Monday, December 17, 2012

Audio book sample

Did you know that all of my Poisoned Pen Press books are available in audio formats?  Read by the wonderful Carrington MacDuffe, they're great for people who travel long distances by car, are sight-impaired, or just like listening to a good book.  Last time I drove across Canada (Picton, Ontario to Victoria B.C. and back) I took two audio books out of the library to keep me entertained on the long boring parts.

They can be expensive, quite a bit more than a paper or e-book, so are ideal for libraries. If you're public library doesn't have copies, why not ask them.

In the meantime, the first chapter of MORE THAN SORROW has been released on YouTube so you can see if you think you'll enjoy it.  Here's it is for your listening pleasure:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wrap it ! Read it ! Love it !

I’m taking part in this blog hop at the suggestion of Tina Whittle, author of Darker Than Any Shadow and The Dangerous Edge of Things, both from Poisoned Pen Press. (Find Tina at:

So, if you’ve come to this page because you are looking for gift suggestions, you are definitely in the write (sic) place.

I am perhaps Canada’s most varied crime writer.  I write three completely different type of crime novels, so I should have something for all tastes.

The Klondike Gold Rush Series published by Dundurn Press.  These are meant to be light and funny.  Set in 1898, they’re a mad-cap romp thought the muddy streets of Dawson City during the great Klondike Gold Rush.  There are three books in the series: Gold Digger, Gold Rush, Gold Mountain.

It’s the spring of 1898 in Dawson, Yukon Territory. The Klondike Gold Rush is in full swing and Fiona MacGillivray has crawled over the Chilkoot Pass determined to make her fortune as the owner of the Savoy dance hall. Provided, that is, if her 12-year-old son; the former Glasgow street fighter who's now her business partner; a stern, handsome NWMP constable; a love-struck, ex-boxing champion; a wild assortment of dancers, croupiers, gamblers, madams without hearts of gold, hangers-on, cheechakos and sourdoughs; and Fiona's nimble-fingered past don’t get to her first. And then there’s a dead body on centre stage.

The Constable Molly Smith series published by Poisoned Pen Press.  Police procedural novels set in British Columbia.  There are five books so far, In the Shadow of the Glacier, Valley of the Lost, Winter of Secrets, Negative Image, and In the Shadow of the Glacier.  The series has been optioned for TV by Brightlight Pictures!

Set in the small mountain town of Trafalgar, British Columbia, Vicki’s critically acclaimed series follows young Constable Molly Smith, Detective Sergeant John Winters and their families, friends, co-workers in a traditional police procedural series with a very modern twist.

Standalone novels of suspense. If you like your reading with more of a psychological edge and perhaps a hint of the paranormal, then try one of my standalones from Poisoned Pen Press: Scare the Light Away, Burden of Memory or More than Sorrow, my most recent book.  Here’s More than Sorrow:

Once, Hannah Manning was an internationally-renowned journalist and war correspondent. Today, she's a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Unable to read, unable to concentrate, full of pain, lost and confused, haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister's small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to recover. As summer settles on the farm, she finds comfort in the soft rolling hills and neat fields as well as friendship in the company of Hila Popalzai, an Afghan woman also traumatized by war.

Hannah experiences visions of a woman, emerging from the icy cold mist. Is the woman real, a remnant of the Loyalist refugees who settled this land? Or the product of a severely damaged brain?

Which would be worse?

Then Hila disappears. When Hannah cannot account for her time, not even to herself, old enemies begin to circle. In this modern Gothic novel of heart-wrenching suspense, past and present merge into a terrifying threat to the only thing Hannah still holds dear - her ten-year-old niece, Lily.

The books are all available at most chain and online bookstores as well as your favourite independent (if not in stock, ask them!). Here’s a quick link if you want more details:
Or check out my web page at

Happy reading!