Happy Holidays, Dear Readers!

Wow! This past year has been a rollercoaster of book launches, short story publications and online events for our Mesdames and Messieurs And December is no exception. But in between the flurry of activities, we are taking time for our loved ones during this season of merriment and goodwill. We wish you too will find peace, love and hope among you and yours. And, of course, time to put up your feet and read some books.


Big congrats to Melissa Yi for her new thriller, White Lightning, which launches on December 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Melissa Yi

Melodie Campbell

Mega congrats to Melodie Campbell for her contract with Cormorant Books for her new series, The Merry Widow Murders, set in the roaring 1920s. An unconventional heiress with a mysterious past is traveling from New York to London in 1928 via steamship when she discovers a murdered man in her stateroom. Can’t wait to read it!

On a thought-provoking note: Melodie goes serious and writes a compelling blog about violence against women in crime fiction. Here’s the link: SleuthSayers: How Much Violence Against Women can YOU Read in your Fiction?

Congrats to Kevin Thornton for his terrific success in publishing NINE Sherlock Holmes stories in 2021 plus his tale, “One Good Thing”, in Asinine Assassins. That’s a word count of more than 70,000! Here’s the complete list for all readers who are secret – or not so secret – Bootmakers: list follows:

Kevin Thornton

Asinine Assassins, “One Good Thing”. Note: Blair Keetch’s story ‘Killings 4 Sale’ is also in this anthology.

Sherlock Holmes, After the East Wind Blows, Part I, “The Odd Telegram’.

Sherlock Holmes, After the East Wind Blows, Part III, “The Odd Event”.

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXII, 1877 – 1887 Some More Untold Cases – “The Dundas Separation Case”. 

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXIV, 1895 – 1903 Some More Untold Cases – “The Murdered Millionaire”. 

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXX, More Christmas Adventures – “Christmas Magic”

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part XXX, More Christmas Adventures – “Santa’s Little Elves”. 

Sherlock Holmes: A Year of Mystery 1882 – “The Spofforth Effect” COMING SOON! – Belanger Books

The Nefarious Villains of Sherlock Holmes, Volume II – “The Adventure of the Lustreless Client” COMING SOON! – Belanger Books


December 7tth, 7 p.m. CWC Ottawa / Eastern Ontario Region, is hosting a Facebook Event with Perfect Books on Elgin StreetMadona Skaff joins Mary Jane Maffini and other great local crime writers to read from her latest book, Shifting Trust.

Here is the link to join:

Madona Skaff

Join Madona Skaff on Saturday, December 11th from 4 to 6 p.m. for a celebration of the holidays and new releases from Renaissance Press. As part of the festivities, readings and prizes, Madona will read from her latest book, Shifting Trust. To join the fun, register at Eventbrite.

Shifting Trust and other Renaissance release

Lisa de Nikolits has an interview with Chapters4Change on December 8th. You can catch the interview on the Chapters4Change Interview page.

Lisa de Nikolits

She is also reading from her latest book, Rage Room, on December 21st at Hirut Cafe, Danforth just west of Woodbine as part of the Bright Lit, Big City Reading Series.

The Rage Room

The CWC / SinC holiday party on Zoom on Saturday, Dec 11th at 7 pm EST. Fun, Pub Quiz and prizes. For members of CWC and SinC only.


December 15th is the submission deadline for the CWC Awards of Excellence.

December 31st is the submission deadline for the CWC 40th Anniversary Anthology, Cool Canadian Crime

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