BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

Upcoming Events in 2017


Fire in the Stars, the first in the new Amanda Doucette series, hit the bookshelves in Canada and the UK on September 3rd, and in the US on September 27th. Launches in both Ottawa and Toronto were lots of fun, and various other appearances and signings are in the works.


Barbara is very excited about this brand 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 is set in rugged western Newfoundland, and she has just finalized the manuscript for the seond in the series, The Trickster's Lullaby, which is set in Quebec's iconic Laurentian mountains during a winter camping adventure. It is due for release in the Fall of 2017.  Others will be set in iconic locations across the country.


In other writing news, last spring the latest Cedric O'Toole Rapid Reads novella, The Night Thief, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award. Barbara is very pleased with this book, which is not only a mystery but also a touching and human story about Cedric's relationship with a lost little boy.


She has also written her first short story in several years. Inspired by the unfinished Edgar Allan Poe story, The Lighthouse appears in the recently released anthology nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre, along with other Poe-inspired tales by internationally acclaimed authors such as Margaret Atwood and David Morrell. The anthology, edited by Caro Soles and Nancy Kilpatrick, promises to chill, thrill, and spook. Check out details, including the other authors, here.


During this past winter she's also 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 received numerous stellar reviews, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was launched in style in both Toronto and Ottawa. Stay tuned for signings and appearances during the summer and fall of 2017 as The Trickster's Lullaby is released.





Sept 1 - 2

Women Killing it! Barbara is delighted to be one of eight invited authors at the inaugural Women Killing It! crime writers' festival, being hosted by Prince Edward County on the Labour Day weekend. The fesitval celebrates and contrasts the breadth of Canadian women crime writers from the cosy and light to the dark and gritty. Check out the details and tickets here.


Sept 19

Ottawa Book Launch of The Trickster's Lullaby. April 20 is the day when Crime Writers of Canada releases its finalists for the Arthru Ellis Awards. They will be announced at an exciting event featuring interviews and readings with a line-up of local writers, including both veterans and newbies. Barbara is thrilled to participate. Fingers crossed for all the elegible works! Chapters Rideau at 7 pm. Come join the drama!



Oct 11 - 15

Bouchercon World Mystery conference.  This fall, the internationally renowned Boucheron Mystery conference is being held in Toronto, and Barbara has already signed up to participate. There will be panels and games and readings. Writers, readers, and lovers of crime writers will be there from all over the world. Check out the details on their website.






Breaking News

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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