Mystery

Category: Mystery

I blame it on Perry Mason.

Although technically I suppose the real culprits were Earl Stanley Gardner, the creator of the Perry Mason mysteries and my dad who introduced them to me when I was ten or eleven years old. We had a deal--I read his Perry Mason novels and Dad read my Hardy Boys books. Then we'd talk about them.

And my obsession with the mystery novel was born. 

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Each year, the Scene of the Crime Festival on Kingston’s idyllic Wolfe Island invites Canada’s top crime-writing talent for a day of presentations, workshops, and discussions on the finer points of the genre. Dundurn is pleased to announce that this year’s festival will feature two of its crime-writing luminaries, Gloria Ferris and Barbara Fradkin. Join them on August 17th as they share their expertise and experiences with colleagues and contemporaries.

Media Coverage for Canadian Dundurn titles is sending my Nationalism aflutter thumbnail

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Great White Fleet by John Henry is praised by Montreal Gazette for being a “Porthole into our passenger ship past.”

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 The 25th Annual Lamda Literary Awards were announced in New York on Monday, June 3rd at a sold out gala ceremony. Dundurn is thrilled to announce that Jeffrey Round, author of Lake of the Mountain, won for Best Gay Mystery. Lake on the Mountain is the first in the Dan Sharp mystery series, and is set in Prince Edward County. Jeffrey Round has published five other novels, and has also written plays, and directed short films.

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Yellowknife, NWT

It’s been an eventful, laughter-filled weekend at the NorthWords Writers’ Festival, with a perfect blend of work and play.  Friday began with a mystery panel discussion and readings at the local high school in an auditorium filled with attentive and enthusiastic teenagers. Friday evening , at the festival’s most popular event, the BLUSH open mic, Vicki and I both read short funny erotica spoofs that brought the house down. To get into character, I wore a red boa and Vicki a feathery white fascinator.

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Vicki and Barbara arrive in Yellowknife

As we flew north out of Calgary, first the cities dropped away, and then the towns, then the farms, finally the roads.  We flew over endless forrest and lakes for hours.  Then in the far distance I could see an expanse of white. Clouds?

No. As we got closer, we could see Great Slave Lake, still iced over.  On the 29th of May.

Fortunately only the lake was still covered in snow - I've brought summer clothes. 

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Today on the blog we have an interview with Mel Bradshaw, author of the new release Fire on the Runway. Mel studied English and philosophy at the University of Toronto and continued at Oxford. His first novel, Death in the Age of Steam, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel. Today Mel talks about this new book, his ideal writing environment and what he's reading right now.

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This week our social media theme is mysteries, and to kick us off we've got an interview with Michael Januska, author of Grey Cup Century, and his new release (and first mystery) Riverside Drive. Michael was born in Windsor, Ontario. He has worked with books his whole life, both as a bookseller and for several book publishing companies. He is also an award-winning crime fiction writer.

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