BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

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Holiday Madness!


As the December holiday season approaches, the flurry of gift buying intensifies, along with the accompanying head-scratching and bouts of panic. Books are always the perfect gift for the readers on your list, and mysteries, suspense, and thrillers often top the list. The bookstores are full of wonderful choices clamouring for attention. Consider looking beyond the "best-sellers" and "hot picks" at the front, and taking a chance on lesser known voices that often offer a unique and fresh experience. A different setting, an unusual voice, characters that come alive.


Check out bookstores near you, and pay partcular attention to the independent bookstores, which are staffed by people who love and know books, and give great advice to the undecided. Many authors will be signing their latests books, which gives you a great chance the get to know them and browse through their work. Moreoever, a personally autographed book makes a very special gift for the mystery lover on your list!


Barbara has a few signings lined up in the next month, so if you happen to be in the Ottawa area, she'd love to see you! If not, sometimes there are signed copies to be mailed. The signings will feature Wreck Bay, the latest Amanda Doucette mystery, but as always, some backlist will be available.


Check out the News and Events page for details.



In Wreck BayAmanda Doucette pursues the connection between a reclusive artist and the wealthy surfer who turned up dead on a remote island in Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim in a wilderness-infused mystery perfect for fans of Jane Harper or Louise Penny.





"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


News in brief

Hot off the press!

What's the link between a reclusive artist and a dead surfer on Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim?


First five Green books reissued in Fall 2022!

Available now!

Inspector Green is back! His interest in his daughters's domestic abuse case puts her in danger.

Available now!

Amanda Doucette explores the link between buried bones and her missing uncle.

Nominated for Best Novella!

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 Best Novel! 

Barbara is thrilled ro be nominated for the 2015 Best Novel Award by Crime Writers of Canada.



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 Best Novella!

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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