BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

The Amanda Doucette Mysteries

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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.


At the moment, there are three books in the series. However, Barbara has just finished the fourth, entitled The Ancient Dead, due for publication in September 2020, and a fifth is contracted for 2022. 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.


In the first, Fire in the Stars, released in September 2016, Amanda searches for a missing friend in Newfoundland's remote, rugged Great Northern Peninsula. The second, The Trickster's Lullaby, out in September 2017, is set in Quebec's world-class Mont Tremblant area, and the third, Prisoners of Hope, released in October 2018, is set in the stunning islands of Georgian Bay. The Ancient Dead is set in the starkly beautiful badlands of Alberta.


All three books to date are available in paperback, e-formats, and audio.



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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