BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

Upcoming Events in 2021


What an enjoyable book launch!


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. The Ancient Dead's virtual book launch in January was lots of fun. 



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


All books are available in trade paperback, ebook, and audio format.



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!


Virtual appearances have picked up some of the slack from cancelled events, and Barbara has presented at several Zoom book clubs and talks, with others scheduled in the next couple of months. Thank you so much to readers for coming out to support writers during these bizarre times.


Barbara has also been hard at work on the the eleventh Inspector Green novel and the manuscript is now in its final proofing stage. 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, entitled The Devil to Pay, comes out in October 2021. Meanwhile she has started work on the fifth Amanda Doucette novel, set on Vancouver Island's spectacular west coast. Pandemic restrictions are playing havoc with her research, but by hook or by crook, the book will come out in the fall of 2022.


News in brief

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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