BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

Upcoming Events in 2021


Pandemic woes...


The pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives. All readings, bookstore appearances, festivals, signings and book launches have been cancelled, except for a few that have gone virtual. Launching The Ancient Dead this upcoming January is going to be a challenge. Barbara will be exploring the feasibility of doing a virtual launch or two in affiliation with a local bookstore, so stay tuned for more news on this front.


Meanwhile, The Ancient Dead is now available for pre-order, and in these struggling times, Barbara would appreciate all the help she can get. She's really excited about the book, and if any of you had already been thinking about recommending or buying it, please consider this. 

It's become very important these days for books to get a good spike of online pre-order sales before they’re released. Pre-orders signal to bookstores that they need to stock up on the title. This can make a huge difference to overall sales. 


So if you can think of anyone who would enjoy a copy of the book, Barbara would be really grateful if you ordered a copy now. And as always, thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm! 


You can pre-order The Ancient Dead through your favourite local bookstore, some listed on the Sales page, or on or


Digital Advanced Reader Copies are also available for reviewers through Net Galley.



And In other news...


These months of forced isolation and worry have had impacts on writers in various ways. At times its been difficult to block out the distractions and concentrate well enough to be creative. At other times, being forced to keep only our own company has given us lots of time to work! Barbara has been hard at work finishing the eleventh Inspector Green novel and has just sent the manuscript off to Dundurn Press. Now the waiting and editing process begins, along with cover design and early promo. It has been lots of fun to be back with old friends, and Inspector Green has enjoyed being back in the hunt again!


The book comes out in October 2021. Stay tuned for the title and the cover reveal.


News in brief

Pre-order 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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