Bell Dying On Second

E.C. Bell, Dying on Second, Tyche Books

All Marie wants is fresh air and exercise. Is that too much to ask?

Driscoll Danna BeforeItsTooLate

Jen J. Danna (writing as Sara Driscoll), Before It's Too Late, Kensington Publishing

FBI handler Meg Jennings and her trusted search-and-rescue Lab, Hawk, must race against the clock before a diabolical killer strikes again.

Delany WhiteSandBlues

Vicki Delany, White Sand Blues, Orca Rapid Reads

Paramedic Ashley Grant is thrown into the deep end when she arrives at her new job in the tiny Caribbean country of the Victoria and Albert Islands to be picked up at the airport by the island's only ambulance.

Delany BodyonBakerSt

Vicki Delany, Body on Baker Street, Crooked Lane Book

The unusually perceptive Gemma Doyle and her confused but ever-loyal friend Jayne Wilson return in the second in the "charming" Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series.

Butler FullCurl

Dave Butler, Full Curl, Dundurn Press

When National Park Warden Jenny Willson discovers that trophy animals are being slaughtered in Canada's mountain parks, how far will she go in a cross-border race for justice?

Fradkin TrickstersLullaby

Barbara Fradkin, The Trickster's Lullaby, Dundurn Press

A winter camping trip turns deadly as two missing teenagers, a twisted love triangle, and the spectre of radicalism create turmoil in the remote Laurentian wilderness.

Ryan Matanzas

Garry Ryan, Matanzas, NeWest Press

Calgary’s Detective Lane flies to Cuba to celebrate the wedding of his beloved niece. While there, though, he finds himself drafted by the local police into investigating the murder of a Canadian tourist.

Smallman LastCall

Phyllis Smallman, Last Call, Phyllis Smallman

Murder in the confusion of a hurricane, this is a suspenseful story of friendship and endurance.

Arnold HalloweenisMurder

Carolyn Arnold, Halloween is Murder, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

When a local television reporter ends up dead, Sean and Sara’s Halloween becomes even more chilling as they try to catch a killer.

Evans SeaweedUnderFire

Stanley Evans, Seaweed Under Fire, Ekstasis Editions

If you want somebody's legs broken, even if you want somebody killed it can be arranged, at a price.

Harlick PurplePaletteforMurder

R.J. Harlick, Purple Palette for Murder, Dundurn Press

Her husband arrested for murder, Meg flies to Yellowknife, where she races to unravel a sordid trail of family secrets and greed to prove his innocence.

Mesdames 13Claws

Mesdames of Mayhem, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Are our animal companions angels or demons? Our friends or our betrayers? 13 Claws is the third anthology by The Mesdames of Mayhem.

Nesbitt Baggerman MurderAmongThieves

Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman, Murder Among Thieves, Volumes

Stolen gems, a notorious murder, the girl who knows: a mystery Matthew Traverse must solve – even if it kills him.

Bradshaw WinnersLoss

Mel Bradshaw, Winner's Loss, Iguana Books

In the fertile artistic milieu of 1927 Toronto, a painter is dead. Detective Sergeant Paul Shenstone won’t rest until he finds out why.

MacLeod CodOnlyKnows

Hilary MacLeod, Cod Only Knows, Acorn Press

Finally, readers of The Shores Mystery series will meet Abel, the man whose been lurking in the background through five books. Cod Only Knows is a fish story about the one that got away - a 300 lb. giant cod that trails murder and mayhem in its wake.

deNikolits NoFuryLikeThat

Lisa de Nikolits, No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications

A one-of-a kind literary thriller about life and death and the power of second chances. The novel takes you on a fast-paced, funny, adventurous ride, exploring themes of love, the meaning of life, friendship and revenge.

Whishaw DeathinDarkeningMist

Iona Whishaw, An Old Cold Grave, TouchWood Editions

Gwen felt a wave of horror sweep through her.  She could see, soil encrusted and stained the colour of dark tea, some delicate bones, with shreds of decaying cloth. The bones were most certainly human.

Crawford BeyondFaith

Sharon A. Crawford, Beyond Faith, Blue Denim Press

Fraternal twins Dana Bowman and Bast Overture are thrust into a twisted scenario of extortion, stalking, fire, vandalism, secret adoptions, a bank robbery, assault, and murders.

Sullivan Gritty

Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Gritty, Waldorf Publishing

Who would know that when Adam Garwood took a detour through a Montreal Alley, he would meet up with Gritty, a very complex character, taking up residence in a box?

Cragg DeadReakoning

Carys Cragg, Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, Arsenal Pulp Press

A woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier. A powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn't necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.

Dowdall AuPair

Anna Dowdall, The Au Pair, The Wild Rose Press

Montrealer Ashley Smeeton's in a fix.  An au pair job sounds like easy money.  Family secrets and a strange child are one thing.  Murder's another.

Orca Book Pulishers

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Founded in 1982, Orca Book Publishers is an independently owned Canadian book publisher. With over 750 titles in print and more than 70 new titles a year, Orca publishes award-winning, bestselling books in a number of genres. Orca’s primary focus is on books for children, but in 2010 a series of adult novels—Rapid Reads—was added to the growing list.

In an increasingly fast-paced world there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are short books for adult readers. They are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read. Many of the Rapid Reads titles are mysteries, written by well-known and award-winning authors. For more information on Rapid Reads and submission guidelines visit rapid-reads.com.

 

Website: Orcabook.com

Freedman, Cheryl

Cheryl Freedman

Have manuscript, will edit.

Cheryl has been an editor for almost 15 years and has worked on manuscripts in areas ranging from occupational health and safety to practical Kabbalah to memoirs to educational theory to crime fiction manuscript evaluations and edits. Cheryl is one of the original Bloody Gangsters whose involvement with Bloody Words (as either publications chair or conference chair) goes back to the first BW in 1999. Fondly – or perhaps not so fondly – known as Mothership and She Who Must Be Obeyed, she was also executive director of Crime Writers of Canada for almost 10 years and knows where all the bodies are buried. In addition to editing, Cheryl does desktop publishing, including program books for Bloody Words, SF Contario, and the 2003 World Science Fiction Convention, as well as all CWC publications while she was executive director. Between paying gigs, she’s working on two crime novels simultaneously because sometimes she feels like writing humour and sometimes she feels like writing literary.

 

What some of Cheryl’s criminous author clients think of her:

Cheryl Freedman, along with her Crime Writers duties and passion, is also an editor and professional reader of new texts. She gave me invaluable advice on my historical Victorian novel, Trumpets Sound No More. Her astute understanding of the relationships between character building, narrative drive and setting description helped me focus the story in more effective ways. Cheryl is generous and frank in her appraisals as a professional manuscript reader; she reads closely and respects what you have written, not what her expectations may or may not have been. Thus, she has the gift a true critical eye. I enjoy working with her for her humour and honesty above all...and the simple fact that she is truly dedicated to crime writing as a work of literary art. – JON REDFERN, winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel for Trumpets Sound No More

I have used Cheryl Freedman's services as a 'pre-editor' for my three most recent novels. Her help has become an extremely useful part of my creative process, a final 'clearing house' as it were before I send my novels off to the publisher. Her instincts as an editor are excellent. She's thorough, cognitive and knows her craft well. My novels are all the better for Cheryl having gone through them and I enjoy working with her very much. – RICK BLECHTA

The experience of working with Cheryl Freedman on my novel was totally positive. Cheryl performed a substantive edit and I found that her insight into human nature, keen eye for detail, and thorough knowledge of the structure of a novel helped to take my book to another level. – VICKI DELANY

I can recommend Cheryl Freedman without reservation as a reader and an editor. She has read and commented on several manuscripts for me and is always both perspicacious as well as tactful and supportive. I really enjoyed working with her and found her suggestions improved the work immensely. – MAUREEN JENNINGS

I cannot recommend Cheryl Freedman highly enough, as both a substantive and a copy editor. She has saved me often from embarrassing slips, and made many thoughtful and helpful suggestions along the way. We writers find it hard to see the forest for the trees. We all need an editor like Cheryl. – CARO SOLES

As a former newspaper publisher, I know that Cheryl Freedman is a gem to which many aspire but few achieve: bright, challenging, incisive and wonderfully competent. But she’s much more than that. Even though she worked me over for several months as I struggled to convert my journalistic sensibilities to fiction, I have come recognize that she’s more of a mentor than a comma counter, though she is very good at that. And she’s very funny, very funny. – JAKE DOHERTY

In seven years of reviewing, I've never read an award winning book where the author had not partnered with a skilled editor. Writing without an editor is a bit like gardening without a gardener or singing without a coach. The task is finding an editor who can help a writer position their voice without imposing their own. Among the very best that I know is Cheryl Freedman. She helps without imposing and sets a writer's talent ablaze like no one else I know. In today's publishing market, good editing is important. The best editing is essential. – DON GRAVES, crime book reviewer for The Hamilton Spectator


TouchWood Editions

TouchWood Editions
 
TouchWood Editions has been publishing books of literary merit about Canada’s West for more than twenty-five years. They are committed to producing quality books about the people, places, landscape, food, art, and culture that define this beautiful region. Their titles include stunning books on the visual art of BC, page-turning mysteries, and many other books of fiction and non-fiction that represent the community of western Canada. TouchWood Editions is proud to promote their books throughout Canada and the US.
 
Selected Publications (mysteries)
Cyber warfare, government conspiracy, the shady underbelly of professional sports, and murder in 1884—TouchWood Editions has a mystery for everyone!
Gordon Cope, Secret Combinations (ISBN: 978-1-926971-52-0)
Stephen Legault, The End of the Line (ISBN: 978-1-926971-04-9)
Bruce Burrows, The River Killers (ISBN: 978-1-926971-56-8)
George Szanto and Sandy Frances Duncan, Never Hug a Mugger on Quadra Island (ISBN: 978-1-926971-48-3)
Susan Calder, Deadly Fall (ISBN: 978-1-926741-19-2)
Debra Purdy Kong, The Opposite of Dark (ISBN: 978-1-926741-21-5)
Kay Stewart, Sitting Lady Sutra (ISBN: 978-1-926741-22-2)
Linda Kupececk, Deadly Dues, (ISBN 978-1-894898-98-0)
Gwendolyn Southin, Death as a Last Resort, (ISBN 978-1-926741-02-4)
Ron Chudley, Act of Evil (ISBN 978-1-926741-06-2)

Website
Visit www.touchwoodeditions.com for more information about these and other great mysteries from TouchWood Editions.

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