BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

News from the pandemic...



The pandemic obliterated all in-person events that had been planned and eagerly anticipated for two whole years. Both The Ancient Dead and The Devil to Pay were released during the pandemic. Learning on the fly, they were launched via Zoom, allowing people to tune in from across the globe. They were fun, but Barbara certainly missed the chance to meet with her friends, family, and fans to share a chat and a laugh.


But now we are back! Wreck Bay was released in February 2023, with in-person launches in both Ottawa and Toronto. Despite the best efforts of Canada's winter, a good time was had by all! And library tours and book signings were set up for the spring.



Notable and Upcoming Events in 2023


Fradkin's and Maffini's Thrills, Chills, and Laughter Library Tour


Barbara has just concluded a romp through libraries in Eastern and Central Ontario, teaming up vwith her good friend and fellow mystery writer Mary Jane Maffini. There were readings, book talk, and Q&A, plus books for sale. The events were lively and well-attended. Thanks to the wonderful librarians and staff in these libraries:


April 26: Mississippi Mills Library in Almonte.


April 29: North Grenville Public Library, Kemptville Branch. thanks also to the Friends of the Librabry.


May 10: Clarence-Rockland Public Library in Rockland.


May 11: Russell Public Library.


May 16: Brighton Public Library.



And an encore: Due to a conflict, Barbara was unable to attend the rockland event, so she will be appearing solo at the Clarence-Rockland Library:


June 7: Clarence-Rockland Public Library, 1525 Du Parc Ave, Rockland, ON. 7 pm. Books will be for sale.



Book signings


June 3: Coles, Billings Bridge Plaza. Book signing, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm.



Politics and the Pen Awards Gala


May 10: Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. Barbara was thrilled to be invited as a guest author at the Writers' Trust Awards gala. Great to play the game Spot the Politician! 



Toronto Word on the Street


May 27: 11 a.m. Queen's Park. Barbara is delighted to be a featured author of this beautiful outdoor festival of books. She's participating with two fellow authors in a mystery/ thriller panel entitled Exporing Ecothrillers, on the Twist Endings Stage. Books will be for sale at this event.










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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