Panel / Hosted by Alison Brunette
Intrigue, suspicious deaths, disappearances, murder… In this panel, three Canadian awardwinning crime writers discuss their latest novels and the art of writing murder. Come hear about building suspense and creating gripping narrative twists, and meet the complex yet compelling detectives who can unravel the mysteries created by these writers.
About the authors
John Farrow, a.k.a. Trevor Ferguson, of Hudson, Quebec, is the author of thirteen novels and four plays. Booklist has called his crime series “the best of our time,” while Die Zeit in Germany called it “the best of all time.” The New York Times wrote, “John Farrow is an authoritative writer who creates characters with depth and plots that say something about them.” Of Perish the Day, Lee Child offered, “The best yet in one of my favourite series.” Of Farrow’s recurring detective, he wrote: “I love Émile Cinq-Mars!” The series continues with Ball Park (October) and Roar Back (2020).
Barbara Fradkin is a retired child psychologist with a fascination for why we turn bad. She has been writing since she was a child, but didn’t get serious until she discovered crime. In the past two decades or so, she has published at least thirty short stories and thirteen novels, along with three Rapid Reads short novels. Many of her works have been shortlisted or won Arthur Ellis Awards from Crime Writers of Canada. Until recently she has been best known for her gritty, psychological Inspector Green series, which has received two Arthur Ellis Best Novel Awards. However, her newest mystery suspense series features foreign aid worker Amanda Doucette, who battles her own traumatic past to help people in trouble. Prisoners of Hope, the third in the series, was released in October 2018, and she is currently writing the fourth, entitled The Ancient Dead.
Maureen Jennings has four series in the crime fiction genre. The first is set in 1895 Victorian Toronto, featuring detective William Murdoch. The Murdoch Mysteries television series, broadcast by CBC, is now airing its twelfth season. She has also written scripts for the show for the past 7 years and is the creative consultant. Her second series, featuring detective Inspector Tom Tyler, is set in rural England during WW2. These books were the inspiration for Bomb Girls, a television series broadcast by Global Television in 2012/2013. They are also produced as Audible books.
Another book featuring detective William Murdoch is now out. It is called Let Darkness Bury the Dead and is set during WW1 and features his son Jack Murdoch. This coming April, Maureen is launching a new series featuring a female PI, Charlotte Frayne.
Before launching into television, she wrote two mystery plays which were produced by Solar Stage. One of them, No Traveller Returns, has been remounted two more times. In 2014, another mystery play, Death in a Black Suit, was performed by Scarborough Players Guild.
Maureen Jennings was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to Canada as a teenager. She has a BA in psychology and philosophy and an MA in English Literature. She lives in Toronto with her husband Iden Ford, who is a professional photographer. They are controlled by a labradoodle named Murdoch.