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.

January 2006

BOOKS COMING OUT
BETWEEN
JANUARY & MARCH 2006

Cool Canadian Crime is financially supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Anne Barton, A Switch in Time
Veterinarian Erica Merrill becomes involved in a murder investigation when a drug she has prescribed for a dog is used to poison a wealthy widow. Everyone has a motive, money, but only the nine-year-old granddaughter had means and opportunity. Could the child's father have persuaded her to murder her grandmother? It is Erica's knowledge of the effect of the drug on the dog, not the victim, that allows her to solve the mystery.

 

Trade paperback
JRM Mysteries (Hushion House)
ISBN: 0-9739363-0-4
March 2006
$15.95 (US$12.95)

 

Charles Benoit, Out of Order
Jason Talley leads an organized and blissfully predictable life. But when his close friends Sriram and Vidya are killed, Jason ventures out of his office cubicle and travels to India on a quest to deliver an intricate silk sari to Sriram’s mother. Jason meets Rachael, a train-obsessed traveler, and discovers his dead friend’s dark secret. And he learns that someone is willing to kill to get that sari.

 

Hardcover
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 1-59058-252-7
February 2006
US$24.95

 

Michael Blair, Overexposed: A Granville Island Mystery
Just when Vancouver commercial photographer Tom McCall thought he’d finally got his life back on track, a complete stranger shows up dead on the roof deck of his floating home. If that isn’t trouble enough, a prospective new client seems to have had one Botox injection too many, his ex-wife wants to take his daughter to Australia for a year, and someone’s leaving mutilated dolls on his front step. And, yes, he's in lust again.

 

Mass market paperback
Dundurn Press (A Castle Street Mystery)
ISBN: 1-55002-582-1
January 2006
$11.99 (US$11.99)

 

Pat Capponi, Last Stop Sunnyside
Dana Leoni is a traumatized woman who has retreated from life to a rough rooming house. Surrounded by the marginalized and the mad, she is devastated when one of her housemates is killed. When the police reach a dead end, Dana and her rag-tag posse of housemates – inspired by the novels of Janet Evanovich – decide to go detective and take matters into their own hands.

 

 

Trade paperback
HarperCollins Canada
ISBN: 0-00-639412-4

March 2006
Price $19.95

 

Brenda Chapman, Hiding in Hawk’s Creek: A Jennifer Bannon Mystery
Fourteen-year-old Jennifer Bannon cannot face another boring summer in Springhills. She convinces her mother to let her spend July at her grandmother's cottage in Hawk's Creek. But Hawk's Creek holds dark secrets, and Jennifer is soon drawn into the troubled world of Audrey Musquash, a Native girl accused of stealing and being out of control. In this tale of suspense and haunting friendship, Jennifer must face truths that will change her perspective on life forever. For ages 10 and up.

 

Trade paperback
Napoleon Publishing
ISBN: 1-894917-24-3 
March 2006
$9.95 (US$8.95)

 

Peter Clement, The Inquisitor: An Earl Garnet Medical Thriller
In the chilling nether world of the near-death experience, cancer patients on a terminal ward are pursued by the Dark Man.

Mass market paperback
Ballantine
ISBN: 0-345-45781-1
January 2006
$10.99 (US$6.99)

 

Illona Haus, Blue Valor
With the same unflinching eye and non-stop suspense that marked her acclaimed debut, Blue Mercy, Illona Haus presents her second Kay Delaney novel – a twisted journey into the dark recesses of a killer's mind. It is a crime that defies imagination…and a hunt that must defy all odds. "[Haus] shows a veteran's skill." – Baltimore Sun

 

Mass market paperback
Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0-7434-5809-5
February 2006
$9.50 (US$6.99)

 

Nate Hendley, Al Capone: Crime Czar of Chicago
Alphonse Capone lorded over Chicago like a 20th century Caesar. Arguably the most powerful – and certainly the most famous – crime boss in United States’ history, Capone was equal parts sadist and sentimentalist. A brutal man who ordered the murder of his rivals, Capone also took care to look after his family and keep his mamma in style. Never convicted of murder, Capone was brought down on charges of tax evasion by the handful of lawmen and politicians he wasn’t able to corrupt.

Trade paperback
Altitude Publishing
ISBN: 155265107X

January 2006
$9.95

 

Nate Hendley, Crystal Death: North America’s Number One Drug Problem
Massively powerful and hugely addictive, methamphetamine has the ability to screw you up and burn you out faster than almost any drug known to man. A synthetic stimulant, meth can be made by anyone with a vague grasp of chemistry using chemicals purchased in hardware stores and recipes downloaded from the Internet. Find out why U.S. police say methamphetamine is the most dangerous drug in America.

Trade paperback
Altitude Publishing
ISBN: 1552653072
January 2006
$8.19 (US$6.99)

 

S.P. Hozy, Kindness and Lies
Amid the turmoil of 1927 Shanghai, three women – one Russian, one Chinese, and one French – determine the tragic fate of a young piano prodigy. Which of them is really responsible? The Russian narrator, Tatiana, recalls the complex relationships between the women and the effect they had on each other
=s lives. Tatiana suspects she may have been the catalyst for a series of devastating events because, against her better judgment, she chose to tell the truth.

Trade paperback
NDE Publishing
ISBN: 1-55321-111-1

March 2006
$16.99 (US$14.99)

 

José Latour, Havana Best Friends
A special-needs teacher and her pornographer brother live in a Havana apartment where something quite valuable is hidden. On a spring morning, a Canadian couple knock on their front door... 

 

Hardcover
McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 077104660X

March 2006
$22.99

 

Violette Malan & Therese Greenwood, editors, Dead in the Water: An Anthology of Canadian Mystery Fiction
Over 80% of Canadians live near a body of water – and that means when Canadians turn to crime, somebody usually ends up all wet. This anthology of original crime fiction celebrates that most Canadian of locations: the ocean, lake, or river near you. With tales set across Canada by award-winning authors like James Powell, Rick Mofina, and Barbara Fradkin, you may just find your next vacation spot…or maybe not.

 

Trade paperback

RendezVous Press
ISBN: 1-894917-37-5
March 2006
$15.95 (US$14.95)

 

Mel Malton, The Drowned Violin: An Alan Nearing Mystery
Something was floating ahead of the canoe: “It looks dead, whatever it is.” The mystery begins, and eleven-year-old Alan and his friends are determined to solve it, without adult interference. They have everything they need—Ziggy’s canoe, Josée’s charm, and Alan’s detective instincts. Add some bullies on jet-skis, an eccentric hermit, and the disappearance of a priceless violin, and the stage is set for a summer adventure in cottage country. For ages 8 and up.

 

Trade paperback
Napoleon Publishing
ISBN: 1-894917-23-5
February 2006
$9.95 (US$8.95)

 

Twist Phelan, Family Claims: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery
Hannah Dain's plan to leave the family firm is derailed when a deal she’s put together goes bad. If the mistake was Hannah's, the firm is out two million dollars. Career on the line, she investigates and exonerates the firm, though a car bomb and two murders thwart identification of the culprit behind the scheme. Then Hannah uncovers a greater threat all too close to home. Only by exposing family secrets can she save her reputation, her law firm—and her life. (Winner, Mystery Category, Colorado Gold Writing Contest. Nominee, Calavera Award (Best Regional Mystery), Left Coast Crime)

Trade paperback
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 1-59058-124-5

January 2006
US$15.95

 

Twist Phelan, Spurred Ambition: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery
Attorney Hannah Dain ends up in the middle of an anti-Indian protest while rock-climbing. She escapes, but makes an enemy. This is the least of her worries, as a recent family revelation sends her on a hunt for a missing person. Attraction to a co-worker jeopardizes Hannah's romantic relationship and enmeshes her in a kidnapping tied to a securities fraud. Murder ups the ante, and only by taking a gutsy chance can Hannah unravel the scheme and the mystery of her past.

 

Hardcover
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 1-59058-147-4

January 2006
US$29.95

 

Garry Ryan, The Lucky Elephant Restaurant: A Detective Lane Mystery
When the young daughter of popular radio talk show host Bobbie Reddie disappears along with Bobbie's ex-husband, Detectives Lane and Harper are on the case. Haunted by flashbacks from a previous missing child case, Lane once again takes to the streets of Calgary looking for answers. This is the second title in Garry Ryan's Detective Lane series.

 

Mass market paperback
NeWest Press
ISBN: 1-896300-97-9
March 2006
$10.95 (US$7.95)

 

Kay Stewart & Chris Bullock, A Deadly Little List
When demonstrators protesting land development on Salt Spring Island discover a body in a deserted cabin, RCMP Constable Danutia Dranchuk is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, Victoria drama critic Arthur Fairweather, lured to the island to review the annual arts festival, stumbles across a second mysterious death, this time in the cast of The Mikado. Can the two sleuths find the link between these deaths before a third body is added to the list?

 

Mass market paperback
NeWest Press
ISBN: 1-896300-95-2
March 2006
$11.95 (US$8.95)

 

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 Website
Phone: (905) 764-2665
E-mail:

 

·        As the Plot Thickens (Kingston, ON)
http://www.astheplotthickens.com
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
JULY & SEPTEMBER 2006


John Ballem, A Victim of Convenience

Calgary, Canada's booming oil capital, is caught in the grip of terror as a serial killer’s rampage puts intense pressure on homicide detective Chris Crane, the lead investigator in the case. The killer, who goes by the mocking nickname of TLC, can seemingly strike at will, blatantly displaying the obscenely mutilated bodies of his victims in city parks but leaving no clues, continually taunting Chris, acknowledging him as a worthy opponent in the deadly game. But are the taunts really from TLC or are they the work of a sick impersonator? And is there a copycat taking advantage of the situation?

 

Mass market paperback
Dundurn Group (A Castle Street Mystery)
ISBN: 1-55002-617-8
August 2006
$11.99

 

 

Linwood Barclay, Lone Wolf: A Zack Walker Mystery

Reluctant hero Zack Walker has stumbled into some nasty situations before, but nothing like what he’s about to uncover when a mutilated corpse is found at his father’s lakeside fishing camp. The locals say it's a bear attack, but Zack suspects something more ominous – a predator whose weapons include arson, assault, and enough wacko beliefs to fuel a dozen hate groups. In FBI parlance, a Lone Wolf: a solo fanatic hell-bent on using high body counts to make political statements. When another body is discovered, and a large supply of fertilizer goes missing, evoking memories of the Oklahoma City bombing, Zack realizes the idyllic town of his childhood is on the verge of a catastrophe.

 

Mass market paperback (original)
Bantam
ISBN: 0553804553
September 2006
$9.99

 

 

Rick Blechta, When Hell Freezes Over

Twenty-four years ago, Michael Quinn turned his back on a band on the verge of superstardom. He’s spent his life since hiding from everything he’d been. But when a woman chased by thugs jumps into his car and he tries to help, a bewildering chain of events is set in motion – a close friend is murdered and the girl disappears. Then the thugs come after Michael. Unwillingly thrust back into the spotlight, Michael is forced to confront what he was, what he is now and what he might have been. And will that finally be the moment when hell freezes over?

Trade paperback
RendezVous Press
ISBN: 1-894917-41-3
September 2006
$16.95 (US$15.95)

 

 

 


Gail Bowen, The Endless Knot: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (#10)

When journalist Kathryn Morrissey’s sensational book on the lives of 13 adult children of prominent Canadians is published, one of the parents, Sam Parker, is furious enough to take a pot shot at the author. Charges are laid, and Joanne’s new beau, Zack Shreve, is hired by Parker as his defence counsel. At the trial, Shreve focuses the jury’s attention not on who shot whom, but on why – on the ethics governing the relationship between a journalist and her subject. On the day of the verdict, Morrissey is brutally murdered, and Joanne’s investigation quickly has her trying to unravel the endless knot of the relationship between parent and child.

 

Hardcover
McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 0-7710-1654-7

September 2006
$32.99

Barbara Fradkin, Honour Among Men: An Inspector Green Mystery

In the fifth of this award-winning series, a routine murder inquiry heats up when Green finds a Halifax train ticket and a stolen military medal in the dead woman’s possession. One of his detectives is brutally attacked, a street person disappears, and he finds himself embroiled not only in the murky secrets of a peacekeeping unit but in the high stakes of a federal election race. What dark trauma occurred in Yugoslavia more than a decade ago? Was someone still killing to prevent that secret from coming to light? And does the diary of a dead soldier hold the key?

Trade paperback
Rendezvous Press
ISBN: 1-894917-36-7
September 2006
$13.95

 

 


R.J. Harlick, Red Ice for a Shroud: A Meg Harris Mystery

As winter's first snow starts to fall, a young Québécoise sneaks off to meet her Algonquin lover in an isolated cabin on the Migiskan Reserve. Five days later, Meg Harris and her friend Eric Odjik discover the young woman’s frozen and brutalized body. The young native lover is charged with her murder. Meg, convinced of his innocence, sets out to find the real killer against a backdrop of police prejudice. Meanwhile, Eric battles a growing drug problem on the reserve. Are the two events connected? As Meg scrambles to unravel the truth the snow turns to freezing rain, locking her West Quebec wilderness within a prison of ice.

Trade paperback
RendezVous Press
ISBN: 1-894917-38-3
September 2006
$14.95 (US$12.95)

Maureen Jennings, Does Your Mother Know?

Does Your Mother Know? is the first of an original series featuring Canadian forensic profiler Christine Morris. After a traumatic incident on the job in Toronto, Christine is sent to Edinburgh to attend a conference on the latest in police methodology. There, she is tracked down by local police and informed that her estranged mother has been involved in a nasty vehicular homicide and has fled the scene. Flying to the Outer Hebrides to discover why her mother has come to Scotland, Christine finds herself in much deeper water when one of the islanders dies in suspicious circumstances, and her mother is still nowhere to be found.

Trade paperback (original)
Dundurn Group (A Castle Street Mystery)
ISBN : 1-55002-639-9
September 2006

$22.99

Marianne Macdonald, Faking It: A Dido Hoare Mystery

Dido Hoare is puzzled by a visit from Gabriel Steen, a book scout who had vanished to Holland several years before. While in her bookshop, he receives a disturbing mobile phone call and suddenly offers to share a mediaeval illustrated manuscript of unknown origin but (maybe) great value. Dido pays him cash and Gabriel goes off to a violent death. Is this manuscript the cause of his murder? Why are police of three British forces, and the Netherlands, so interested? Untangling a messy conspiracy stretching back over decades requires the help of her father and friends, as well as her own stubbornness – and an awful lot of luck.

Hardcover
Severn House
ISBN: 0 7278 6390 8
August 2006
US$27.95

 

 

Rick Mofina, Every Fear: A Jason Wade Thriller

Every Fear is the second book in Rick Mofina's acclaimed new series, which debuted with The Dying Hour. The series introduced rookie crime reporter Jason Wade, and was not only a bestseller but a selection by the International Thriller Writers as a Best Paperback Original finalist for a Thriller Award. With Every Fear, Mofina takes suspense to a whole new level in a heart-pounding story that moves like a true crime case torn from today's headlines as Jason Wade pursues the story of a young mother who is left for dead and clinging to life after he baby son was abducted from her. "Pushes crackling suspense to the breaking point and beyond!" Kay Hooper, New York Times bestselling author.

 

Mass market paperback
Kensington/Pinnacle
ISBN: 0-7860-1746-5
September 2006
$9.99

 

 


Linda L. Richards, Calculated Loss: A Madeline Carter Novel

High finance and haute cuisine equal a recipe for murder. Calculated Loss is the third novel featuring recovering stockbroker-turned-day trader Madeline Carter. Another tautly plotted, sophisticated financial thriller from Arthur Ellis nominated author, Linda L. Richards, the action this time turns on the suspicious death of Braydon Gauthier, Madeline’s ex-husband, an internationally known chef. In Vancouver for Braydon’s funeral, Madeline finds herself in the cutthroat world of haute cuisine and discovers that, on closer inspection, all is not as it appears. Did Braydon kill himself, as everyone around him contends? Madeline doesn't think so. "For unforgettable characters and sheer suspense, remember Linda L. Richards' name," says bestselling author, Gayle Lynds.

Mass market paperback
MIRA Books
ISBN: 0-7783-2345-5
September 2006
$8.50 (US$6.99)

Taylor Smith, Slim to None: A Hannah Nicks Thriller

First in a new series by bestselling author Smith. After losing custody of her son to her wealthy ex, former L.A. cop Hannah Nicks turns to the lucrative gun-for-hire business. Working a contract in Iraq, she and a partner strike out on their own to rescue a kidnapped doctor , but freelancing ends in disaster. Back in L.A., Hannah is startled to spot the shadowy figure who murdered her partner back in Iraq. Now, she’s out for justice. When the killer’s current plot becomes evident, the race is on to bring him down before he unleashes mayhem on the city.

 

Hardcover
MIRA books
ISBN: 0-7783-2332-3
September 2006
$29.95 (US$24.95)

 

 

 

Michelle Wan, The Orchid Shroud: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne

Interior decorator Mara Dunn discovers the mummified corpse of a murdered infant in the manor house of wealthy Christophe de Bonfond. The body, concealed for over a century, brings to light critical information on an elusive Lady’s Slipper Orchid that orchidologist Julian Wood avidly seeks. It also unleashes terrifying suspicions about who the de Bonfonds really were. When violent death strikes in the present day, Mara and Julian’s investigation leads them to uncover a past filled with hatred, greed and dark superstitions. The Orchid Shroud is the second in the Death in the Dordogne series.

 

Hardcover
Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 978-0385661195
July 2006
$29.95 (US$23.95)

 

 

 


If you missed any back issues of Cool Canadian Crime, you can find them at:
http://crimewriterscanada.com/cwc/pages/coolcanadiancrime_dec05.htm (Oct to Dec 2005)
http://crimewriterscanada.com/cwc/pages/coolcanadiancrime_jan06.htm (Jan to March 2006)
http://crimewriterscanada.com/cwc/pages/coolcanadiancrime_apr06.htm (April to June 2006)

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 (Oakville, ON)
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:

 

 

October 2007


Cool Canadian Crime thanks the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support.



Note to published and aspiring authors

The rules for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Awards:

· for books and stories published in 2007 and

· for the Unhanged Arthur, the award for best first unpublished crime novel

are now posted to the CWC Website.

For more information on eligibility and how to submit, visit http://crimewriterscanada.com/cwc/pages/awards.html


 

BOOKS COMING OUT
BETWEEN
OCTOBER & DECEMBER 2007


Lou Allin, Memories Are Murder: A Belle Palmer Mystery

When Belle's high-school heartthrob comes to the Nickel Capital area to do elk research, he is found later drowned in a remote lake. It seems to be a tragic accident until soon after, an attempt is made on his partner's life and key notebooks from his research disappear. Where is the dead albino elk calf and what happened to those missing water samples? When Belle returns to the scene to put the pieces together, she finds herself paddling for her life with a very pregnant woman in tow.

Trade paperback
RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company)
ISBN:
978-1-894917-33-9
November 2007 (postponed from September)
$15.95

Anne Barton, Evil in Their Hearts: A Robin Carruthers Mystery

A group suspected of criminal activities has established a colony on the outskirts of town. Robin Carruthers, flight school operator, becomes embroiled in controversy when a bus used by the colony to transport children crashes into a frozen lake. Two women from the colony seek help from Robin.

When one is murdered and the other nearly so and Robin's planes are sabotaged, she

suspects a problem student of being the saboteur, but she has no proof. If she is right and does nothing about it, she could lose her business and her life. If she is wrong and reports her suspicions, she could ruin the student's life. So she watches and waits.

Trade paperback
Durango Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-55422-025-0
October 2007
$19.95 (US$17.95)

Charles Benoit, Noble Lies

Decorated Desert Storm veteran Mark Rohr is working as a whorehouse/bar bouncer in Phuket City, when he meets Robin Antonucci. Robin's in Thailand to look for her missing brother Shawn and wants to hire a guide. But what should be an easy job in a tropical paradise quickly sours when they meet the stunning Thai prostitute Pim, who claims to be Shawn’s wife. Within hours, two men are dead and Jarin, southern Thailand’s most notorious gangster, wants Mark to pay. With nowhere to hide and no idea where he’s are heading, Mark tries to stay one step ahead of Jarin and move closer to the truth about Shawn.

Hardcover
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 978-1-59058-450-7
October 2007
US$24.95

Audio CD
Blackstone Audio
ISBN: 978-1-4332-1091-4
October 2007
US$55

Charles Benoit, Out of Order

At 27, Jason Talley leads an orderly life, processing loans for a mortgage company. The warmest spot is his friendship with Sriram and his wife, Vidya.

One night, Sriram secretly confides he’s planning a trip to India to visit his mother and asks Jason to hold her gift, a gorgeous red sari. The very next evening, Jason arrives home to sirens and cops – Sriram and Vidya are dead. Grieving, Jason decides to fulfill his friend’s quest and books an impulsive trip to India. Once there, he meets beautiful train fanatic Rachel Moore, and together they set out across the subcontinent – with a killer traveling close behind.

Trade paperback
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 978-1-59058-443-0
October 2007
US$14.95

 

 

Anthony Bidulka, Sundowner Ubuntu: A Russell Quant Mystery

A mother’s pain. A million dollars. A missing son. Desperate to right old wrongs, a new client hires Russell Quant to locate her son, Matthew, lost to her for 20 years. But can money relieve remorse? Through good old-fashioned detective work, Russell peels away the layers of a carefully concealed life, grown from seeds of traumatic childhood and violence. Tracking Matthew’s life from the schoolyard drug culture of a pleasant prairie city’s underbelly to the stunning vistas, vibrant townships, and tinderbox safaris of Africa, Russell finds much more than he was looking for.

 

Trade paperback
Insomniac Press
ISBN: 978-1-897178-43-0
October 2007
$21.95

 

Ron Chudley, Stolen

John Quarry is on vacation with his small son, Nate, when during an overnight stop in the Fraser Canyon, the child disappears and is presumed lost to the river. The coroner’s verdict is death by drowning, although the body is never recovered. While the authorities consider the matter closed, a dream convinces John that his son is not dead, but stolen. With little hope and only a single clue, John sets out on a desperate search from B.C. to Calgary, where he is arrested, to the Alberta badlands, where he is nearly murdered, and to the foothills of the towering Rocky Mountains, where he is forced to undertake a final, perilous journey.

 

Trade paperback
TouchWood Editions
ISBN: 978-1-894898-59-1
October 2007
$12.95

Adrian de Hoog, Borderless Deceit

A virus destroys the communication network of the Canadian diplomatic service.  Implicated in the investigation are Carson Pryce, a reclusive, moody intelligence analyst, and Rachel Dunn, a brilliant diplomat with a glowing humanitarian track record.

The plot in Borderless Deceit skips easily from Ottawa to Vienna, from Berlin to Alexandria, and from Transylvania to Kenya. The action takes place in a world where privacy has disappeared, where hackers circle each other in cyberspace, and where a mouse click can orchestrate deceit in faraway places. Is there space in this for a rekindling of humanity’s enduring values?

 

Trade paperback
Breakwater Books
ISBN: 978-155081-232-9
October 2007
$24.95

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 most promising new practitioners of the crime genre.” – Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

 

Trade paperback
Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 978-1-59058-415-6
November 2007
US$14.95

Stanley Evans, Seaweed under Water

Stanley Evans's eagerly awaited third novel begins when the mother of a young Native girl disappears in mysterious circumstances. Called to investigate, Coast Salish detective Silas Seaweed discovers a mummified corpse in an ancient forest apparently haunted by supernatural forces. A garrotted woman....A mysterious underwater universe....Ghost canoes....A haunted river....Silas Seaweed pursues obsessed murderers through a chilling quest into the Unknown World.

"Stanley Evans' first two Silas Seaweed novels are among Canada's most exciting new crime fiction...." – Calgary Herald

"Evans makes great use of West Coast aboriginal mythology and religion, informing the complex character of Silas Seaweed...." – Globe and Mail

Trade paperback
TouchWood Editions
ISBN: 978-1-894898-57-7
October 2007
$12.95

Linda Hall, Shadows in the Mirror

"Never go back to Burlington!"
Those were the dying words of the secretive aunt who'd raise orphaned Marylee Simson. Yet to discover who she was, Marylee had to go back. But learning anything about her past was proving impossible. Why were there no records of the accident that claimed her parents' lives? No records of her parents, period? Who was trying to stop her from finding out? Someone whose threats were escalating. Someone close to her, such as Evan Baxter, the handsome photographer she'd entrusted with the one clue she had.

 

Mass market paperback
Love Inspired Suspense/Harlequin
ISBN: 978-0-373442614
October 2007
$6.50

 

Mike Harrison, Ruby Tuesday: An Eddie Dancer Mystery

Paul Miller, an out-of-shape advertising executive sees a man hit his wife and steps in try to help.  For his trouble, he not only lands in the hospital for nearly a week, but also faces assault charges and a $50,000 lawsuit from Victor Shriver, the man who put him there. Instead of paying, Paul challenges Victor to a boxing match. If Paul wins, the charges and lawsuit will be dropped. Paul’s wife hires Eddie Dancer to stop the fight, but as Eddie becomes involved with the case, he struggles with issues of abuse from his own past.

 

Hardcover
ECW Press
ISBN: 978-1-55022-792-5
November 2007
$28.95

Illona Haus, Blue Justice: A Kay Delaney Mystery

In the heart-stopping third installment of the Delaney series, Kay and Finn are faced with a terrifying case that hits close to home: the abduction of a young detective by what appears to be a serial rapist. Their frantic investigation leads them down a horrifying path that uncovers twenty years of brutal rapes, torture, and murders. And as the clock ticks on their fellow officer’s life, their hunt takes them from the seedy streets of Baltimore to the deep backwoods of Maryland, directly into the clutches of a sadistic killer who defies everything Kay thought she knew about the most twisted side of human nature.

Mass market paperback (original)
Pocket Books (Simon & Schuster)
ISBN: 978-0-7434-5810-8
October 2007
$7.99 (US$6.99)

N. J. Lindquist, Glitter of Diamonds: A Manziuk & Ryan Mystery

After a Toronto sports talk-show host asks on-air for a volunteer to knock some sense into the home team's temperamental new pitcher, police detectives Manziuk and Ryan hustle to catch a murderer swinging a lethal bat before the case escalates into an international incident.

"[Manziuk) is white, an abrupt, patronizing veteran, while [Ryan] is a recently promoted, vivacious black woman-but in Lindquist's debut mystery [Shaded Light] the two rub elbows and tempers to captivating effect." – Publisher's Weekly

In Glitter of Diamonds, Lindquist again hooks readers with deftly drawn characters, complex story-lines, and thought-provoking issues, served up with her unique mix of tongue-in-cheek humour and empathy. www.murderwillout.com

Trade paperback
MurderWillOut Mysteries
ISBN: 978-0-9685495-8-2
October 2007
$16.95

 

Mary Jane Maffini, Too Hot to Handle: A Fiona Silk Mystery

Poor Fiona Silk is broke again. Her romance writing career is tanking, the man of her dreams can't remember her name, and her tiny house in the lovely community of St. Aubaine may be sold for unpaid taxes. But Fiona's new agent has a plan: Fiona can write an erotic cookbook. Of course, this project would be easier if Fiona had a sex life or a working oven, or even if she were much of a writer. Soon bad things start to happen to people, but, oddly, only when Fiona is nearby. Before long, her tiny home is in flames and the body count in the village is rising. Will Canada's most reluctant sleuth stop a killer before her own goose is cooked?

Warning: this book comes with recipes. Extreme caution is advised.

 

Trade paperback
RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company)
ISBN: 978-1-894917-57-5
November 2007 (postponed from September)
$15.95 (US$14.95)

Jeffrey Miller, Murder on the Rebound: An Amicus Curiae Mystery

Professor Herskowitz runs his classes like a drill sergeant and his students can’t stand him. Then his mouthiest critic is poisoned at Herskowitz’s penthouse. Was that poison meant for Herskowitz? That’s the newest mystery for Amicus, Q.C. (Questing Cat), and his human companion, judge Ted Mariner, who are exiled by the Chief Justice to the Mervin Goldfarb and Estelle Holstein-Goldfarb School of Law at Scarborough University. Kirkus Reviews called Murder on the Rebound, “an often hilarious drama worthy of Rumpole. An uncommon mystery full of literate and sardonically humorous questions.”

 

 

Trade paperback
ECW Press
ISBN: 978-1-55022-793-2
October 2007
$19.95

Linda Moore, Foul Deeds

A professional criminologist, Rosalind works with a cranky private investigator named McBride – a long time foray that has led her from one sordid foray to another in the Halifax crime scene. While investigating the death of a respected environmentalist, Roz spends her free time with her favourite distraction – directing a production of Hamlet – until the uncanny parallels between life and art bring her face to face with murder.

"Moore's story is both fast paced and complex, the characters enjoyable and the setting a perfectly realized Halifax. Bravo." – Louise Penny, author of Still Life

 

Trade paperback

Vagrant Press

ISBN: 978-155109-628-5

October 2007

$17.95

Steven Owad, Brother’s Keeper

Vince Maguire has spent the last decade as a journalist in Warsaw. He asks little of life and isn't challenged by much – until the dark world of his estranged brother intrudes. Teddy has fallen in with criminals who frame Vince for murder. While evading cops and seeking leads to Teddy, it strikes Vince that the two brothers' lost relationship is only one aspect of a greater loss. How did Vince get to a point where his dreams no longer mattered? How did Teddy get tied up in murder? The answers lie in the frozen oilfields of northern Alberta.

 

Trade paperback
RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company)
ISBN: 978-1-894917-59-9
October 2007
$15.95 (US$14.95)

Louise Penny, The Cruellest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery

Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec is called to the peaceful village of Three Pines where a séance held on Easter Sunday has gone tragically wrong and someone has been literally scared to death. As Gamache starts to unearth the secrets of those close to the deceased, he faces his own demons. A powerful enemy within the Sûreté has planted a traitor in his own team. But who? And how far will this enemy go to ensure Gamache's downfall?

The Cruellest Month is the third novel in the multiple-award-winning Armand Gamache series.

 

Hardcover & Trade paperback
Headline/McArthur & Company
ISBN:
978-0-7553-2894-9 (hardcover)
ISBN:
978-0-7553-2895-6 (trade paperback)
October 2007 (both versions)
$34.95 (hardcover)
$24.95 (trade paperback)

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 awards for best first crime novel.

 

Mass market paperback
Headline/McArthur & Company
ISBN: 978-0-7553-2893-2
October 2007
$10.99

Sharon Rowse, The Silk Train Murder

A body found on the Vancouver waterfront, a friend jailed for murder… John Lansdowne Granville’s hunt for a murderer takes him to the seedy side of the city: to burlesque halls, gambling joints, and down along Dupont Street – two blocks of brothels and opium dens along the reeking mudflats. He finds allies in Emily Turner, emancipated daughter of a very Victorian father, and Trent Davis, a young, would-be silk train robber. Can Granville sort out power struggles, blackmail and betrayal in time to trap a killer and save his friend?

“An impressive debut” – Booklist starred review

 

 

Hardcover
Carroll & Graf
ISBN 978-0-7867-1946-4
December 2007 (postponed from September)
US$24.95

Jon Redfern, Trumpets Sound No More

Arthur Ellis award-winning author Jon Redfern’s new novel is a Victorian historical set in 1840s London. A young theatre entrepreneur is found murdered, and Inspector Owen Endersby of the recently formed London Detective Police must find the culprit. With his team of two sergeants, Endersby enters the glittering domain of London's theatres to question acrobats, actors, costume makers, child performers, and opera singers. Using wit, disguises, and coercion, Endersby follows the by-ways of "the Criminal Mentality" and tracks down the killer. Redfern's book is an atmospheric thriller, treating readers to a view of old London from the stalls of Covent Garden market to the mansions of the rich to the backstage world of Drury Lane Theatre.

Trade paperback
RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company)
ISBN: 978-1-894917-40-7
November 2007
$20.95

Brian Vallée, The War on Women:
Elly Armour, Jane Hurshman, and Criminal Violence in Canadian Homes

Compelled to revisit the domestic battlefield 20 years after Life with Billy, his bestselling book on wife battering, Vallée needed to put a human face to the cold statistics of men killing the intimate women in their lives. That “face” became Calgary music promoter Elly Armour who, in 1951, shot and killed her brutally abusive husband. In 2005, Elly contacted Vallée and plunged him back into what he identified as the “War on Women.” Vallée uses Elly’s story and other case studies to prove the need for a dramatic shakeup in North American legislative, law-enforcement, and judicial approaches to domestic criminal violence.

Hardcover
Key Porter Books
ISBN: 978-1-55263-828-6
November 2007
$32.95

Sharon Wildwind, Soldier on the Porch: An Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen
Vietnam Veteran Mystery

If only the hospital hadn’t exploded, two men wouldn’t be dead, ex-army nurse Elizabeth Pepperhawk wouldn’t be in trouble for coming to work intoxicated, and Pepper’s friend and fellow Vietnam veteran, Avivah Rosen, wouldn’t be face-to-face with her worst nightmare. When civilian life collapses around them, Pepper, Avivah, and their friend Benny, organize their own private squad and go on patrol. But that way lies murder…

 

Hardcover
Five Star
ISBN: 978-1-59414-594-0
October 2007
US$29.95


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