Author Feature: Deb Loughead

Payback

In Payback, Dylan O’Connor is in trouble again. While riding his bike home after dark, he has a run-in with a truck but doesn’t give it a second thought until police show up at his door the next day. CCTV cameras put Dylan at the scene of a crime, and when the police question him, Dylan realizes he was an inadvertent witness. But he doesn’t tell them the driver of the truck was Jeff Walker, a nasty piece of work. Dylan knows it’s in his best interests to keep his mouth shut. Then he starts […]






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Author Feature: Natasha Deen

Lark and the Diamond Caper

Rookie detectives Lark and Connor Ba are back on the case! When a pair of diamond earrings goes missing from the neighborhood general store, Lark and Connor just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Carefully mining the adults for clues, the twin sleuths work together to solve the mystery. Lark and the Diamond Caper is the second title in the Lark Ba Detective series, following Lark Holds the Key. What planning and research did you do for you book? Well, of course, the General Store carries all *kinds* of groceries, […]






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Students’ and my take—make that double-take—on the doppelgänger

Author, teacher, school visit

  The following post is written by Melanie Jackson, author of Death Drop.   Everyone has one. That not-quite-double, that other self. A nicer other self, or a more sinister one. Possibly a deadly one. I’ve been exploring the idea of the doppelgänger with three classes of Grade 8 Creative Writing students at Vancouver’s Lord Byng Secondary. It’s part of a mystery unit I’m delighted to be teaching, with the help, advice, brilliant comments and unwavering cup-of-tea support of Byng teacher and English Department head Amy Hughes. We’re studying the doppelgänger as portrayed in a […]






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Author Feature: Melodie Campbell

The Bootlegger's Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell

As Gina gets ready for her Christmas wedding, all is quiet in Steeltown. Then she’s robbed, cousin Jimmy has a heart attack, and someone in the city has hijacked a transport truck full of booze. But who? And why? Gina knows bootlegging used to be a family business, but they stopped that in the ’30s. Didn’t they? Gina and Nico work feverishly to keep the latest bungled family matter under wraps, but the police are closing in. And, once again, everything points to the Holy Cannoli Retirement Home. The Bootlegger’s Goddaughter is the fifth book […]






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Author Feature: Gail Anderson-Dargatz

A Race Against Time by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

#TuesdayTalk with Gail Anderson-Dargatz. Her novel, Race Against Time, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. My latest Rapid Reads book is called Race Against Time, a Claire Abbott mystery. What was the catalyst for your story? What if you had a vision that something terrible was about to happen? Could you stop it? What if no one believed you? This novel rose out of those questions. If your book is illustrated, what was it like to see your story come alive visually? The book plays with the concept of time. […]






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Author Feature: Brian Harvey

Tokyo Girl by Brian Harvey

#TuesdayTalk with Brian Harvey. His new Frank Ryan mystery, Tokyo Girl, is on shelves now! Tell us a bit about your book. Feckless piano tuner Frank Ryan visits Tokyo and becomes an unwitting pawn in a beautiful woman’s scheme to bring down her gangster ex-boyfriend. What was the catalyst for your story? Many trips to Tokyo, a place that gets more fascinating, more puzzling and more weird every time I go there. What are the challenges of writing for or within a series? For me the main challenge is to keep your main character (the […]






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