Murder and Mayhem

27may5:00 pm6:00 pmMurder and MayhemWith Jennifer Hillier, Hannah Mary McKinnon, K.D. Richards, and Melodie Campbell

Speakers for this event

  • Hannah Mary McKinnon

    Hannah Mary McKinnon


    Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. She now lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute. Connect with her on Facebook, on Twitter @HannahMMcKinnon, and on Instagram @HannahMaryMcKinnon.



  • Jennifer Hillier

    Jennifer Hillier


    Jennifer Hillier is the USA Today, Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail bestselling author of Things We Do in the Dark, described as “an intoxicating thrill ride” by the New York Times and “propulsive and chilling” by People magazine. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario with her family.



  • K.D. Richards

    K.D. Richards


    Daphne du Maurier Award finalist, K.D. Richards writes pulse pounding romantic suspense and thrillers. K.D. was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs just outside of Washington, D.C. A writer since a young age, after college she earned a law degree and worked as an attorney and legal instructor for fifteen years but never stopped writing fiction. She currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.



  • Melodie Campbell

    Melodie Campbell


    Called the “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun, Melodie Campbell has won ten awards for crime fiction, including the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence. Her publications include over 100 comedy credits, 17 novels, and 60 short stories. The Merry Widow Murders has just been released from Cormorant Books. 



Event Details

Why do we love reading about the sick and twisted? From cold and calculated to crimes of passion, these authors discuss what it’s like to write about the monsters among us. Prepare for a chilling ride.

The Revenge List by Hannah Mary McKinnon,
MIRA Books (HarperCollins)

The people in Frankie Morgan’s life say she’s angry. Emotionally stunted. Combative. But really, who can blame her? It’s hard being nice when your clients are insufferable, your next-door neighbour is a miserable woman and the cowardly driver who killed your mother is still out living it up somewhere.

Somehow, though, she finds herself at her very first anger-management group session–drinking terrible coffee and learning all about how “forgiveness is a process.”

One that starts with a list.

Frankie is skeptical. A list of everyone who’s wronged her in some way over the years? More paper, please. Still, she makes the pointless list–with her own name in a prominent spot–and promptly forgets about it…until it goes missing. And one by one, the people she’s named start getting hurt in freak accidents, each deadlier than the last.

Things We Do In The Dark by Jennifer Hillier
Minotaur Books

When Paris Peralta is arrested in her own bathroom―covered in blood, holding a straight razor, her celebrity husband dead in the bathtub behind her―she knows she’ll be charged with murder. But as bad as this looks, it’s not what worries her the most. With the unwanted media attention now surrounding her, it’s only a matter of time before someone from her long hidden past recognizes her and destroys the new life she’s worked so hard to build, along with any chance of a future.

Twenty-five years earlier, Ruby Reyes, known as the Ice Queen, was convicted of a similar murder in a trial that riveted Canada in the early nineties. Reyes knows who Paris really is, and when she’s unexpectedly released from prison, she threatens to expose all of Paris’s secrets. Left with no other choice, Paris must finally confront the dark past she escaped, once and for all.

Catching the Carling Lake Killer by K.D. Richards
Harlequin Intrigue

Journalist Simone Jarrett and Carling Lake sheriff Lance Webb have kept their casual affair clandestine to avoid gossip. But as his feelings for Simone deepen, Lance is troubled by the knowledge that she’s hiding something. Then, after twenty years, the Card Killer strikes again. And Simone’s secret puts her in the killer’s sights. Now the two must team up to find the murderer…and save Simone’s life.

The Merry Widow Murders by Melodie Campbell
Cormorant Books

It’s the latter half of the Roaring Twenties and Lady Lucy Revelstoke, the unconventional widow of a young British lord, is once more crossing the Atlantic on a state-of-the-art ocean liner. Rubbing elbows with the era’s elite, Lucy has come a long way from her roots as the daughter of a Canadian mobster.

But when a dead man turns up in her stateroom on the first night of the voyage, Lucy wonders if her past has come back to haunt her. Who is this dead man? Is someone from her past trying to send her a message? Lucy doesn’t wait to find out. With her chivalrous friend Lord Tony, and Elf, her pickpocket-turned-maid, she endeavours to throw the body overboard. It does not go as planned.

When the body is discovered by authorities on the ship, Lucy must do everything in her power to find the murderer before they look too deeply into her past.

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27 May 2023 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

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