Category Archives: Books by members

CAPITAL CRIME WRITERS MEMBERS ON 2017 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS SHORTLISTS

The shortlists for the 2017 Arthur Ellis Awards were announced on April 20, 2017.  Three CCW members are nominated:

Brenda Chapman.  No Trace, Grass Roots Press (Best Novella: The Lou Allin Memorial Award.)

Elizabeth Hosang,  Where There’s a Will,  The Whole She-Bang 3, Toronto Sisters in Crime (Best Short Story.)

Mary Fernando, An Absence of Empathy, (Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel sponsored by Dundurn Press.)

CONGRATULATIONS.

(Posted by Elizabeth because I have the password; someone else told me what to say 🙂 )

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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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

 

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 interview and gift-card contest

Bitten by Books is running a live, world-wide Q and A chat with Brenda Chapman on Tuesday, March 17 beginning at noon Mountain time. Pre-register and get points for draws – a $25 Amazon gift card or copies of Butterfly Kills. On the day, you just need to check in, and take part if only for a question or comment or two, from anywhere in the world.

http://bittenbybooks.com/author-brenda-chapman-interview-and-amazon-gift-card-contest-317-rsvp-here/

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.

Florida audience gives warm welcome to Ottawa authors

Vicki Delany, R.J. Harlick and C.B Forrest participate in a panel discussion in Lake County, Forida. March 2014.

Vicki Delany, R.J. Harlick and C.B Forrest participate in a panel discussion in Lake County, Forida. March 2014.

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Three CCW member authors, RJ Harlick, CB Forrest and Vicki Delany, visited Lake County, Florida on March 13-15, 2014 to participate in its annual Bookfest.

Lake County is just north of Orlando, Florida. This was the community’s first experience with authors from its northern neighbors.

The Canadian authors were greeted with warm weather and warm audiences.

Judy Buckland and her team from the Lake County Library System did a marvellous job organizing the conference.

The authors presented at venues in the cities of Leesburg, Mount Dora and Clermont.

The events provided the authors with an opportunity to introduce themselves to the Florida market.

Their books are now available in all Lake County libraries.