Cathy Ace was born and raised in Wales, and migrated to Canada in 2000. She lives in BC. Her criminal psychologist, overindulgent-foodie sleuth, Cait Morgan, has stumbled upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue, Golden Nose, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair, Sapphire Eyes, a Diamond Hand, a Garnet Face and Ruby Lips during her globetrotting. Ace’s WISE Enquiries Agency series features four softly-boiled PIs (one is Welsh, one Irish, one Scottish, one English) who solve quintessentially British cases from their stately home-based office in rural Wales. Ace won the 2015 Bony Blithe Award for Best Canadian Light Mystery, was shortlisted again in 2017 when she was also a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story.
The Case of the Curious Cook Henry Twyst retains the services of a local book restorer to tackle much-needed repairs of the priceless tomes in his library. When the book restorer mentions some strange shenanigans going on at his book shop, Dowager Duchess Althea brings the case to her colleagues at the WISE Enquiries Agency. As the WISE women try to unravel this puzzle from their base at stately Chellingworth Hall, they become embroiled in another – a valuable book of miniatures which seems to be the work of a local famous artist, murdered by her own brother. Are the cases linked and why do both mysteries lead to a nearby old folks’ home? The WISE women won’t let anything get in their way . . . until . . .
E.C. Bell is the award winning author of the Marie Jenner Mystery series. Her short fiction has been published in On Spec and various anthologies, and she edits fiction and nonfiction. In her spare time she enjoys constantly renovating her round house, where she lives with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Stalking the Dead When Marie’s slightly-more-than-boss, James Lavall, decides it is vital that he speak to her mother, face to face, about Marie and all her secrets, she follows him to Fort McMurray to make certain that he doesn’t learn everything about her life before Edmonton. What Marie doesn’t realize is that her stalkery ex-boyfriend, Arnie Stillwell, has gone home, too. And he’s managed to get himself killed, just about the time James rolled into town, making James “a person of interest” in the Stillwell murder investigation. Marie’s going to have to figure out who really killed Arnie to get James off. She’s also going to have to figure out a safe way to move Arnie’s spirit on to the next plane of existence, because the last thingshe needs is for him to go all stalkery on her now that he’s dead. Murder can really put a kink in a Jenner family reunion.
Katherine Prairie, a geologist and computer modelling specialist, stepped away from her career to follow her passion for writing. An avid traveller with an insatiable curiosity, you never know where you’ll find her next! The founding president of Sisters in Crime – Canada West, Katherine now resides in Kingston Ontario, where most days, she’s quietly plotting murder and mayhem under the watchful eye of a cat. She is an award-winning presenter and her debut thriller, THIRST, was shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards in 2017.
THIRST Deep in a Columbia River valley rocked by violence and tightly controlled by a U.S.-Canada military force, geologist Alex Graham joins the search for a suspected toxic spill, as the victim count rises. But the lethal contamination is no accident.
Merrilee Robson is the author of Murder is Uncooperative, a mystery set in a non-profit housing cooperative, and the first in a planned series. It is her first novel, if you don’t count the one she wrote in pencil when she was eleven. She has published short stories and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and two incorrigible cats. Her house is over 100 years old and was first owned by a police officer. Merrilee is the Vancouver member at large for Sisters in Crime – Canada West and BC/Yukon/NWT for Crime Writers of Canada.
Murder is Uncooperative Finding an apartment can be murder. All single mom Rebecca Butler wants is a good home for her young son and disabled father. At first Waterview Housing Co-op seems perfect. But then she finds the body of the building’s manager. When Rebecca discovers that another murder took place in the building twenty years ago, she suspects the two deaths might be related. One of the neighbours in Rebecca’s new home is hiding a secret that will soon put Rebecca and her family in danger.