BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer


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BLOOD TIES, the fourth Cedric O'Toole easy-read short novel from Orca Book Publishers, was released in August 2019 and can be found at your favourite bookseller or online.


The fourth book in the Amanda Doucette series, THE ANCIENT DEAD, was submitted to Dundurn Press in the Fall of 2019 and is now in the publishing process. ARCs will be available in March, and the official release date in September 26, 2020.


In other exciting news, Barbara has begun the first draft of a brand-new Inspector Green novel, to be published in 2021. Stay tuned for more details, and check out the News and Events page for upcoming events.


Barbara Fradkin is a retired psychologist and multiple award-winning mystery author whose work with children and families provides much of the insight and inspiration for her stories. She has an affinity for the dark side and is best known for her gritty, psychological Inspector Green novels, which have been nominated four times for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel from Crime Writers of Canada. She has won the award twice.


More recently, she embarked on a mystery-thriller series featuring Amanda Doucette, an adventurous, passionate but struggling international aid worker who is looking for healing and new direction. There are currently three books in that series, set in different, iconic locations across Canada, and the fourth, The Ancient Dead, comes out in the Fall of 2020. It is set in the starkly beautiful badlands of Alberta.


She also writes an easy-read series for reluctant readers which features simple country handyman Cedric O'Toole


Feel free to explore these pages for more details and for the latest news on books, events and appearances. Sample some opening chapters. She would love to hear from you if you have comments or questions, so please feel free to contact her.


"Fradkin, a retired psychologist, creates well-drawn, complex characters, and she knows how to build tension and drama that hold readers to the end."

Starred review, Publishers Weekly


"Ottawa-based author Barbara Fradkin is one of today's finest mystery writers. Her Inspector Green mysteries linger long after the story is told."

Hamilton Spectator


"Fradkin's forte is the emotional cost of crime."

Ottawa Citizen




Breaking News

Released in 2019!

In the fourth Cedric O'Toole short novel, Cedris'c life is turned upside down

Released in 2018! 

The Third Amanda Doucette mystery is a tale of desperate choices.


Released in Sept. 2017! The second in the Amanda Doucette series is a chilling tale!


Released in Sept. 2016!

And garnering lots of great reviews. Thanks to readers everywhere for your support.

Shortlisted for Best Novella! Breaking news; The Night Thief is nominated for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award.



Shortlisted for Arthur Ellis Best Novel! Barbara is thrilled that None So Blind is nominated for the 2015 Best Novel Award.



Shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Awards! Barbara is thrilled and honoured that The Whisper of Legends is among the finalists for the 2011 Ottawa Book Awards.

Great reviews!

The reviews are beginning to come in for None So Blind. Check out Publishers Weekly, Quill & Quire, and The National Post


Superlative Reviews!

The Whisper of Legends has received numerous excellent reviews, such as The Globe and Mail, The Ottawa Citizen, and The National Post


Nominated for 2013 Arthur Ellis Award...

Evil Behind that Door, the latest Cedric O'Toole Rapid Reads novel, has been shortlisted for Best Novella by Crime Writers of Canada.





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