Butler FullCurl

Dave Butler, Full Curl, Dundurn Press

When National Park Warden Jenny Willson discovers that trophy animals are being slaughtered in Canada's mountain parks, how far will she go in a cross-border race for justice?

Bell Dying On Second

E.C. Bell, Dying on Second, Tyche Books

All Marie wants is fresh air and exercise. Is that too much to ask?

Cragg DeadReakoning

Carys Cragg, Dead Reckoning: How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father, Arsenal Pulp Press

A woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier. A powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn't necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.

Bradshaw WinnersLoss

Mel Bradshaw, Winner's Loss, Iguana Books

In the fertile artistic milieu of 1927 Toronto, a painter is dead. Detective Sergeant Paul Shenstone won’t rest until he finds out why.

Mesdames 13Claws

Mesdames of Mayhem, 13 Claws, Carrick Publishing

Are our animal companions angels or demons? Our friends or our betrayers? 13 Claws is the third anthology by The Mesdames of Mayhem.

Arnold HalloweenisMurder

Carolyn Arnold, Halloween is Murder, Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

When a local television reporter ends up dead, Sean and Sara’s Halloween becomes even more chilling as they try to catch a killer.

Smallman LastCall

Phyllis Smallman, Last Call, Phyllis Smallman

Murder in the confusion of a hurricane, this is a suspenseful story of friendship and endurance.

deNikolits NoFuryLikeThat

Lisa de Nikolits, No Fury Like That, Inanna Publications

A one-of-a kind literary thriller about life and death and the power of second chances. The novel takes you on a fast-paced, funny, adventurous ride, exploring themes of love, the meaning of life, friendship and revenge.

MacLeod CodOnlyKnows

Hilary MacLeod, Cod Only Knows, Acorn Press

Finally, readers of The Shores Mystery series will meet Abel, the man whose been lurking in the background through five books. Cod Only Knows is a fish story about the one that got away - a 300 lb. giant cod that trails murder and mayhem in its wake.

Dowdall AuPair

Anna Dowdall, The Au Pair, The Wild Rose Press

Montrealer Ashley Smeeton's in a fix.  An au pair job sounds like easy money.  Family secrets and a strange child are one thing.  Murder's another.

Whishaw DeathinDarkeningMist

Iona Whishaw, An Old Cold Grave, TouchWood Editions

Gwen felt a wave of horror sweep through her.  She could see, soil encrusted and stained the colour of dark tea, some delicate bones, with shreds of decaying cloth. The bones were most certainly human.

Sullivan Gritty

Colleen Baxter Sullivan, Gritty, Waldorf Publishing

Who would know that when Adam Garwood took a detour through a Montreal Alley, he would meet up with Gritty, a very complex character, taking up residence in a box?

Harlick PurplePaletteforMurder

R.J. Harlick, Purple Palette for Murder, Dundurn Press

Her husband arrested for murder, Meg flies to Yellowknife, where she races to unravel a sordid trail of family secrets and greed to prove his innocence.

Delany BodyonBakerSt

Vicki Delany, Body on Baker Street, Crooked Lane Book

The unusually perceptive Gemma Doyle and her confused but ever-loyal friend Jayne Wilson return in the second in the "charming" Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series.

Fradkin TrickstersLullaby

Barbara Fradkin, The Trickster's Lullaby, Dundurn Press

A winter camping trip turns deadly as two missing teenagers, a twisted love triangle, and the spectre of radicalism create turmoil in the remote Laurentian wilderness.

Nesbitt Baggerman MurderAmongThieves

Lauren Nesbitt-Baggerman, Murder Among Thieves, Volumes

Stolen gems, a notorious murder, the girl who knows: a mystery Matthew Traverse must solve – even if it kills him.

Evans SeaweedUnderFire

Stanley Evans, Seaweed Under Fire, Ekstasis Editions

If you want somebody's legs broken, even if you want somebody killed it can be arranged, at a price.

Delany WhiteSandBlues

Vicki Delany, White Sand Blues, Orca Rapid Reads

Paramedic Ashley Grant is thrown into the deep end when she arrives at her new job in the tiny Caribbean country of the Victoria and Albert Islands to be picked up at the airport by the island's only ambulance.

Crawford BeyondFaith

Sharon A. Crawford, Beyond Faith, Blue Denim Press

Fraternal twins Dana Bowman and Bast Overture are thrust into a twisted scenario of extortion, stalking, fire, vandalism, secret adoptions, a bank robbery, assault, and murders.

Driscoll Danna BeforeItsTooLate

Jen J. Danna (writing as Sara Driscoll), Before It's Too Late, Kensington Publishing

FBI handler Meg Jennings and her trusted search-and-rescue Lab, Hawk, must race against the clock before a diabolical killer strikes again.

Ryan Matanzas

Garry Ryan, Matanzas, NeWest Press

Calgary’s Detective Lane flies to Cuba to celebrate the wedding of his beloved niece. While there, though, he finds himself drafted by the local police into investigating the murder of a Canadian tourist.

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Louise Penny

Louise Penny is an award-winning member of Crime Writers of Canada. She has won the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year three consecutive years (2007–2009). Read about her incredible award winning Inspector Gamache series on her own fabulous website!

Louise was born in Toronto where she earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Radio and Television) in 1979. Before she turned to writing in 2004, she was a journalist and radio host for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in various cities across Canada for 25 years. She currently lives in a village south of Montreal with her husband Michael.

Her oeuvre is a series of mystery novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, head of the homicide department of the Sûreté du Québec . The novels, although set in the province of Quebec, feature many hallmarks of the British whodunit genre, including murders by unconventional means, bucolic villages, large casts of suspects, red herrings, and a dramatic disclosure of the murderer in the last few pages of the book.

Since turning to writing, Louise has enjoyed remarkable success, garnering major crime novel award nominations for each of her first five novels, and subsequently winning several of those awards.

 

Selected Bibliography:
  • Still Life, 2005. Winner of the "New Blood" Dagger award in the United Kingdom, the Arthur Ellis Award in Canada for best first crime novel, the Dilys Award, the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel in the United States.
  • A Fatal Grace, 2007. Winner of the Agatha Award for best novel of 2007.
  • The Cruelest Month, 2008. Winner of the Agatha Award for best novel of 2008. Nominated for the Anthony, the McAvity and the Barry awards for best novel of 2008.
  • The Murder Stone (titled A Rule Against Murder in U.S.), 2009. A New York Times bestseller, and nominated for an Arthur Ellis award in the category of best novel.
  • The Brutal Telling, 2009. Winner of the Agatha Award for best novel of 2009.
  • Bury your Dead, September 2010. Winner of the Agatha Award for best novel of 2010.

 

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