Archive for June, 2009

Too Close to Home

The family next door is murdered, your own son is accused of the crime, and you are reminded of an old affair between your wife and her boss – thus begins the recent Arthur Ellis award winner Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay (published by Bantam Dell). Was the Langley family the intended target, or were those 3 bullets intended for Jim, Ellen and Derek Cutter? Do a missing computer and a previously published manuscript figure into the equation as well? Or does the murder have to do with the fact that  Albert Langley was a successful, well-respected, criminal lawyer? There are lots of pieces that need to be tied together to solve this murder, the third in the small community of Promise Falls in as many months. This suspenceful thriller is definitely a good choice for your summer weekend get-away or just lying on the couch waiting for the rain to stop. Pick up a copy – you won’t be disappointed.

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Jonah Geller on Screen

Toronto based Media Headquarters have picked up the film and television rights for Howard Schrier’s first novel, Buffalo Jump, as well as his soon to be released sequel, High Chicago.

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Arthur Ellis Award

Congratulations to Toronto author Linwood Barclay for winning the Arthur Ellis Award, Canada’s top crime-writing honour, for his novel Too Close to Home. And for best first novel the award goes to Howard Shrier for Buffalo Jump (see my blog entry).

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Inspector Gamache is back

Fans of Louise Penny will be happy to know that her 5th book, The Brutal Telling, will be available simultaneously in Canada and the US in October. Three Pines will once again be the focus of investigation when someone is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store.

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Tainted

Ross Pennie is the third new mystery writer I’ve discovered in the past few months. His book Tainted: A Dr. Zol Szabo Medical Mystery, (published by ECW Press) is a different kind of mystery, it doesn’t involve detectives or cops (or even Copps – sorry, that’s an “in” joke for Hamiltonians). Dr. Zol Szabo, the associate medical officer of health for the municipality of Hamilton-Lakeshore, is plunged into detective work of a sort trying to discover if 7 cases of what seems to be variant CJD (Creutzfeld-Jacob disease aka mad cow) stem from a local source, or can they all breathe a little easier knowing that these unfortunate people contracted this deadly disease outside their jurisdiction and this isn’t a possible local epidemic in the making. Working with an amazing team of researchers & doctors, each of whom think they are on the right track to finding the source, we see just how complicated and difficult it is to trace the guilty culprit (in this case – tulip-shaped prions). Great character development, fascinating medical bits and lots of twists and turns along the medical corridor make this a really good book. Plus I loved the occasional references to Hamilton. I hope Pennie is hard at work on his next book. I’m sure he will have a huge following of avid readers.

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