Friday, April 19, 2019


Even if you don't live in Norway where Paskekrim (Easter Crime Fiction) is a crime fiction Easter Holiday tradition, you can enjoy reading some great mysteries that take place at Easter.  

To find out more about Paskekrim that takes place over 5 days from Holy Thursday through Easter Monday, when the country is caught up in watching and reading murder mysteries and detective series and publishers bring out their latest crime fiction, click here.

My Easter Crime Fiction list has been expanded from last year, and, as always, I welcome any additions. I've also added some Good Friday mysteries, rounding out the weekend.


Antiques Bizarre by Barbara Allan
Ship of Danger by Mabel Esther Allan
Aunt Dimity: Detective by Nancy Atherton
Bunny Donuts and a Body by Cindy Bell
Death and the Easter Bunny by Linda Berry
Easter Weekend by David Bottoms
In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen 
The Last Enemy by Grace Brophy
Wycliffe and the Last Rites by W.J. Burley
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha by JoAnna Carl
Papa la-Bas by John Dickson Carr
Eggs in a Casket; Steak and Eggs; Eggs on Ice; Eggs in Purgatory; Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs
Do You Promise Not To Tell? by Mary Jane Clark
Easter Buried Eggs by Lyndsey Cole
Little Easter by Reed Farrel Coleman
A Holiday Sampler by Christine E. Collier
Last Easter by Caroline Conklin
Absolute Certainty by Rose Connors
Murder on Good Friday by Sara Conway
Holy Terrors by Mary R. Daheim
Big Bunny Bump Off, Easter Escapade, Hippity Hoppity Homicide by Kathi Daley
Death of a Harlequin by Mary-Jane Deeb
The House of Death by Paul Doherty
Cue the Easter Bunny by Liz Evans
Death at the Wheel by Kate Flora
Lord James Harrington and the Easter Mystery by Lynn Florkiewicz
Toxic Toffee; Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower
Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist by Dorothy Gilman
Deadly Sin by P.J. Grady
Precious Blood by Jane Haddam
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
The Good Friday Murder by Lee Harris 
Server Down by J.M. Hayes
Semana Santa by David Hewson
Killer Easter Pie by Carolyn Q Hunter
Eggsecutive Orders by Julie Hyzy
Easter Murders by Bryant Jackson & Edward Meadows
Death of a Dumb Bunny by Melanie Jackson
Murder on the Eightfold Path by Diana Killian
Bunny Drop by Linda Kozar
Chef Maurice and the Bunny-Boiler Bake Off by J.A. Lang
Do Not Exceed the Stated Dose (short stories) by Peter Lovesey
Dyeing Season by Karen Macinerney
Pagan Spring by G. M. Malliet
Some Like It Lethal by Nancy Martin
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
Devil's Door by Sharan Newman
The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
The Wolf and the Lamb by Frederick Ramsey
Death at the Spring Plant Sale by Ann Ripley
The Baritone Wore Chiffon; The Soprano Wore Falsettos by Mark Schweizer
Easter's Lily by Judy Serrano
Prey on Patmos by Jeffrey Siger
Tourist Trap by Julie Smith
Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming
And Four To Go includes "The Easter Parade" aka The Easter Parade Murder" by Rex Stout
Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death by Denise Swanson
The Quarry by Johan Theorin
Midnight at the Camposanto by Mari Ulmer
The Lord is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguie
The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson
The Easter Egg Murder by Patricia Smith Wood

Short Story: "The Man on the Cross" by Bill Crider from the collection Thou Shalt Not Kill, edited by Anne Perry."The Rabbit Died" by Sue Ann Jaffarian.

Looking for Easter Chocolate to eat while reading? Stop by my other Blog, for some great Chocolate Easter Recipes and the History and Culture of the Chocolate Easter Bunny.

Look Magazine, April 16, 1957

Thursday, April 18, 2019

National Library Week: I want to be a Librarian

So this is National Library Week. I love this Vintage Children's Book.

I'm not sure I wanted to be a Librarian, but I am sure I wanted to go to the Library as much as possible. In order to get a library card, my library insisted that the patron be able to write his/her name. Since I read before I could write, I asked my big sister Judie to teach me to write my name. I practiced until I got it right, and I was finally to get my library card when I was four. I was already reading, but mostly the books my sister chose or books she owned. How exciting to have my own card that opened the world of books to me. My plan was to start at "A" and work my way through the alphabet. I was too young to know that was futile, but for some reason I'm still trying.....

ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS SHORTLISTS for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

2019 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlists for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing

The annual Arthur Ellis Awards by Crime Writers of Canada recognizes the best in mystery, crime, and suspense fiction and crime nonfiction by Canadian authors. Winners will be announced on May 23rd at the Arthur Ellis Awards Gala in Toronto. 

Ron Corbett,
Cape Diamond, ECW Press
Anne Emery,
Though the Heavens Fall, ECW Press
Lisa Gabriele,
The Winters, Doubleday Canada
Louise Penny,
Kingdom of the Blind, Minotaur Books
Loreth Anne White,
The Girl in the Moss, Montlake Romance

BEST FIRST CRIME NOVEL (Sponsored by Rakuten Kobo)
A.J. Devlin,
Cobra Clutch, NeWest Press
Helen C. Escott,
Operation Wormwood, Flanker Press
Beverley McLachlin,
Full Disclosure, Simon & Schuster Canada 

Bill Prentice, Why Was Rachel Murdered?, Echo Road
Nathan Ripley,
Find You in the Dark, Simon & Schuster Canada

BEST CRIME NOVELLA The Lou Allin Memorial Award
Melodie Campbell,
The B-Team: The Case of the Angry First Wife, Orca Book Publishers 

Vicki Delany, Blue Water Hues, Orca Book Publishers
John Lawrence Reynolds,
Murder Among the Pines, Orca Book Publishers

BEST CRIME SHORT STORY (Sponsored by Mystery Weekly Magazine) 
Melodie Campbell, A Ship Called Pandora, Mystery Weekly Magazine  
Therese Greenwood, The Power Man, Baby It's Cold Outside, Coffin Hop Press 
Twist Phelan, Game, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
Linda L. Richards, Terminal City, Vancouver Noir, Akashic Books
Sam Wiebe,
Wonderful Life, Vancouver Noir, Akashic Books

Jean-Philippe Bernié,
Un dernier baiser avant de te tuer, Libre Expression 

Hervé Gagnon, Adolphus - Une enquête de Joseph Laflamme, Libre Expression 
André Jacques, Ces femmes aux yeux cernés, Éditions Druide
Guillaume Morissette,
Deux coups de pied de trop, Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur 

Johanne Seymour, Rinzen la beauté intérieure, Expression noir

Linwood Barclay,
Escape, Puffin Canada
Michelle Barker,
The House of One Thousand Eyes, Annick Press 

Kevin Sands, Call of the Wraith, Aladdin
Tim Wynne-Jones,
The Ruinous Sweep, Candlewick Press
E.R. Yatscoff,
The Rumrunner's Boy, TG & R Books

Patrick Brode,
Dying for a Drink: How a Prohibition Preacher Got Away With Murder, Biblioasis
Thomas Giacomaro and Natasha Stoynoff,
The King of Con: How a Smooth-Talking Jersey Boy Made and Lost Billions, Baffled the FBI, Eluded the Mob, and Lived to Tell the Crooked Tale, BenBella Books, Inc
Nate Hendley,
The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto, Five Rivers Publishing
Eve Lazarus,
Murder by Milkshake: An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer, Arsenal Pulp Press
Sarah Weinman,
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World, Alfred A. Knopf Canada

BEST UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT aka The Unhanged Arthur (Sponsored by Dundurn Press) 
Jim Bottomley, Hypnotizing Lions
Don Macdonald, Omand’s Creek
Liv McFarlane, The Scarlet Cross

Heather McLeod, One for the Raven Darrow Woods, The Book of Answers

CWC announces the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award recipient Vicki Delany.

The Derrick Murdoch Award is a special achievement award for contributions to the crime genre. Vicki Delany is a successful and prolific Canadian writer, author of (so far) 34 published books, both standalones and series. She has been a strong supporter and advocate for Canadian crime writers through her work with the Crime Writers of Canada, including serving two terms as Chair of the organization. She has also been a strong supporter of literacy and libraries across Canada and she is one of the founders of the Women Killing It literary festival, which has become a much sought after and sold-out event in Prince Edward County every year.

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 “Arthurs” have included such major names in Canadian crime writing as Mario Bolduc, Gail Bowen, Stevie Cameron, Howard Engel, Barbara Fradkin, Louise Penny, Peter Robinson and Eric Wright.

For more information about the awards, please contact:
Ludvica Boota, Arthur Ellis Awards Manager,