Louise Penny’s Canadian Crime Hit List

What an absolute joy to find myself named on CBC’s website, Canada Writes, in a column by Louise Penny. Louise is doing what’s described as a Master Class on the art and craft of killer crime writing all this month, and in her first post, she writes this:

“What a great honour to be asked to be Writer in Residence for this month and to proudly hold the banner of Canadian Crime Fiction …

“The truth is, this is a burgeoning field. It’s a thrilling time to be Canadian and writing crime fiction. Look at the huge international success of Alan Bradley and his brilliant Flavia books. Look at thriller writers like Rick Mofina and Linwood Barclay, who tops bestseller lists all over the world. Look at Owen Laukkanen and DJ McIntosh and Chevy Stevens and Peggy Blair (who won this year’s CBC Bookie Award for Best Canadian Crime Fiction) — newcomers who are setting the publishing world on fire and giving notice that Canadian crime writers are at the top of their form.”

You can read the rest of Louise Penny’s post here (it’s too long for me to re-type all of it) but what a thrill to be mentioned in the same breath with such great authors! Thanks so much, Louise, very much appreciated!

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