BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

Upcoming Events in 2017

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, has just 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 hit the bookshelves in Canada, the UK, and in the US in September 2016 and received numerous stellar reviews, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, 


She is now gearing up for the Ottawa and Toronto launches of The Trickster's Lullaby whic was released in September 2017. Here are some dates of appearances and events planned this fall, but stay tuned for more!





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 16

Halifax Word on the Street. Barbara is thrilled to be invited as a presenter at the Halifax WOTS, discussing and reading from the hot-off-the-press Trickster's Lullaby. The event will be in the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, at 10 a.m.


Sept 21

Aunt Agatha's Mystery Boostore. Barbara is thrilled to be returning to this iconic bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan for an evening of mystery talk and readings with Vicki Delany. Special thank you to Robin Agnew. Check out the details and this wonderful store here.


Sept 22

A Different Drummer Books. Barbara and Vicki continue their mini-book tour with a stop in this wonderful independent bookstore in Burlington, Ontario. Once again, a lively evening of book talk, readings, and books for sale. 513 Locust Street, Burlington. Details available at the store


Sept 23

Toronto Book Launch of The Trickster's Lullaby. Once again Barbara is teaming up with Vicki Delany for the double launch of their latest books, with schmoozing, reading, celebrating, and books for sale. At that wonderful source of all things mysterious, Sleuth of Baker Street, 907 Millwood Road from 1 - 3 p.m. Everyone welcome and bring a friend! Special thank you to Marian Misters.


Sept 24

Toronto Word on the Street. Barbara will be appearing in two events at Word on the Street on the Harbourfront, celebrating both the Cedric O'Toole Rapid Reads and the Amanda Doucette books. First at the Crime Writers of Canada booth from 1 - 2 p.m., where she will be selling and signing books, and secondly at the Frontier College booth, where she will join a panel of mysterious Rapid Reads authors for a lively discussion on mysteries and literacy.


Sept 26

Ottawa Book Launch of The Trickster's Lullaby. Barbara is teaming up with good friend and Canadian crime writer extraordinaire Vicki Delany for a double launch of The Trickster's Lullaby and Body on Baker Street, the second in Vicki's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series. Readings, book talk, schmoozing, drinks and nibblies, and lots of books for sale. Everyone welcome and bring a mystery-loving friend! Heart and Crown Pub (Mother McGintey room), 67 Clarence Street, 7 pm.


Oct 10

Ottawa International Writers' Festival.  Barbara is thrilled to be appearing at the Writers' Festival Fall Edition, sharing the stage with one of her favourite authors, the internationally renouned Anne Cleeves. 7 pm at Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. Tickets and details are available at the Writers Festival website here.


Oct 12 - 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.


Oct 20

Renfrew Public Library.  As part of Ontario Public Library Week, Barbara will be joining a panel of local authors at the Renfrew library, 13 Railway Avenue, for a lively interactive discussion and readings about all things bookish. 6 p.m.


Oct 21

Coles Carlingwood.  Barbara will be greeting readers and signing books at the Coles bookstore in the Carlingwood Mall in Ottawa, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Great for early holiday gift buying!


Oct 24

International Festival of Authors.  Barbara is honoured to join a panel of authors from across the writing spectrum to celebrate Dundurn's 45th anniversary in publishing. From history to mystery, Dundurn has been "defining Canada". At the Harbourfront, 7 p.m.


Dec 3

LitLive, Hamilton, ON. Barbara is delighted to be invited back to read from her latest, The Trickster's Lullaby, as part of Hamilton's LitLive Festival. Special thanks to Susan Evans Shaw of the Hamilton Arts Council. Stay tuned for more details.


Feb 22, 2018

Crime Night in Oakville. Barbara is teaming up with a terrific panel of crime writers from across the spectrum to inform, discuss, and entertain. The other panelists are Maureen Jennings, Joy Fielding, Janet Bolin, and Melodie Campbell, moderated by Don Graves. Books will be for sale by A Different Drummer. Save the date and stay tuned for more details. 







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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