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Anne Emery won the 2019 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel, for Though the Heavens Fall, and the 2007 Arthur Ellis for Best First Crime Novel, for Sign of the Cross. She was also awarded a silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards (international competition), and the 2011 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, both for Children in the Morning. 

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She is the author of twelve novels. The first eleven books are a series, the Collins-Burke mysteries:  Sign of the Cross (2006), Obit (2007), Barrington Street Blues (2008), Cecilian Vespers (2009), Children in the Morning (2010), Death at Christy Burke’s (2011), Blood on a Saint (2013), Ruined Abbey (2015), Lament for Bonnie (2016), Though the Heavens Fall (2018), and Postmark Berlin (2020). The twelfth book is a standalone historical mystery, The Keening: A Mystery of Gaelic Ireland (2021).


"Postmark Berlin cements Anne Emery's position among the top half-dozen crime writers in Canada." - Ottawa Review of Books 

"A master at creating a sense of place, and developing characters.” – Library Journal (Starred Review)

Anne was born in Halifax, NS and grew up in Moncton, NB. She is a graduate of St. F.X. University and Dalhousie Law School. She has worked as a lawyer, legal affairs reporter and researcher. Anne lives in Halifax, and travels frequently to Ireland and other favourite destinations. 


To hear Anne's interview with Shelagh Rogers on CBC's The Next Chapter, click here (MP3 download).


Lament for Bonnie: Reviewers have called the new book "an engaging mystery" and "irresistible" (Publishers Weekly), "a fine mystery with terrific characters and a solid plot, an irresistible read" (Globe & Mail) and referred to its "soaring narrative arc" (Celtic Life International).

Ruined Abbey: "Troubles thriller bloody brilliant." - Nick Martin, Winnipeg Free Presss

"One of Canada's finest novelists" - Jim Napier, Ottawa Review of Books. "One of the best of Canada's new group of crime authors" - Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

Ruined Abbey: "Winning mystery stands on its own. Readers . . . will want to grab a pint and pull up a stool next to any of the Burke clan." - Karen Keefe, Booklist Starred Review

"Eighth novel in the excellent Father Brennan Burke series ...  a really tightly plotted historical with solid characters and the elegant style we expect from Emery." - Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail.


14 FEBRUARY, 2022

Great review of The Keening, in the Winnipeg Free Press: "Halifax author Anne Emery has superbly blended two fascinating story lines in the Keening, a splendid murder mystery with characters you wish you knew - even more so the folk of 1595 who'll offer you a flagon of ale, a game pie and a ribald poem or two."

03 NOVEMBER, 2021

Anne's new book, The Keening, received a lovely review from the Historical Novel Society of the UK: The Keening keeps the suspense going with its intriguing protagonists and ongoing puzzles. . . .  The Keening is full of music, poetry, and tales, with enlightening epigraphs to each chapter. A rich and rewarding book, it arouses our sympathies for the long, painful history of the Irish within an engrossing mystery. Recommended.”

23 SEPTEMBER, 2021

Anne's twelfth book was launched September 21 at the Halifax Public Library: The KeeningA Mystery of Gaelic Ireland. This is a standalone historical mystery. The story is set partly in 16th/17th century Ireland and partly in the present day. The historical plot centres around the Maguires, the Lords of Fermanagh, and their castle in Enniskillen, at a time when the English are coming closer to their goal of conquering all of Ireland. A prophetess is murdered, and we see the effects of her death even in the present time. But it's not all doom and gloom; there is lots of partying and singing and storytelling as well! Fr. Brennan Burke will return to us in the book after that, Fenian Street, and Monty and the whole crew will be back in the book after that one, which is set once again in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

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