Ottawa mystery writer nails her second Arthur Ellis award for detective series
For the second time in as many years, Ottawa mystery writer Barbara Fradkin has been named Canada’s best crime writer.
Fradkin, whose Ottawa-based series stars Insp. Michael Green, picked up the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel Thursday, this time for Honour Among Men (RendezVous Press), her fifth novel in the series.
Fradkin won it two years ago for Fifth Son, the fourth in the series.
The Arthur Ellis awards are given out annually by Crime Writers of Canada for the best crime writing in the country. There are seven categories, including best novel.
Insp. Green sprang to life six years ago at the hands of author/psychologist Fradkin. In his latest case, one that explores the real price of peacekeeping, Green has been kicked upstairs from the front lines to a bureaucratic life between officers in the field and the “battlefields” (committee rooms) of the Elgin Street police headquarters.
He happens on a murder scene in LeBreton Flats, a case that quickly evolves from a street person’s slaying to one involving two young peacekeepers stationed in Croatia in the early 1990s.
Other Ellis winners included Anne Emery, Sign of the Cross (ECW Press), for Best First Novel; Dennis Richard Murphy, “Fuzzy Wuzzy” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (August 2006), for Best Short Story; Brian O’Dea, High: Confessions of a Pot Smuggler (Random House Canada), Best Non-Fiction; Sean Cullen, Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates (Penguin Canada), Best Juvenile; Phyllis Smallman, Margarita Nights, for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel.