BARBARA FRADKIN           Mystery Writer

The Fradkin Menagerie

Please, Mama!

 There is something magical about writers and their pets. Barbara grew up in a home full of animals. There was the usual assortment of dogs, cats, hamsters, goldfish and birds. As well, however, because her mother was a biology teacher, there were often more exotic pets: an aligator in the bathtub, a box turtle under the living room sofa, mice and white rats in cages all over the place, and a wounded pigeon living under the basement stairs.


Throughout her adult life, Barbara and her family had cats, usually two or three, and later dogs as well. At the present time she shares the house - and the sofas - with two Nova Scotia duck tolling retreivers. a bouncy, exuberant nine year-old girl named Eva and a gorgeous, goofy boy named Kenzie. Sadly, the elderly, wheezy thirteen year-old male in the first photo died seven years ago, gone but never forgotten. Eva snuggles with Kenzie in the second photo. While the fictional Duck Toller in her Amanda Doucette series is named Kaylee after this cute pup below, her personality is all Eva.

Kaylee, the namesake for Amanda Doucette's Toller. Now sadly gone over the Rainbow Bridge.
Our tuxedo cat, looking decidedly inelegant!
Kiefer and Kaylee enjoy the lake.

News in brief

Available now!

Inspector Green is back! His interest in his daughters's domestic abuse case puts her in danger.

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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