Cut to the Quick

Cut to the Quick

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

In the sequel to Cut Off his Tale, Hollis Grant is back, but this time shes in Toronto, hoping for a quiet summer of study. Hollis is a painter, and she hopes to spend some time taking a course in painting at the College of Art from her best friends husband, Curt Hartman. But the murder of her friends secretive stepson puts paid to those plans as the friend teeters on the edge of hysteria. She needs support and begs Hollis to move in with the family. Hollis discovers that all is not as it seems. Was the stepson the real target or is it his brother or his father, famous artist, and Holliss instructor, Curt Hartman? It appears that both father and son have led clandestine lives. Would someone kill them because of their secrets? Hollis poses those questions to Rhona Simpson, the Toronto homicide detective whom Hollis last encountered in Ottawa. It soon becomes clear to both women that the crime is the work of a cold-blooded murderer who intends to strike again. Terror mounts at...
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Going Out With a Bang

Going Out With a Bang

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

"Do not go gentle into that good night," wrote Dylan Thomas, and Canada's notorious Ladies' Killing Circle has taken his advice to heart. In Going Out With a Bang, the dangerous dames have brought together an explosive mix of authors from across the country. Whether it's the boom of drums, the cacophony of a train wreck, or the thud of a body crashing down the stairs, no one goes out without a fight. Twenty authors, along with poet Joy Hewitt Mann, will chill you, entertain you or plain blow you away in this eclectic fictional brew.
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Bone Dance

Bone Dance

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

Music may soothe the savage breast, but in this fifth collection of witty and wicked crime fiction from the Ladies' Killing Circle, music provides the background for tales of murder and mayhem. Eighteen stories by Canadian women crime writers along with poems from Joy Hewitt Mann take their inspiration from titles as varied as the upbeat "Wake Up Little Suzie" through the romantic "Summertime" and musicals such as "There's No Business Like Show Business". It's a collection you won't want to put down until you've read every one and hummed all the tunes. You'll never listen to your favourite songs again without wondering what nefarious deeds they may have inspired.
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Cut to the Bone

Cut to the Bone

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

Hollis Grant has fashioned a new life for herself with a foster child and a job as resident super of an eight-storey apartment building with a split personality. Hollis finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when a tenant, a woman working for an escort agency, is murdered. The detective in charge is Rhona Simpson, with whom Hollis has crossed swords in the past. Rhona, deeply shaken by a report on racial and sexual violence against Native girls and women, is wrestling with an identity crisis as she comes to terms with her own Aboriginal heritage. Hollis’s life is further complicated by the disappearance of Mary, an Aboriginal tenant who leaves a niece behind and a message asking Hollis to care for her. Hollis gives herself twenty-four hours to locate Mary, but her search for the woman places her in grave danger. Will Hollis end up as yet another victim?
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When Boomers Go Bad

When Boomers Go Bad

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

This newest anthology of short crime fiction from the Ladies' Killing Circle takes a spirited look at baby boomers as they go from young, hairy and hip to old, bald and bad. The children of the sixties are are up to no good in another wicked anthology from this prolific collective of writers. The editors, themselves celebrated short crime fiction writers, have assembled such luminaries of crime fiction as Barbara Fradkin, H. Mel Malton, Vicki Cameron and Melanie Fogel, as well as Arthur Ellis Award winners Barbara Fradkin, Mary Jane Maffini and Sue Pike.
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Cut to the Chase

Cut to the Chase

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

Danson Lafleur's been on a crusade to investigate deported criminals who return undetected to Canada, and now he's missing. Can he be the unidentified man in the morgue? Danson's desperate sister pleads with artist and amateur sleuth Hollis Grant to search for her brother, since the police don't appear to be taking his disappearance seriously. Leads seem to connect Danson and Gregory, his mystery flat-mate, to drugs. But who is Gregory, and what is his connection to the Russian mob? As Hollis investigates, she clashes with homicide detective Rhona Simpson, a woman annoyed by amateur sleuths in general and Hollis Grant in particular. Rhona, adjusting to a new, attractive, enigmatic partner, wants Hollis off the case. Toronto in November is as cold as Danson's trail. Will Hollis connect the dots before the body count rises?
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Fit to Die

Fit to Die

Joan Boswell

Joan Boswell

Sport, fitness, games and murder are the main themes of this collection of wicked and witty crime fiction and poetry by the Ladies' Killing Circle, who brought you Menopause is Murder and Cottage Country Killers. From the gym to the golf course to the supposedly peaceful practice of tai chi, murder, rage and revenge refuse to respect the human quest for immortality through fitness and can victimize the most tanned and toned bodies as easily as those of couch potatoes and gourmands. Excessive good health can lead to an early demise in this energetic new anthology. You'll watch your back in the hot tub after reading this book...
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