Napier, Jim

napier-jimJim Napier

Since 2005 Jim Napier’s reviews and interviews have been published in several Canadian newspapers. His work has also been featured on such major crime fiction websites as The Rap Sheet, Spinetingler, Shots Magazine, January magazine, Crime Time, Type M for Murder, Reviewing the Evidence, and on his own award-winning website, Deadly Diversions. He has interviewed such seminal crime writers as P. D. James, Ian Rankin, Louise Penny, Denise Mina, Sara Paretsky, and Philip Kerr.

Jim has twice served as a judge for the Arthur Ellis Awards, given out by the Crime Writers of Canada, and chaired the awards in 2009. In 2011 he scripted a mystery play, Murder on the Menu, for a fundraising event, and his article, Putting Your Protagonist in Jeopardy was included in the anthology Now Write! Mysteries, published by Tarcher/Penguin the same year. In April of 2012 he was a panelist at the Blue Metropolis literary festival, on the topic “Montreal Noir: the city’s forgotten pulp past.” Jim also chaired a panel discussion on “Gumshoes and Cops” at the Bloody Words crimefest held in Toronto in June of 2012. His current projects include preparing biographies of Canada’s leading crime novelists for The Canadian Encyclopedia, and completing two crime novels of his own featuring Inspector Colin McDermott of the London Metropolitan Police.