R.M. Greenaway, Undertow, Dundurn Press
A heartbreaking set of murders bring RCMP constables Leith and Dion together in the Lower Mainland, where violence flows like a riptide.
RW Wells, The Saint & The Soul Slayer
This an exhilarating, fantastic tale that introduces multi-layered character, Xavier O'Malley, a Canadian police officer. The story plunges into the dark side of life and the evil that resides there.
Cathy Ace, The Case of the Curious Cook, Severn House Publishers
The WISE women face puzzles involving newly discovered works by a murdered artist, an untraceable octogenarian, and an old folks’ home.
Michael Blair, The Evil That Men Do, Linda Leith Publishing
When two sociopaths face off, someone is bound to die.
Steve Burrows, A Shimmer of Hummingbirds, Dundurn Press
In this 4th book in the Birder Murder mystery series, Domenic Jejeune finds that sometimes, the wrong choice is the only choice you have.
Vicki Delany, Elementary, She Read, Crooked Lane Books
The first in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium series.
Sarah Fox, For Whom the Bread Rolls, Penguin Random House
In the seaside town of Wildwood Cove, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.
Linda Wiken, Roux the Day, Berkley Prime Crime
J.J. Tanner loves planning events, like the fundraising Casino Night Dinner Cruise. What she hadn’t planned on was murder.
Melodie Campbell, The Bootlegger's Goddaughter, Orca Books
Even old mobsters retire eventually…don’t they? Gina and Nico work feverishly to keep the latest bungled family caper under wrap.
This e-publication is aimed dead square at your heart whether you like a good cozy, enjoy following the tracks of a favourite gumshoe, like to graze on an anthology of short stories, or want to find out the whys and wherefores of an infamous murder trial. The membership of Crime Writers of Canada covers the waterfront as far as crime writing is concerned. Whodunnits, police procedurals, thrillers, psychological suspense, true crime – our writers do it all. And we want to tell you about it: hence, Cool Canadian Crime. The best part is (considering world-wide climate patterns) you don't have to trundle all the way down to your favourite newsstand, bookstore, or even your mailbox to find it! Four times a year, our newsletter will appear like magic in your computer's inbox. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy. Cool, eh? Rick Blechta President Crime Writers of Canada
PS. We'd like to express our thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage. Without their support and financial assistance, Cool Canadian Crime would never have seen the light of day.
BOOKS PUBLISHED BETWEEN OCTOBER & DECEMBER 2005
Mel Bradshaw, Quarrel with the Foe Great War veteran Paul Shenstone is a police detective investigating an industrialist's murder in Prohibition-era Toronto. The waters are muddied when the investigation uncovers connections between the deceased Digby Watt and soldiers Shenstone knew in Flanders. What will Shenstone's choice be if he has to arrest one of his own comrades? He has promised Watt's attractive and independent daughter that he will bring the perpetrator to justice, but bonds forged in war aren't easily broken.
Trade paperback RendezVous Press ISBN: 1-894917-28-6 October 2005
William Deverell, April Fool As this sequel to Trial of Passion opens, Arthur is married to Margaret, happily...except she is 50 feet up on a platform on an old-growth Douglas fir, saving the rain forest. Meantime, Arthur must journey to Vancouver to defend his long-time and quirkily engaging client, Nick (the Owl) Faloon, ex-jewel thief (once ranked number seven in the world), accused of murdering an attractive Ann Landerish pop-therapist.
Hardcover McClelland & Stewart ISBN: 0-7710-2711-7 October 2005 $39.00 (US$27.00)
William Deverell, High Crimes A merry band of Newfoundland smugglers are being used as pawns by a vindictive narc. The story moves to Miami, Colombia, and Toronto, and then back to Newfoundland, until a day-dreaming RCMP scientist discovers the plot.
Trade paperback (new edition) ECW Press ISBN: 1-55022-697-5 October 2005 $20.00 (US$16.00)
William Deverell, Mindfield Montreal homicide detective Kellen O'Reilly suffers flashbacks (he doesn't know why) and is being targeted by killers (he doesn't know who). The investigative trail takes him back to his own youthful years when he discovers he may have been a victim of the CIA's MK-ULTRA experiments in Montreal using mind programming with LSD.
Trade paperback (new edition) ECW Press ISBN: 1-55022-696-7 October 2005 $20.00 (US$16.00)
Denise Dietz, Chain a Lamb Chop to the Bed: An Ellie Bernstein/Lt. Peter Miller Mystery When diet club leader Ellie Bernstein's significant other, homicide detective Peter Miller, invites Ellie to vacation with him at an Aspen dude ranch, she accepts with trepidation. She suffers from acrophobia and tends to avoid such sports as skydiving, skiing, bungee- jumping, and horseback riding. Nevertheless, she needs to make friends with a black stallion named Satan and find the "art patron" who murdered her artist friend, before the weight loss she's achieved becomes permanent in a way she's never imagined.
Hardcover Five Star Mysteries ISBN: 1-59414-422-2 November 2005 US$25.95
Stanley Evans, Seaweed on the Street A billionaire's daughter has vanished and Silas Seaweed, a West Coast Salish aboriginal policeman, is on the hunt. Following a trail of murder, greed, and violence, Seaweed investigates the missing woman's strange and unsavoury past. Pursuing clues from Victoria to Seattle to Reno and back, Seaweed unravels a family mystery stretching across three generations. The narrative is interwoven with vivid depictions of West Coast aboriginal mythology, magic, and religion.
Trade paperback TouchWood Editions ISBN: 1-894898-34-6 October 2005 $12.95 (US$9.95)
Ted Griffith, Restoration: Murder, the Mob, and a 1964½ Mustang Dominic paints cars in his brother's body shop in Hamilton. By night, he chops cars for a brutal Romanian mobster. But when a friend discovers a vintage Ford Mustang at the bottom of Hamilton Harbour, Dominic thinks his luck has changed. When the identity of the car's original owner is uncovered, Dominic stumbles into a long-forgotten mob murder. Now all the city's power players want the Mustang to disappear, just like it did in 1964.
Trade paperback James Lorimer & Company Inc. ISBN: 1-55028-886-5 October 2005 $24.95
Lee Goldberg, The Man with the Iron-On Badge Harvey Mapes, security guard at a gated community in the suburbs of Los Angeles, learned everything about being a P.I. from reading books and watching TV, but he soon discovers that the difference between fiction and reality can be deadly.
Hardcover Five Star Publishing ISBN: 1-59414-372-2 November 2005 US$25.95
Max Haines, Collected Works of Max Haines, Vol. 5 This anthology contains such infamous crimes as the murder of Martin Luther King, Nicole Brown Simpson, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy, along with murders from 11 different countries, including Canada.
Trade paperback Penguin Canada ISBN: 0-143-05063-X October 2005 $28.00
Max Haines, Instruments of Murder Another true crime anthology from the Toronto Sun's award-winning master of mayhem, Max Haines.
James Hawkins, Crazy Lady: A Love Story How far would you go to regain the love of your life? Would it be totally crazy to write yourself and your lost lover into a mystery/romance novel for the whole world to read? Perhaps. But when true love strikes even a high flying police detective can be smacked off course. So will Chief Inspector David Bliss solve life's greatest mystery, the mystery of love, or will he be just another victim of a Crazy Lady?
Mass market paperback Dundurn Press (A Castle Street Mystery) ISBN: 1-55002-581-3 November 2005 $11.99
The Ladies' Killing Circle, When Boomers Go Bad This newest anthology of short crime fiction from the Ladies' Killing Circle takes a spirited look at baby boomers as they go from young, hairy, and hip to old, bald, and bad.
Trade paperback RendezVous Press ISBN: 1-894917-31-6 October 2005 $14.95
Peter A. Macarthur, Fat Jack For Montreal-based private investigator Daniel MacAlpine, life isn't easy: relationship troubles, business problems and repeated Fat Jack issues. Jack is rich, an important client of Leclair and MacAlpine Investigations, and secretive to the point of hurting Dan's attempts to help him. To work Fat Jack's case, Dan MacAlpine must navigate the streets of Montreal and its West End where the natives, if not always helpful, are memorable.
Trade paperback Price-Patterson Ltd. ISBN: 1-896881-68-8 November 2005 $13.95
Mary Jane Maffini, The Dead Don't Get Out Much: A Camilla MacPhee Mystery Camilla tracks Mrs. Parnell around Italy, chasing old secrets with deadly ramifications. Can she save her friend? Will Ray Deveau abandon his romantic plans? Will Alvin redecorate Camilla's place? Yikes.
Trade paperback RendezVous Press ISBN: 1-894917-30-8 November 2005 $13.95
Jeffrey Miller, Murder's Out of Tune Des Cheshire is a cat who really swings. Normally, he's also the star sax player in the Billy Wonder Quartet. But when Wonder turns up dead on stage, Cheshire's the main suspect. In this second installment of the series Macleans magazine called "as literate as it is funny," Amicus, the acid-tongued courthouse cat, narrates the legal battle to defend Cheshire's not-so-good name.
Trade paperback ECW Press ISBN: 1-55022-703-3 October 2005 $19.95 (US$15.95)
René Natan, Operation Woman in Black Nothing seems to penetrate the criminal ring that plagues the town of Varlee until Conrad Tormez, using a speech emulator, replaces the Woman in Black with an ex-agent and amateur performer. But Operation Woman in Black isn't the only challenge Tormez must face, since for the last year he's been searching for his teenage mentally impaired daughter. And it's then that Tormez realizes that his opponents have deadly tentacles that can reach anybody, anywhere, anytime.
Trade paperback PublishAmerica ISBN: 1-4137-8365-1 October 2005 US$19.95
Deborah Nicholson, Flirting with Disaster: A Kate Carpenter Mystery Ever had a fight with your boyfriend and then been kidnapped by a killer? Kate Carpenter thinks she's going to improve her tan during the Festival, but an embittered former employee has another idea.
Hardcover (library binding) Severn House ISBN: 0 7278 6281 2 December 2005 $34.95
Steven Owad, Bodycheck Two different gunmen want aging minor-league hockey player Behn McAvoy dead. This is troubling news for the journeyman winger as he has no enemies, no leads, and no desire to get got. Finding out who's calling the shots would be easier to do – if only the shots would stop coming.
Trade paperback RendezVous Press ISBN: 1-894917-22-7 October 2005 $13.95
John F. Parker, Come Clean: A Kevin J. Porter Mystery Ex-RCMP Chief Inspector. Chameleon killer. Hollywood North. Dashes of Shakespeare and X-Files. A loving gay relationship. All mixed together with horror and humour. And optioned by Vancouver's Dilemma Productions for an upcoming movie!
Trade paperback Regal Crest Enterprises (Texas) ISBN: 1-932300-43-0 November 2005 US$19.95
Louise Penny, Still Life When the body of a well-loved artist is found in the woods near Three Pines, Chief Inspector Gamache must use all his skills to bring to light the dark secrets of the seemingly idyllic Quebec village.
Trade paperback McArthur & Company (Headline) ISBN: 0-7553-2889-2 October 2005 $24.95
Rick Porrello, Superthief: A Master Burglar, the Mafia and the Biggest Bank Heist in U.S. History $uperthief is a captivating firsthand look at the life of Phil Christopher, a Mafia associate, former partner of notorious Canadian criminals and one of the most successful bank burglars in the U.S. In a raw and candid, sometimes humorous accounting, Rick Porrello takes his readers inside Phil's brutal street world and prison life and exposes the details behind the planning and execution of the biggest bank burglary in U.S. history. Television film rights sale pending.
Hardcover Next Hat Press/Bookmasters ISBN: 0-9662508-5-0 December 2005 US$25.95
Linda L. Richards, The Next Ex: A Madeline Carter Mystery Former stockbroker-turned-daytrader Madeline Carter agrees to teach the indulged wife of an A-list movie producer about the stock market. When said wife turns up dead, Madeline finds herself in the middle of a series of murders while inadvertently opening up a 40-year-old cold case. "A bracingly intelligent whodunit." – author Laura Lippman
Mass market paperback MIRA Books ISBN: 0-7783-2240-8 December 2005 $8.50 (US$6.99)
Caroline Roe, Consolation for an Exile: An Isaac of Girona Mystery Danger and deceit beset two different families both close to Isaac while he must cope with the sudden death of a patient.
Mass market paperback Berkley Prime Crime ISBN: 0-425-20181-3 November 2005 $10.99
Michael Slade, Swastika In the closing days of World War II, Hitler summons SS General Ernst Streicher to his Berlin bunker to discuss the Third Reich's only hope to win the war. In present-day Vancouver, the RCMP's Special X squad is on the hunt for a pair of Nazi-inspired killers. When Special X turns to the FBI for links to a "swastika signature" in the States, the Pentagon ties the clue to the long-kept secret of what crashed at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Swastika revolves around a cat-and-mouse game embroiling the Mounties, Pentagon hit men, and the Nazi psychopaths.
Trade paperback Penguin Canada ISBN: 0-14-305325-6 November 2005 $24.00
Cheryl Kaye Tardif, The River Del Hawthorne 's father and three of his friends vanished seven years ago along the Nahanni River – a river of mysterious deaths and disappearances. When one of the missing men surfaces, alive but barely recognizable and aging before her eyes, Del is shocked. Especially when the man tells her something inconceivable. Her father is still alive! Now Del's going back for him, unaware of the terror that lies, waiting...
Trade paperback Trafford Publishing ISBN: 1-4120-6229-2 October 2005 $25.99
Jo-Ann Terpstra, It's Murder on Gabriola Driven by a desperate desire to escape her mundane life in the city, Lulu Jenkins grabs the opportunity to manage The Paradise Inn on Gabriola Island. It appears to be the perfect opportunity to relax in a rural retreat and sort her life out, but when she arrives she becomes immersed in the Island culture, and the sorting-out process becomes far more transformational than she anticipated. Gabriola is a beautiful island, but the Inn is haunted by a mysterious past, the locals are quirky, some of the guests are vampire hunters, and someone close to her is a murderer.
Trade paperback Jade Dragonfly Press ISBN: 0-9738902-0-7 October 2005 $15.95
The books listed in Cool Canadian Crime can usually be found at – or ordered online from – our Crime Writers of Canada member bookstores:
· Almark & Co. (Toronto, ON)No WebsitePhone: (905) 764-2665E-mail:
· As the Plot Thickens (Kingston, ON) No Website Phone: (613) 548-4664 E-mail:
· The Mysterious Affair at Waterloo (Waterloo, ON) http://www.themysteriousaffair.com Phone: (519) 747-8050 E-mail:
· The Poisoned Pen (Scottsdale, AZ) http://www.poisonedpen.com Phone: (480) 947-2974 Toll-free: 1 888 560-9919 E-mail:
· Prime Crime Books (Ottawa, ON) http://www.primecrimebooks.com Phone: (613) 238-CLUE E-mail:
· Sleuth of Baker Street (Toronto, ON) http://www.sleuthofbakerstreet.com Phone: (416) 483-3111 E-mail:
· Well Read Books (Calgary, AB) http://www.wellreadbooks.ca Phone: (403) 541-0050 E-mail:
· Whodunit? Mystery Bookstore (Winnipeg, MB) http://www.whodunitcanada.com Phone: (204) 284-9100 Toll-free: 1 800 468-4216 E-mail:
Cool Canadian Crime is financially supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN OCTOBER & DECEMBER 2006
Anthony Bidulka, Stain of the Berry: A Russell Quant Mystery
Everyone has their Boogeyman. But who – or what – is scaring Saskatoon locals to death? Private detective Russell Quant falls into a nightmare case when the family of a suicide victim hires him to uncover the real cause of death. Quant works to narrow his list of suspects, only to find the number of victims growing. From Saskatchewan’s summer storms to the menacing Lotus Land of Vancouver, Russell finally touches down in the Canadian Arctic where tragic hope resides. As Quant penetrates the truth of the Boogeyman, he finds himself on a perilous suspension bridge between idyllic childhood and grown-up violence.
Trade paperback Insomniac Press ISBN: 1897178247 October 2006 $21.95 (US$16.95)
Giles Blunt, By the Time You Read This: A John Cardinal Mystery
Autumn is gorgeous in Algonquin Bay, but this year its beauty is tinged with something sinister. A young girl appears in a series of unspeakable photos being traded online among sexual predators, and background elements indicate she may live in Algonquin Bay. Sgt. Lise Delorme has to find the girl before she suffers more abuse. Delorme’s partner, John Cardinal, can’t help her because he has suffered a loss so devastating that his colleagues fear for his sanity.
As Delorme closes in on one predator, Cardinal receives a string of menacing letters and finds himself tracking a killer so ingenious that the accepted bounds of criminal justice do not apply.
Hardcover Random House Canada ISBN: 0-679-31244-7 October 2006 $34.95
Praise for Ron's first mystery, Old Bones: "A moody pyschological novel with a series of finely drawn characters" – Globe and Mail
Donna Carrick, The Noon God
Living in the shadow of greatness can be difficult. Just ask Desdemona. When her father, the renowned writer J. Caesar Fortune, is found murdered inside the Faculty of Arts building, there is no shortage of people who carried a grudge. In a household pummeled by the dual forces of addiction and narcissism, Desdemona must face the fact that her father has hurt those closest to him. Now, as the new head of a once illustrious family, she must do whatever is necessary to save her only living sister from the far-reaching influence of an immortal.
Praise for Donna’s first mystery: “In Gold and Fishes, author Donna Carrick pens an exciting blend of murder, mystery, disaster and rescue….” – New York Times best-selling author Ellen Tanner Marsh
Terry Carroll, Body Contact
When Tracy Hewitt goes missing, police officer and amateur goalie Carl North has enormous difficulty believing team-mate Rick Hewitt might be guilty of murdering his wife. North sets out to discover the truth behind her disappearance, risking his marriage, his job, and his life, as the trail through a small Ontario city’s politics leads inexorably toward shocking revelations. Men with power aren’t about to give it up, particularly when some of them have their own unhealthy secrets.
“Perversion and violence behind the façade of a small Ontario town.” – Lion Sharzer
William Deverell, April Fool
As this sequel to Trial of Passion opens, Arthur is married to Margaret, happily – except she is 50 feet up on a platform on an old-growth Douglas fir, saving the rain forest. Meantime, Arthur must journey to Vancouver to defend his long-time and quirkily engaging client, Nick (the Owl) Faloon, ex-jewel thief (once ranked number seven in the world), accused of murdering an attractive Ann Landerish pop-therapist.
April Fool (hardcover edition released last October) won the 2006 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel.
Mass market paperback McClelland & Stewart ISBN: 0-7710-2715-X October 2006 $10.99 (US$7.95)
W.G. Eggleton, Murder Makes Mischief
What looks like an accidental mass poisoning at a local bank is quickly shown to be a cover for murder. The victim is Cynthia Harmon, a woman who enjoyed making enemies. No one shows much concern with the details of her death. In fact, it is an acceptable solution to many a person’s problem. That changes as the investigation progresses and secrets are exposed. The first is missing money: an embezzlement that leads to suicide – or does it? Along the way, relationships end, change, and maybe start. It’s hard to know what to do when anyone could be the murderer. All of which becomes irrelevant when a third body shows up. Only then do the shadows from long ago lead to the truth.
Praise for Stan's first mystery, Seaweed on the Street: "Makes great use of West Coast aboriginal mythology and religion...let's hope Silas Seaweed returns." – Globe and Mail
Rick Gadziola, Drawing Dead: A Jake Morgan Mystery
Jake Morgan just can’t seem to win. In Drawing Dead, the Las Vegas poker dealer falls for vice cop Laura Bulloch. However, while Morgan appreciates her bar-brawling and martial arts skills, he has a difficult time warming to her S&M fetishes. Subsequently, she gets him caught in the crossfire between two groups of dirty cops out to kill each other as he tries to help her stay alive. The attempts on his life seem to multiply as he gets closer to what he prays is not the ugly truth. Could he be on the wrong side? When he tries to walk away from Laura, Jake Morgan is placed in the crosshairs of an adversary who will not be denied.
“Gadziola, himself a semipro gambler, captures an authentically seedy Vegas vibe that only the locals seem to notice. He…manages to run the table with a full house of entertaining characters.” – Booklist
Lina Gardiner, Grave Illusions
New York City is in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least, that is, unseen by normal society. Lieutenant Jess Vandermire is uniquely specialized to fight this threat. It’s her job to forge a black-ops team of men and women who wouldn’t be considered under normal circumstances.
But these aren’t normal circumstances. Team members have to be tough and they have to be expendable. When Jess tells John Brittain, ex-cop and team member, the truth about herself, will he stay and fight or turn against her and not only threaten their lives, but destroy the fragile relationship developing between them?
Lee Goldberg, Diagnosis Murder: The Double Life
When Dr. Mark Sloan wakes up in his own hospital's I.C.U., he doesn't remember how he got there or anything from the last two years of his life – including a wife he doesn't recognize. He learns that he was run down in the street while investigating a series of mysterious deaths, all of whom were patients recently recovered from life-threatening illnesses and accidents. Mark resumes his investigation, only to realize that his "accident" was no accident and that there is little time left to prevent another murder – his own.
All Gloria Trevisi wants is a peaceful family Christmas, as she fills the pages of the Plattsford Sun and finds the perfect gift for her perfect, but absent, mate. What she will get, however, is a series of painful needles, several threatening phone calls, uncomfortable confrontations with the past, a nasty dog bite, and the discovery of a grisly corpse or two. And the holiday edition of the Sun must hit the streets on time....
“Peace on Earth” may be in short supply, but Christmas, Plattsford style, is all wrapped up and ready to go in the second Gloria Trevisi mystery by A.R. Grobbo.
Dan Kalla, Rage Therapy
Dr. Joel Ashman, a young widowed psychiatrist, narrates two interwoven stories. One follows the fatal beating of his mentor Stanley Kolberg, and the other the suicide of a tragic young patient, Angela Connor. A year apart, the deaths are seemingly unrelated. But as the investigation into Kolberg's murder wades into an ugly world of sadomasochism and patient abuse, the relevance to the death of Joel's patient grows. And after the murder of a second psychiatrist, Joel realizes he is on a crash course with someone willing to do anything to conceal the past.
"His first novel, Pandemic, was as fine a medical thriller as I've ever read; his newest, Rage Therapy, is a taut psychological thriller that will pull you into a world of sexual deviancy, murder, and mind games. A very good read." – Nelson DeMille, New York Times #1 best-selling author
Hardcover Forge Books ISBN: 978-0-765-31225-9 October 2006 $29.95
Rene Natan, The Jungfrau Watch
The collapse of the Soviet Union leaves two prominent members of the Red Brigades without funds, without a job, and without a cause. They both find asylum, under false identities, in Canada. One continues in his criminal activities; the other wants to make a break from his past. Years later, their paths cross again. When the prototype of the Jungfrau Watch is stolen, Alesh Sinkovich is hired to establish a fake laboratory based on the production of efficient fuel cells. Soon after a project is stolen from the lab, providing a major breakthrough.
But the Red Brigades aren’t dead. Alesh Sinkovich will have to adopt drastic measures to save what’s very dear to him.
Louise Penny, Dead Cold: A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery
It's winter in the idyllic Quebec village of Three Pines. Snow is gently falling and the residents are preparing their Christmas celebrations. But someone is preparing something far more sinister – murder. As Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté investigates, he uncovers layers of secrets buried deep and long hidden...until now. But as he investigates, something old and cold is creeping up behind Gamache himself.
Dead Cold is the second in the Armand Gamache series. The first, Still Life, won the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada and the New Blood Dagger Award in the UK, both for best first crime novel.
Hardcover & Trade paperback Headline/McArthur & Company ISBN: 0-7553-2891-4 (hardcover) ISBN: 0-7553-2892-2 (trade paperback) October 2006 (both versions) $34.95 (hardcover) $24.95 (trade paperback)
Louise Penny, Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery
Winner of the CWC's Arthur Ellis Award and the CWA's New Blood Dagger Award, both for best first crime novel, Still Life introduces Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and the tiny Quebec village of Three Pines. The village is so peaceful it doesn’t even have police, so when a beloved retired school teacher is killed everyone thinks it must have been a horrible hunting accident. But slowly the village gives up its secrets, some going back half a century. And soon the lovely façade begins to crumble.
Mobashar Qureshi, R.A.C.E.
R.A.C.E. (Radical Association of Criminal Ethnicities) is a group on the verge of creating a new illegal drug, called Nex.
When several veteran officers are sidelined by corruption charges, an error in his police file qualifies parking officer Jon Rupret for membership in an elite squad – Operation Anti-R.A.C.E. – speedily set up to stop the new drug before it can be sold on the street. Jon is partnered with jaded detective Phillip Beadsworth, who's none too thrilled with the situation.
The story follows the criminals' desperate attempts to bully chemists into creating the ultimate drug, and the police, as they attempt to track them down.
David Russell, Deadly Lessons
Winston Patrick, a successful but dissatisfied criminal defence lawyer, thought he had left the law behind him, trading in the courtroom for the classroom at a rough East Vancouver high school. But soon a fellow teacher seeks his legal help after a student threatens to expose a lurid teacher-student love affair. Reluctantly, Winston has agreed to provide legal defense when the case takes an uglier turn: the student is murdered. Winston and his best friend, Detective Andrea Pearson, find themselves immersed in a murder investigation that could cause an international incident...if it doesn't cost Winston his own life first.
Michael Slade, Kamikaze
Revenge is sweet… Genjo Tokuda, head of Tokyo's Yakuza crime syndicate, is lured to Vancouver for the Pacific War Vets Convention. The keynote speaker crewed the Enola Gay, the plane that atomic-bombed Hiroshima, killing Tokuda’s family. Tokuda plans to satisfy the bushido oath he made at the ruins of his ancestors' Hiroshima shrine. First he’ll kill the crewman’s family; then he'll kill the crewman in a fitting way. That crewman's granddaughter is Corporal Jackie Hett of the RCMP’s Special X squad.
"A virtuoso breakout by Slade into another realm of creativity." – Jack Whyte, Knights of the Black and White
Michael Slade, Swastika
Swastika embroils the Mounties, Pentagon hit men, and Nazi psychopaths in a modern puzzle concerning the long-kept secret of what crashed at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. "Michael Slade has a reputation for conducting extensive research before beginning to write his novels, and there is much evidence of this in Swastika. The scenes in Hitler's bunker and the V2 rocket factory are so descriptive that it's difficult to know where historical fact leaves off and fiction begins.
Swastika will please Slade's legion of fans and anyone who enjoys a good thriller with a historical bent." – Quill & Quire
Sharon Wildwind, First Murder in Advent: An Elizabeth Pepperhawk/ Avivah Rosen Mystery
As U.S. ground troops withdraw from Vietnam, three stateside veterans find no peace at home. Death and brutal winter weather surround the convent where they have taken refuge. Caught in a curious battle, with Catholic nuns on one side and a military think- tank on the other, they have little time to celebrate Advent, the solemn pre-Christmas season. Will Pepper, Avivah, and Benny manage to protect one another, find the killer, and save themselves from the ravages of guilty consciences?
The books listed in Cool Canadian Crime can usually be found at – or ordered online from – our Crime Writers of Canada member bookstores:
· Almark & Co. Booksellers (Toronto, ON) Phone: (905) 764-2665 E-mail:
· As the Plot Thickens (Kingston, ON) www.astheplotthickens.com Phone: (613) 548-4664 E-mail:
· Chronicles of Crime (Victoria, BC) www.abebooks.com/home/chroniclesofcrime Phone: (250) 721-2665 E-mail:
· The Mysterious Affair at Waterloo (Waterloo, ON) www.themysteriousaffair.com Phone: (519) 747-8050 E-mail:
· The Poisoned Pen (Scottsdale, AZ) www.poisonedpen.com Phone: (480) 947-2974 Toll-free: 1 888 560-9919 E-mail:
· Prime Crime Books (Ottawa, ON) www.primecrimebooks.com Phone: (613) 238-CLUE E-mail:
· Scene of the Crime (St. Catharines, ON) (by appointment only) www.murdermysteriesandmore.com Phone: (905) 646-0214 E-mail:
· Sleuth of Baker Street (Toronto, ON) www.sleuthofbakerstreet.com Phone: (416) 483-3111 E-mail:
· Well Read Books (Calgary, AB) www.wellreadbooks.ca Phone: (403) 541-0050 E-mail:
· Whodunit? Mystery Bookstore (Winnipeg, MB) www.whodunitcanada.com Phone: (204) 284-9100 Toll-free: 1 800 468-4216 E-mail:
BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN APRIL & JUNE 2006
Alvin Abram, The Minyan
“The Minyan was a true adventure from start to finish. The characters were alive and jumped out of the pages like a good friend. It was a toss up between earning an income or reading the book all day and into the early morning hours. The characters became a part of my life. I couldn’t wait to pick up the book again and continue on The Minyan’s journey. The Minyan brought home the question: Is revenge an answer and how do we face the future?” – Zelda Young, Shalom Jewish Programs, CHIN Radio
Trade paperback AMA Graphics ISBN 0-9733480-5-4 June 2006 $32.95
Lou Allin, Murder, Eh?: A Belle Palmer Mystery
Northern Ontario realtor Belle Palmer is showing a mansion when she discovers the owner dead in her bathtub. Does this third death mean that there’s a serial killer in the Nickel Capital? The dead woman’s 12-year-old son, Micro, comes to stay with Belle’s neighbours and wins her heart. When the boy disappears, Belle hooks up with a bumbling P.I. and joins the search. “Lou Allin raises the bar on mystery writing.” – Shelley Glodowsky, Midwest Book Review
Trade paperback RendezVous Press ISBN: 1-894917-27-8 April 2006 $14.95 (US$12.95)
Linwood Barclay, Bad Guys: A Zack Walker Mystery
Already trying to deal on the home front with a mysterious man who may be stalking his daughter, Zack Walker – newspaper writer, obsessive dad, compulsive worrier, and reluctant hero – writes a feature article on a P.I. that brings him face to face with the homicidal, doll-loving leader of a criminal gang. “Barclay is the master.” – Wall Street Journal
Mass market paperback Bantam ISBN: 0553587056 April 2006 $9.99
P.A. Brown, L.A. Heat
When LAPD detective David Laine first encounters hunky party boy Chris Bellamere, it is to interrogate him about the murder of one of Chris’s many sexual conquests. When Chris’s efforts to prove his own innocence mark him as a victim, David steps in to save him, and finds himself falling in love with a man who might be a brutal murderer. P.A. Brown’s debut is a gritty mystery set in LA’s edgy, less glamorous East Side, where gangs co-mingle with gays, gunfire is heard after dark, and a gay cop like David Laine can live undetected…at least until now.
Jeff Buick, African Ice
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Maybe not if you’re world renowned geologist Samantha Carlson, the only person who knows the location of a diamond formation deep in the Ruwenzori jungles of Africa. The diamonds embedded in the kimberlite pipe have the potential to change the diamond industry as we know it – to bring down the diamond cartels that carefully control the prices we pay for the stones. Her knowledge is worth untold millions. But Samantha knows that once the location is compromised, her life is over. The list of people who want her dead is long and dangerous, and the only way to survive, is to go after those trying to kill her.
Mass market paperback Dorchester Publishing ISBN: 0-8439-5720-4 April 2006 $8.99 (US$6.00)
Vicki Delany, Burden of Memory
Elaine Benson – divorced, broke, out of work – arrives at Muskoka’s Millionaires’ Row to help elderly Moira Madison write her memoirs, most specifically of her years with the Canadian Army Nursing Sisters in World War II. Settling into the family “cottage” and the remains of a lifestyle long gone, Elaine reconnects with her love of researching the past. But the past is to be found in more than old boxes and musty letters, and Elaine discovers that memories can kill. “One of Canada’s post promising new practitioners of the crime genre.” – Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
Hardcover and Trade paperback (large print) Poisoned Pen Press ISBN: 1-59058-266-7 (hardcover) ISBN: 1-59058-267-5 (trade paper) June 2006 (both editions) $34.95 (US$24.95) (hardcover) $29.95 (US$22.95) (trade paper)
Vicki Delany, Scare the Light Away
A complex novel interweaving two generations of strong women – an English war bride and her Canadian daughter – into a quilt of old betrayals, modern mystery, and contemporary redemption. “Well-crafted storytelling and an evocative setting make for a rewarding debut from Canadian newcomer Delany.” – Publishers Weekly. “One of Canada’s post promising new practitioners of the crime genre.” – Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
Trade paperback Poisoned Pen Press ISBN: 1-59058-279-9 June 2006 $19.95 (US$14.95)
Lee Goldberg, Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii
Obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk becomes an uninvited guest on his beleaguered assistant Natalie's dream vacation to Hawaii, where he ruins her best friend's wedding, stumbles onto the perfect murder, and matches wits with a world-famous medium who can talk to the dead.
Mass market paperback Penguin/Putnam/NAL ISBN: 0451219007 June 2006 $9.99
N.A.T. Grant, Race Without Rules (2nd Edition): Book I of the Race Series
An anti-Semitic plot is looming in Montreal’s affluent Westmount district. Megan Brodie crosses paths with a mysterious neighbour and is pitched headlong into a chilling plot that races from Canada to Brazil.
Linda Hall, Dark Water: A Fog Point Mystery
P.I. Jake Rikker has been hired to find a stalker. Up-and-coming jewellery designer Elise St. Dennis wants him to find the menacing ex-con who has traced her to the small town of Fog Point. Aided by his business partner, May, a crusty widow, Jake sets out in pursuit of the stalker. But as they draw ever closer to their prey, it becomes terrifyingly clear that they have become not the hunters but the hunted. "Its lively setting among the whale-watchers of Fog Point provides a cast of captivating and highly suspicious characters. Who to trust? Who to fear?" – award-winning mystery author Rosemary Aubert
Trade paperback Waterbrook/Random House ISBN: 1578569540 April 2006 $20.99 (US$13.00)
Lyn Hamilton, The Orkney Scroll: An Archaeological Mystery
Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch finds her reputation tarnished when one of her wealthiest clients buys a rare writing cabinet on her word, only to learn it's a fake. Then Lara finds the dealer who sold it to him dead, with an axe lodged in his head. Lara's client is arrested for the murder, but something doesn't feel right. To save her reputation and prove her client's innocence, Lara heads for the Orkney Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland. Here she is pulled into a centuries-old Viking saga, and a troubling quest that leads to danger…and yet another murder.
Hardcover Berkley Prime Crime ISBN: 0-425-20800-1 April 2006 $32.00 (US$22.95)
The fastest, fiercest, and most ferocious illicit drug to hit North America in decades, methamphetamine (aka “crystal meth”) is a home-grown horror that’s cutting a swath through the rural heartland. Made from a witch’s brew of chemicals and solvents – some of them available at pharmacies and retail stores – methamphetamine will mess you up faster and more completely than any other illegal drug known to man. Crystal meth is both incredibly addictive and incredibly dangerous to make – a two-fisted toxic whammy that has police, politicians and addiction experts grasping for solutions.
Dave Hugelschaffer, Day Into Night: A Porter Cassel Mystery
When a raging forest fire can’t suck in air quickly, smoke turns black, blotting out the sun and turning day into night. This false dusk is a sign of conditions turning rapidly from bad to worse as well as a metaphor for Porter Cassel’s race against time to catch both a serial arsonist and an eco-terrorist who bombs logging equipment. But Cassel also has a tragedy in his past, which the killer uses to frame him for murder. “It was the Forest Rangers’ equivalent of CSI. I liked the realistic descriptions of the work and an interesting plot. A good read.” – best-selling mystery author Nevada Barr
Trade paperback Cormorant Books ISBN: 1-896951-93-7 May 2006 $21.95
Maureen Jennings, Vices of My Blood: A Detective Murdoch Mystery
The sixth in the Detective Murdoch series set in Toronto of 1896 finds Murdoch investigating the savage murder of Reverend Charles Howard, a well-liked pastor of a Toronto Presbyterian church. Nobody will speak ill of the dead man, but somebody hated him enough to kill him. In the course of his investigation, Murdoch enters the House of Industry disguised as a pauper and is forced to defend his own life. On the romantic side of things, Murdoch falls in love. The first three books in this series have been adapted for television by Shaftesbury Films.
Trade paperback McClelland & Stewart ISBN: 0771043767 April 2006 $22.99
Dan Kalla, Resistance
Lina Lopez, a young Seattle epidemiologist, is determined to find out why a drug addict died of a flesh-eating disease caused by bacteria resistant to every known antibiotic. In Vancouver, Dr. Graham Kilburn watches helplessly as two previously healthy patients die from massive untreatable infections. And in Portland, homicide cop Seth Cohen’s investigation into a double murder leads him to a suspect who might be deliberately spreading drugs tainted with a killer bacterium. Realizing man, not nature, created the malicious superbug, the doctors and detective race to find the source before the bacteria digs a permanent foothold on the planet.
Mass market paperback Tor Books ISBN: 0-765-35439-X May 2006 $10.99 (US$7.99)
Rick Mofina, The Dying Hour: A Jason Wade Thriller
The Dying Hour launches a new suspense series by award-winning author Rick Mofina. The book introduces Jason Wade, a rookie reporter with The Seattle Mirror, who grew up in the shadow of a brewery in one of Seattle’s rough neighborhoods. Jason pursues the case of a Seattle college student whose car was found abandoned on a lonely stretch of highway near the Canadian border. Her disappearance is a story he cannot give up, never realizing the toll it will exact from him. The Dying Hour was nominated for Best Paperback Original Novel by the International Thriller Writers.
Deborah Nicholson, Liar, Liar: A Kate Carpenter Mystery
It’s summer and an arsonist is on the loose. A mysterious man is following Kate, her assistant is acting strangely, a new maintenance worker is in the way, and a beautiful reporter is willing to get the story at any price. Then her father turns up for a surprise visit and becomes a suspect himself. Kate is frantic to find answers, but in a race against time, she may not be able to find them before someone gets burned. “Filled with nerve-tingling suspense, plenty of action, memorable characters, and a cliff-hanger ending that guarantees readers will be hankering for the next instalment in this always-satisfying series.” – Booklist
Hardcover (library binding) Severn House ISBN: 0727863606 June 2006 $34.95 (US$27.95)
Peter Robinson, Piece of My Heart: An Inspector Banks Novel
At the end of a rock festival in 1969, a girl’s body is found in abandoned in a sleeping bag. When Detective Inspector Chadwick discovers the victim was connected to a local band, the Mad Hatters, he is unwillingly drawn into the psychedelic drug scene. In the present, DCI Alan Banks investigates the murder of a music journalist working on a feature about the Mad Hatters, who are embarking on a reunion tour. To understand the present, Banks must revisit the past, where he finds one band member fried his brains with drugs, and another was found mysteriously drowned in a swimming pool. Banks must act quickly to prevent another tragedy, as the truth reuniting past and present finally emerges.
Hardcover McClelland & Stewart ISBN 0-7710-7609-6 May 2006 $34.99
Michelle Wan, Deadly Slipper: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne
Mara Dunn seeks her sister Bedie, who vanished on a hiking holiday in southwestern France. Mara’s only clues are Bedie’s photographs of wild orchids. Mara enlists orchidologist Julian Wood to help her retrace her sister’s footsteps by locating where this sequence of orchids grew. Julian is lured into joining the hunt by a photo of an unknown Lady’s Slipper Orchid that he would kill to find. The trail of flowers proves treacherous and deadly. “Laden with local color….A moody and elegant suspense story.” – Washington Post Book World
Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Season of Iron: A Dr. Rebecca Temple Mystery In 1979 Toronto, a schizophrenic homeless woman is killed. Rebecca’s investigation into the death leads her to a German fencing instructor and an Egyptian physician, but neither man is who he appears to be. Alternating chapters follow Frederika Eisenbaum, who becomes a doctor against all odds in 1930s Berlin. As the Nazi grip tightens around the Jews, however, Frederika loses the right to practise and is sent to a concentration camp. As Rebecca's and Frederika's stories intertwine, the novel reaches a startling and terrifying conclusion. [Sylvia’s first Rebecca Temple mystery, To Die in Spring, was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award; her second, Find Me Again, won an Edgar Award.]
Mass market paperback Dundurn Group (A Castle Street Mystery) ISBN: 1-55002-616-X June 2006 $11.99
Sharon Wildwind, Some Welcome Home: An Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen Mystery
Captain Elizabeth Pepperhawk survived Vietnam, but will she survive Fort Bragg? Whoever put a dead body in her bed wants to shorten not only her military career but her life.
R. G. Willems, Targets of Affection
When a troubled woman arrives at the animal hospital where veterinary nurse Shelby James works, Shelby suspects her of playing an active role in the frequent illnesses of her pets. Shelby’s investigation takes her into the sinister world of mental illness, child abuse, domestic violence, and serial killers. Set against the harsh beauty of the Saskatchewan prairie, Targets of Affection explores one little-known aspect of the link between animal abuse and child abuse.
Trade paperback Cormorant Books ISBN: 1-896951-98-8 May 2006 $21.95
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