News, Reviews, and Interviews

Interview with Sleuth of Baker Street Mystery Bookstore

I first visited Sleuth of Baker Street, Toronto’s mystery-specialty bookstore, in 2012, when I was in desperate need of a mystery along the…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
4 min read

Interview with Jasper Fforde

A warning before we begin: this won’t be an impartial interview, as I must confess that I myself am an avid reader of the “Thursday Next…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
3 min read

Interview with the Mesdames of Mayhem

The stories in 13 Claws, by the Mesdames of Mayhem, range from cosy mysteries to thrillers and are based upon the writers’ love of animals…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
7 min read

Light and Dark, Day and Night

First published as creative writing for teens in 2002 on teenwriting.about.com A bright green wreath hung on the door to the tiny cottage…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
6 min read

Sleuth by Gail Bowen

Having taught creative writing, my bookshelf is filled with texts offering advice on developing writing skills. I was therefore delighted to…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read

Blood Will Out by Jill Downie

If vampires and the mere mention of blood-play set your heart racing, then Blood Will Out (#3) by Ontario author JILL DOWNIE is the…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley

Chimney sweepers are associated with good luck and especially so at the start of the new year, so my January pick is ALAN BRADLEY’s latest…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read

Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin

For IAN RANKIN’s John Rebus, it’s not about status but about the job itself. He’s accepted the demotion to Detective Sergeant, in order…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read

The Last Word by Lisa Lutz

I’m one of those annoying people, who have to share the funny moments in a book but forget to fill in the context. Some people humour me…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klausmann

Tigers in Red Weather by LIZA KLAUSSMANN is an evocative and terrifically plotted debut novel. Set in post-world war II America, Nick and…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read

White Heat by MJ Mcgrath

For all those of you who left the pages of Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak series with frostbite on your fingers and a yen for more, let me…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
2 min read

Bryant & May Off the Rails by Christopher Fowler

Dry wit, London lore and quirky cases. I just finished reading CHRISTOPHER FOWLER’s Bryant & May Off the Rails (#8), and it reminded me…
Vanessa Westermann
Vanessa Westermann
1 min read