Bony Blithe Award

Congratulations to Elizabeth J. Duncan, winner of the 2017 Bony Blithe award for her novel Murder by the Hour  (St. Martin’s Press).


The Bony Blithe Award (officially the Bloody Words Light Mystery Award) is an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries. Now in its sixth year, the award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore – in short, books that are fun to read.

Help us celebrate Bony Blithe’s sixth birthday at the 2017 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala, a day and evening this year of mirthful mayhem!

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala on Friday, May 26, at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto. The festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include lunch, panels and/or round-table discussions, afternoon nibblies, a dealers room, loot bags, and the award banquet where the monarch of merry murder will be crowned. That’s 10 hours of criminous capering, all for $65. For more information or to buy a ticket for the mini-con/gala, contact us at event@bonyblithe.com or go to the Registration page. 

The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.

Thank you to all the publishers and authors who submitted their books for this year’s contest. May there be many smiles in your future.


Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2017 Bony Blithe Award:

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Garnet Face (Touchwood)
Ryan Aldred, Rum Luck (Five Star)
Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Doubleday Canada)
Elizabeth J. Duncan, Murder on the Hour (St. Martin’s Press)
Mike Martin, A Long Ways from Home (Friesen Press)