BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

Author Bio

Barbara and Arthur at the Awards banquet

Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie) was born in Montreal and obtained her B.A. from McGill, M.A. from the University of Toronto, and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa. After more than twenty-five years as a child psychologist, she retired in order to devote more time to her first passion, writing.


Although she first appeared in print in 1995, Barbara has been writing since she was six. She is an active member of Canada's writing community as well as part of the notorious Ladies' Killing Circle, which edited anthologies of mystery short stories by Canadian women. She has three children and, currently, one dog, and splits her time between Ottawa and her cottage on Sharbot Lake, where she finds her best inspiration. In whatever spare time she can find, she loves outdoor activities like travelling, skiing and kayaking, as well as reading, of course.

Writer at work

Barbara's dark, compelling short stories have appeared in mystery magazines and anthologies such as the New Canadian Noir series and The Ladies Killing Circle series. She is a two-time winner in Storyteller Magazine's annual Great Canadian Short Story Contest, as well as a four-time nominee for the Crime Writers' of Canada Award for Excellence (formerly known as the Arthur Ellis Award) for Best Short Story.


Until recently, she has been best known for her award-winning police procedural series featuring the exasperating, quixotic Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green, published by Dundurn Press. There are eleven books in the series, with the latest, The Devil to Pay, released in October 2021. The series has garnered an impressive four Best Novel nominations from the Crime Writers of Canada, and both Fifth Son (2004) and Honour Among Men (2006) won the Best Novel Award in their respective years. The Whisper of Legends (2013) was also shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award. The themes for the Inspector Green novels are often drawn from her own experiences as well as from issues that trouble her. She has explored topics ranging from war crimes to child sexual abuse to love gone awry.


More recently, Barbara has created a mystery/thriller series featuring Amanda Doucette, a passionate, adventurous international aid worker who has returned to Canada to find a new path after a traumatic ordeal on her last posting. Her natural instinct to help people and right wrongs often brings her face to face with trouble. The fourth in the series. The Ancient Dead, set in the Alberta badlands, was released in January 2021, and the fifth, Wreck Bay, in January 2023.


Barbara has always been concerned about social equality and literacy, and was therefore thrilled to become involved in the Rapid Reads initiative by Orca Books, creating the Cedric O'Toole series of short, easy-read, fast-paced books for reluctant and emerging readers. Cedric O'Toole is an unlikely and reluctant hero; a country handyman who barely scraped through high school and struggles with language but has an inventive mind and magic hands.



And in other news! A new Inspector Green novel!


Barbara is hard at work on the twelvth Inspector Green novel, to be published by Dundurn Press in January 2025. As soon as just the right title is found, she'll let you know.




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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