Previous John Spray Mystery Award Winners and Finalists

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011



Eileen Cook. The Hanging Girl. Boston: Houghlin Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.


Kevin Sands. The Assassin’s Curse. New York: Aladdin, 2017.

Sarah N. Harvey and Robin Stevenson. Blood on the Beach. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2017.

Liam O’Donnell. The Case of the Missing Mage. Illustrated by Mike Deas. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2017.

Warren Kinsella. Recipe for Hate. Toronto: Dundurn, 2017.



Caroline Pignat. Shooter. Toronto: Razorbill Canada, 2016.


Shane Peacock. The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2016.

Casey Lyall. Howard Wallace, P.I.. New York: Sterling’s Children’s Books, 2016.

Moira Young. The Road to Ever After. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2016.

Jonathan Auxier. Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2016.



Kevin Sands. The Blackthorn Key. New York: Aladdin, 2015.


Jordan Stratford. The Case of the Missing Moonstone. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Don Aker. Delusion Road. Toronto: HarperTrophy Canada, 2015.

Kelley Armstrong. The Masked Truth. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2015.

Gordon Korman. Masterminds. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.



William Bell. Julian. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2014.


Norah McClintock. About That Night. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2014.

Sigmund Brouwer. Dead Man’s Switch. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2014.

Cary Fagan. The Show to End All Shows. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2014.

S.J. Laidlaw. The Voice Inside My Head. Toronto: Tundra Books, 2014.



Ted Staunton. Who I’m Not. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2013.


James Leck. The Further Adventures of Jack Lime. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2013.

Rachelle Delaney. The Metro Dogs of Moscow. Toronto: Puffin Canada, 2013.

Jessica Scott Kerrin. The Spotted Dog Last Seen. Toronto: Groundwood Books, 2013.

Elizabeth Wennick. Whatever Doesn’t Kill You. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2013.



Elizabeth Stewart. The Lynching of Louie Sam. Toronto: Annick Press, 2012.


Shane Peacock. Becoming Holmes (The Boy Sherlock Holmes). Toronto: Tundra Books, 2012.

Michael Betcherman. Breakaway. Toronto: Razorbill, 2012.

Sigmund Brouwer. Devil’s Pass (Seven the series). Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2012.

Kevin Sylvester. Neil Flambé and the Tokyo Treasure. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.



Rob Mills. Charlie’s Key. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers, 2011.


Ellen Schwartz. The Case of the Missing Deed (Teapsoon Detectives). Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.

Shane Peacock. The Dragon Turn (The Boy Sherlock Holmes). Toronto: Tundra Books, 2011.

Edeet Ravel. Held. Toronto: Annick Press, 2011.

Deborah Ellis. True Blue. Toronto: Pajama Press, 2011.



Y.S. Lee A Spy in the House (The Agency). Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010.


Allan Stratton. Borderline. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.

Jan Markley. Dead Bird Through the Cat Door (Megabyte Mystery). Vancouver: Gumboot Books, 2010.

Marty Chan. The Mystery of the Cyber Bully (Marty Chan Mystery). Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2010.

Norah McClintock. Victim Rights (A Ryan Dooley Mystery). Markham, ON: Red Deer Press, 2010.

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