Category Archives: Canadian fiction

Series to savour 3 – L. R. Wright’s Karl Alberg mysteries

The late Laurlai Rose Wright was a talented novelist who passed away much to soon. She was one of the first Canadian novelists to become renown within the mystery genre. She was called “Canada’s Queen of Crime Fiction” by Chatelaine magazine … Continue reading

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A seasonal short, short story by Annie Daylon

Have you ever wondered how writers can evoke such emotion is just a few words? Annie Daylon has risen to the task. Read her moving little ‘flash fiction’ story “The end of the harvest“. http://www.anniedaylon.com/2016/10/21/the-end-of-the-harvest/ You can follow Annie via her blog … Continue reading

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“The couple next door” by Shari Lapena

This seems to be the year for debut novels that are very well crafted.  “The couple next door” is a riveting suspense novel that keeps readers turning the pages frantically to follow the plight of its characters.  With a fast-paced plot … Continue reading

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“Safe as houses” by Susan Glickman

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of ‘cozy mystery’ and women’s fiction, then “Safe as houses” might just be for you! Set in the Hillcrest Village area of Toronto, the novel features as protagonist a former librarian turned bookshop … Continue reading

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“Of sea and seed” by Annie Daylon

Historical fiction should do two things. #1 Portray the time period, culture, and events with accuracy (i.e. be well researched); #2 Entertain. Annie Daylon’s “Of sea and seed” succeeds on both counts.  She has captured Newfoundland’s history with articulate accuracy … Continue reading

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“I’m thinking of ending things” by Iain Reid

One thing’s for sure.  I’ll never hear “Hey Good Lookin’” again with having chills go down my spine… Iain Reid’s novel is not for everyone.  I think that you will either hate it, or, as I did, love it! Some … Continue reading

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“The Devil you Know” by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

I purchased this book in Kindle format – it was the title chosen for the month of May by my “in person” book club, Whodunit.   The Goodreads description of the book: Debut novel about a rookie reporter, whose memories … Continue reading

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“Still Mine” by Amy Stuart

Clare O’Dey is a runaway wife.  She has taken very little with her, but she has tons of ‘baggage’. Clare is running from her abusive husband – and running from herself…  On the road in an old, unreliable and unregistered car … Continue reading

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“She’s not there” by Joy Fielding

Way back in 2006 I read a novel called “The Deep End“.  A suspense tour de force, it caused me to become a fan of Joy Fielding. “She’s not there” is another solid suspense story which has disturbing similarities to the … Continue reading

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“Countdown to death” by Iain McChesney – Book Review

This book was a gift from the author, Iain McChesney, and his publisher, Wayzgoose Press via NetGalley for the purposes of review. Agatha Christie fans will appreciate this fun new take on her novel “And then there were none“!   If I … Continue reading

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“What kills good men” ~~ by David Hood

Published by Nimbus Publishing, “What kills good men” is a historical police procedural mystery set in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1899. The setting was of special interest to me as Halifax is where I grew up and is very near … Continue reading

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“The Drop Zone” by Bob Kroll – Book Review

If you are into flawed, damaged, and tormented protagonists this novel will be a favorite! “The Drop Zone” introduces T. J. Peterson.  A police detective in an unnamed urban municipality in Eastern Canada.  Peterson has lost his wife, his daughter, … Continue reading

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“At the water’s edge” by Sara Gruen – Book Review

“It is interesting to note that during the Second World War the German High Command had sufficient confidence in the reality of the monster to actually drop bombs in Loch Ness with the intent of destroying the creature and, thereby, … Continue reading

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“Walt” by Russell Wangersky

Take a reading journey to Newfoundland – or to what we in Atlantic Canada affectionately call “The Rock”.   Set in modern day St. John’s,  Newfoundland’s capital city, the novel features a solitary, fifty-something grocery store janitor named “Walt“.    Walt is … Continue reading

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“Cold mourning” by Brenda Chapman

Set in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city during the week leading up to Christmas, “Cold mourning” was a perfect novel to read this time of year. The prologue opens in 1995 in northern Canada where two young First Nations girls have … Continue reading

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