Now for something a bit different!
In honour of this day, I'd like to compile a list of favourite Canadian fictional mystery couples. There are, of course, the married ones like Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green and his wife, Sharon, from Barbara Fradkin's award-winning series.
Mike Martin has given his Newfoundland RCMP Sgt. Winston Windflower a girlfriend, Sheila who works at the local diner, the Mug Up.
John Moss has his Toronto police team of Miranda Quin and David Morgan. There are a lot of innuendos and long looks but basically, it's a working partnership. Or is it?
In Mary Jane Maffini's Camilla McPhee series set in Ottawa, the long distance love interest is Sgt.Ray Deveau, a Cape Breton police officer.
Robin Harlick has a long-standing romance going on between her protagonist Meg Harris and Eric, an Algonquin band chief.
For Vicki Delany's Const. Molly Smith in Trafalgar, B.C., the hearthrob is RCMP officer Adam Tocek.
Erika Chase has a blossoming romance between main character Lizzie Turner and Police Chief Mark Dreyfus.
In Janice MacDonald's Randy Craig mysteries, her long-time romantic interest is a local cop, Steve.
Hilary MacLeod has Hy McAllister, the main character in the Shores Mysteries, in a relationship with neighbour Ian Simmons.
For Brad Smith's Virgil Cain, there's a lot of romance going on with law enforcement officer Claire Marchand.
That's it for me. I know I've missed more than I've listed so please, take a minute and add a romantic couple to this list. Remember, they do have to live between the pages of a mystery novel written by a Canadian. And we all love Canadian mystery authors!