Move over Nancy Drew – mavens of mystery C.S. O’Cinneide, Gail Bowen, and Ann Lambert are writing award-winning mysteries with strong lady leads. Follow the trail along with these
Move over Nancy Drew – mavens of mystery C.S. O’Cinneide, Gail Bowen, and Ann Lambert are writing award-winning mysteries with strong lady leads. Follow the trail along with these sleuths, from finding a body to solving the murder! Moderated by Deb Dundas, Toronto Star.
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Ann Lambert has been writing and directing for the stage for thirty-five years. She is the author of the Russell and Leduc Mystery Series. Ann has been a teacher of English literature at Dawson College for almost thirty years in Montreal, Quebec, where she makes her home.
C.S. O’Cinneide runs the blog She Kills Lit and is the author of Petra’s Ghost, a literary thriller set on the Camino de Santiago. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Gail Bowen is an author, playwright, and teacher. Among her numerous writing awards are a lifetime achievement award from the Crime Writers of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina. Reader’s Digest has called her Canada’s best mystery novelist. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with her husband, Ted.
The Dogs of Winter
Ann Cleeves praises the second book in the Russell and Leduc mysteries as a story about power and powerlessness in the dead of winter as well as “a rollicking good read.” After a howling snowstorm envelops Montreal, the body of a young woman is discovered. The only clue to her identity: a photograph in her pocket with the phone number of Detective Inspector Romeo Leduc. Meanwhile, Marie and Romeo navigate their deepening relationship, and a student at Marie’s college is the victim of a terrible assault. Romeo thinks the young woman’s death is linked to violence against homeless people, but justice for the most vulnerable is hard to find.
The Star Sting Scale
Candace Starr likes to think of herself as retired since she got out of prison — that is, until society maven Kristina Corrigan tries to hire Candace to permanently remove her daughter’s barnacle of a boyfriend. The only catch? Tyler Brent is seventeen years old. Even Candace draws the line at taking out a target who doesn’t even shave yet.
But when Tyler turns up dead, people start asking questions. Detective Chien-Shiung Malone, the ambitious homicide investigator assigned to the case, has more than a few of her own. Candace isn’t about to provide any answers, though — until Malone makes her a proposition she just can’t refuse.
The Unlocking Season
In the nineteenth instalment of the Joanne Kilbourn series, Jo is co-writing a screenplay for a made-in-Saskatchewan movie. But before the script is completed, her brilliant co-writer and friend, Roy Brodnitz, disappears while scouting locations. Hours later, he’s found but dies in a state of mortal terror. Heartsick and perplexed, Joanne resolves to learn what happened. What she discovers threatens Brodnitz’s legacy, and the decision about whether or not to reveal the truth is hers to make. The Unlocking Season is another deeply satisfying and thought-provoking novel from one of Canada’s finest crime writers.
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