Liz Bugg is new to the crime-writing scene. She made what Margaret Cannon of The Globe and Mail called "a slick debut" with her first novel, Red Rover, published in the fall of 2010. Cannon, went on to say, "This is a series to watch," which is exactly what Bugg is intending to give her growing reader base. Born in Saskatchewan, and trained as a teacher and actor, Bugg eventually ended up in Toronto, where her novel is set. After years of playing characters on stage and helping students create their own stories, Bugg, an avid mystery fan, decided to put these experiences together in the form of her own mystery novel. The result is "a page-turning thriller" (Erin Knight, Open Book Ontario). When not nurturing her new writing career, Bugg still accepts occasional teaching or acting jobs. Relaxation includes watching or reading crime or mystery stories, riding her beloved bike, playing chess and spending time with her partner and their children.
Red Rover, Insomniac Press, 2010
Thalia Spencer is missing. Is she in trouble or simply avoiding her family? When his daughter disappears, conservative businessman John Spencer hires Toronto private eye Calli Barnow to find her. At first it seems like just another runaway case, but when Calli finds out that Thalia's lover, Zoe, hasn't seen her either, she starts to wonder if there's something sinister going on. Then Thalia's ex-boyfriend turns up dead. Is Calli hunting a killer or another victim? This fast-moving thriller follows Calli Barnow through the twists and turns of Toronto's neighbourhoods, from rundown but friendly Kensington Market to the Church Street gaybourhood, through the ravines of Rosedale and Mount Pleasant's mausoleums.
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