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.


During this past year she's been hard at work putting the final touches on the third Amanda Doucette novel, entitled Prisoners of Hope, which is set on a summer kayaking trip in Georgian Bay.


She is now gearing up for the busy Fall season, including two launches of Prisoners of Hope. Here are some dates of appearances and events, but stay tuned for more!





Sept 26

Lethbridge Public Library, Main branch, 7 - 9 pm. Barbara is thrilled to be invited to do a presentation and reading at the Lethbridge Library during her research trip to Alberta. It's a free event, all welcome! Attendees may get a sneak preview of Prisoners of Hope.


Oct 12

Books on Beechwood mystery wine and cheese, 7 - 9 pm. Barbara is delighted to participate in a mysterious evening with two other authors, Iona Wishaw and local writer and good friend Brenda Chapman. Books, plots, murders and all things nefarious will be discussed. If you love mysteries, come on down and bring a friend to Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Ave., Ottawa. Everyone is welcome and it's free!


Oct 13

Carlingwood Coles book signing, 11 am - 2 pm. s Barbara will be signing Prisoners of Hope, along with other favourites, at the Coles tore in the Carlingwood shopping centre– always a wonderful story for mysteries. It's never too early to think holiday gifts!


Oct 16

Party time! The official launch of Prisoners of Hope. Barbara will be joining her good friend Vicki Delany in the joint launch of their latest books. Vicki will be launching her latest Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery, entitled The Cat of the Baskervilles. There will be readings, refreshments, signings, and of course, books for sale by Perfect Books. Everyone is welcome to join the party at the Clocktower Brew Pub at 418 Richmond Road in Westboro. 7 - 9 pm. 


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.


Breaking News

Pre-order now! Coming October 6, 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 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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