A mystery series set in Canada? Yeah, I can dig that!
Sticks and Stones
How dangerous can words be?
The University of Alberta’s English Department is caught up in a maelstrom of poison-pen letters, graffiti and misogyny. Miranda Craig seems to be both target and investigator, wreaking havoc on her new-found relationship with one of Edmonton’s Finest.
The men’s residence at the U of A wants to party and issues invitations to the women’s residence, each with specific and terrifying consequences if female students don’t attend. One of Randy’s star students, a divorced mother of two, has her threatening letter published in the newspaper and is found soon after, a brutal murder followed to the gory letter of the published note.
With the help of dashing Officer Steve Browning, Randy Craig must delve into Gwen’s life and preserve her own to solve this mystery. Who is trying to kill Randy—an untenured professor? An unknown student? Gwen’s killer?
Sticks and Stones’ accessible characters and strong sense of place help it deliver on what mystery readers are looking for: layers much deeper than a game of cat-and-mouse. Poison-pen letters, candlelight vigils and Marc Lepine figure in MacDonald’s plot. Subtle references to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and a list of guilty parties longer than a bookstore lineup on the first day of school make this an engaging read.
Online, no one can hear you scream.
You’re being watched. Former University of Alberta lecturer Randy Craig is now working part-time at Edmonton’s Grant MacEwan College, and struggling to make ends meet. That is, until she takes an evening job monitoring a chat room called Babel for an employer she knows only as Chatgod. Between shutting down an online bookie and patrolling for porn, Randy begins to suspect a connection between a Texas woman having an online affair through Babel, and surfacing reports of man killed at his computer in the same state.
Soon, Randy realizes that a killer is brokering hits through Babel and may be operating in Edmonton. The police are skeptical, as is Chatgod, and it seems that Randy’s only ally is Alchemist, a fellow monitor who is as mysterious as Chatgod. Randy doesn’t know whom she can trust, but the killer is on to her, and now she must figure out who, and where the psychopath is, all the while staying one IP address ahead of becoming the next victim.
Thanks so much to Janice for the donation. http://www.ravenstonebooks.com/authors/macdonald_j.html
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