A tough job

I’m having a look at, and reading if possible, all the contenders for best novel in the Arthur Ellis Awards sponsored by the Crime Writers of Canada.

Here’s what’s on the list:

  • 1 cozy set in a Quebec village
  • 1 suburban thriller
  • 1 19th century book set in Toronto, involving slavery
  • 1 19th century book set in London, England
  • 1 contemporary mystery set in a small Canadian city

With that range, does a judge actually try to determine the best novel? Or throw five names in the air and grab one?