Why the Rock Falls


Danger lurks in the wilderness of the Rockies.

When a Hollywood director’s wife dies during a local movie shoot, filming is suspended. The death also spells the end of ex-Mountie Lacey McCrae’s latest temporary job. At loose ends, Lacey volunteers to help in the search for an aging oil baron and his son who have disappeared in the foothills of the Rockies. As drone operators scan the forested valleys from the air and rock-climbers rappel down narrow chasms in search of the pair, Lacey dons her Victim Services’ cap to ease tensions among the missing oilman’s four adult sons and three ex-wives.

As the squabbles over the possible inheritance intensify, Lacey uncovers a surprising link between the missing oilman and the big-shot director. But an unexpected event sends Lacey out on a risky trek across an unstable mountainside on the trail of a murderer who is bent on killing again.


A taut, high-stakes thriller that is deeply personal, internal, and psychological.

Foreword Reviews, for When the Flood Falls

Beneath the many mysteries of Barnard's character-driven debut are enduring questions about the complexities of life and the choices people make.

Kirkus Reviews, for When the Flood Falls

About the Author

J.E. Barnard

Posted by Kendra on August 29, 2017
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J.E. Barnard

J.E. Barnard's first book in the Falls Mysteries series, When the Flood Falls, won the Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award in 2016. Her novella Maddie Hatter and the Gilded Gauge was an Alberta Book of the Year and a 2018 Prix Aurora finalist. She lives in Calgary.