I spent July and August in Montreal, looking after an injured family member. She has recovered nicely but I haven’t. I think Quebec was trying to kill me with heat and humidity…

So I didn’t get much writing done. I did have a story accepted by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (“The Boy”) but I don’t know when it will appear. And “Getting Back into Heaven” is due to be published in Black Cat Mystery Magazine before the end of the year.

I may not have fresh news of my own but my friend, Charlotte Morganti, is releasing The End Game, the first in her D.S. Gabrieli mystery series. I’ve read this novel (twice) and highly recommend it. If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Gibsons, B.C. on Friday, September 15, drop into the Gibsons Public Art Gallery from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Pacific for the official launch. You can also buy The End Game here https://books2read.com/u/mVeKq5.

You can visit her web site at https://charlottemorganti.com/ and while you’re there, sign up for her always amusing newsletter.

Here’s the write-up:

Some promises are killers to keep.

Private investigator D.S. Gabrieli can name a hundred places he’d rather visit than Cheakamus, British Columbia. But a promise is a promise. The trip should be a cameo: check in, attend a christening, check out. Two days max. What could go wrong in two days?

When a burned body is discovered at a sabotaged mine site near the small town, and police finger his kid brother as their prime suspect, Gabe realizes he’s not getting out of Cheakamus quickly, or easily. His battle to save his recalcitrant brother’s neck pits Gabe against deceptive locals, a mountain’s secrets, and a cunning killer who ultimately threatens to destroy all Gabe cares about, and pushes him to his breaking point.

What can go wrong in two days? Everything.

I am so looking forward to the next in the series!


On April 5, I’ll be in Calgary, participating in Noir at the Bar, along with: Niall Howell, Susan Calder, PJ Donison, Susan Jane Wright, Sarah L. Pratt, Julie Hiner and special guest, Dave Sweet, who will be reading from his book, Skeletons in my Closet.

So do come. It’ll take place on April 5 at the Hose and Hound Pub, 1030 9 Ave SE, Calgary. Come for 6:30 p.m. to fetch your drink and nibblies. The readings start at 7:00 p.m.

If you’re in the Calgary area on November 22…

…and you’re up for a night of crime, come to Owl’s Nest Books, at 815a 49 Ave SW, Calgary, for readings by six Alberta writers: PD Workman, Alice Bienia, Lisa Bush, Julie Hiner, L.L. Abbott, and me. I’ll be reading from the first Mendenhall Mystery, The Shoeless Kid. The readings, organized by Crime Writers of Canada and supported by Owl’s Nest Books, are from 7 to 9 p.m. (That’s on Tuesday, Nov. 22.)

Come early and browse, then stay for the readings. I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll want to pick up as a Christmas gift!