The John Spray Mystery Award, established in 2011, honours excellence in the mystery book genre. The prize is awarded annually with a cash prize of $5,000. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at readers eight to 16 and written by a Canadian. A mystery book can be a thriller, a crime novel or a whodunit.
John Spray, President of the Mantis Investigation Agency, is delighted to give the prize, saying that reading mysteries made him a passionate reader at an early age and helped him find his chosen career. Visit Canadian Children's Book Center for more details.