hamilton, with a $300 prize 

Nate Hendley, The Beatle Bandit, Dundurn Press 

The Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript sponsored by ECW Press, with a $500 prize 

Renee Lehnen, Elmington 


About Crime Writers of Canada 

Crime Writers of Canada was founded in 1982 as a professional organization designed to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers. Members include authors, publishers, editors, booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and literary agents as well as many developing authors. Past winners of the Awards have included major names in Canadian crime writing such as Mario Bolduc, Gail Bowen, Stevie Cameron, Howard Engel, Barbara Fradkin, Louise Penny, Peter Robinson and Eric Wright.