Category: Mystery

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Put on the Armour of Light is an old-fashioned mystery in the amateur sleuth tradition, with touches of humour and romance. It’s set in Winnipeg in 1899 and the hero is a young Presbyterian minister, Charles Lauchlan. I’m more attracted to mystery books where character and setting are to the fore, and where the detective uses his or her grey matter to solve the crime rather than whizz-bang forensic technology. So that’s the kind of book I tried to write.


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Barbara Fradkin

Literary Clarity with Barbara Fradkin

Posted on January 27 by Kyle in Interview, Mystery

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NONE SO BLIND examines justice itself, not in the abstract, but with all the flaws, biases, doubts, and best efforts of those who strive to carry it out. When a convicted college professor is found dead weeks after being released on parole, Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green is forced to re-examine the case upon which his career and reputation were built.


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Tunnels, Towers and Fairyland

Posted on December 16 by Jill Downie

The Moretti and Falla mysteries are set on the Channel Island of Guernsey, where I once lived.  An island of contrasts, it is rich in themes for a writer, with ancient traditions and fairy lore, but it is also haunted by more recent presences.  The Channel Islands were occupied during the Second World War, and the battlements and fortifications of that traumatic time still stand, many of them now resurrected and refurbished, sharing the landscape and the tourists with fairy rings, prehistoric dolmens, and caves believed to be the gates to fairyland.

Vancouver Noir

Posted on August 8 by Sam Wiebe

Browse the mystery section of your local bookstore, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a book that doesn’t have a subtitle of the “A [Detective’s Name] Investigation” variety. Whether it’s a Rebus novel or a Miss Marple mystery, the common thread and selling point of the series is the stability of the main character. It’s a reassurance to the readers that nothing will really happen to them.

Writing mysteries is a space of my own, where words surround me

Their sounds vibrate with silence and seduction, symphony and serendipity

Inspiration coalesing into clarity, like figures emerging from the fog

Words rant and rave, wild and free, lassoeed and tamed

To turn to prose that is all encompassing ……….to turn to mystery

Words drenched in meaning  - love, hate, soul, greed, evil, lust, motive, menacing, mystical

Paint a thousand pictures, the brushstrokes different for every canvas