Bradshaw, Mel

Mel BradshawMel Bradshaw

Victorian Canada provides the setting for Mel Bradshaw's first crime novel. Death in the Age of Steam was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award and won the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Mystery category. His second historical mystery, Quarrel with the Foe, leaps ahead 70 years to the Roaring Twenties—while Victim Impact is a contemporary crime novel featuring biker gangs and courtroom drama in the Golden Horseshoe. Various journals have published Mel's short stories. He has also written on military history for The Canadian Forum

Mel was born and grew up in Toronto, where he took his B.A. and was film editor of The Varsity. He holds a post-graduate degree in philosophy from Oxford University. A former English teacher, Mel now writes full-time.


Selected Bibliography

Crime novels:

Death in the Age of Steam. Toronto: RendezVous Press, 2004

Quarrel with the Foe. Toronto: RendezVous Press, 2005

Victim Impact. Toronto: RendezVous Press, 2008


Short crime fiction:
“Horse and Snake” in Descant 53, Summer 1986
“The Nuremberg Code” in Queen's Quarterly 93/4, Winter 1986
“Weevil Mind” in Queen's Quarterly 96/2, Summer 1989


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Mel Bradshaw's photo by Brett Newsome



Death in the Age of Steam
Isaac never managed to forget Theresa, despite her marriage to another man. Now her father's dead, Theresa has disappeared—and only Isaac is asking questions.

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