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Dubbed “Canada’s answer to Elmore Leonard” by the Toronto Star, Canadian mystery author John McFetridge has a voice that is “colder, starker than Leonard’s,” according to January Magazine. His work has been called a “noir love song to Toronto” by Publishers Weekly.

Speaking to January Magazine, McFetridge remarked, “My books aren’t mysteries with a crime being solved, they’re about ongoing crimes. I work from character and theme. Very basic themes.”

McFetridge includes some of the same characters in his crime novels sent in Toronto, but does not have an ongoing series protagonist. In his recently released Let It Ride, he “bundles love, lust, avarice, ambition, perfidy, betrayal and drug dealing north of the border, all drenched in noir,” according to a Kirkus Reviews critic.

John, it is a real pleasure to have you on Scene of the Crime. (more…)

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Vicki Delany brings us closer to home, vis-à-vis setting, for our next Scene of the Crime interview. A well-known Canadian writer, Delany sets her contemporary Smith and Winter series in British Columbia. But she also has a historical mystery series set in the Yukon Territory of 1898. For this interview, Delany concentrates on her contemporary mystery series, about which a Publishers Weekly reviewer  wote, [Delany] uses a bare-bones style, without literary flash, to achieve artistry as sturdy and restrained as a Shaker chair. Warmth and menace, past and present, are nicely balanced, with a denouement that’s equally plausible and startling.”

Vicki was good enough to take time out from her series writing and her stand-along suspense novels set in Ontario to answer a few questions about the importance of place in her writing. (more…)

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