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Blood and Belonging

"Truly page-turning and suspenseful. Highly recommended."
CM Magazine

News and Reviews

"In the merging of history, social justice, and contemporary characters, Rapid Reads offers accessible quality literature." —Ottawa Review of Books

"[Rapid Reads] has been putting out some great crime fiction in books that average around 100 pages. These truly are rapid reads and they are just the ticket if you are in a slump for what to read next or if you are really busy and are daunted by picking up that 500+ page book sitting by your chain." —Crimespree Magazine

CM Magazine says, "A Murder for Max is strong...readers will hope that there will be a long line of Maxine Benson mysteries. Recommended." Learn more about this mystery from John Lawrence Reynolds.

"This little prose poem is as pellucid and finely wrought as a haiku." —Kirkus Reviews. Learn more about Brian Harvey's Frank Ryan Mystery, Tokyo Girl.

"A mad dash from start to finish, this latest entry in the Rapid Reads series is great for people who crave excitement..." —Kirkus Reviews. Learn more about Gail Anderson-Dargatz's Rapid Read, Race Against Time.

"An agreeable journey with a smart, sassy heroine who's not nearly as tough as she likes to think she is," (Kikrus Reviews). Learn more about William Kowalski's latest Rapid Read, Epic Game.

Gina Gallo is back in The Goddaughter Caper, and this time she gets drawn into a body caper mystery against her better judgement. CM Magazine says, "Campbell creates a page-turner that is fast moving, exciting and filled with twists and turns...Highly Recommended."

In her first novel featuring recurring sleuth Leena O’Neil, Dayle Campbell Gaetz "left readers on the edge of their seats with anticipation for Leena's next adventure." —CM Magazine Read the full review of Disappearing Act.

In William Kowalski's The Innocence Device, "Chago's courage and cleverness will surprise readers several times throughout the story, and readers will become emotionally invested in him...the themes are relevant, the main character is likeable, and the setting provides an unsettling and interesting dystopian background." Read the full review.

"Linda Richards’ strong female characters in If It Bleeds offer the reader a fresh and interesting perspective into the modern day life of a Vancouver greenhorn journalist in this page turning mystery." Read the full review.

Melodie Campbell (The Goddaughter, The Goddaughter's Revenge, The Artful Goddaughter) discusses the importance of research in crime fiction for the Toronto Star. Melodie estimates she spends 50 hours per book conducting research and emphasizes the importance of nailing the details: 'If you get it wrong, your publisher will hear about it," says Campbell with a laugh. "We get a lot of cops reading books."' Read the full article.

William Kowalski takes home East Coast Literary Award! Kowalski, author of four Rapid Reads titles including new release The Innocence Device has won the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for his novel The Hundred Hearts (Dundurn Press). The awards recognize and celebrate exceptional literary works from Canada's Atlantic region. Congratulations to all the winners!

And the winner is...Melodie Campbell! Congratulations to Melodie Campbell, winner of the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novella forThe Goddaughter's Revenge.

Orca is please to announce that two of our Rapid Reads titles are on the shortlist for Best Novella for the Arthur Ellis Awards. Please congratulate Melodie Campbell, The Goddaughter’s Revenge, and James Heneghan, A Woman Scorned. Awards will be announced on June 5th.