Category Archives: Book Launches

Book launch for latest offerings by Fradkin and Wiken

Barbara Fradkin, CCW author and two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, is set to launch, Fire in the Stars, the first book in a new series. The book introduces Amanda Doucette, a former foreign aid worker who has returned to Canada to recover from a traumatic experience in Africa and finds herself searching for a fellow survivor gone missing in Newfoundland.

 

Although it’s a different setting and cast of characters, Fradkin hopes that readers who enjoy Inspector Green will find Amanda’s commitment, determination, and compassion equally engaging.

 

The launch also features Ladies’ Killing Circle compatriot Linda Wiken, who is also launching a new series.

 

Enjoy the refreshments while listening to these authors read excerpts from their newest work.

When and where

  • September 28, 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Mother McGinty’s Stage of the Heart and Crown Pub, 67 Clarence St.
 The best parking is in the parking garage right across the street, but you can also try street parking.
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CCW contest pub night and great writing news-RESCHEDULED

UPDATE: The pub night has been RESCHEDULED to June 22, 2016 and relocated to the Foolish Chicken due to the sinkhole situation on Rideau Street.

The winners of the 2016 CCW short story contest  will be announced on Wednesday June 22, 2016 .  Come and hear readings from the winners.  Anyone else who wishes to read their work is also welcome. Want to see who made the short list? See this post.

When and where

When: Wednesday June 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – last to leave.
Where: Foolish Chicken, 79 Holland Ave, Ottawa, ON

Publishing and awards news about members

CCW member Patricia Filteau to launch new book
Patricia Filteau is launching her new book, Vantage Point: A Kate Roarty, P.I. novel on Monday May 30, 2016, at 7:30. The launch is at 3 Sisters Bakeshop & Café, located at 2211 Arch Street. That pastries there are divine.

Peggy Blair short story
CCW friend Peggy Blair has released an eight-episode podcast of a Inspector Ramirez short story prequel (to Umbrella Man) narrated by Selma Farmer.  The launch of Umbrella Man, the fourth Inspector Ramirez mystery is on Thursday June 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. It takes place at Holland’s Cake and Shake, 229
Armstrong St, Ottawa.

CCW member Adrienne Stevenson clinches 3rd place
Adrienne Stevenson has won third place in the 2016 National Capital Writing Contest. The award is sponsored by the Canadian Authors Association: National Capital Region. Her story is entitled “Leveller.” Congratulations.

CCW ELECTIONS: 2016-2017
The elections for the CCW executive (2016-2017) were held on May 11th. I am pleased to announce the 2016-2017 executive:

PRESIDENT: Michael Murphy
VICE PRESIDENT: Pat Filteau
PAST PRESIDENT: Katherine Hobbs
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Joe Italiano & Mary Fernando
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Jeff Ross & Patti Murphy
SECRETARY/MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR/TREASURER & FINANCE: Elizabeth Hosang

Thanks to the members of the 2015-2016 executive:
PRESIDENT: Katherine Hobbs
VICE PRESIDENT: Darlene Cole
PAST PRESIDENT: Michael Murphy
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Michael Murphy & Joe Italiano
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Jeff Ross & Patti Murphy
SECRETARY/MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR/TREASURER & FINANCE: Elizabeth Hosang

Chapman launches 3rd book in Stonechild & Rouleau series

stonechild_3Join Brenda Chapman for the launch of Tumbled Graves, third in the Stonechild and Rouleau series! The launch takes place this Sunday, April 3 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at Whispers Pub, 249 Richmond Road (http://whisperspubottawa.ca/ ).

Books on Beechwood will be available with copies for purchase.

Brenda will also be appearing with Linwood Barclay, John Lawton and Joyce Fielding at the Ottawa International Book Festival on Sunday, April 17 at 8:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral.
Barbara Fradkin will be asking the questions! For tickets and more information, visit the Festival website: http://www.writersfestival.org/events/spring-2016/scene-of-the-crime

Debut novel features amateur sleuth with MS

Madona Skaff-Koren

Madona Skaff-Koren

CCW member and author Madona Skaff-Koren is debuting her Ottawa-based mystery novel, Journey of a Thousand Steps (available in paperback or ebook formats), as part of a multi-author book launch Sunday Oct. 25 at the Royal Oak (161 Laurier Ave) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Madona’s debut novel features Naya, a high-flying software-security  magnate and marathon runner turned recluse after multiple sclerosis saps her strength and her career. Her computer her only contact with the outside world, Naya reconnects with her childhood best friend, who shortly thereafter disappears.

Frustrated by police inaction around her friend’s disappearance, Naya turns amateur sleuth, following a convoluted trail from high tech suspects to drug dealers.

Joining her novel in the authors’ launch line-up are:

  • Human by S. M. Carriere: Supernatural suspense
  • The King in Darkness, by Evan May: Supernatural in Ottawa
  • Blood Matters, by Caroline Frechette:  Supernatural suspense, Latest book in Family by Choice series.
  • Unblocked by Caroline Frechette: Nonfiction.  Have you ever stared at a blank page in fear?  If you’ve ever felt like you couldn’t write for any reason this book is for you.

The event features readings, book signings by authors, and games:

  • A Match made in Austen: A game inspired by the timeless works of Jane Austen.
  • Extrahumans:  Mafia,  Monsters and Supers is a cooperative adventure card game based on the Family by Choice Series by Caroline Frechette

 

Cozy up to murder with Crime and Cupcakes

Capital crime-writing mavens, Vicky Delany, Mary Jane & Victoria Maffini, and Linda Wiken join forces to launch their books under their respective noms-de-plume. Nothing pairs better with fictional murder than light refreshments, wine, cupcakes and some lively discussions.

Join the authors on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada (2nd floor) at 395 Wellington St, Ottawa.

Delany as Eva Gates

Delany as Eva Gates

Delany, writing as Eva Gates, takes readers back to the Outer Banks with her second book in her Lighthouse Library trilogy. In Booked for Trouble, protagonist-librarian Lucy catalogs the clues in a bid to find the killer of her socialite mother’s archrival before her materfamilias is thrown behind bars. This is Delany’s third release this fall in different crime trilogies. There are plenty of reading options from this Capital Crime Writer just in time for winter hibernation.

Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini as Victoria Abbott

Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini 

Mary Jane and Victoria Maffini are the mother-daughter writing duo behind the Victoria Abbott novels. Marsh Madness is their fourth installment in the Book Collector Mystery Series. Lured to a country club and spa by the possible acquisition of  first edition Ngaio Marsh books, Jordan, Vera and Uncle Kev find that they are not only victims of a scam, they are scapegoats for murder. Next up in the series will be The Hammett Hex.

Wiken as Erika Chase

Wiken as Erika Chase

Wiken, writing as Erika Chase is launching Book 5 in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries. In Law and Author, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, Bob Miller sees his 21-year-old (and heretofore unknown) granddaughter enter his life followed shortly thereafter by the murder of a stranger. Miller and the amateur sleuths in the book club work quickly to solve the murder before other deaths are written into the plot.

 

Meeting: Author of Inspector Ramirez series kicks off CCW season

Ottawa author Peggy Blair

Ottawa author Peggy Blair

Peggy Blair, author of the Inspector Ramirez series, kicks off the 2015/16 season of the Capital Crime Writers on Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015.

The worlds of Havana and a northern First Nation reserve converge in Peggy’s third book in the series, Hungry Ghosts. Inspector Ramirez and First Nations Detective Charlie Pike join forces to stop an international serial killer.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Honeywell Room (second floor) at Ottawa City Hall at 110 Laurier Avenue West.

The dues for 2015-2016 are $40.00.  Elizabeth (our Treasurer) will be accepting cash or cheques at the meeting and will issue receipts.

Whellams latest thriller takes retired British sleuth to the desert

Whellams_book_verdictOttawa author and CCW member David Whellams has released the third volume in his Peter Cammon series.

The Verdict on Each Man Dead takes retired Chief Inspector Peter Cammon to the Utah desert in search of a terrorist and murderer. Along the way he must strike alliances with local police, corrupt officials, Mexican drug lords and even the Unabomber himself in order to stop a psychopath intent on reviving his terrorist ways.

The book is now available in all formats.

Join Whellams at his official book launch on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Whispers Pub (249 Richmond Rd.).

Brenda Chapman launches Butterfly Kills

Plan to help Brenda Chapman celebrate the launch of Butterfly Kills on Sunday, February 8th from 2-4 pm at Whispers pub in Westboro. This is the 2nd in the Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series – Books on Beechwood will be on hand to sell copies. All are welcome.

Adrienne Stevenson's photo.
Butterfly Kills
A Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery
By Brenda Chapman
Jacques Rouleau has moved to Kingston to look after his father and take up the position of head of the town’s Criminal Investigations Division. One hot week in late September, university student Leah Sampson is murdered in her apartment.
In another corner of the city, Della Munroe is raped by her husband. At first the crimes appear unrelated, but as Sergeant Rouleau and his new team of officers dig into the women’s pasts, they discover unsettling coincidences. When Kala Stonechild, one of Rouleau’s former officers from Ottawa, suddenly appears in Kingston, Rouleau enlists her to help.

Stonechild isn’t sure if she wants to stay in Kingston, but agrees to help Rouleau in the short-term. While she struggles with trying to decide if she can make a life in this new town, a ghost from her past starts to haunt her.

As the detectives delve deeper into the cases, it seems more questions pop up than answers. Who murdered Leah Sampson? And why does Della Monroe’s name keep showing up in the murder investigation? Both women were hiding secrets that have unleashed a string of violence. Stonechild and Rouleau race to discover the truth before the violence rips more families apart.

Forensic anthropologist cracks historical Canadian murder cases

417-9_EVITE_JULY15On Tuesday, July 15th, 7:00 pm at the Ottawa Public Library on Metcalfe Street, join us for a presentation by world-renowned forensic anthropologist and historical crime author, Dr. Debra Komar, on how she uses her modern forensic skills to turn some of Canada’s most notorious historical crimes upside down.

Along with meticulous archival research for her books, Dr. Komar proved the innocence of those who swung at the end of a nineteenth-century hangman’s rope, creating reverberations in the modern-day courtrooms of the country.

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler is the second of four books planned by Komar about historic crimes in Canada.The first in the series, The Ballad of Jacob Peck, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim.

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler

“Her body lay broken in the sitting room. Blood pooled thick and glutinous around her head. A container of homemade preserves lay half-eaten beside her, a spoon still cradled inside. The bloody fingerprints on the handle beckoned a sickening thought: her assailant had paused to eat the jam after killing her.”

So begins The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, a shocking story about the state-sanctioned lynching of an innocent outsider wrongfully convicted of killing a teenage white girl in nineteenth-century Nova Scotia.

On a cold winter night in 1896, fourteen-year-old Annie Kempton was home alone having a taste of freedom without parents or family around. Sometime before daylight she was wrenched from her bed, a violent struggle ensued, and her throat was slit.

Peter Wheeler was an itinerant labourer of African descent who had finally found a home in small town Bear River. Uneducated and too trusting of authority, Wheeler was bewildered at the reaction when an inquest witness seemingly pointed out a lie in his testimony.

From then on Wheeler was placed atop the suspect list by authorities, where he stayed until swinging dead from the hangman’s rope.

The Lynching of Peter Wheeler tells the tragic and fascinating story of how an isolated Victorian community, with an unsophisticated inquest panel, was influenced by an arrogant detective who fancied himself a media darling.

With conservative mores left traumatized in the wake of a young girl’s vicious murder, and the salacious headlines splashed across the local newspapers in a yellow journalism war, Wheeler never stood a chance.

Debra Komar spent months meticulously researching in libraries, museums, and archives to prove the hapless Peter Wheeler wasn’t the killer, and examines how authorities denied him justice with a rush to judgement.

She uses her formidable forensic skills along with riveting prose to draw readers into an investigative page-turner that leaves you astonished at the outcome.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Debra Komar is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practicing forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, Komar has investigated human rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights and testified as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America. She is the author of the book Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice for Oxford University Press (2008). Komar’s first historical crime work, The Ballad of Jacob Peck, was released to critical acclaim in 2013.