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Anne Emery won the 2019 Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for Best Crime Novel, for Though the Heavens Fall, and the 2007 Award for Best First Crime Novel, for Sign of the Cross. (The CWC's awards were formerly called the Arthur Ellis Awards.) She also won 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 thirteen novels. Twelve of the books are members of the Collins-Burke Mystery Series:  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), Postmark Berlin (2020), and Fenian Street (2022). 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 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.


17 September, 2022

Anne's 13th book, Fenian Street, was launched at Durty Nelly's pub on September 11 of this year. The story, set in the 1970s, features series regular Father Brennan Burke, and a new character, Shay Rynne, a Dublin garda (cop) from the tenements of Fenian Street. The story is set mainly in Dublin, but Brennan also introduces Shay to some members of the Irish mob in Hell's Kitchen, New York. 


"Impeccably researched, richly atmospheric, and with a spellbinding plot." - Jim Napier, author of the Colin McDermott Mysteries. 

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."

26 MARCH, 2021

If you'd like to hear the voices of the characters in the Collins-Burke mystery series, check out Gerard Doyle's wonderful audiobook readings:  https://www.audiobooks.com/browse/narrator/1491/gerard-doyle

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