Becoming Holmes wins 2013 Arthur Ellis Award

The winners of the 2013 Arthur Ellis Awards have been announced. Shane Peacock takes home the prize for best juvenile/YA crime book for his novel, Becoming Holmes, the sixth and final installment in The Boy Shelock Holmes series. Here’s what the jury had to say: “Becoming Holmes is the final book in Shane Peacock’s award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series, combining brilliant storytelling with fascinating historical detail, and a mystery worthy of one of the greatest sleuths in English literature.”

The awards, established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada’s official hangman, are for crime writing, and they are not restricted to mystery writing. Crime-writing encompasses far more than the traditional whodunit. The crime genre includes crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, and thriller writing, as well as fictional or factual accounts of criminal doings and crime-themed literary works. For a complete list of winners, visit