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.
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BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN APRIL & JUNE 2007
Linwood Barclay, Stone Rain: Zack Walker Mystery #4
Metropolitan newspaper writer Zack Walker has a knack for stumbling onto deadly stories. But it’s one that his good friend Trixie Snelling doesn’t want told that’s about to unleash a storm of trouble. As a professional dominatrix in the suburbs, Trixie has her share of secrets, but Zack has no idea what she’s really hiding when a local newspaperman threatens to do an exposé on her…not until Zack finds a dead body strapped to the bondage cross in her basement dungeon. Now Zack is implicated in a murder, Trixie is missing, and everything he thought he knew about his friend, his town, even his own marriage, reveals a darker side…
Mass market paperback Bantam ISBN: 978-0-553-80456-0 May 2007 $8.99 (US$6.99)
Joan Boswell, Cut to the Quick: A Hollis Grant Mystery
Hollis Grant is back, this time in Toronto, hoping for a quiet summer of study. Hollis is a painter and she hopes to spend some time taking a course in painting at the College of Art from her best friend's husband. But the murder of her friend's secretive stepson puts an end to those plans. Hollis soon discovers all is not as it seems. Was the stepson the real target or is it his brother or his father, famous artist and Hollis's instructor? What clandestine lives have the young man and his father hidden from the family? Would someone kill them because of their secrets?
Trade paperback RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company) ISBN: 978-1-894917-47-6 April 2007 $14.95
Jeff Buick, Shell Game
There’s always one move you don’t see.
That’s what Taylor Simons and her husband, Alan Bestwick, find out when they lose everything to Edward Brand, a high-stakes con man with the ethics of a pit viper.
But they’re hardly about to just lie down and die. They go after Brand on a crazy chase that leads through Paris, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and finally to ancient ruins on a windswept plateau high above Oaxaca, Mexico.
When you think you’ve got it figured out, another twist is just around the corner.
Right to the last page.
Vicki Cameron, Shillings Teachers’ Guide and Student Handbook
A workbook on CD to assist the study of Shillings, a historical novel for ages 8-12. Ideal for teachers and homeschoolers. Individual pages may be copied for instructional use, or the student can work from the screen.
Includes vocabulary and study questions for each chapter, plus games and puzzles. After reading the whole book, the student can compete higher level vocabulary exercises, study questions, and learning activities.
Brenda Chapman, Where Trouble Leads: A Jennifer Bannon Mystery (YA)
Jill Culiner, Slanderous Tongue
Epineux-le-Rainsouin is a sleepy village where the mere spectacle of an amateur ethnologist from Canada washing her windows is enough to excite the local gossips. But that’s before Didier Blot, Epineux's garde champêtre – official town dogsbody – disappears. When rumours start collecting about Didier's sexual escapades and his environmental activism, the local veterinarian has good reason to fear he may become a murder suspect. But when he urges his Canadian petite amie to find out on the sly what the locals are saying, she soon uncovers some curious connections…and some nasty secrets of her own.
With its witty dialogue and vignettes of a rapidly vanishing French village lifestyle, Slanderous Tongue is an inside look at the lies and salacious rumours lurking beneath the surface of a centuries-old pocket of rural France.
Anne Emery, Obit
Honora Finkelstein & Susan Smily, The Lawyer Who Died Trying
Psychic sleuth Ariel Quigley is back, and this time she’s dealing with the death of a prominent lawyer, a custody battle, an investment scheme that may be a scam, and the machinations of a black magician. Add to this a budding romance with a hunky cop, a cast of kooky new friends who write naughty limericks, a killer Halloween party, and a ghost that just won’t leave her alone. Then Ariel’s life is threatened…by a force from the Spanish Inquisition!
Hilliard & Harris June 2007 Hardcover edition: ISBN: 978-1-59133-190-2 US$28.95 Trade paperback edition: ISBN: 978-1-59133-191-9 US$16.95
Honora Finkelstein & Susan Smily, Killer Cookbook #2: Recipes to Accompany The Lawyer Who Died Trying
The Lawyer Who Died Trying introduced Psychic sleuth Ariel Quigley to a few new restaurants, and several new people to Bernice's cooking. Throw in weird Halloween party food, and these 45 recipes will help you solve one mystery – why everybody eats so much in the Ariel Quigley mysteries!
Lyn Hamilton, The Chinese Alchemist: An Archeological Mystery
Toronto antique dealer Lara McClintoch is asked by a friend to purchase a silver box dating to eighth century T'ang dynasty China. The extremely valuable box contains an alchemical formula for the elixir of immortality. Minutes before the auction, the box is withdrawn from sale, only to reappear in China at another auction house. Lara travels to Beijing to attempt once again to purchase it. This time, the box is stolen. When a rival for the box dies mysteriously, and the man who may have stolen it is murdered, Lara travels to Xi'an to find not only the box, but to unmask a murderer.
Nate Hendley, Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography
This book takes a critical look at Bonnie and Clyde, the most famous criminal couple America has ever produced. Author Nate Hendley tries to sort out fact from fiction as he details the murderous crimes and times of this Depression-era duo.
Robert J. Hoshowsky, The Last To Die: Ronald Turpin, Arthur Lucas, and the End of Capital Punishment in Canada
Although they committed separate crimes, Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin met their deaths on the same scaffold at Toronto's Don Jail on December 11, 1962. They were the last two people executed in Canada, but surprisingly little was known about them until now.
The Last to Die is the first book to uncover the lives and deaths of Turpin, a Canadian criminal, and Lucas, a Detroit gangster. The result of more than five years of research, The Last to Die is based on original interviews, hidden documents, trial transcripts, and newspaper accounts, and features crime scene photos and never-before-published documents.
Dave Hugelschaffer, One Careless Moment: A Porter Cassel Mystery
Porter Cassel, on loan from the Alberta Forest Service, is given command of a fire in Montana. Resources are scarce, due to numerous higher-priority fires. Cassel, without a helicopter, is unable to conduct a preliminary reconnaissance. Taking what seems an insignificant risk, he and one of his men climb a ridge for an overview of the fire. Flames roar unexpectedly up the ridge and trap the two men, who frantically deploy their fire shelters. Only Cassel survives, scorched and stunned. Was his decision to climb the ridge a moment of carelessness? Or is there a more sinister explanation?
Maureen Jennings, A Journeyman to Grief: A Detective Murdoch Mystery
In 1858, a young woman on her honeymoon is forcibly abducted, taken across the border from Canada, and sold into slavery. Thirty-eight years later, Detective Murdoch is working on a murder case where the dead man, the owner of one of Toronto’s livery stables, was found horsewhipped and left hanging from his wrists in his tack room. His wife claims that a considerable sum of money has been stolen. Then a second man is also murdered, his body strangely tied as if he were a rebellious slave. Murdoch has to find out whether Toronto’s small “coloured” community has a vicious murderer in its midst – an investigation that puts his own life in danger.
Dan Kalla, Blood Lies
Ben Dafoe is desperate to find out how his blood wound up on the walls of the brutal murder scene of his ex-fiancée. Going on the run from Seattle to Vancouver, the young ER doctor assumes he is looking for his missing-and-presumed-dead identical twin who, like his former fiancée, was another casualty of drug addiction. But Ben’s frantic journey takes him through the underworld of the drug trade on both sides of the border and deep into a deceitful web where he eventually learns that, figuratively and literally, sometimes blood lies.
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…
Suzanne F. Kingsmill, Forever Dead: A Cordi O'Callaghan Mystery
Joseph Lederman, When Good Men Do Nothing
Written by a retired career cop, this book profiles several murders and the people involved.
Does post traumatic stress disorder play havoc on our lives? There’s a reason…
Read about the many children who have been abused and how they suffer for the rest of their lives – children like the girl who was four when she was first raped and the ten-year-old boy who found his mother dead after his father had murdered her.
You will be reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King’s quotation: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter!”
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
Mary Jane Maffini, Organize Your Corpses: A Charlotte Adams Mystery
When thirty-year-old Charlotte Adams returns home to establish her personal organizing business in the historic town of Woodbridge, New York, she's looking forward to reconnecting with her old school friends. She's hoping that her two rescued miniature dachshunds will help her forget her cheating ex-fiancé. She's definitely not expecting to find her first client, the tyrannical retired teacher Helen "Hellfire" Henley, dead in a pile of debris. Things get worse when the evidence points to Charlotte, especially since her former best friend and current nemesis, Sgt. Pepper Monahan is leading the investigation. Try organizing your way out of that, lady.
Rick Mofina, A Perfect Grave: A Jason Wade Thriller
A Perfect Grave is the third thriller in Rick Mofina's acclaimed series featuring crime reporter Jason Wade. The series debuted with The Dying Hour, which the International Thriller Writers named a finalist for a Thriller Award. This was followed by Every Fear. In A Perfect Grave, Jason Wade's pursuit of the killer of a beloved Seattle nun leads to Canada and ultimately to his father's dark secret from his troubled days as a Seattle cop. New York Times best-selling author Tess Gerritsen says: "A Perfect Grave is a lightning-paced thriller." The Ottawa-based Mofina is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award. www.rickmofina.com
Sue Pike, editor, Locked Up
Colonel By built the Rideau Canal to defend against an American invasion. He couldn't have imagined the carnage twenty of Canada's best mystery writers would wreak along this peaceful waterway two centuries later. In Kingston, a young lawyer named John A. Macdonald investigates the death of a wealthy landlord. At Jones Falls a lockmaster finds a nasty use for a sluice. And there seems to be a corpse for each of the eight locks at Ottawa. Stories range from dark tales of redemption to comic romps, from historical to modern day and there's even a ghost or two for good measure.
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.
Peter Robinson, The Penguin Book of Crime Stories
International bestselling author Peter Robinson has put together a marvellous collection of 15 brilliant crime stories, including one of his own. These gripping stories will surprise and delight readers, and, occasionally, scare the living daylights out them. The Penguin Book of Crime Stories is a must-read collection featuring writers with a razor-sharp talent for crime writing – Robert Barnard, Mark Billingham, Michael Connelly, John Harvey, José Latour, Laura Lippman, Mary Jane Maffini, Sara Paretsky, George Pelecanos, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Rob Sawyer, Peter Sellers, Karin Slaughter, and Eric Wright.
Robert Scott, Advertising Murder
Early one morning, the dead body of a young Asian woman is found in the offices of an advertising firm. No one seems to know who she is, or why she was in the building. All evidence points to business partner, Brendan Biggs, who insists he has never seen the girl before. Brendan calls his friend, Jack Elton, for help. A job accepted grudgingly becomes an adventure for the aspiring private eye, who must determine the victim’s identity, that of her assailant, and the motive for the gruesome crime, while delving into the unfamiliar and closed-to-strangers Asian community of Vancouver.
Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Whale Song
In Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s tragic Whale Song, haunting native legends merge with the modern world as a young woman struggles with long-forgotten memories of her mother’s suicide. Thirteen years ago, Sarah Richardson’s life was shattered when her mother committed suicide. The shocking tragedy left a grief-stricken teen-aged Sarah with partial amnesia. Some things are easier to forget. But now a familiar voice from her past sends Sarah, a talented mid-twenties ad exec, back to her past. A past that she had thought was long buried. A timeless story of love, tragedy and transformation. "Moving...sweet and sad." – Booklist
Juanita Rose Violini, Hobo Hullabaloo at Henrietta Junction
The Highball Express is due to roar through Henrietta Junction carrying gold for the Widows and Orphans Western Fund. But Kaboom Cassidy, dynamite-wielding train robber, has other plans! Hiding out among the hobos of Henrietta Station, Cassidy plans to steal the dynamite and blow up the Crooked Creek Trestle, sending the train – minus the gold – to the bottom of the canyon.
New from Masterpiece Mysterys, it's a party in a PDF, with everything (except the kids!) needed for a first-class mystery event for home parties, library fun time, or summer camp. Each download contains two mysteries: Whodunnit, with evidence and suspects, and Whereizit, with codes and puzzles.
Juanita Rose Violini, Fossil Furor at Mudstone Museum
Billy Finnegan has discovered the world's most amazing fossil, but just as he is about to show it to the world, the fossil goes missing from the museum! The fossil thief and where it’s stashed must be found before the Mayor and the media arrive.
An Audio-Action mystery with the crime recorded live on an audio clip!
Juanita Rose Violini, Castaway Critters on Cougar Island
After five months of fighting for survival on Cougar Island, the castaways and their assorted animals are about to be rescued! Or are they? Pet passages must be paid for. Captain Broadshoulders flings open his treasure chest and looks down upon …EMPTINESS! The treasure has been stolen and unless it is found, their critters will become cougar crunchies!
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BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN JANUARY & MARCH 2007
Vicki Cameron, Shillings (YA) It's 1829. Colonel By is building the Rideau Canal, but the Hog's Back dam has sprung a leak. His daughters and their friends, the McKay boys, have an unexpected day off school and hurry to the wharf to watch the first steamboat of the season arrive. This steamboat has some interesting cargo: the payroll for the canal workers and four Canadian horses. In the excitement of the rampaging horses, someone steals the payroll. While the Bys and the McKays track the stolen money, Harriet By disappears. Can Alexander and Esther save Harriet before the dam bursts and she's swept to her death? (Middle grade)
Trade paperback Deadlock Press ISBN: 978-0-9780561-1-7 March 2007 $9.95
J. D. Carpenter, 74 Miles Away: A Campbell Young Mystery Just as retired homicide detective Campbell Young is about to head off on a horse-playing excursion to Florida, he hears about the murder of a young Caribbean jazz musician whose body, surrounded by the paraphernalia of voodoo, has been found in a Toronto hotel room. Young puts aside his Racing Form and picks up the trail of the killer. The pursuit takes him from the nightclubs of New York City to the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and the backwater bars of Grand Bahama Island before the possibility presents itself that the murderer might be right in his own backyard.
Mass market paperback A Castle Street Mystery (Dundurn) ISBN: 978-1-55002-649-8 December 2006 (originally scheduled for January 2007) $11.99
Denise Dietz, Throw Darts at a Cheesecake: An Ellie Bernstein/Lt. Peter Miller Mystery At the weekly Weight Winners meeting, losing is winning...until the members discover that losing weight is not only murder, it's downright lethal. One by one, the group's Big Losers are being systematically murdered. Is some jealous member a secret killer? Group leader Ellie Bernstein has to watch her back as well as her calories before she finds herself on the most permanent diet of all: death. "Denise Dietz proves that losing weight can be a killer." – Diane Mott Davidson
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?
Linda Hall, Black Ice: Book #2 in the Fog Point series Lenore Featherjohn found the girl, frozen against a snow bank behind Lenore's bed-and-breakfast. Some said she was a ghost. Others said an angel.
Lenore knows better. Fearing that the police might look to her sons as murderers, she hires Jake Rikker and his crusty business partner, May, to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding her undesirable discovery. Their search leads them not to the strange girl – or to Earth's final days, as many in the town suspect – but to Amy McLaren, the wife of the Stone Church's minister. As Jake and May get closer to the truth, the tension between Lenore and Amy rises, forcing both women to face the secrets they've hidden far too long.
Lyn Hamilton, The Orkney Scroll Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch finds her reputation tarnished when one of her wealthiest clients buys a rare writing cabinet on Lara's 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.
Mass market paperback Berkley Prime Crime ISBN: 978-0-425-21431-2 February 2007 $10.99 (US$7.99)
James Hawkins, Deadly Sin: A Chief Inspector Bliss Mystery (#8) Emotions run high when Queen Elizabeth II attempts to heal the schism between Christians and Muslims by attending a London mosque for Friday prayers. David Bliss, newly returned to duty while he tries to find a publisher for his novel, has the task of protecting the royal couple, but is caught off guard when an attack comes from an unexpected quarter. Could the forces of the Devil be at work?
Jennifer Lanthier, The Mystery of the Martello Tower: A Hazel Frump Adventure (YA) When their art-dealer dad mysteriously disappears, twelve-year-old Hazel Frump joins forces with Ned, her dangerously brilliant nine-year-old brother, to sort out the clues. But then a painting goes missing, their apartment is burgled, two menacing thugs begin turning up everywhere, and Interpol goes after Ned. Escaping to the castle of some long-lost cousins only leads the Frumps deeper into peril...and closer to a dark secret from their father’s past. Hazel and Ned need courage and skill, every skill they've got – from the basketball court to the chemistry lab – to solve both mysteries and bring their father home. (Middle grade)
José Latour, Outcast Elliot Steill, the product of a brief union between his Cuban mother and an American-born labourer, is an unhappy teacher in Havana when a man claiming to be a friend of Steill's deceased father arrives in Cuba and offers him the chance to escape. The plan goes dangerously amiss, and Steill is soon on the hunt through Miami's mean streets for the man who betrayed him. To find him, Steill first has to figure out why he was singled out, an exercise that has him mentally searching his past in Cuba for clues. The fast-paced story, which reveals as much about real life in Cuba as it does about the émigré community in Miami, sees Steill transformed into a man of hair-trigger reactions as he's forced into playing an increasingly violent game of cat and mouse.
Christopher G. Moore, The Risk of Infidelity Index Major political demonstrations are rocking Bangkok as chaos and fear sweep through the Thai and expatriate communities. Rumours of coup d’état are in the air as Calvino steps into the political firestorm as he investigates a drug piracy operation. The piracy is traced to a powerful business interest protected by important political connections. A nineteen-year-old Thai woman and a middle-age lawyer end up dead on the same evening. Both are connected to Calvino's investigation. The dead lawyer's law firm denies any knowledge of the case. Calvino is left in the cold. Approached by a group of expat housewives – rattled by The Risk of Infidelity Index that ranks Bangkok number one for available sexual temptations – to investigate their husbands, Calvino discovers the alliance of forces blocking his effort to disclose the secret pirate drug investigation.
Sue Pike, editor, Locked Up Colonel By built the Rideau Canal to defend against an American invasion. He couldn't have imagined the carnage that twenty of Canada's best mystery writers would wreak along this peaceful waterway two centuries later. In Kingston, a young lawyer named John A. Macdonald investigates the death of a wealthy landlord. At Jones Falls, a lockmaster finds a nasty use for a sluice. And there seems to be a corpse for each of the eight locks at Ottawa. Stories range from dark tales of redemption to comic romps, from historical to modern day, and there's even a ghost or two for good measure.
Caro Soles, Drag Queen in the Court of Death While cleaning out his dead ex-lover's apartment, staid history professor Michael Dunn-Barten discovers a mummified corpse in a trunk. To find answers, Michael must travel back twenty-five years. Back to the 1960s, to the realization of his sexuality and the boy he loved. Back to the troubling time when his wife threw him out and his family disowned him. Back to uncover disturbing answers amidst drag queens and murky memories. Was his first real love a twisted killer? Caro Soles presents a compelling mystery set against the flamboyant backdrop of drag queens and the "court" system of drag circles.
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BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN JULY & SEPTEMBER 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 September 2007 $15.95
Rosemary Aubert, The Judge of Orphans
Throughout the ages, small children have scratched out a living working at difficult and dangerous jobs. Mary Rose Cabrini, announcing her promotion to Judge of Orphans, captures the attention of a mysterious child who begs her for help in pursuing the truth about his family history. The boy’s tale stretches back to gas-lit New York where every street child had to fend for himself against starvation, filth, nosy do-gooders, other street children, cops, truant officers…. Mary Rose discovers that the boy’s ancestors did manage to pass down a secret legacy. Has the time come for the boy to claim it? Or is he leading Mary Rose into a trap of deceit, disgrace, and ultimately…death?
Trade paperback iUniverse ISBN: 978-0-595-45412-9 September 2007 $18.95 (US$15.95)
Linwood Barclay, No Time for Goodbye
Fourteen-year-old Cynthia Bigge awoke one morning to find herself alone, her entire family vanished. No note, no trace of them. Now, 25 years later, she may learn the truth. But sometimes it's better not to know. Says Tess Gerritsen: "No Time for Goodbye is one of the best thrillers of the year! Utterly riveting, it will grab you on page one and won't let you go until the final, stunning conclusion."
Anne Barton, Till Hell Freezes Over: A Dr. Erica Merrill Mystery
Jean Rae Baxter, The Way Lies North (YA)
In this young adult novel set during the American Revolution, 15-year-old Loyalist Charlotte Hooper finds the body of her soldier brother. He did not die in battle. This was murder, and Charlotte suspects that one of her family’s neighbours killed him. But who? When Charlotte and her family flee from their home and begin the long trek through the wilderness to the safety in a British fort, the killer’s path crosses hers. The story of Charlotte’s journey north and her return to the Mohawk Valley is a tale of murder and revenge, of paradise lost and a new world gained.
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, however, Morrissey is brutally murdered, and Joanne's investigation quickly has her trying to unravel the endless knot of the relationship between parent and child.
Emma Cole, Every Secret Thing
When an elderly man offers to tell her about an old murder, journalist Kate Murray is too busy to listen...until he mentions her grandmother. But she never hears the rest of Andrew Deacon's tale. His sudden death draws her into an investigation, uncovering secrets about the grandmother she thought she knew – and a man she never did. Only a few people are still alive who know the story, and Kate soon realizes her questions are putting them in danger. Stalked by an unknown and sinister enemy, Kate must find the answers from the past in order to have a future.
Daniel Edward Craig, Murder at the Universe: A Five-Star Mystery
When Brenda Rathberger, no-nonsense organizer of the Victims of Impaired Drivers conference, checks in to the Universe Hotel New York, manager Trevor Lambert is confident she’ll be seduced by her lavish surroundings. Instead, they stumble upon the body of the hotel’s owner in the underground parkade. Police suggest that alcohol was involved and that a hotel executive may be responsible. Brenda uses the controversy to grandstand her cause, joining forces with a celebrated TV anchorwoman. In the resulting clash between pampered guests, harried employees, and militant protesters, Trevor struggles to find the killer and preserve the dignity of the Universe.
Trade paperback Midnight Ink Books (Llewellyn) ISBN: 978-0-7887-1118-8 September 2007 US$14.95
(Denise Dietz, writing as) Mary Ellen Dennis, The Landlord’s Black-Eyed Daughter
“Elizabeth Wyndham is ‘more likely to be attacked by an army of frogs’ than find a husband. Fortunately, she is the star author of Minerva Press, a dubious occupation for a lady in 1787, but it pays her bills…. Unfortunately, Elizabeth doesn't want to finish her latest book because she'll have to finish off her hero, too, a man who has dominated her dreams. Rand Remington returns from the war in the colonies wounded in body and soul…and [takes] revenge [on] the upper class by relieving them of their worldly goods and spreading the wealth among the poor…. [But when] Rand reads a gothic novel by B. B. Wyndham that he's stolen from his latest victim…, the plot and characters evoke an overwhelming sense of déjà vu, and he's driven to meet the author. Star-crossed lovers in a former life, Elizabeth and her highwayman face insurmountable odds. Dennis' wonderful retelling of Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman is, quite simply, remarkable.” – Booklist starred review
Vicki Delany, In the Shadow of the Glacier: A Constable Molly Smith Mystery
Rookie Constable Molly Smith and Sergeant John Winters search for a killer while a controversial draft dodger commemoration threatens the peace of the bucolic mountain town of Trafalgar, BC. The first in a traditional mystery series featuring Constable Smith, Sergeant Winters, and the town in the shadow of the glacier: Trafalgar, British Columbia.
“An exciting series debut, featuring complex characters with plenty of room to grow” – Kirkus Reviews
“One of Canada’s most promising new practitioners of the crime genre.” – Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune
Barbara Fradkin, Dream Chasers: An Inspector Green Mystery
In the sixth in this two-time award-winning series, 17-year-old Lea Kovacev sets out one summer evening for a secret rendezvous by the cliffs of Ottawa’s Hog’s Back Falls. Three days later, her nude body washes up in the shallows downstream. When the autopsy reveals she was dead before she hit the water, Inspector Green delves into the manipulative world of elite young athletes, drugs, and teenage sexuality that soon threatens other lives. Who is the secret lover, and how far will others go to shield him? How many others, including Green’s daughter, will pay the ultimate price for a young man’s dream?
Mel Malton, The Pioneer Poltergeist: An Alan Nearing Mystery (YA)
Three young friends are spending the tail-end of the summer working as costumed helpers at Laingford Pioneer Village Park. When things get weird, the Alan Nearing detective agency starts investigating. Though the police are also called in and try to take over the investigation, Alan decides to follow the clues on his own: a stolen pie, a mysterious face in an attic window, a few missing items, and some cryptic messages. Is the poltergeist just a prankster or are there sinister forces at work? At the same time, Alan has a more personal mystery to deal with. There's a chance that his father, who disappeared 9 years ago, might still be alive. For ages 9+.
Mary Jane Maffini, Too Hot to Handle: A Fiona Silk Mystery
Oh dear! Maybe Fiona Silk isn't the right person to compile an erotic cookbook. She has no sex life, although she's hoping her lover will get his memory back after being shot. And she's not much of a writer and her oven's on the fritz. Never mind, she's about to lose her house for overdue taxes, so she'll try her best. What a shame so many things catch fire. As the bodies pile up, West Quebec's most reluctant sleuth must get the smoke out of her eyes before her life goes up in flames. Recipes included, but do be careful.
Curtis Parkinson, Death in Kingsport (YA)
For 15-year-old Neil, life in 1941 in Kingsport is simple and routine until his favourite uncle, Chester, dies suddenly and Neil is engulfed in an aching loneliness. At his uncle's cremation, Neil has a strange sense of foreboding as he inadvertently hears a thumping sound inside the coffin. Could Uncle Chester be alive? From strange happenings in the Amazon jungle, to a near-death experience, to getting lost on the ice when a storm erupts, Death In Kingsport is a murder mystery set in a town where nothing is as it seems.
Twist Phelan, Spurred Ambition: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery
“Fans of extreme sports will admire Phelan's protagonist, lawyer and athlete Hannah Dain, but even those more at home on the couch will still enjoy the brainy heroine. Set in fictional Pinnacle Peak, Arizona, Phelan's series highlights a different sport each time; this third entry features rock climbing…. The sports angle makes an intriguing frame, but it's not really necessary to the success of this series, which boasts a nice mix of desert atmosphere and appealing characters.” – Booklist
Twist Phelan, False Fortune: A Pinnacle Peak Mystery “In False Fortune, retired trial lawyer Phelan’s lively fourth Pinnacle Peak mystery, attorney Hannah Dain, barely recovered from the adventures of 2006’s Spurred Ambition, takes on a case that leads her into abandoned mines and deep waters in the Arizona desert…. Vivid descriptions of the desert provide a dramatic backdrop to the increasingly dangerous investigation as Hannah inches closer to the truth. Phelan has created a swiftly moving tale of corporate corruption and tangled, touching family relationships.” – Publishers Weekly
Jan Rehner, On Pain of Death
"My name is Juliette Benoit. In a few days, weeks, or months, I may be dead." So begins the story of a Canadian student trapped in Paris during the German Occupation. Only one step ahead of the Gestapo, Juliette joins an escape network and undertakes a dangerous flight across France. Meanwhile, in the village of St-Leger, Gabrielle Aubin vows to uncover a murderer. Her task seems hopeless, yet Juliette and Gabrielle share a common link in their past – a secret that leads to a shocking revelation.
Peter Robinson, Friend of the Devil: An Inspector Banks Novel
When Karen Drew is discovered in her wheelchair one chilly March day, staring out to sea with her throat cut, DI Annie Cabbot, on loan to Eastern Area, gets lumbered with the case. Back in Eastvale, a 19-year-old girl is found raped and strangled after a night on the town, and DCI Alan Banks is called in. On the face of it, the two deaths have nothing in common. But as Annie peels back the layers of deception surrounding her investigation, she finds something disturbingly familiar in the case, a trail which leads inevitably back to Eastvale and the tangled darkness of a cobbled alley. “The Alan Banks mystery-suspense novels are…the best series now on the market. In fact, this may be the best series of British novels since the novels of Patrick O’Brian. Try one and tell me I’m wrong.” – Stephen King
Sharon Rowse, The Silk Train Murder
At the turn of the last century, steam liners carried a fortune in silk from the Orient to Vancouver. The costly material, insured by the day, was rushed to New York in special silk trains, which became the target of every crook across the continent. Having failed to strike it rich in the Klondike, John Granville takes a job guarding the silk trains, along with his friend Sam Scott. When they come across the body of a gangster on the wharf one snowy morning, Scott is arrested for murder. Granville is determined to clear his friend and must sort out silk trains, smuggling rings, opium dealers, houses of ill repute, power struggles, blackmail, and betrayal in time to trap a killer and save his friend.
Caro Soles (editor), Blood on the Holly: An Anthology of Christmas Mysteries
Blood on the Holly is an anthology of Christmas crime featuring short fiction by Crime Writers of Canada members and friends. Murder is served up with a dash of maple syrup as this anthology offers a twisted take on the festive season with 24 stories, ranging from the hilarious to the serious, by award-winning authors, favourite series writers, and first timers. Among those represented are Edward Hoch, Peter Robinson, James Powell, Maureen Jennings, Sylvia Warsh, Dennis Richard Murphy, Linwood Barclay, James Powell, Lyn Hamilton, Mary Jane Maffini, and Peter Sellers. The perfect gift for Christmas!
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.
Eric Wright, Finding Home
Will Prentice, who immigrated to Canada from England 30 years ago, realizes that sometimes you have to leave home to find it. The week after his wife asks him for a divorce, Will returns to England to attend his mother’s funeral. Embarking on a driving tour of the English countryside, in part on a quest to unravel a secret from his mother’s past, in part trying to see how much of England he remembers and where he belongs, he begins to re-examine his life back home in Canada. Eric Wright’s portrait of two countries, Britain and Canada, supposedly similar but literally an ocean apart, asserts Canada’s uniqueness and reminds us that home is not only geography and landscape, but also a state of mind.
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