Janice MacDonald

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Janice MacDonald is a bestselling Canadian author who is best known for a series of crime novels featuring amateur sleuth Miranda "Randy" Craig; the latest of these popular mysteries is The Eye of the Beholder (2018). The Randy Craig Mysteries were the first detective series to be set in Edmonton, Alberta, where Janice lives and works. Janice is also the author of 2017's Confederation Drive, a work of creative non-fiction written for Canada's 150th birthday. Her other titles include an award-winning children's book (The Ghouls' Night Out), a university textbook, and several non-fiction/historical titles about her home province.

Born on the side of a mountain in Banff National Park, the daughter of a cowboy from southern Alberta and a schoolt
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Janice MacDonald What a delicious question! I feel all Agatha Christie’s missing five days!

Here you go, the mystery that almost was from my own life.

When I was born…more
What a delicious question! I feel all Agatha Christie’s missing five days!

Here you go, the mystery that almost was from my own life.

When I was born (well, slightly before I was born) my father wanted to name me Jac, without a K, because Jac was the name of his best friend. It didn’t materialize because I was a girl.

My mom and dad divorced when I was still very young, and we didn’t see all that much of him throughout my childhood, maybe once every two or three years. Imagine my surprise when a journalist at the Edmonton Journal appeared with the name Jac (without a K) MacDonald. I began to wonder if my father had wandered off and had a whole other family, unknown to us.

I finally got up my courage, at a social event we both were attending, to ask the journalist about his origins and find out that Jac MacDonald had two distinct parents, and neither of them were my dad.

Makes you wonder about who is out there who may be connected to you, doesn’t it? And how far would they go to prevent that from becoming known?

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Janice MacDonald Hi Debbie,

I appreciate your question. One of the things I have tried to do with the Randy Craig Mystery series is to allow the character to age…more
Hi Debbie,

I appreciate your question. One of the things I have tried to do with the Randy Craig Mystery series is to allow the character to age realistically so readers can follow her through several stages of her life, from a naive grad student to a mature woman in early middle-age who has still not quite found the footing in academia she had hoped for.

NO SPOILERS HERE, but I know exactly what you mean about the Randy/Steve cliffhanger and am eager to wrap up their story. I have another Randy mystery about halfway completed—and even did research in another country for the first time—but the honest truth is that the series' long-time publisher has not yet offered me a contract for another book. It can be extremely hard to place a new book in an already established series (this would be book #7) with another company, so here’s hoping that the publisher will find a place in its schedule for the next mystery, which is tentatively titled The Day of the Iguana.

Cheers,
Janice(less)
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The Eye of the Beholder is out in the world!

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My latest (and perhaps last) Randy Craig Mystery novel is out in the world and beginning to connect with readers. The Eye of the Beholder is set in both Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- hometown of the series' heroine -- and sunny Puerto vallarta, jalisco, Mexico -- where Miranda "Randy" Craig manages to get caught up in a murder mystery while on her honeymoon! The book is out in p... Read more of this blog post »
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Janice MacDonald Angie wrote: "Hi Janice!

I don't know if you remember me or not from When Words Collide. I'm the woman who had the paisley purse that happened to match a very paisley top. I just wanted you to know that I'm a l..."


Of course I remember you, and I hope I see you again at WWWC 2014!


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Angie Hi Janice!

I don't know if you remember me or not from When Words Collide. I'm the woman who had the paisley purse that happened to match a very paisley top. I just wanted you to know that I'm a little over half way through with Sticks and Stones and so far I love it. I'm looking forward to the rest of it!


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