John Moss


John Moss is a scuba diving instructor and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published more than two dozen books ranging from a collection of short stories, Being Fiction, to memoirs like Invisible among the Ruins: Field Notes of a Canadian in Ireland, to studies of Arctic landscape, Enduring Dreams, and studies of Canadian fiction such as Patterns of Isolation, The Ancestral Present, and A Reader’s Guide to the Canadian Novel.

He and his wife, Beverley Haun, whose book, Inventing ‘Easter Island,’ began with their adventures in the South Pacific, live in a stone farmhouse in Peterborough, Ontario. After years teaching at the University of Ottawa, John continues to travel extensively and to dive in exotic places, to build “antique” furniture, to whitewater canoe with old friends, to cross-country ski when the conditions allow, and to share his astonishment at being alive, especially through writing mysteries about murder and the intricacies of inopportune death.

Still Waters, published by Dundurn Press (2008) in their Castle Street Mystery Series, is the first of a series featuring Toronto detectives Miranda Quin and David Morgan whose relationship is contrary and complementary,  like a married couple except for the sex. With the discovery of a corpse, in this novel as in the novels to follow, the past is reshaped as the narrative unfolds. Through episodes of suspense and sensuality, horror and wit, Morgan and Miranda engage the reader’s appetite to see within hearts of darkness the occasional glimmer of light.