The 2010 Arthur Ellis Awards nominations have been announced by the Crime Writers of Canada. The winners will be announced during a ceremony on May 27 in Toronto. Congratulations to the nominees!

Best Crime Novel
Finger’s Twist, by Lee Lamothe (Ravenstone)
Death Spiral, by James W. Nichol (McArthur & Co.)
Aloha, Candy Hearts, by Anthony Bidulka (Insomniac Press)
Arctic Blue Death, by R.J. Harlick (RendezVous Crime)
High Chicago, by Howard Shrier (Vintage Canada/Random House)

Best First Crime Novel
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley (Doubleday Canada)
The Cold Light of Mourning, by Elizabeth Duncan (Minotaur Books)
Weight of Stones, by C.B. Forrest (RendezVous Crime)
A Magpie’s Smile, by Eugene Meese (NeWest Press)
Darkness at the Break of Dawn, by Dennis Richard Murphy (Harper Collins)

Best French Language Crime Novel
Je compte les morts, by Genevieve Lefebvre (Groupe Librex)
Le mort du chemin des Arsène, by Jean Lemieux (la courtee echelle)
La Faim de la Terre, Volumes 1 & 2, by Jean Jacques Pelletier (Editions Alire Inc.)
Peaux de chagrins, by Diane Vincent (Les Editions Triptyques)

Best Juvenile Crime Novel
Haunted, by Barbara Hayworth Attard (HarperCollins)
Not Suitable for Family Viewing, by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins)
Homicide Related, by Norah McClintock (Red Deer Press)
The Hunchback Assignments, by Arthur Slade (HarperCollins)
The Uninvited, by Tim Wynne Jones (Candlewick)

Best Crime Non-fiction
The Slasher Killings, by Patrick Brode (Painted Turtle Press)
The Fat Mexican, by Alex Caine (Random House of Canada)
Murder Without Borders, by Terry Gould (Random House of Canada)
Runaway Devil, by Robert Remington and Sherri Zickefoose (McClelland)
Postmortem, by Jon Wells (John Wiley & Sons)

Best Crime Short Story
• “Backup,” by Rick Mofina (Ottawa Magazine, July/August 2009)
• “Prisoner in Paradise,” by Dennis Richard Murphy (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine [EQMM])
• “Nothing Is Easy,” by James Petrin (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine)
• “Time Will Tell,” by Twist Phelan (in The Prosecution Rests, edited by Linda Fairstein; Little Brown/Back Bay Books)
• “Clowntown Pajamas,” by James Powell (EQMM)

Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (The Unhanged Arthur)
This Cage of Bones, by Pam Barnsley
Confined Space, by Deryn Collier
Corpse Flower, by Gloria Ferris
Bait of Pleasure, by Blair Hemstock
Putting Them Down, by Peter Kirby