BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer


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PRISONERS OF HOPE, the third in the Amanda Doucette series, was released in October 2018 and can be found at your favourite bookseller or online.


After a busy fall of launches, signings, and festival appearances, Barbara has been hard at work on the first draft of the fourth Amanda book, entitiled The Ancient Dead. With spring not far away, however, the calendar of events is filling up again.


Check out the News and Events page for all the details.


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 her compelling short stories haunt several magazines and anthologies, including the Poe-inspired nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre,.released in 2015.


She also writes an easy-read series for reluctant readers which features simple country handyman Cedric O'Toole, 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, and have won the award twice. She has more recently embarked on a series featuring Amanda Doucette, an adventurous, passionate but struggling international aid worker who is looking for healing and new direction. The second in that series, The Trickster's Lullaby, was released is September 2017, and the third, Prisoners of Hope, in October 2018.


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

Just out and on sale now! 

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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