Mystery

Category: Mystery

As one of the pillars of a good story, setting deserves as much attention as character and plot, but is often overlooked in favour of hurried references to generic or made-up locations. For me, it is like the setting of a precious gem; the perfect backdrop against which the story unfolds, allowing just the right light, colour, and reflection to make the story come alive. Each scene, as well as the overall story, should be anchored in place so that the reader feels a part of the drama.

Without Blood was published in French in 2010. Obviously, this book was all about the birth of Victor Lessard, but I didn’t know it initially...

As I started writing the first chapters, the story revolved more around Simone’s character and the surreal nature of certain aspects of her journey.

Then, what was supposed to be a simple patrol officer dispatched to investigate the hit and run that Simone was victim of, quickly became who you now know to be sergeant-detective Victor Lessard, a character that came with sufficient personal damage and empathy for Simone.

Most people will remember 2020 as the year of COVID-19; a year that was downright awful. And for good reason, of course — the pandemic wreaked havoc on the world, ruining lives, shuttering businesses, and crippling the economy. A year ago, nobody could have predicted we’d all be donning face masks or lining up for groceries; that stadiums and playgrounds would be closed, office towers vacated. Travelling abroad? Forget about it. The risks of catching and spreading COVID were not worth the reduced price of airfare. In fact, the only place that felt safe was in the closed comfort of home.

Sometimes, when life and art overlap it’s a happy synchronicity. Other times not so happy when a friend experiences an over-long recovery from COVID and her doctor has nothing to suggest. She typed, “We can’t garden without needing naps; we can’t take walks; even grocery shopping leaves us all exhausted for days. You know about managing fatigue from your character Jan in those Falls books. Can you suggest anything we can try?”

Dundurn Gift Guide

Posted on November 16 by MarketingIntern in Fiction, Kids, Mystery, News, Non-fiction, Recent Releases, Teens

As the holiday season approaches, you may be wondering what to get the readers in your life. Dundurn Press has you covered with our Dundurn Gift Guide! We’ve asked our staff to select some of their favourite reads and have broken them down so you can find a book for every reader, and maybe even a few to add to your list, as well!

From November 16 to December 7, use the promo code DUNDURNGIFTGUIDE to receive 30% off your order from dundurn.com.

 

Homegrown Canadian Mysteries for Summer Reads

Homegrown Canadian Mysteries

Posted on July 24 by Dundurn Guest in Fiction, Mystery, Recent Releases

Never Forget: A Victor Lessard Thriller by Martin Michaud

Hailed as “Master of the Quebec thriller,” Martin Michaud makes his English language debut with Never Forget. As the bodies pile up in Montreal, and secrets start to emerge around a pivotal polital moment, it's up to tormented, rebellious police detective Lessard, and his partner Jacinthe Taillon, to track down the killer before they strike again.

River of Lies Blog Post

TAKE 3: THE LIE

So I was invited by Dundurn Press to write a guest post. That was over a month ago, plenty of time, no problem. I started to write about the latest in my BC Blues crime fiction series, River of Lies. At that time COVID-19 was in the news, but seemed distant. Life went on as normal, here in Nelson. Though we learned to sing happy birthday when washing our hands.

I started writing my post, but the news kept distracting me. Things were getting scarier. The numbers were surging. I scrapped Blog Post Take 1.

Closing Time is the seventh and final instalment in the Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series, and the feeling is akin to sending my last child off to university. Naturally, I’m asked how it feels to finish writing about Officer Kala Stonechild, Staff Sergeant Jacques Rouleau and the rest of the gang, and I always respond, “bittersweet”.

Hello Canada,

My name is Brenden Carlson, and I am publishing my first novel, Night Call, in June of 2020. It has been an incredible journey going from amateur writer to nearly published author, and it all began in 2008, when my parents accidentally bought me the wrong book.

Hello Canada,

 

Is 2020 the right time to publish a Bigfoot murder mystery? Is there ever a wrong time?

 

Roanoke Ridge: A Creature X Mystery was born out of that basic desire to understand one's world and what exists beyond our comfort zones. As a species, we love mysteries because the unknown represents chaos and we are driven to seek resolutions. Often, however, we choose the easiest solution to comprehend, not necessarily the correct one. It's because of this that I wanted to incorporate scientific skepticism into a murder mystery series.

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