BETWEEN THE CRACKS she fell, by Lisa de Nikolits, Fall launch Sept. 30

Be sure to join Mme Lisa de Nikolits and friends this fall for the release of Between the Cracks She Fell.

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A Triple-Book Launch at the Sleuth of Baker Street Bookstore, Sept.18!

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Join our own Mme Vicki Delany (writing as Eva Gates) and her good friends Mary Jane Maffini (Victoria Abbott) and Linda Wiken (Erika Chase) for this Cozy Triple Book Launch, coming September, 2015!

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Join Mme D.J. McIntosh for the launch of The Angel of Eden (Penguin Canada)

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Join our very own Mme, Bestselling author D.J. McIntosh, for the launch of The Angel of Eden (Penguin Canada), the highly-anticipated third novel in her Mesopotamian antiquities thriller trilogy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7pm
Indigo Books, Bay-Bloor Manulife Centre, Toronto

Bestselling Toronto Star reporter Peter Edwards, internationally acclaimed author Robert J. Sawyer and D.J. McIntosh will debate “Fact or Fiction” in discussion with Penguin’s Senior Commissioning Editor, Adrienne Kerr.

In 2011, D.J. McIntosh took the book world by storm with her bestselling debut novel, The Witch of Babylon. Praised by The Globe and Mail for its “stellar research” and “superb writing,” it introduced readers to John Madison, a rakish New York art dealer who uncovered a fabulous treasure trove of antiquities in the hills outside Baghdad and the truth behind a famous story long believed to be a myth.

In this highly anticipated conclusion, Madison is hired by a famous magician to find a rare sixteenth century book on angel magic and the former assistant who stole it thirty-five years ago. Madison’s quest leads him from the great mosques and churches of Istanbul to the ruins of Pergamon and the temples of the ancient Near East, where he discovers the true location of the Garden of Eden, the nature of angels, and the dark story of his birth.

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A Creative Scrutiny of Research Part One: You ask, “Why?” ~by Cathy Astolfo (reprint)

As the author of six books and several short stories (eight books if pre-published counts), I have indulged in a lot of research. I use the word indulge on purpose, because most of the time, it’s fun.

Wikipedia states that research (look again? look differently? – see how I get carried away?) is defined as “creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humans, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications.” (READ MORE…)

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Mme Rosemary McCracken reads at the Red Rocket, at 7:30 on Friday, June 12

Be sure to drop in to the Red Rocket Café to rub shoulders with these great Canadian authors:
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The Mesdames participate in Mystery Month at the Belleville Public Library!

On May 16, the Mesdames of Mayhem were out in force at the Belleville Public Library, in support of “May is Mystery Month”!
(Don’t miss Tim-Miller’s excellent coverage in The Intelligencer, Sunday, May 17: The Mesdames of Mayhem Make Mystery Month)

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Join the Mesdames at the Belleville Public Library, Saturday, May 16, 2:30 pm!

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New book by Catherine Astolfo: Up Chit Creek

Announcing the launch of Catherine Astolfo’s novella ebook, Up Chit Creek, on Saturday, May 2! If you can come in person, there will be a panel presentation followed by the celebration. Starts at 2 p.m. at the Brantford Public Library, 173 Colborne St., Brantford. Or you can pre-order through the links below.



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Mesdames on the Arthur Ellis Shortlist!

Crime writers across Canada were out in force on Thursday, April 23rd for the annual Arthur Ellis short list event held across three time zones in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto.
CWC’s hard-working Nate Hendley hosted the Toronto event at the Chapters/Indigo bookstore, Manulife Centre before a crowd of readers, fellow writers, friends and fans. Cheering on the event were Mmes Cheryl Freedman, Rosemary McCracken, Lynne Murphy, Joan O’Callaghan and Sylvia Warsh.

Three Mesdames of Mayhem are honoured to be finalists for Arthur Ellis Awards!

Mme M. H. Callway’s debut novel, Windigo Fire, (Seraphim Editions), is on the short-list for Best First Novel. Under different titles, it was a runner-up for the Unhanged Arthur and the CWA’s Debut Dagger awards.

Mme Vicki Delany’s gripping novella, Juba Good (Orca Book Publishers), is nominated for Best Novella. It was also short-listed for this year’s Derringer Award for Best Novelette.

Mme Melodie Campbell’s hilarious short story, “Hook, Line and Sinker”, published in Your McMurray Magazine, is short-listed for Best Short Story.

In addition, Kevin Thornton’s imaginative story, “Writer’s Block”, is a finalist for Best Short Story. More kudos for Mme Donna Carrick, who together with Alex Carrick, are the editors and publishers of the crime fiction anthology, World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing).

Earlier this year, Mme M. H. Callway’s story, “The Ultimate Mystery”, also featured in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing), was short-listed for a Derringer award.

Finally, Mme Joan O’Callaghan also earned a badge of honour when her story, “Torch Song for Two Voices”, won first prize and was featured in That Golden Summer (Polar Expressions Publishing).

In lead-up to the announcements, 16 crime writers read from their latest works. Mme Rosemary Aubert read the poignant opening passage from her newly released Ellis Portal novel, Don’t Forget You Love Me (Carrick Publishing).

Mme M. H. Callway voiced a humorous turn from Windigo Fire where the villain, Santa, grapples with a Prius.

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Not forgetting the noir side of crime, Mme Lisa de Nikolits, shared a gripping scene from her upcoming novel, Between the Cracks She Fell.

For a complete listing of finalists for the Arthur Ellis Awards, visit the website of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Murder Is Nothing to Have Fun With…Or Is It?

Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Announces Finalists(Toronto, ON)

April 15, 2015 – The Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award, an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries is pleased to announce this year’s finalists.

The award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore.

Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2015 Bony Blithe Award:

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Platinum Hair (Touchwood Editions)

Judith Alguire, Many Unpleasant Returns (Signature Editions)

E.C. Bell, Seeing the Light (Tyche Books)

Janet Bolin, Night of the Living Thread (Berkley Prime Crime)

Allan Stratton, The Resurrection of Mary Mabel McTavish (Dundurn Press)

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award Bash on Friday, May 29, at The Hot House Restaurant & Bar, 35 Church St., Toronto (Church at Front).

The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Room.

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The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.

Thank you to all the publishers and authors who submitted their books for this year’s contest. May there be many smiles in your future.

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