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.