Despite advances in DNA testing, forensics, and the investigative skills used by police, hundreds of crimes remain unsolved across Canada. With every passing day trails grow colder and decades can pass before a new lead or witness comes forward if one comes forward.

In Unsolved, Robert J. Hoshowsky examines twelve crimes that continue to haunt us. Some cases are well-known, while others have virtually disappeared from the public eye. All of the cases remain open, and many are being re-examined by police using the latest tools and technology. Hoshowsky takes the reader through all aspects of the crimes and how police are trying to solve them using three-dimensional facial reconstructions, DNA testing, age-enhanced drawings, original crime scene photos, and more.

None of the individuals profiled in Unsolved deserved their fate, but their stories deserve to be told and their killers need to be brought to justice.


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"As Hoshowsky shows in his sensitive, non-sensationalist survey of 11 Canadian cases from 1968 to 2006, what progress has been made in solving [cold cases] has been a matter of technological wizardry."


Hoshowsky is a good writer. His prose, which is of a very high caliber, flows smoothly, almost in poetic fashion, with the result that Unsolved is very hard to put down.

Canadian Materials Magazine

"Peggy Dymond Leavey has written an engaging and moving story of a likable, imaginative girl. I kept reading late into the night, empathizing with Ivy and wanting to know what happened next. The realities of the Great Depression are brought to life with authentic, well-researched details"


About the Author

Robert J. Hoshowsky

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Robert J. Hoshowsky

Robert J. Hoshowsky is an investigative journalist who has explored first-hand the world of cults, bikers, cops, killers, and thieves. A former researcher-reporter at Maclean's, Hoshowsky has had work appear in more than one hundred magazines and newspapers worldwide. His highly acclaimed book, The Last to Die, was shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in Toronto.