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News and Reviews

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.

Join us at Bloody Words June 6–8 to meet great Canadian mystery authors including a number from the Rapid Reads list.

Rapid Reads author Rick Blechta has joined up with several of his mystery writing compadres to form TYPE M FOR MURDER. They all have highly different views on crime writing as well as the writing game. It makes for highly entertaining reading. Rick’s slot is every Tuesday. Check it out at!

Juba Good by Vicki Delany was recently reviewed by CM Magazine: "A page-turner filled with suspense. The characters are true to life as is the setting. Ray Robinson, as the main character, is a believable character complete with flaws. The plot is unpredictable with a twist at the end. Highly Recommended."

Librarything has this to say about The Boom Room by Rick Blechta: "Pratt is a believable, unpretentious character who uses brains, intuition, and morals to deal with his co-workers, follow the clues, and capture the criminal. Rick Blechta is a strong writer whose characterization and realistic dialogue draw his readers into the story and hold them until the last page." Read full review.

Rick Blechta’s The Boom Room was also reviewed in Library Journal: "The fast-paced procedural has a touch of humor, insights into the nightclub scene, and a nice plot twist."

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If It Bleeds

New Release!

The lastest mystery from Linda L. Richards is "Like any well written novella, [it] hooks the reader within thirty seconds: west coast Vancouver atmosphere, tight plot, judicious back story, dialogue and a body." —Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Reviews

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