BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

Upcoming Events in 2018

Barbara is very excited about her new series featuring  thirty-something Amanda Doucette, an international aid worker who, even while on leave recovering in Canada, can't leave the struggles of innocent people behind. Fire in the Stars (2016) is set in rugged western Newfoundland, and The Trickster's Lullaby, which is set in Quebec's iconic Laurentian mountains during a winter camping adventure, hit the shelves in September 2017. Both books are also being translated into German.


During this past year she's been hard at work researching and writing the third Amanda Doucette novel, entitled Prisoners of Hope, which is set on a summer kayaking trip in Georgian Bay.


Fire in the Stars and The Trickster's Lullaby hit the bookshelves in Canada, the UK, and in the US in September 2016 and 2017 respectively and received numerous stellar reviews, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, She had the honour of attending a number of literary festivals in Toronto, Ottawa, and Prince Edward County.


She is now gearing up for some spring events and then the launch of Prisoners of Hope in the fall. Here are some dates of appearances and events, but stay tuned for more!





April 18

Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Party Crime Writers of Canada celebrates the release of the the finalists for their annual Arthur Ellis awards by throwing parties in cities across the country. Local authors do readings, interviews, and bite their nails as they wait for the names to be read out. Barbara will be participating in the Ottawa shortlist party, held at the Rideau Street Chapters at 7 pm. Everyone welcome, it's free!


April 27 - 29

1000 Islands Writers Festival Barbara is thrilled to be invited to participate in this intimate, innovative literary festival set on the river's edge in the picturesque town of Gananoque. The theme this year is "Stories: a matter of life and death". There is a gala reception involving all the featured authors as well as more intimate one-on-one conversations with each of us, and a lunch chat with Maureen Jennings and me. Check out details and buy tickets here.


May 5

Belleville Public Library As part of May is Mystery Month, Barbara is delighted to be invited to read and chat books at the library in Belleville, Ontario. If you love mysteries, come on down, and bring a friend. 11 am - 12:30, The event is free and books will be for sale. 



May 5

Quinte West Public Library  Barbara continues her celebration of May is Mystery Month with an afternoon library reading down the road in Quinte West. Once again, everyone is welcome and books will be for sale. 2 - 3:30 pm, 7 Creswell Dr., Trenton. 



Breaking News

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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