Gail Bowen – update on a new Joanne Kilbourn novel

Photo credit: Carin Makuz

Photo credit: Carin Makuz

Gail Bowen was featured on Reading Recommendations in March 2015 when she released the 15th book in her Joanne Kilbourn mystery series set in Regina, SK. She’s back now, almost a year later, to tell us of the next book in the series just being released today! Yay! Gail! It gives me great pleasure, after 25 years (gasp!), to still be your cheerleader!


What’s Left Behind
by Gail Bowen
Published by McClelland & Stewart

From the “Queen of Canadian crime fiction” (Winnipeg Free Press) comes the 16th installment of the much-loved Joanne Kilbourn series.

The latest novel in the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve series opens in the month of May, a time of beginnings when all things seem possible. Joanne’s husband, Zack, recently elected mayor of Regina, is optimistic that he can garner the public support necessary to make Regina a city that works — not just for the few, but for the many. Their oldest son Peter is marrying Maisie Crawford, a woman as clever and forthright as she is lovely. Their lakeside wedding is a dream come true, but when a former lover of a member of the bridal party shows up, the dream becomes a nightmare. Before the bride’s bouquet has wilted, there’s an act of sickening cruelty; soon afterwards, there’s a murder.

Devastated, Joanne and Zack search for answers. As it becomes increasingly unclear whether political agendas, shattered romance, or a secret buried deep in the past have motivated the crimes, the loyalties of the Shreve family are tested. A gripping mystery with a social conscience, this is a novel of high stakes and innocence lost.

Where to purchase copies of this and all Gail’s books:
Penguin Random House Canada

Here are some of the events planned over the next two weeks to launch Gail’s book in Saskatchewan, Victoria and Vancouver:


Gail Anderson-Dargatz – an update


Playing With Fire
by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Genre: Playing With Fire is a mystery for literacy learners. Reading level: 2.8 (Part of the Rapid Reads adult literacy series published by Orca Books)

Quick description: Small-town journalist Claire Abbott has a sixth sense, what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” When a string of suspicious fires breaks out in town, Claire thinks she knows who the firebug is. Or does she? She finds there is much more to the story than she imagined. Worse, no one will believe her. The firebug is getting bolder, and the fires he sets more dangerous. Claire is now in a race against time to catch the arsonist in the act before he takes a life.

Playing with Fire is the second in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott. The first, Search and Rescue, was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Sept. 2014.

Gail’s book may be purchased from:
Orca Books

About Rapid Reads (from Orca’s website)

Author Ian McEwan once wrote that “the novella is the perfect form of prose fiction.”

In our increasingly fast-paced world we believe there is a need for well-written, well-told books that can be read in one sitting. Rapid Reads are short books for adult readers. They are intended for a diverse audience, including ESL students, reluctant readers, adults who struggle with literacy and anyone who wants a high-interest quick read.

The Rapid Reads series includes titles by best-selling authors Gail Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman and William Kowalski, among many others. Visit the Authors page for a full list.

Rapid Reads focus first and foremost on strong writing and storytelling.

We are committed to providing books that will help adults achieve their literacy goals in an interesting and accessible way. Each novel in the Rapid Reads series is written between a 2.0 and 6.0 reading level. The plots are contemporary and entertaining, with adult language and themes.

Rapid Reads in the Classroom
Are you an educator? To purchase Rapid Reads titles for your classroom, please contact us at Reading guides with plot summaries and discussion questions are available for free download.

Gail Bowen Recommends Suzanne North

9781927366233 Flying Time
by Suzanne North
Publisher: Brindle & Glass, Victoria

Literary Fiction

Quick description: Flying Time is a novel about memory. The narrator, Kay Jeynes, is now in her late 80’s but her focus is on the years between 1939 to 1942 when, as a naive young Calgarian, she was the secretary of Japanese-Canadian businessman Hero Miyashita. The relationship between Kay’s family and the Miyashitas, initially wary, grows to warm intimacy, but the clouds of war are gathering. The book ends as the Japanese navy prepares to attack Pearl Harbour, and a dark chapter of Canadian history is about to begin.

3443_216 Why I recommend this book: Flying Time is a beautifully written evocation of a particular time in the life of Canadians. Most importantly it is a book with a heart, a brain and a funny bone. I recommend this book because I know readers will love it as much as I did.

Links for people to buy it:
Brindle & Glass

Gail Bowen_photo_Dale_Williams Guest reviewer’s latest title or project: Gail Bowen’s 15th Joanne Kilbourn Shreve novel, 12 Rose Street was published by Random House of Canada on March 3, 2015.

Gail has been previously featured on Reading Recommendations.

Gail Bowen

For me, it is a privilege and an honour to have this opportunity to promote Gail Bowen, an author whose work and career I hold in high esteem, not only because she has been a role model to me all these years, but especially because she has been such a good friend and an ardent supporter of my careers as a sales rep and writer. I met Gail in 1990 when I was her Alberta/Saskatchewan sales rep for the first book in this series, Deadly Appearances, in which she inscribed: For Susan, … here’s where we came in. And I’m so pleased to still be reading, and promoting, Gail’s books as she publishes the 15th in this series!

Gail Bowen_photo_Dale_Williams Gail Bowen

What is your latest release and what genre is it?
12 Rose Street, the 15th novel in the Joanne Kilbourn Shreve Series

Quick description: Joanne’s husband, Zack, is running as a progressive candidate for mayor of Regina. Those opposing Zack have a great deal to lose and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to defeat him. When a man is murdered and Joanne is confronted with proof of a heartbreaking personal betrayal, she is forced to revisit her commitment to a decent, transparent campaign.

12 Rose Street

Brief biography:
I taught English at First Nations University of Canada for thirty years. In addition to the Joanne Kilbourn Series, I’ve written the Charlie Dowhanuik Series, targeted at reluctant readers, and many occasional pieces for the Globe and Mail, CBC, and the National Post. Five of my plays have been produced in theatres across Canada; two have been presented on CBC radio.

Links to buy Gail’s book:
Penguin Random House of Canada

Gail’s promo links:

From Retirement Redux: Saskatchewan author Gail Bowen releases new book at age 72
From The Regina Leader-Post: Bowen’s latest mystery fueled by her own indignation (video)

What are you working on now?
I’m working with my editor on the second draft of What’s Left Behind, the 16th Joanne Kilbourn Shreve mystery.

Gail’s reading recommendation:
US Conductors by Sean MIchaels

Gail Bowen has also been featured in the Authors Recommending Authors segment of Reading Recommendations.