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Bellevue Square

Doppelgänger themes aren’t all that common in crime fiction, but Canadian author Michael Redhill uses one to beautiful effect in his award-winning novel Bellevue Square. Bookseller Jean Mason becomes convinced that her double has been frequenting the Kensington Market area of Toronto and sets out…
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Past & Present

Written by Judy Penz Sheluk — A young woman launching a business to help other people find missing family members ends up reconnecting to her own. This is the second in Judy Penz Sheluk’s Marketville Mystery series, set in a small town outside Toronto, and…
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Bellevue Square

Written by Michael Redhill — As you eagerly turn the pages of this fascinating brainteaser of a novel by Michael Redhill you may find yourself suspecting that the first person narrator is not just allowing herself to slip into delusion and mental illness… she’s already…
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The Language of Secrets

Written by Ausma Zehanat Khan — Now out in paperback is Ausma Zehanat Khan’s second Toronto-based thriller featuring Esa Khattak,  head of the Community Policing Section, and his sergeant and chief sounding-board, Rachel Getty. Winter is coming on, but the atmosphere is hot. The Integrated…
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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Written by Alan Bradley — If you come to this book expecting something sombre about human frailty based on Shakespeare’s line, “Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney sweepers come to dust,” then you’re in the wrong place. This book is a charming recreation of…
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NTN: Cracked

Written by Barbra Leslie — Barbra Leslie’s debut is being marketed as belonging to the new trend in crime fiction of strong, fearless anti-heroines like those seen in such smash hits as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Whether or not this really is new is…
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Canada's Arthur Ellis Awards 2015

A few days ago at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto, Canada celebrated its finest crime authors with the annual Arthur Ellis Awards. It’s a set of gongs given out by The Crime Writers of Canada and is named after the pseudonym used by…
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The Devil You Know

Written by Elisabeth de Mariaffi — Canada is often thought of as a gentler, safer, and dare I say it, more boring version of its southern neighbour. Canadian citizens are less brash, perhaps less overtly patriotic than Americans, and the country’s gun laws are tighter….
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