Welcome to Anne Emery's web page.

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. 


She is the author of ten novels in her 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), and Though the Heavens Fall (2018).



"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.


NEWS AND EVENTS

25 May, 2019

Anne's tenth novel, Though the Heavens Fall, has just won the 2019 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. The award is given by the Crime Writers of Canada, and was announced in Toronto on May 23. 


03 March, 2019

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine reviewed Though the Heavens Fall: "The dialogue is smart and the story brutally emotional." See Reviews section for the book. 


13 December, 2018

Anne's tenth novel, Though the Heavens Fall, has been rated "Clearly ... one of the finest reads of 2018" by Jim Napier, in a review on The Rap Sheet. The Hamilton Spectator calls it "another excellent novel." And Booklist says, "Fans won't want to miss this strong installment in a fine series."


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