DON'S PICKS FOR '06
Canadian crime and mystery writing had a stellar year in 2006, demonstrating again the maturity that this community of writers has attained.
Here are my picks for the best from among an exciting and long list of potentials:
* Peter Robinson, Piece of My Heart, is the showcase 16th novel featuring one of Canada's most acclaimed literary characters, Inspector Banks.
* Giles Blunt, By The Time You Read This, is the 4th novel featuring Northern Ontario Detective John Cardinal as he faces a personal hell as he balances his professionally vulnerable life.
* Maureen Jennings, Vices of My Blood, is the 6th Detective Murdoch mystery that confirms Jennings' place as a Master of the history-mystery.
* Louise Penny, Still Life, is her debut novel featuring Quebec cop, Inspector Armand Ganache. Penny has achieved a serious position for herself within this award-winning community of writers, fully supported by her second Ganache mystery, Dead Cold.
* John MacLachlan Gray, White Stone Day, is a provocative portrayal of Victorian perversion from the acclaimed creator of Billy Bishop Goes to War.
* Barbara Fradkin, Honour Among Men, is an Inspector Green novel that is close to the line that separates fiction from the truth.
... and here are a few others from among that long list I mentioned: When Hell Freezes Over by Rick Blechta, Season of Iron by Sylvia Maultash Warsh, Deadly Lessons by David Russell and The Endless Knot by Gail Bowen.
Happy Reading in 2007.