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Vanessa Westermann is a Canadian mystery writer. As an avid reader of the genre, she has also been an Arthur Ellis Awards judge, and given a talk on the evolution of women’s crime writing, at the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Her blog, "Vanessa's Picks", features literary reviews and author interviews.

Vanessa holds an M.A. in English Literature and has taught creative writing.

She is currently plotting her next (fictitious) murder.

Visit Vanessa’s blog at www.vanessa-westermann.info. Follow her on Twitter @VanessasPicks or connect on Facebook!
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An Excuse For Murder

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Wendy Clarke started her career writing short fiction and serials for national women’s magazines. With over three hundred stories published, she’s often asked to judge short story competitions. Wendy has had three psychological thrillers published by Bookouture – What She Saw, which won the Flash500 Novel Competition, We Were Sisters and The Bride which was published on May 20th. Wendy lives with

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“I see.” Gamache lowered his voice, though all could still hear the words. “When I was Chief Superintendent, I had a framed poster in my office. On it were the last words of a favorite poet, Seamus Heaney. Noli timere. It’s Latin. Do you know what it means?” He looked around the room. “Neither did I,” he admitted when no one spoke. “I had to look it up. It means ‘Be Not Afraid.’”
Not completely coincidentally, I have the same poster in my living room, where I see it everyday as I write. I’m looking at it now. Fear is such a thief. If I only did what I was comfortable with, there’d be no books, no marriage, fewer close relationships. Less travel, far fewer, or no, risks. And my life would shrink to nothing. Armand knows that the bravest person in any room is the one who can admit he’s scared sh**less. But does it anyway. Here he’s encouraging a young agent to speak his mind, even though he’s afraid.
" Publisher Donna Carrick says she is overwhelmed by the outstanding quality of stories that have been submitted for consideration for her 2020 crime fiction collection, A Grave Diagnosis. “Without a doubt, it is the highest level to date for ou..." Read more of this blog post »
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Peace Talks by Jim Butcher
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Jim Butcher’s writing is just as enjoyable as always, with lively characters and witty banter. However, PEACE TALKS ended with a story that, to me, felt unresolved. In film, this would be where the action gets rolling - only to fade to black with the ...more
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A Fatal Finale by Kathleen Marple Kalb
A Fatal Finale
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Gilded Age opera singer Ella Shane plays "trouser roles", can fence like nobody's business and is a fabulously witty narrator. This cozy mystery has all the elements necessary for a page-turner, including an intriguing cast of characters, sparkling d ...more
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The Grim Reader by Kate Carlisle
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In The Grim Reader, Brooklyn and her husband Derek attend Dharma’s first annual Book Festival. The official “book of the festival” is Little Women. Brooklyn is asked to restore what may be a rare, and valuable, first edition of the book. Brooklyn’s m ...more
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A Time of Torment by John Connolly
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John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series is crime with a supernatural twist. And deliciously so, because the prose is just so good. Former NYPD cop turned occult private detective, Parker has to confront evil once again in the form of an isolated group ...more
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