Mysteries From Our Neighbors to the North
After watching the Winter Olympics and taking in the spectacular scenery of Vancouver, I headed for my mystery location list to see if any mystery authors had chosen that beautiful city as the setting for their books. Here are some mysteries set in and around Vancouver, British Columbia.
Vicki Delany writes a series about Molly Winters, a rookie constable, and her boss, Sgt. John Winters, located in the mountain town of Trafalgar. In the Shadow of the Glacier is the first, with the fourth title being released in November.
Robert Scott features Private Investigator Jack Elton in his mystery series set in Vancouver. The first title is Advertising Murder.
Other writers whose series are based in Canada include the following:
Maureen Jennings sets her series in the 1890s in Toronto. Featured is Private Investigator William Murdoch. Except the Dying is the first title.
Louise Penny's award-winning series about Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector of the Surete du Quebec, is usually set in the village of Three Pines in southern Quebec. Still Life is the first of five titles.
Inger Ash Wolfe has written a chilling mystery, The Calling, located in a small town in Ontario. The main character is Hazel Micallef, a 60-something detective inspector with the local police department. The second in the series, The Taken, is due out in July.
Pitting female PIs against male PIs in this year's mystery brackets, the finals came down to Stephanie Plum vs. Sherlock Holmes. Our winner, determined through in-house and on-line voting, is Stephanie Plum. All the results from the six categories are available on our website.
Some New Releases
Brown, Rite Mae - Cat of the Century - (Harry Haristeen and Mrs. Murphy)
Clark, Carol Higgins - Wrecked - (Regan Reilly)
Fowler, Earlene - State Fair - (Benni Harper)
Grabenstein, Chris - Rolling Thunder - (John Ceepak and Danny Boyle)
Grimes, Martha - The Black Cat - (Richard Jury)
Hughes, Declan - City of Lost Girls - (Ed Loy)