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WDR Germany reviews The Beggar’s Opera (and it’s a thumbs up!)

WDR  is the largest European broadcaster, somewhat like our CBC, and they seem to have taken to the German version of TBO in a big way. Not only did they post up this full page review, but there’s a radio … Continue reading

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Beggar’s Opera chosen as one of top five!

This is exciting news! I just saw this press release which was issued by the American Library Association yesterday. Every year, RUSA chooses “outstanding genre fiction.” And The Beggar’s Opera was one of their top five picks for mystery novel in 2014! … Continue reading

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Bad reviews ….

Since I always post up the glowing reviews of The Beggar’s Opera and The Poisoned Pawn that I’ve been lucky to get, I think it’s only fair from time to time to post up the not-so- glowing ones. TBO is out … Continue reading

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The Poisoned Pawn gets a starred review in Library Journal!

Nice way to start the new year! The Poisoned Pawn will be hitting the US market next month (and will also be out in paperback in Canada). So it was very nice to see this starred review in Library Journal … Continue reading

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And another great review of Midnight in Havana!

This comes from Marina Sofia, a regular reviewer at Crime Fiction Lover, which I think is the go-to website for crime fiction reviews: much appreciated! __________________________________ It’s Ian Rankin we have to thank for this intriguing debut by Canadian lawyer … Continue reading

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The Poisoned Pawn hits the US in February – an early review!

I guess the advance review copies of The Poisoned Pawn must be out now, because here’s an early review. (The book will hit the US in paperback in February and I love, love, love the new cover;  Pintail did a terrific … Continue reading

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Why it’s a good idea for authors to comment on other people’s blogs

I mentioned in my blog post yesterday how I usually post a comment on blogs that mention my book, and thank the posters. Here’s another good reason why that’s a good thing to do: you often find out ahead of … Continue reading

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What Two Indigenous Reviewers think of The Orenda

I wrote a blog post yesterday expressing my uneasiness with certain parts of  The Orenda and my concern that readers unfamiliar with Aboriginal history might think it’s all true. And sure enough, a reviewer in the Montreal Gazette has called for The Orenda … Continue reading

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