Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

awarded since 1987.

 

2014 selection

Bait: A Novel

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2014

by J. Kent Messum

No one is coming to your aid. We have ensured this.

Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival. They soon discover their common bond: all of them are heroin...


2013 selection

The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2013

by Simone St. James

Sarah Piper's lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis-rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts- has been summoned...


2010 selection

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia de Luce #1

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2010, Agatha Award for Best First Novel 2009

by Alan Bradley

BONUS: This edition contains a The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie discussion guide and an excerpt from Alan Bradley's The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag.

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand...


2008 selection

Garcia's Heart

Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2008

by Liam Durcan

In Liam Durcan's searing debut novel Garcia's Heart, neurologist Patrick Lazerenko travels to The Hague to witness the war crimes trial of his mentor, Hernan García, a Honduran doctor accused of involvement...


2006 selection

Still Life

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1

Barry Best First Novel 2007, Anthony Best First Novel 2007, Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel 2006

by Louise Penny

Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious...