Fall 2015 Titles

Haitian Graves I.O.U. Dead Playing With Fire The Blue Dragon


Juba Good

nominated for Arthur Ellis Awards

Congratulations to authors Vicky Delany and Rick Blechta, whose recent Rapid Reads titles have been nomited for Arthur Ellis Awards in the Best Novella category. Learn more about Juba Good by Vicki Delany and The Boom Room by Rick Blecta.


News and Reviews

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.

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 typem4murder.blogspot.com!

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