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Whodunit? The Latest Thrillers from 8 Killer Writers

In the lead up to the first Motive Crime & Mystery Writers Festival from June 3-5, we bring you 8 titles guaranteed to keep you in suspense / BY Robert Wiersema / May 31st, 2022


With three days of readings, discussions, interviews and panels, the 2022 Motive Crime & Mystery Festival, with a spotlight on Nordic Noir, is a treasure trove for crime fans. Here are the hotly anticipated titles that will be discussed by writers, appearing either in-person or virtually, at the event organized by the Toronto International Festival of Authors between June 3 to 5, 2022.

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1Confidenceby Denise Mina

Fans of Scottish writer Denise Mina’s 2019 novel Conviction – including Reese Witherspoon and A.J. Finn –  are counting the days to the release of Confidence, which features the return of amateur detectives Anna and Fin, who are drawn into the disappearance of a YouTube star. Bridging the worlds of social media and internet influencers with historical mysteries and relics, Confidence is another inspired chase across Europe. (July 5) 


2Take Your Breath Awayby Linwood Barclay

The new novel from New York Times bestselling Canadian author Linwood Barclay begins with the disappearance of Brie Mason, while her husband, Andrew, is away on a fishing trip. Andrew becomes the prime suspect, although there is no evidence to bring a case against him. Six years later, after bottoming out and being surrounded by people who assume he got away with murder, Andrew has finally found peace – he’s moved away, changed his last name and found a new partner. But when a woman who looks a lot like Brie appears, his life is overturned again.


3Cold Cold Bonesby Kathy Reichs

The celebrated American author and real-life forensic anthropologist is back with her 21st Temperance Brennan story, which opens with the fictional forensic anthropologist receiving a gift: a fresh human eyeball in a box on her back porch. Even worse, GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead Brennan to a macabre crime scene on the site of a  Benedictine monastery. Reich’s novel is a terrifying puzzle box of references to previous cases and pieces of evidence, and someone is haunting Brennan with the past in order to close in on her in the present. 


4The Darkness in the Lightby Daniel Kalla

Emergency room physician Danial Kalla is one of Canada’s best-selling and most impressive writers, and his latest novel, The Darkness in the Light, demonstrates why. When psychiatrist David Spears begins to lose patients to suicide, he struggles to understand what happened. Was it his own failing? Was it the new antidepressant he had prescribed? Or was it something else? The questions lead him to Utqiagvik, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States, where he is drawn into a world of darkness, treachery, and death.


5The Islandby Adrian McKinty

When Heather decides to accompany her new husband, widowed doctor Tom, to a conference in Australia with his two children, she sees it as an opportunity to bond with the kids and solidify the new family. Soon, however, they are struggling to survive, after a visit to a mysterious private island turns deadly. Belfast-born Adrian McKinty – whose novel The Chain was an international bestseller – has a way with a thriller, alternating thumb-screw suspense with roller coaster thrills. 


6Deep Houseby Thomas King

Thumps Dreadfulwater is one of Canada’s favourite reluctant detectives, a former cop turned photographer with a droll tone and keen eye, who is just trying to live a quiet life in the small town of Chinook. The pandemic is waning as  Deep House opens, and Dreadfulwater is looking forward to things returning to normal. Unfortunately for him – and fortunately for us – he discovers a body in a canyon, and has to solve a case even he doesn’t fully understand.


71979by Val McDermid

Is there anything better than a new book from Val McDermid, the Queen of Crime? How about a new series! 1979 introduces readers to investigative journalist Allie Burns, and the newsroom of the daily Clarion. Burns’ investigative work is a way for her to challenge the newsroom’s glass ceiling and get away from “women’s stories,” but as she digs, she finds secrets that will put her life on the line, with connections and conspiracies some are willing to kill to keep hidden. 


8Unhingedby Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger

Just in time for summer, a chilling blast of Nordic Noir, as the bestselling Blix & Ramm series returns with a third instalment. After the execution-style murder of a police investigator who has been trying to reach her superior, Alexander Blix, to inform him of a break in a series of Oslo murders, Blix’s daughter almost becomes the next victim. As she struggles to survive, Blix and online journalist Ramm are plunged into a world of secrets and lies, where no one can be trusted. 


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Brian Thomas Isaac’s “All the Quiet Places” wins $5,000 Indigenous Voices AwardThe B.C. author, a retired bricklayer, drew on his childhood growing up on the Okanagan Indian reserve for his coming-of-age story set in 1956


Canadian-American Author Ruth Ozeki Wins Women’s Book Prize for “The Book of Form and Emptiness”The UK judges said her fourth novel, inspired in part by the Vancouver Public Library, contained "sparkling writing, warmth, intelligence, humour and poignancy."


The Bill Gates Summer Reading List Includes a Sci-Fi Novel On Gender Inequality Suggested by His DaughterBill Gates' summer reading list includes fiction and non-fiction titles that cover gender equality, political polarization and climate change.


American novelist Joshua Cohen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for “The Netanyahus”The 2022 Pulitzer prizes include this satirical look at identity politics, focused on the father of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a crucial time in the Jewish state’s history


Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro Among Canadian Authors Recognized in Commemorative Reading List Marking Queen’s Platinum JubileeThe authors are among six Canadian scribes included on the The Big Jubilee Read list.


Queen Elizabeth II’s Aide Reveals Details of Life in Royal Pandemic Lockdown in New Addition to BookAngela Kelly, who's worked for the Queen for 20 years, discusses everything from cutting the Queen's hair to "the light and laughter that was shared ... even in the darkest moments."


New Leonard Cohen Story Collection, ‘A Ballet of Lepers,’ Set for October ReleaseThe collection features a novel, short stories and a radio play written between 1956 and 1961.


Archived Letters Reveal How Toni Morrison Helped MacKenzie Scott Meet Future Husband Jeff BezosBezos hired Scott at the hedge fund where he worked after receiving a recommendation from Morrison. Shortly thereafter, the pair married and Scott helped Bezos launch Amazon.


Prince Harry’s Memoir is Set to Rock the MonarchyFriends say the California-based royal got a million-pound book deal to write "an intimate take on his feeling about the family."


European Jewish Congress Asks Publisher to Pull Anne Frank BookThe Congress says 'The Betrayal of Anne Frank' has "deeply hurt the memory of Anne Frank, as well as the dignity of the survivors and the victims of the Holocaust."


Canadian Author Details Anne Frank Cold-Case Investigation That Named Surprise Suspect in Her Family’s Betrayal in New BookAhead of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Frank's 'The Diary of a Young Girl' in June, a team that included a retired FBI agent and around 20 historians, criminologists and data specialists identified a relatively unknown figure as a leading suspect in revealing her family's hideout.


Man Who Tricked Authors Into Handing Over Unpublished Manuscripts Arrested by FBI in New YorkFilippo Bernardini, an employee of a well known publication house, has been arrested for stealing hundreds of unpublished manuscripts.


Hollywood Legend Betty White Has a Last Laugh in New Biographic Comic BookThe creators of the biographical comic book have released similar books about Hollywood legends like Carrie Fisher, Lucille Ball, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor.


Barack Obama Reveals His List of Books That Left “A Lasting Impression” in 2021Obama's favourite 2021 reads include two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' and 'Klara and the Sun,' by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro


“Interview With the Vampire” Author Anne Rice Dies at 80 — Tributes Pour in From Stuart Townsend and OthersThe author, who was best known for her work in gothic fiction, died on Saturday evening as a result of complications from a stroke.


Norma Dunning wins $25,000 Governor General’s English fiction prize for ‘Tainna’The Edmonton-based Inuk writer explores themes of displacement, loneliness and spirituality in six short stories


Omar El Akkad wins $100,000 Giller prize for “What Strange Paradise”The former Globe and Mail reporter, who published "American War" to acclaim in 2017, tackles the global migrant refugee crisis in his second novel


South African Author Damon Galgut Wins the Booker Prize For ‘The Promise’Galgut received nominations for his 2003 and 2010 works before finally taking home the prize this year. 


Hollywood Legend Paul Newman Discusses Life, Acting and Aging Gracefully in Newly Discovered MemoirPublishers of the newly discovered memoir say the Hollywood legend wrote the book in the 1980s in response to the relentless media attention he received during that time.


Here’s What You Need to Know About the Toronto International Festival of AuthorsDirector Roland Gulliver lands in Toronto to open his second, much-expanded virtual festival with more than 200 events


Tanzanian Novelist Gurnah Wins 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature for Depicting the Impact of Colonialism and Refugee StoriesGurnah, 72, is only the second writer from sub-Saharan Africa to win one of the world's most prestigious literary awards


Miriam Toews Garners Third Giller Prize Nomination for “Fight Night” after Shortlist AnnouncedSophomore efforts from novelists Omar El Akkad and Jordan Tannahill join debut books from Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia and Angélique Lalonde


Tina Brown’s New Book, ‘The Palace Papers’, Covers the Royal Family’s Reinvention After Diana’s Tragic DeathTina Brown's sequel to her 2007 release 'The Diana Chronicles' is set to hit shelves April 12, 2022. 


Audible.ca Releases Andrew Pyper’s Exclusive Audiobook “Oracle” For New Plus Catalogue LaunchThe thriller about a psychic FBI detective is one of 12,000 titles now available for free to members


Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen to Release Book Based On Their “Renegades” PodcastThe new book will feature a collection of candid, intimate and entertaining conversations


Prince Harry Will Publish a Memoir in Late 2022Harry says he's writing the book "not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become."


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