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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Aspiring (i.e., not-yet-published) authors: Do you have a completed crime novel manuscript languishing in a drawer somewhere? Why not dig it out and submit it to the 2009 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (aka the Unhanged Arthur). The rules are now available online.
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Lou Allin, And on the Surface Die: A Fossil Bay Mystery
RCMP Corporal Holly Martin takes charge of a detachment in tiny Fossil Bay on the wild south coast of Vancouver Island. Her first day starts with a distress call: A scuba diver has found the body of a girl in the surf. A tragic drowning caused by a fall? The late arrival of tox-scan results indicating the presence of crystal meth, the most recent plague to hit the island, raises ugly questions. Then a century typhoon roars in, powerful enough to destroy everything in its path. As the wind howls and trees crash around her, Holly struggles to bring a murderer to justice.
Napoleon & Company/ RendezVous Crime
Catherine Astolfo, Legacy: An Emily Taylor Mystery Dark memories from the past and long-buried secrets surrounding seemingly unconnected families make up the enigma of Legacy. Doro searches for her lost childhood. Alain delves into the background that has caused him deep anger and anguished nightmares. At school, Emily deals with a troubled family. The new lawyer in Burchill suffers from guilt about the death of his wife. An abused, lonely girl suffers neglect and tragedy.
Taking their annual road trip across America in their giant Winnebago, Max and his nephew, Owen, seem harmless enough, the actorly old fellow spouting Shakespeare while his young charge trots him through select tourist destinations. But appearances, as you might imagine, deceive. Max is actually a master thief, and young Owen’s summer vacations constitute his apprenticeship in a life of crime.
Pulling heists is scary enough, but what’s worse, ominous signs indicate that The Subtractors – criminal bogeymen who stop at nothing to steal from other thieves – are on their tail. The road trip soon turns into a chase, by turns comic and horrifying. The most disturbing twist: Owen’s slow realization that the person he loves most in the world is the one who can do him the most harm.
Joan Boswell, Barbara Fradkin, Linda Wiken, editors, Going Out with a Bang: A Crime & Mystery Collection by the Ladies Killing Circle
“Do not go gentle into that good night,” wrote Dylan Thomas, and Canada’s notorious Ladies Killing Circle has taken his advice to heart. In Going Out with a Bang, the dangerous dames have brought together an explosive mix of authors from across the country. Whether it’s the boom of drums, the cacophony of a train wreck, or the thud of a body crashing down the stairs, no one goes out without a fight.
The 20 authors include some of Canada’s best known crime writers, who will chill you, entertain you, or plain blow you away in this eclectic fictional brew.
Mel Bradshaw, Victim Impact
Homicide becomes more than an academic study for criminologist Ted Boudreau when his own suburban home is burglarized, his wife killed. Was his computer targeted because of his interest in a secretive biker gang?
Ted’s attempts to deal with the aftermath bring him into conflict with family, police detectives, and the Crown prosecutor assigned to the case…as well as with university colleagues, whose penal philosophy Ted can’t square with the real world of crime. What further complicates his pursuit of justice is the necessity of protecting the young source of his dossier on the ruthless Dark Arrows Motorcycle Club.
Sean Chercover, Trigger City
Trigger City is the follow-up to Chercover’s debut crime novel, Big City Bad Blood, which was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis and ITW Thriller awards, won the Gumshoe award, and is nominated for the Anthony, Barry, and Shamus awards.
Publishers Weekly calls Trigger City "engrossing." Author Sara Paretsky says: "A true thriller in every sense of the word. Masterful." And author Robert Crais says: "Listen to me. Read this book. Trigger City is blue-collar human drama, packed with action and heart-breaking moments of truth."
Hardcover William Morrow ISBN: 978-0-06-112869-1 October 2008 $25.95 (US$23.95)
Joan Donaldson-Yarmey, Illegally Dead: A Travelling Detective Mystery
Right at the beginning of her research of the Alberta's Crowsnest Highway for a new article, travel writer Elizabeth Oliver is flagged down at a roadside crime scene. Human bones have just been discovered in an old septic tank. She tries to resist getting involved but is slowly drawn into the mystery. Once started, Elizabeth gives free rein to her investigative tendencies, especially as a second murder occurs.
Packed with suspense and rich in fascinating historical anecdotes, Illegally Dead will delight mystery lovers and Canadian history enthusiasts alike.
Trade paperback Sumach Press ISBN: 978-1-894549-74-5 October 2008 $16.95
Springtime in Victoria isn’t so sweet as Coast Salish cop Silas Seaweed finds a local street girl dying of an overdose in an abandoned house. As Silas starts his investigation, he begins to suspect that all is not what it appears to be.
Infused with West Coast aboriginal mythology and written with the signature fast-paced plot and strong characters as the other three Silas Seaweed mysteries, Seaweed on the Rocks takes you from the picture-postcard views of a quaint garden city to the deeper dark side of its underworld.
Captain Jess Vandermire, vampire and leader of a Black Ops team hunting vampires in New York City, is under personal attack. There’s a serial killer in town. The worst kind. A vampire with a penchant for women who look like Jess. Besides killing these upper class women, the killer is leaving clues that incriminate Jess.
John Brittain, human, tough cop, and lieutenant under Jess’s command, makes it his mission to find the murderer and prove Jess innocent even though she isn’t cooperating. Yes, she’s a vampire – and capable of killing – but he knows it can’t be her. He loves her and he has to find out who the culprit is before someone at the police department pins the horrific crimes on her. Worse, he’s in a race to find the murderer because each time another woman dies, Britt has the horrible feeling the next one will be Jess.
Dave Hugelschaffer, One Careless Moment: A Porter Cassel Mystery
When a fire starts deep within a Montana forest valley, Porter Cassel is brought in to take command. The fire moves quickly from bad to worse, killing one of Cassel's men. Removed from command, Cassel takes the fire investigation into his own hands.
One Careless Moment picks up where Day into Night left off – with Porter continuing to prove himself against all odds. Fighting against local legends about the valley being haunted, shady development deals, and the tree-hugging hippies who've chosen Holder's Canyon as their particular Eden, Cassel must get to the bottom of the case, not only to clear his name but also his conscience.
November 2008 (postponed from July)
Brad Kelln, In Tongues of the Dead
In Tongues of the Dead is a mystery thriller with religious undertones intended to evoke controversy. In the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University lies a 400-year-old document that no one has been able to decipher. Twenty years before, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) secretly placed a guard to watch over the document. When an autistic child begins to read from its pages, the Vatican will stop at nothing to keep its secrets from being revealed.
Although this book is a work of fiction, the mysteries discussed are real. The Voynich Manuscript is real and has become a famous subject of modern cryptology, and all references to its contents and history are accurate. For more, visit www.bradkelln.com
Mike Knowles, Darwin's Nightmare
Wilson has spent his entire life under the radar. Few people know who he is, and even fewer know how to find him. Only two people even know his real occupation: carrying out confidential – and illegal – jobs for a very bad man. But one day he crosses the line, earning the hatred of a vengeful mob boss. He survives only by delving even deeper into the underworld of Hamilton. His next job is deceptively simple: transporting a seemingly harmless bag whose contents are both secret and dangerously valuable. Soon Wilson discovers who the bag’s real owners are and just how badly they want it back.
"The evolution of the gangster novel takes a step forward with Darwin's Nightmare. Mike Knowles's hardboiled spin on Hamilton's underworld is written with a tireless and controlled intensity." – Alan Guthrie, author of Savage Night
Hardcover ECW Press ISBN: 978-1-55022-842-7 October 2008 $24.95
Rick Mofina, Six Seconds (a stand-alone global thriller)
A California mother's anguished search for her abducted son and a haunted Mountie's investigation into an American reporter's mysterious death in the Canadian Rockies uncover a global plot to assassinate the Pope…using the woman's boy as the weapon.
"Six Seconds should be Rick Mofina's breakout thriller. It moves like a tornado." – James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Echoing Ludlum and Forsythe...(a) big international thriller that grabs your gut – and your heart – and never lets go." – Jeffrey Deaver, New York Times bestselling author
Mass market paperback Mira Books ISBN: 978-0-7783-2612-0 December 2008 $6.99
John Moss, Still Waters: A Quin and Morgan Mystery
Detectives Miranda Quin and David Morgan, like a married couple except for the sex, know each other intimately yet don’t know each other at all. They share eccentricities yet have minds so different they form a perfect complement in dealing with the intricacies of intentional death.
Rene Natan, The Red Manor
Lucio Maria de’ Vigentini, Lord of the Red Manor, is loaded with years, money, memories and regrets – the ancient curse cast upon his family weighing heavily on his soul. He lost his son Rick at sea and his wife left him, taking Rick’s twin, Chris Sandcroft, to Canada. Lucio, lonely and ailing, is tortured by the prophesy predicting the extinction of the Red Manor and its occupants at the turn of the millennium.
When Chris invites his father to live with him, Lucio accepts, in the hope of escaping the curse. Then the unearthing of two precious cups, once Red Manor possessions, brings much excitement to the blue-collar city of Harrisville, Ontario, and with it, crime. Then the malefic prophesy of the Red Manor seems to take its inexorable course, as shadows of the past occur with menacing consistency.
Trade paperback PublishAmerica ISBN: 978-1-606-723258 November 2008 US$18.95
Louise Penny, The Murder Stone: A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery
It’s high summer, and isolated Manoir Bellechasse is hosting a reunion. When bitter rivalries boil over and a body is discovered, Gamache knows the murderer is trapped. But a cornered predator is always the most dangerous…
Robert Scott, Murder Express: Book 3 in the Jack Elton Series Trouble finds Jack Elton wherever he goes. During what he had hoped would be a relaxing train excursion, he is plunged once again into a murder investigation. One of his fellow travelers has been found dead. At first it looks like suicide. But Jack sets out to prove otherwise. The perpetrator must be found before the train arrives at its final destination.
Praise for Lost Youth, the second book in the series: "…an engaging second book. The intricate plot along with the evolving relationship of Jack and Val provide the appeal here." – Barbara Bibel, Booklist
Hardcover Avalon Books ISBN: 978-0-8034-9928-7 November 2008 $25.33 (US$23.95)
The Compact, a group of wealthy, powerful men, has been organized to run Canada by all but guaranteeing that their hand-picked candidate wins the next federal election. The candidate is a popular singer with an impeccable reputation.
Older 2008 releases by new CWC members
And now a book published earlier in 2008 by an author who has just joined the CWC.
In the mountains of Colombia, an old man stumbles into the Jaguar Forest. Cursed, he feels forced to commit a savage act, and a family is destroyed – his own. Decades later, veteran reporter Jack Doyle is about to become his network’s next anchor star. Doyle has always done his job the right way, and when eight girls, including a US senator’s daughter, are brutally murdered, Doyle discovers a trail of blood and drugs that leads to Colombia, a country on fire.
“With his taut prose, and gripping storytelling, Carter delivers a stunning page-turner.” – Rick Mofina, two-time Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of A Perfect Grave
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Upcoming criminous events...
Announcement of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Awards finalists On the evening of April 30, the CWC will be holding events in five cities across Canada to celebrate the announcement of the Arthur Ellis Awards finalists in the seven award categories. If you will be in (or near) Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal, drop in on the fun.
Bloody Words VIII – June 6 to 8, 2008 – Toronto, ON Come join crime and mystery authors, aspiring authors, fans, agents, and others at this year's Bloody Words, Canada's National Mystery Conference.
Lots of panels and readings, reception and banquet, short story contest, loot bags, dealers' room, and a chance to schmooze with your favourite authors and fellow readers.
BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN APRIL & JUNE 2008
Alvin Abram, The Dead Don’t Weep
Love binds us and tears us apart. Detective Garshowitz is involved in several cases in which love fails or prevails. Memories are all he has left – memories that turn to remorse.
Jean Rae Baxter, Looking for Cardenio
Cardenio, a play by William Shakespeare, has been missing since 1613. If recovered, it would be worth a fortune. The chance to re-introduce it to the world would be the chance of a lifetime. Dr. Deirdre Gunn, a scholar seeking to redeem her own reputation, takes the bait when an old acquaintance approaches her with a centuries-old manuscript that may be Cardenio. But then a murder is committed, and Deirdre’s own life is in danger. Setting out to find the killer before the police put the blame on her, Deirdre comes face-to-face with the unresolved issue of her own past.
J.D. Carpenter, Twelve Trees
Ex-racetrack journalist Priam Harvey, occupant of the prized "corner stool" at McCully’s Tavern, marks the first anniversary of his firing from Sport of Kings magazine and the coincident departure of his girlfriend, Barbara, by doing what he does best: drinking and gambling. Events conspire, however, and when Harvey is pulled off his stool – literally and metaphorically – he is forced to make an important decision about his involvement in the lives of those around him, and, for that matter, in his own life.
Twelve Trees, while populated with characters from the Campbell Young mysteries, is a stand-alone novel and a rare instance of a genre-fiction series spinning off into a literary novel.
Trade paperback A Castle Street Mystery (Dundurn Group)
Daniel Edward Craig, Murder at Hotel Cinema: A Five-Star Mystery
In this second installment of the Five-Star Mystery series, Trevor Lambert takes a job as manager of Hotel Cinema, a rejuvenation of an Old Hollywood motel. It’s the scene of a fabulous opening party until Tinseltown’s hottest star, Chelsea Fricks, takes a fatal dive from the penthouse balcony. Hotel Cinema becomes the setting for a comical murder mystery starring Chelsea’s pit-bull publicist, her pin-up boyfriend, a star-struck detective, and a tasteless-tabloid reporter. Struggling to protect his prized employees, Trevor is forced to step into the spotlight and risks everything to expose the true killer.
Midnight Ink Books
William Deverell, Kill All the Judges
In this sequel to April Fool, Deverell brings back his most popular characters for a fast-paced, hilarious tale of madness, mayhem and murder.
McClelland & Stewart
Anne Emery, Barrington Street Blues
A rich man and a poor man are found dead of gunshot wounds on Barrington Street. It’s declared a murder–suicide, but Monty Collins suspects a double murder, especially after police link the gun to the death of a high-flying lawyer named Dice Campbell. Helped by his friend Father Brennan Burke, and hindered by his femme fatale law partner Felicia Morgan, Monty explores the dark side of Halifax. But murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind. Turmoil at home has him singing the blues, lashing out at his closest friends, and spending far too much time in Halifax bars.
Hardcover ECW Press ISBN: 978-1-55022-813-7 April 2008 $24.95
Anne Emery, Sign of the Cross
Two women are dead, crosses carved into their bodies. The prime suspect is Father Brennan Burke. He may be a man of God, but to lawyer Monty Collins, he’s the client from hell. As if Monty doesn’t have enough aggravation with his sharp-tongued ex-wife, Maura, who’s getting along a little too well with the difficult priest. Monty would rather blow his blues harp in the bars of Halifax than deal with either of them. But the murder case goes to trial and Burke finally opens up, just where he shouldn’t, in front of the jury.
Trade paperback ECW Press ISBN: 978-1-55022-819-9 April 2008 $14.95
R.J. Harlick, The River Runs Orange: A Meg Harris Mystery In the third action-packed thriller of this West Quebec series, Meg Harris is back more determined than ever to fight against injustice, only to discover that the lines between right and wrong can be blurred. During a wild, whitewater paddle down a wilderness river, she discovers the bones of a woman whose existence takes the archeological world by storm. But when her neighbours, the Migiskan Algonquin, declare their rights to the ancient remains, Meg becomes embroiled in a fight that pits ancient beliefs against modern ones and can only lead to murder. As Meg races to catch the killer, she finds herself daring the river’s fury again, this time with the added horror of a raging forest fire.
Trade paperback RendezVous Crime (Napoleon & Company)ISBN: 978-1-894917-62-9 April 2008 $15.95
Dave Hugelschaffer, One Careless Moment: A Porter Cassel Mystery
When a fire starts deep within a Montana forest valley, Porter Cassel is brought in to take command. The fire moves quickly from bad to worse, killing one of Cassel’s men. Removed from command, Cassel takes the fire investigation into his own hands. One Careless Moment picks up where Day into Night left off – with Porter continuing to prove himself against all odds. Fighting against local legends about the valley being haunted, shady development deals, and the tree-hugging hippies who’ve chosen Holder’s Canyon as their particular Eden, Cassel must get to the bottom of the case, not only to clear his name but also his conscience.
Roy Innes, West End Murders
When a series of murders threatens the lives of an entire community in Vancouver, RCMP Corporal Paul Blakemore and Inspector Coswell team up once again to solve the case. What begins as an array of hate crimes suddenly culminates into a conspiracy against an American politician, and the lines between Canada and the United States are blurred as suspicions rise from both sides. To solve this case, both detectives must look beyond the powers of one culprit and instead focus on the ventures of an entire underground organization, all while protecting members of their own city.
Trade paperback NeWest Press ISBN: 978-1-897126-27-1 May 2008 $12.95 (US$12.95)
Dan Kalla, Cold Plague
Pristine water is discovered miles under Antarctic ice. Meanwhile, a cluster of new cases of mad cow disease explodes in a rural France. Dr. Noah Haldane and his WHO team are urgently summoned. Noah recognizes the deadliness of a prion that kills with the ferocity of a virus, but he suspects factors other than nature have ignited its spread among people and animals in France. Facing a spate of disappearances and unexplained deaths, he uncovers a conspiracy that stretches from Moscow to Beverly Hills, and from the North to the South Pole. He sees that the scientific find of the century – a lake under Antarctic ice – might hold the key to a microscopic Jurassic Park.
Hardcover Forge Books ISBN: 978-0-7653-1833-6 April 2008 $31.00 (US$24.95)
Susanna Kearsley, The Winter Sea
Settling herself in an old cottage near the ruins of Scotland’s Slains Castle, Carrie McClelland begins work on her latest historical novel, choosing a character named for her own ancestor to narrate events leading up to the little-known Jacobite invasion attempt of 1708 – a time seething with political intrigue and violent unrest. But when the characters in her book start to come alive with an almost frightening intensity, Carrie comes to realize that this story is not entirely her own.
"A haunting tale of two women’s experiences of love and personal betrayal in two very different times." – The Editors
Allison & Busby May 2008
Hardcover edition: ISBN: 978-0-7490-8097-6 $39.95
Trade paperback edition: ISBN: 978-0-7490-7985-7 $24.95
Jennifer Lanthier, The Legend of the Lost Jewels: A Hazel Frump Adventure (YA)
A terrible storm closes Hazel and Ned Frump’s schools, forcing them to seek refuge again at their cousins’ castle. But before long, a creepy ancestor starts haunting Hazel’s dreams, and the intrepid siblings must face signs that something sinister happened here, more than 100 years ago.
When a family treasure hunt takes a dangerous turn, Hazel and Ned suspect the past might be infecting the present. How many secrets is Land's End guarding? Once again they face interwoven mysteries, and it’s a race against time to solve them both before someone gets hurt.
Trade paperback HarperCollins Canada ISBN: 978-0-00-639161-6 May 2008 $15.99
Jennifer Lanthier, The Mystery of the Martello Tower: A Hazel Frump Adventure (YA)
Hazel and Ned are home for vacation and looking forward to long, lazy days of sleeping late, building stinkbombs, and shooting hoops. But when their art-dealer father disappears, their summer plunges into chaos: a painting goes missing, their apartment is burgled, and two menacing thugs start turning up everywhere.
The siblings escape to the island castle of long-lost cousins, only to find there’s no escaping this adventure. As they work to untangle the threads that ensnare their father, they discover another, darker secret surrounding their mother’s death years ago. Only by solving both mysteries can they bring their father home.
Jennifer Lanthier, The Mystery of the Martello Tower: A Hazel Frump Adventure (YA) (US edition)
Plot and language have been simplified for the younger (age 8 – 12) reader in the American edition of this mystery/adventure, while the pace has increased from fast to breakneck.
Hazel and Ned Frump cope with the disappearance of their art-dealer father, an Interpol investigation, and two menacing thugs, by escaping to the island castle of long-lost cousins. But there’s no escaping this adventure. As the intrepid siblings work to untangle the threads that ensnare their father, they discover another, darker secret surrounding their mother’s death years ago. Only by solving both mysteries can they bring their father home.
Allan Levine, Evil of the Age: The Charles St. Clair Chronicles, Volume One
New York City during the summer of 1871 is gripped by two separate events. The first is the discovery of a woman's body stuffed inside a trunk, the apparent victim of a botched abortion. The second involves Victor Fowler, Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall. In his efforts to topple the corrupt Fowler, journalist Charles St. Clair discovers a connection with the murdered woman. His investigation takes him from the mansions on Fifth Avenue to the brothels of SoHo. At stake is the life of the city's most notorious abortionist, a woman St. Clair despises but is determined to prove innocent.
Trade paperback Heartland Associates ISBN: 978-1-896150-51-2 May 2008 $19.95
Julia Madeleine, Scarlet Rose
When a wealthy Toronto businessman is found tortured and murdered in a hotel room, his 22-year-old stepdaughter, Fiona Dalton, must help the police find his killer. Forced at the age of 16 into the adult entertainment industry by her own mother, Scarlet Rose, a washed-up alcoholic burlesque queen from the 1960s, Fiona navigates her way through the dark recesses of her family's history, uncovering shocking secrets that threaten to destroy her. All the while, her mother becomes fixated on the only thing that truly matters to her: getting her hands on her dead ex-husband's money.
Trade paperback Black Heart Books ISBN: 978-0-9808874-0-2 June 2008 $21.00
Mary Jane Maffini, The Cluttered Corpse: A Charlotte Adams Mystery
Professional organizer and accidental sleuth Charlotte Adams is working to corral an out-of-control collection of stuffed toys when (are you surprised?) a local prankster turns up very dead at the bottom of her client's staircase. Not only is the corpse surrounded by cute little plush pets, but worse, the client hysterically confesses to the crime. Soon the wrong person is languishing in the slammer and Charlotte is left with a real mess to sort out. As she mobilizes her organizational skills to clear an innocent person of murder, she soon discovers that death is not at all soft and cuddly.
Mass market paperback Berkley Prime Crime ISBN: 978-0-425-22092-4 April 2008 $9.99
John McFetridge, Dirty Sweet
On a busy street, a man behind the wheel of an SUV is shot in the head, and his killer drives off before the light changes. What appears to be road rage is actually an opportunity for everyone – everyone, that is, but the victim. The getaway driver is a Russian mobster. The eyewitness is a real estate agent with some new leverage, legal and otherwise, on that stripclub lease. Her other tenant, a petty pornographer, sees a chance to expand his business – if the realtor plays along – while the homicide squad sees its own opportunities.
Trade paperback ECW Press ISBN: 978-1-55022-829-8 June 2008 $14.95
Trade paperback (US edition) Harcourt ISBN: 978-0156034975 June 2008 US$14.95
John McFetridge, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Sharon MacDonald has a problem. It’s not being under house arrest or the Iranian guy who fell from the 25th floor of her apartment building or even the police surveillance on her marijuana grow rooms. Sharon’s problem is Ray and his offer that’s too good to be true. Detective Bergeron has problems, too. There’s his new partner, Detective Armstrong; a missing ten-year-old girl; a torso dumped in an alley; and what looks like corruption deep within the police force.
In a city where the drug, immigration, and sex industries are intertwined, it’s only a matter of time until all hell breaks loose.
Hardcover ECW Press ISBN: 978-1-55022-755-0 June 2008 $24.95
Hardcover (US edition) Harcourt ISBN: 978-0151014422 June 2008 US$25.00
James W. Nichol, Midnight Cab
Left on the side of a road when he was three years old, Walker Devereaux, now nineteen, has come to Toronto to solve the mystery of his past. Why did his mother abandon him? And where is she? Walker is carrying two fragile clues: an old photograph of two nameless children and a chatty letter from a teenage girl. Both these items had been found stuffed in his three-year-old pockets.
Mass market paperback McArthur & Company ISBN: 978-1-55278-688-8 January 2008 $10.99
James W. Nichol, Transgression
A young Canadian farm girl finds a detached finger. It points toward a grisly murder nearby and back in time to occupied France and an illicit romance between a 16-year-old French girl and a young German soldier…
Adele and Manfred make plans to run away to Paris, but Manfred gets caught in the final battles of the war. Adele looks for him in Paris and, once the war is over, in Germany. Finally believing him dead, she marries a Canadian soldier and starts a new life in Canada. She succeeds…until the fateful day that Manfred shows up.
Trade paperback McArthur & Company ISBN: 978-1-55278-717-5 April 2008 $24.95
Shane Peacock, Death in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case
The Boy Sherlock Holmes series continues with Death in the Air and opens with a bang. Sherlock is visiting the magnificent Crystal Palace south of London when a flying-trapeze artist falls from the glass ceiling and lands almost at his feet. The boy notices two cuts in the trapeze bar, lying on the hard floor near the gruesomely injured star. The crowd rushes the scene, trampling the bar, destroying the evidence. Only Sherlock knows there was foul play. But the search for the culprit will be filled with surprises, taking him on a twisting trail into the black heart of London.
Hardcover Tundra Books (Canada & US) ISBN: 978-0-887768514 April 2008 $25.00 (US$19.95)
Debra Purdy-Kong, Fatal Encryption
Dressed as Kermit the Frog on Halloween night, an unemployed Alex Bellamy wonders where his life went wrong. Of course, it could be worse. A few miles away, Zachary Ternoway is stabbed at his front door. In need of cash, Alex agrees to help catch a computer prankster at McKinleys' Department Store. But things turn serious when someone vows to permanently encrypt the store's data unless ten million dollars is handed over in two weeks. Alex discovers a connection between the murder and extortion threat, yet time's running out and people are questioning his competency. Oh yes, a killer's also threatening his life.
Trade paperback Gypsy Moon Press ISBN: 978-0-9699211-1-0 April 2008 $19.95
Jeffrey Round, The P’Town Murders: A Bradford Fairfax Murder Mystery
When circuit party boy Ross Pretty succumbs to an overdose of Ecstasy, his death is ruled accidental. That is, until former lover and top-level secret agent Bradford Fairfax comes to Provincetown. In The P’Town Murders, Brad at first thinks he’s pretty well pinned Ross’s murder on Hayden Rosengarten, a wealthy, evil-minded entrepreneur. But then Hayden turns up dead…and he won’t be the last to die. Now not only must Brad solve a series of puzzling murders in “the gayest place on earth,” but he also must find a way to stop an insidious plan to assassinate the Dalai Lama.
Trade paperback Cormorant Books ISBN: 978-1-897151-28-0 June 2008 $20.00
Howard Shrier, Buffalo Jump
Toronto investigator Jonah Geller is at a low point in his life when contract killer Dante Ryan comes back into his life, this time pleading for his help. Ryan has been ordered to slaughter an entire Toronto family, including a five-year-old boy. With a son of his own that age, he can't bring himself to do it. When Jonah investigates the boy's father, a pharmacist who seems to lead a good life, he finds himself ducking bullets and dodging blades from all directions. When the case takes Jonah and Ryan over the river to Buffalo, unseen enemies move in for the kill.
Trade paperback Vintage Canada ISBN: 978-0-307-35606-2 June 2008 $19.95
Phyllis Smallman, Margarita Nights
Sherri Travis just wants her lying, cheating, scam-artist husband, Jimmy, gone – not murdered. But Sherri’s threat to kill Jimmy, a witness who puts her on the Suncoaster, and a quarter-million-dollar insurance policy make Sherri the suspect du jour when Jimmy and his boat explode. And things just keep on rolling. Sherri has something the killer wants. She bobs and weaves to keep from being murdered or arrested, and with a little help from the guys in the bar, she digs through the debris of Jimmy’s life, discovering more than a few people who wanted Jimmy dead, including some whom she calls friends.
Trade paperback McArthur & Company ISBN: 978-1-55278-699-4 May 2008 $24.95
Frank Smith, Breaking Point: A DCI Neil Paget Mystery
After spending hours concealed on a hillside late at night, a would-be young journalist is rewarded when cars begin to arrive at what appears to be a deserted farmhouse. Fearful but determined, he follows, only to be discovered and knocked unconscious.
When DCI Neil Paget is ordered to investigate the disappearance of Mark Newman, he learns that a man by the name of Doyle may be able to help. But Doyle, too, has disappeared, last seen being dragged from his caravan. Newman, it appears, may have stumbled upon a story of greater significance – and danger – than he could have imagined.
Hardcover Severn House ISBN: 978-0-7278-6621-9 June 2008 US$28.00
Brian Vallée, Life with Billy
November 20, 2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the landmark “not guilty” verdict in Jane Hurshman’s first-degree murder trial. This updated commemorative edition of the best-selling Life with Billy, including a new prologue, marks that event and continues to shine a spotlight on the scourge of criminal domestic violence.
Ten years after killing her brutal common-law husband, Billy Stafford, Jane killed herself. But before her death, she spoke out loudly and often, inspiring hundreds, if not thousands, of battered women to flee their abusers. This book is part of her legacy and tells her full story, including her mysterious death.
Trade paperback Key Porter Books ISBN: 978-1-55470-002-8 April 2008 $24.95
Michelle Wan, A Twist of Orchids: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne
Winter in the Dordogne. Mara Dunn and Julian Wood, living in an already uneasy relationship, are confronted by a series of shattering events. Friend and neighbour Amélie Gaillard plunges mysteriously to her death. Her ailing husband is terrorized by a murderous apparition. The son of Julian's favourite purveyors of Turkish delicacies dies of an overdose. An undercover narc is murdered. A serial burglar is at work. And unscrupulous orchid hunters connive in the background. As the sleuthing pair clash over how to unravel this maze of mysteries, they find to their peril that more than their relationship is at stake.
Hardcover Doubleday Canada ISBN: 978-0-385-66484-4 April 2008 $29.95
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BOOKS COMING OUT BETWEEN JANUARY & MARCH 2008
Michael Blair, The Dells: A Joe Shoe Mystery
No sooner does Joe Shoe arrive in his old Toronto neighbourhood than he becomes embroiled in a murder investigation. The victim lived in the neighbourhood thirty-five years earlier, but moved away while still a suspect in a series of rapes that occurred in the very ravine in which he was murdered. Shoe’s inquiries become intensely personal as old friends, girlfriends, and even family members seem to have reasons to want the man dead. Compelling, deeply emotional, and at times even disturbing, The Dells is an accomplished novel by one of Canada’s rising stars of crime fiction.
Mass market paperback
Dundurn Press (A Castle Street Mystery)
Rick Blechta, A Case of You
Meet Andy Curran, drummer in a struggling jazz trio. When a distinctly odd street person sings at an open mic night at the club where the trio is playing, it's clear they've found their salvation: a vocalist of incredible talent. But after Olivia Saint departs one night as abruptly as she'd arrived, Andy sets out to discover where she has gone and who she really is. The answers are not simple…and quickly turn deadly.
"Rick Blechta plays his readers the way his musician hero performs – with finesse, passion and fireworks." – Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator
Jeff Buick, Delicate Chaos
Banking shouldn’t be fatal.
Leon Hewitt, a VP with a Washington DC bank, is asked to okay a corporate restructuring, but balks when people start dying of unnatural causes…like murder.
As Leona struggles to stay ahead of a psychotic killer, the one man she can trust and who could help her, is fighting for his life in Kenya.
Mass market paperback Dorchester Publishing
Terry Carroll, Snow Candy: A Carl North Mystery
Estranged from his wife, relocated to St. Thomas, Ontario, and newly promoted to sergeant, police detective Carl North has a team to run to solve a murder/arson as well as a mysterious fire at a strip club. But can North shake his lone-wolf ways? The Pythons (a biker gang modeled loosely on the real-life Bandidos, charged with Ontario’s largest mass murder) are involved. A stripper whom North has been protecting is threatened. A police officer resigns under a cloud. Fast-paced and violent, Snow Candy is a story of revenge, ruthless competition, and very human police officers.
Vicki Delany, Whiteout
After a painful family drama, Toronto computer expert Joanna Hastings takes a cabin in the remote woods of Northern Ontario to make sense out of her life and her shattered relationship with her daughter. But the town of Hope River is not content to let her lick her wounds. The isolated community has its share of secrets…and strange stories.
2001 EPPIE award winner for Best Mainstream Novel, Whiteout is being re-released by Worldwide Library. Note that the book is not available through retail – just through book clubs and directly from http://www.eharlequin.com/ (Harlequin/Worldwide Library).
Lyn Hamilton, The Chinese Alchemist: An Archaeological 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.
Mass market paperback Berkley Prime Crime ISBN: 978-0-425-21906-5 January 2008 $10.99
Maureen Jennings, The K Hand Shape: A Christine Morris Mystery
Christine Morris is awakened early on a chill November morning by a phone call from one of her colleagues, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Leo Forgach. His daughter, Deirdre, is missing. Despite the fact that she and the doctor have never seen eye to eye, Christine agrees to help in the search for Deirdre…only to discover her brutally strangled body in the lake.
Heartbroken, Leo tells Christine that his daughter was deaf and had recently given birth to a child she had deliberately ensured would be deaf. As a militant supporter of the Deaf Culture, Deirdre wanted a deaf child to make a political statement. Although some people supported her stand, many did not – including Deirdre‘s own father. Christine must use her new kills as a forensic profiler to discover the killer.
Trade paperback Dundurn Press (A Castle Street Mystery)
ISBN: 978-1-55002-763-1 January 2008 $22.99
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.
Mass market paperback Forge Books ISBN: 978-0-7653-5792-2 March 2008 $9.99 (US$7.99)
Debra Purdy Kong, Fatal Encryption
Dressed as Kermit the Frog on Halloween night, unemployed accountant Alex Bellamy wonders where his life went wrong. It could be worse, though – a few miles away, Zachary Ternoway is stabbed at his front door. In need of cash, Alex agrees to help catch a computer prankster at McKinleys’ Department Store. But things turn serious when someone vows to permanently encrypt the store’s data unless ten million dollars is handed over in two weeks. Alex discovers a connection between the murder and the extortion threat, but time’s running out, people are questioning his competency, and a killer is threatening his life.
Gypsy Moon Press
José Latour, Comrades in Miami
Colonel Victoria Valiente, a highly regarded officer in Cuba's General Directorate of Intelligence, is privately weary of both life in Havana and a regime that has far outstayed its welcome. She wants out, and if anyone knows the cat-and-mouse game she needs to play to get off the island, it’s Valiente. But she is not the only master machinator at work. In Miami, the FBI has its own covert operation. They need someone to travel back to Cuba to gather information. Someone who cannot refuse them…
“An impressive mind-bender” – Entertainment Weekly
Trade paperback McClelland & Stewart ISBN 978-0-7710-4662 February 2008 $22.99
April Lindgren, Headline: Murder
The ink might just run red if journalist Pia Keyne keeps putting her life at risk as she investigates the murder of a politician killed in the attics of Queen’s Park. What starts out as a simple headline story quickly turns into something more dangerous as the killings continue and Pia’s investigative skills lead her into the world of Nazi art theft, forgery, drugs, and murder. Having spent years trying to overcome the painful secrets of her own past, Pia must now choose who to trust, who to love, and who to track down as a possible source – for her story, and for murder.
Mass market paperback Second Story Press ISBN: 978-1-897187-41-8 March 2008 $11.95
Linda L. Richards, Death Was the Other Woman
“You’re about to meet a new great dame of crime fiction in Death Was the Other Woman,” says bestselling author Linda Fairstein. “Linda L. Richards does a stunning job in creating a character with a voice and eye right out of a 1930s L.A. hard-boiled classic: guns and gams, booze and bodies, peepers and perps. Move over, Sam Spade: Kitty Pangborn is on the case.”
Publishers Weekly calls Death Was the Other Woman “a winning hard- boiled 1931 whodunit.”
Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press) ISBN: 978-0312377700 January 2008
Audio CD & audio cassette Brilliance Audio
ISBN (CD): 978-1423349716
ISBN (cassette): 978-1423349686
M.M. Stoddart, The Chaparral Murders: Dollar Store Justice From the dense woods of the Appalachian Mountains comes this true tale of deception, murder, and greed in a tiny West Virginia town. M. M. Stoddart returns to the scene of the decades-old murders of Glenn Roberts and his teenaged son, Timothy, to conduct a new investigation of the biggest homicide case in Tucker County history – one shrouded by suspicion and doubt for more than twenty years. Glenn and Timothy were killed by near-contact shotgun blasts from the same weapon on the same night. But their bodies were found eight miles and three weeks apart. Stoddart reopens the cold case, soon finding that the murders were much more than the simple botched robbery that West Virginia authorities had previously concluded. New information uncovers a vast web of missing evidence, deceit, and family intrigue.
Trade paperback iUniverse ISBN: 978-0-595-44329-1 January 2008 US$23.95
Richard A. Thompson, Fiddle Game: A Herman Jackson Mystery In this debut novel in the Herman Jackson bail bondsman series, Herman, a St. Paul, Minnesota, bail bondsman and former Detroit bookie, is doing a good job of living down his shady past. But when he accepts a cursed 400-year-old violin as security for a bond and then witnesses its owner’s murder, he is plunged into a world of con artists, crooked cops, and urban Gypsies who want the violin and at least one crazy person who simply wants him dead. And suddenly his old life back in Detroit seems rather tame. Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has said of it it: "Smart, funny, well-paced, and full action, it delivers on every level.”
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