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:


Marja McGraw – update on a new novel

Marja McGraw was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Oct., 2014, and is back now to tell us about a new mystery in her other series.

How Now Purple Cow FinalHow Now Purple Cow: A Bogey Man Mystery
by Marja McGraw

Book 5 in mystery series

What could purple cows and elderly spies possibly have to do with each other?

When young Mikey Cross discovers ceramic purple cows, a ring, and investigative notes left by a mystery writer popular in the 1950s, his parents’ and grandparents’ lives are turned upside down.

Pamela and Chris Cross become involved in vintage intrigue with trepidation and more than a little angst when they find out there’s an elderly assassin on the prowl and the situation isn’t quite as vintage as they thought.

The dead just may come back as the living when it’s least expected.”

For more information about Marja and where to purchase her books, check out her Amazon Author Page.

C. Hope Clark

C. Hope Clark wrote a guest blog for Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing titled “Following My Own Advice” on Sept. 2, 2014.

2014-06-13 16.56.56C. Hope Clark

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Murder on Edisto, the first in the Edisto Island Mysteries – general mystery

Quick description: When her husband is murdered by the Russian mob, Boston detective Callie Jean Morgan suffers a mental breakdown and relinquishes her badge to return home to South Carolina. She has no idea how to proceed with her life, but her son deserves to move on with his, so she relocates them to the family vacation home.

But the day they arrive on Edisto Beach, Callie finds her childhood mentor and elderly neighbor murdered. Her fragile sanity is threatened when the murderer taunts her, and the home that was to be her sanctuary is repeatedly violated. Callie loses her fight to walk away from law enforcement as she becomes the only person able to pursue the culprit who’s turned the coastal paradise into a paranoid patch of sand where nobody’s safe. But what will it cost her?


Brief biography:
C. Hope Clark began writing mysteries after being offered a bribe and a federal agent arrived on her doorstep. Today she is published by Bell Bridge Books and has two mystery series, both set in rural South Carolina, a state steeped in history, mystery, and characters hell-bent on right or wrong, depending on which side they’re on. Her latest release is Murder on Edisto, set totally on secluded Edisto Beach, a paradise where murder just doesn’t happen. Hope is also editor of, a website chosen by Writer’s Digest for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 14 years. Her writing resource newsletter reaches 40,000 each week. Her articles appear in Writer’s Digest, The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, and more. Of course, she lives in South Carolina.

Links to buy Hope’s book:
Bell Bridge Books
Amazon – eBook and paperback
Barnes & Noble – eBook

Hope’s promo links:
Funds for Writers

What are you working on now?
Hope currently pounds away on the second and third Edisto Island Mysteries as well as the occasional freelance piece.

Hope’s reading recommendation:
I read mystery and suspense, leaning heavily toward female authors. My all time favorite is Lisa Gardner. Tess Gerritsen falls in as second. And I own every single hardback copy of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mysteries. When Lee Childs releases yet another Jack Reacher story, I preorder, but when it comes to reading beautiful prose, my first love is Pat Conroy, a fellow South Carolina author.

Jerold Last

Author photo Jerold Last

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Deadly Dog Show is a mystery. Because one of the lead characters is a dog, Amazon calls it a “cozy”. I’d call it “hard-boiled” or “noir”, but with clean language and no gratuitous sex. I guess that means it’s somewhere between those various genres.

Quick description: The Deadly Dog Show, a suspenseful journey into the world of canine conformation contests, provides an exciting backdrop for murder. Roger Bowman, private eye, is hired to investigate mysterious occurrences at California dog shows. Before long, Roger is working undercover at the dog shows impersonating an owner, dead bodies are accumulating, and a mysterious stalker is pursuing Roger’s wife, Suzanne. The reviewers are enthusiastic about this whodunit novel, which should appeal to mystery readers, dog lovers, and anyone else who wants to learn more about the world of dog show competition.

Dog show cover

Brief biography:
The author is a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California’s Medical School at Davis. He has a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry and does research on asthma and health effects of air pollution on the lungs. He is also a big fan of California mystery novels. A quick search of Amazon will turn up books and articles in biochemistry previously edited or authored by Jerry, as well as his South American mystery novel series. The settings and locales for all of these novels are authentic; the author lived previously in Salta, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay. He has collaborated with several local scientists in Uruguay, Argentina, and Peru. The Deadly Dog Show, set in California, is the fourth novel in his Roger and Suzanne mystery series, following The Ambivalent Corpse, set in Montevideo, Uruguay and the surrounding region, The Surreal Killer, set in Peru and Northern Chile’s Atacama Desert region, and The Matador Murders, set in Montevideo and Santiago, Chile. All of these mystery novels are available as Kindle E-books from Amazon. Two shorter books in this series, a novelette and a novella, The Body in the Parking Structure, set in Los Angeles, and The Body in the Bed, set in Montevideo, are also available from Amazon. A novel-length anthology of shorter stories entitled Five Quickies for Roger and Suzanne, including The Empanada Affair, a novella set in Salta, Argentina, and The Haunted Gymnasium, a shorter and somewhat paranormal mystery set in Fortaleza, Brazil, is also available as a Kindle E-book from Amazon.

Jerry writes hard-boiled mystery books that are fast moving and entertain, while introducing readers to a region where he has lived and worked that is a long way from home for most English speakers. Montevideo, Salta, Machu Picchu, and Iguazu Falls are characters in these books, and the novels portray these places as vivid and real. He lives in Northern California with his wife Elaine, who breeds German Shorthaired Pointers, and with Vinia, Jolie, Schöne, and Ries, four generations of GSPs who contribute interesting material for his blog and characters for his books. Coming soon is a fifth novel, The Origin of Murder, a riff on Charles Darwin’s classic The Origin of Species, which brings Roger, Suzanne, Bruce the Nanny, and Paraguayan police person Eduardo Gomez to the Galapagos Islands where murder and intrigue once again await our detectives in South America.

Jerold Last had updated Reading Recommendations twice with information on new publications, here and here!)

Links to buy Jerold’s book:
Amazon Worldwide

Jerold’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I’m editing the next novel in the series, The Origin of Murder, which should be published on Amazon Kindle some time this winter. This murder mystery takes Roger and Suzanne to the Galapagos Islands, off the Pacific coast of Ecuador in South America. I’m also starting the next book to follow in the series, which I think will take our detective couple to Alaska.

Jerold’s reading recommendation:
I just finished reading the mystery novel Unleashed by Emily Kimelman (available as a Kindle E-book and elsewhere). I like murder mysteries and I like dogs as characters, so enjoyed this novel.