What's not to like about winter -- frigid cold days with the sun glistening on snowbanks; the Rideau Canal opened today for ice skating on this Heritage gem; and, spring is just around the corner.
To help you get through winter, if that's how you view it, and to add anticipation as we wait for spring, there are new releases from Canadian mystery and crime writers just waiting to hit the bookshelves (or ebook lists, if you prefer).
Coming up in February, Peggy Blair follows up on her acclaimed first novel, The Beggar's Opera with the second Inspector Ramirez, The Poisoned Pawn, from Penguin. The setting is Havana and what better place to be in the depths of winter.
In March, award-winning author Mary Jane Maffini has yet another new series being released! This one she's writing with her daughter, Vicky Maffini, under the pseudonym of Victoria Abbott. The Christie Curse, from Berkley Prime Crime,
Well-known mystery writer Barbara Fradkin has sent her Ottawa Police Inspector Green to the Nahanni in search of his missing daughter, in The Whisper of Legends. This is number 9 in this award-winning series from Dundurn Press and will appear in April.
I already have an advance reading copy of west coast author Lou Allin's latest RCMP Corporal Holly Martin's newest outing, Twilight is not Good for Maidens, and will review it closer to the release date, which is May. This is also from Dundurn Press.
And I know there's a copy of Edmonton writer Janice MacDonald's newest mystery on it's way soon. Watch for that review, too. And, looking way ahead to August, the mysterious Erika Chase has Cover Story, the 3rd Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery slated to appear.
That's just a sampling of what to look for and you know, it's all good. There will be many more titles from Canadian writers over the coming year. I'll post reviews as I receive books and I'll add a list of authors, titles and release months to this blogsite.
Linda Wiken/Erika Chase
READ AND BURIED
Berkley Prime Crime, now available
A KILLER READ, also available at your favourite bookstores and online.