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There’s a new man in my life: Arthur Ellis.  He’s moved into my house and lives on my desk.

Last night, I received the 2017 Arthur Ellis Award for my short story, “A Death at the Parsonage“, from the Crime Writers of Canada.

I was in good company when I was shortlisted last month, along with fellow writers in The Whole She-Bang 3 anthology, Cathy Ace and Elizabeth Hosang.

And I’m in good company again with the other winners (below).  All the details about their winning books can be found at the CWC website.

It was an exciting night, meeting with other crime writers, and having Norman and my tablemates send good vibes my way.

Many, many thanks to the Crime Writers of Canada and their endless work in making the awards happen, and to their hard-reading judges.

I have to share here some of the commentary from the judges:

…Susan Daly combines all the familiar elements of Pride and Prejudice in a murder… following the conclusion of Jane Austen’s literary Classic.  Daly’s witty dialogue and sensitive attention to detail pull the reader back in the world of Elizabeth Darcy (née Bennet) and her hapless friend Charlotte, who now finds herself under suspcion after the violent and mysterious death of her husband. Daly’s characters all seem to have stepped gracefully out of the original novel as she seamlessly weaves old with new. …Most compelling is the author’s ability to make us believe in the world she has created.  Here is a well crafted story and a thoroughly entertaining reminder of what darkness human beings are capable of when they [dare to] read novels.

The winners: Donna Morrissey (not present), S.J. Jennings, Marie-Ève Bourassa, Elle Wild, Christina Jennings, Gordon Korman (not present), Jeremy Grimaldi, Rick Blechta and me.

And many more thanks to Toronto Sisters in Crime for pulling together the three Whole She-Bang anthologies.

Sisters in Crime: Janet Costello, me, Helen Nelson. With Arthur

Thanks also to Jane Austen for creating my characters.

Where to buy The Whole She-Bang 3

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A Death at the Parsonage – exciting news.

I’m having a great time with my short stories this year. And now, can you believe it, “A Death at the Parsonage“, has been shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best short story.

The story, included in The Whole She-Bang 3 Anthology, is based on characters from Pride and Prejudice characters (as if no one has done that before) because I feel that Charlotte deserves better in life than to be stuck with Mr. Collins forever, though she explains her low expectations to Elizabeth:

I am not romantic, you know; I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr. Collins’s character, connection, and situation in life, I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state. (P&P, Chapter 22)

The Collinses in Happier Times

It was inevitable, perhaps, that someday someone would get fed up with the “conceited, pompous, narrow-minded, silly man” (as Elizabeth so roundly describes him) and take a swing at him.

When the finger of guilt points to Mrs. Collins, it’s fortunate that her dearest friend is on hand to set matters straight.

 

The Whole She-Bang 3 is the collaborative work of members of Toronto Sisters in Crime, co-ordinated by Helen Nelson, edited by Janet Costello and brought to life by a tireless team of volunteers. The anthology features works by 20 Canadian crime writers, and is (can you tell by the title?) the third in the Whole She-Bang Series. All are available from your favourite on-line booktores.

The Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing are held every year by the Crime Writers of Canada. The shortlists were announced April 20, and include, as always, a glorious array of talented Canadian crime writers in a variety of categories.

The award gets its name from the Nom de Noose of Canada’s Official Hangmen, who were never known by their real names. The charming wooden statuette (to quote the CWC website) represents a “condemned man on a gibbet whose arms and legs flail when you pull a string – considered by some to be in execrable taste.”

Capital punishment was abolished in Canada in 1976; the last official hanging took place in 1962.

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I suppose my youthful enthusiasm is showing…. January 14’s Toronto Star had a great review for The Whole She-Bang 3. And somehow, Jack Batten put little glitter lights all over my story.

The antholowsb3-jack-battens-review-dategy is a huge collaborative effort by a lot of Sisters in Crime, expecially Helen Nelson, co-ordinator in chief, and editor Janet Costello. We had volunteers dealing with receiving and juggling all the submissions and judges and proof-readers and a crackerjack cover artist.  And 17 other terrific writers.

And the column was picked up by the Waterloo Region Record too, so my cousin John emailed me to tell me I’m famous. (Well, in a few households anyway.)

I have to say I’m feeling pretty chuffed over Jack’s singling me out.

Where to buy a copy

 

 

 

 

 

Flashback:

Read about my earlier story in The Whole She-Bang 2

where Jack Batten also gave me a mention: “Susan Daly presents a juicy story of confrontations between characters based on Rob Ford and Margaret Atwood.”

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It’s here. Now.  The Whole She-Bang 3

shebang3We’ve had our Toronto Sisters in Crime  launch, with amazing author readings and masses of chocolate.  After listening to enticing samples read by some of the 18 authors I’m keen to sit down with my own copy and find out where all these intriguing set-ups are headed.

The public launch is Sunday, November 27th at 2:00 pm, at the fantastic Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore at 907 Millwood Rd, Toronto

More readings, more authors, more chocolate.  And wine.

And of course, you can buy the hard copy there.

You can buy your e-copy right now, at an attractive introductory price. Click here to learn where. (Hard copies will be available online soon).

I hope you enjoy my two crime stories, “A Death at the Parsonage” and “Family Traditions“.

Find out more at Sisters in Crime – Toronto

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It’s coming soon….The Whole She-Bang 3

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Love this cover art by Chris Lang

November 2016 will see two of my stories appearing, along with those of 17 other Canadian crime writers, in the new anthology from Canadian Sisters in Crime.

A Death at the Parsonage

1823 England: When a not-very-well-liked clergyman dies a suspicious death while preparing his Sunday sermon, a quick-witted lady turns detective to come to the aid of her friend.

Family Traditions

Stuck in the kitchen on the biggest turkey-and-football day of the year, a long-suffering housewife takes a new look at sacred family traditions.

 

The launch….

Our big launch is on Sunday, November 27th at 2:00PM, at the fantastic Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore at 907 Millwood Rd, Toronto

Wine, readings, author signings and nibblies will all be happening. And of course, you can buy the hard copy there.

Find out more at Sisters in Crime – Toronto

I’ll be letting you know the moment e-copies and hard copies are available on line.

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After a busy and exciting spring, having three new short stories accepted for crime anthologies, I got word in September that a FOURTH story has been added to the mix.

Historically Speaking: I’m thrilled to learn my story “The Lady’s Maid Vanishes” has been accepted for inclusion in the anthology, Mystery Most Historical , to be published in time for the 2017 Malice Domestic mystery conference.

More She-Bang: November 2016 will see two of my stories appearing, along with those of 17 other Canadian crime writers, in the new anthology, The Whole She-Bang 3

Swimming with the Guppies: My short story “Gossip” will be included in the next Guppy crime anthology, Fish Out of Water.

The Guppies are a Sisters in Crime group of writers whose first three anthologies all have a distinctly fishy flavour.


 The Lady’s Maid Vanishes

1931 in the Canadian Rockies. When her maid goes missing from the viceregal entourage while travelling through the Rockies, Lady Byng, wife of the Governor General, is determined to find out the truth.

 A Death at the Parsonage

1823 England: When a not-very-well-liked clergyman dies a suspicious death while preparing his Sunday sermon, a quick-witted lady turns detective to come to the aid of her friend.

Family Traditions

Stuck in the kitchen on the biggest turkey-and-football day of the year, a long-suffering housewife takes a new look at sacred family traditions.

Gossip

A successful artist returns to the small town she left behind nearly twenty years ago, and discovers her reputation is not what she thought it was.

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With all the fun of trying to write long and prosper, I have the honour of being asked to participate in two writer panels this week.

Death to the Day Job – Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm

At the Toronto Sisters in Crime May meeting I’ll be appearing on a panel with Elizabeth J. Duncan and D. J. MacIntosh, hosted by Melodie Campbell.  All of them are accomplished, multipublished Canadian crime writers.

The topic?  Death to the Day Job or, Let’s talk about how you quit your day job and now spend your days making stuff up and getting published and earning lots of money.

Right. Let’s admit that for me, at least, I’ve got the quit the day job part down cold. I had many reasons to leave the evil corporate financial world behind, one of which was, “Gee, I’ll have time to make stuff up and get published and earn lots of money.”

We’ll be holding forth 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Northern District Branch of my favourite institute in Canada, the Toronto Public Library. Guests are welcome at $5 a pop.

Anyone in doubt of how much I love the Toronto Library system (which just opened its 100th branch this week!) can refer to my short story in The Whole She-Bang 2, “Poetic Justice” (aka The Booklover v. The Politician).

 

Women and Crime – Brantford Public Library, Saturday May 23, 2:00 pm

May is Mystery Month in Brantford, and the Library is holding a panel on Women and Crime.  Writers appearing in the anthologies The Whole She-Bang 2 (Canadian Sisters in Crime) and Thirteen (Mesdames of Mayhem) will be participating.  I’ll be joining Catherine Astolfo, Helen Nelson, Jill Downie, Melodie Campbell and Madeleine Harris-Callway.

We’ll be at the Main Library at 173 Colborne Street, Brantford, Ontario, from 2:00-3:30 pm, talking about Women (who we are) and Crime (what we do).

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