BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

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He's baa-a-ck! Inspector Green returns for an eleventh outing in THE DEVIL TO PAY. Sidelined from Major Crimes, Green takes an interest in the domestic abuse case of his daughter, now a rookie patrol officer, and unwittingly puts her and others in jeopardy.


The book will also be available in trade paperback and ebook through your favourite bookstore as well as the major online platforms.


And in other exciting news...


There will be in-person signings at

  • Perfect Books in Ottawa on October 30, 2-3 pm. 
  • Sleuth of Baker Street in Toronto on Novemeber 6, 1-3 pm.



A bit about Barbara...


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 Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence in the Best Novel category. She has won this 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 four books in that series, set in different, iconic locations across Canada, with The Ancient Dead 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




News in brief

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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