BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

The Amanda Doucette Mysteries


Amanda Doucette is an adventurous, passionate, thirty-something international aid worker who has returned to her home in Canada to recover her health and to chart a new path after a traumatic ordeal in Africa. Even while recovering, however, she can't turn away from the struggles of innocent people. Amanda is a powerful character who rides a lime green motorcycle and owns a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever based on one of Barbara's own.


There are currently five books in the series, with the latest, Wreck Bay, set on Vancouver Island, just released in January 2023. As always, Barbara's interest in psychology, social justice and human rights informs both Amanda's character and the themes of the books. Each book in the series finds Amanda embroiled in adventure and intrigue in a different iconic Canadian setting as she crosses the country on a charitable tour. She is helped in her adventures by two committed friends–RCMP Corporal Chris Tymko and seasoned journalist Matthew Goderich.


Check the side bar links for details on each book and to read the first chapter.




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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