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 eleven 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), Though the Heavens Fall (2018), and Postmark Berlin (2020).

 

"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.


NEWS AND EVENTS

28 March, 2021

Anne has a new book coming out later this year: The Keening. It's not part of her regular series; it's 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. 


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


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. 


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