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  received numerous stellar reviews, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Both books have also being translated into German.


She has just celebrated the Ottawa launch of the third in the series, entitled Prisoners of Hope, which is set on a summer kayaking trip in Georgian Bay, and sheTs busy researching and writing the fourth in the series, set in the Alberta badlands. Its tentative title is The Ancient Dead.
The Fall promotional season for Prisoners of Hope is in full swing. Here are some dates of appearances and events, but stay tuned for more!




Oct 27

Chapters South Keys book signing, 12 - 2 pm. Barbara participates in a day of mystery at Chapters in the South Keys Shopping Centre, signing Prisoners of HopeIt's never too early to think holiday gifts!


Oct 29

Ottawa Writers Festival. Barbara is delighted to be joining two other authors, Ron Corbett and Amy Stuart, for a meeting of criminal minds as part of the writers festival lineup. Christ Church Cathedral, 6 pm. Check here for details and tickets.


Nov 3

Party time again! The Toronto launch of Prisoners of Hope. Barbara will be travelling to Sleuth of Baker Street, the wonderful independent mystery bookstore in Toronto, to celebrate Amanda's latest adventure, meet friends and readers, and share readings, book talk, and some wine and cheese. If you love mysteries, come on down and bring a friend or two! Everyone is welcome!  907 Millwood Ave. 2:30 - 4 pm.


Nov 10

Chapters Pointe-Claire, Montreal, 12 - 2 pm. Barbara joins a day of mystery authors from Quebec and Eastern Ontario in signing Prisoners of Hope, and possibly other backlist. Check the store for details of other authors, and don't forget that a personally autographed book makes a great gift for the mystery lovers on your list!


Nov 24

Barrhaven Indigo, 12 - 2 pm. Barbara will be signing Prisoners of Hope, along with other favourites, at the Indigo store.125 Riocan Ave., Barrhaven. Hanukah and Christmas are almost upon us!


Breaking News

Just out and on sale now! 

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 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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