NEWS FLASH! The New Randy Craig Mystery, Another Margaret, arrives Fall 2015
Back in 1993, Janice MacDonald’s first Randy Craig mystery, The Next Margaret was published, went quickly out of print, and become a bit of a "cult" collector's item. Now, after five best-selling installments in the series with Winnipeg's Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press, Randy's very first adventures will again be available to crime fiction fans. However, instead of simply reprinting the original book, author Janice MacDonald has taken the plot elements from that story and integrated them into an entirely new novel, Another Margaret. “I hope that those Randy Craig fans who read the long-gone original will enjoy the revisiting and reimagining," said MacDonald. "And for those who are encountering Randy’s early academic life for the first time, I hope that this look to the past will deepen her back story for readers."
The sixth installment in the "offical canon" of the Randy Craig mystery series, Another Margaret finds our intrepid amateur sleuth helping her best friend Denise organize their 20-year reunion at the University of Alberta. In the midst of a great flurry of planning and promotion, Randy's tumultuous past as a graduate student comes rushing into the present as she faces off against old ghosts and imminent death. Set to coincide with the 100th year anniversary of the University of Alberta’s Alumni Association, Another Margaret will give mystery lovers and U of A alums plenty to celebrate in Edmonton come the fall. Watch this site for more news, coming soon! In the meantime, you can get more information from the publisher here. Posted March 30, 2015
Janice MacDonald "schmoozes" with Linda Wiken of Mystery Maven Canada in a great new interview
In a new interview with Linda Wiken of Mystery Maven Canada, Janice makes a strong case for crime fiction being ahead of the curve when tackling new subjects: ""My sense is that popular genre writing has the capacity to include social commentary and act as a beacon, two or three steps before mainstream fiction." Read the entire interview here. Posted March 6, 2015
The Roar of the Crowd gets a new rave review and Janice reveals the origins of her series
The latest Randy Craig Mystery novel, The Roar of the Crowd, has received a fabulous review from Marlyn Beebe of the Crime Fiction Collective at her Stuff and Nonsense blog, and Marlyn also asked Janice to contribute a guest blog post about the inspiration for her Randy Craig novels. This means, you lucky mystery lovers, that you get two new pieces to enjoy this week! Learn about the secret origins of the series from Janice herself here and read Marlyn's great review of the latest Randy Craig adventure here. Posted February 12, 2015
The Roar of the Crowd is part of The Deadly Medley Sweepstakes at Criminal Element!
Janice MacDonald's latest best-selling crime novel, The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery, is part of an exciting six-book sweepstakes now taking place over at one of the web's most popular destinations for mystery lovers, Criminal Element. If you haven't yet checked out the site, here's the perfect opportunity! For your chance to win — and to learn more about the latest and greatest in crime fiction — just click here. Posted February 4, 2015
Janice MacDonald to teach aspiring crime writers at Edmonton's YouthWrite Winter Wordplay on January 31
Janice will teach two half-day workshops, morning and afternoon, for young aspiring authors at the YouthWrite Winter Wordplay camp on Saturday, January 31. Her workshop is entitled Detecting Your Detective and is designed to help young writers learn the characteristics of the hero or heroine of mystery fiction, and some of the formula of the genre, too. Or, they can find out just how to build suspense and mystery in any kind of story! For more information or to register, please visit YouthWrite here. Posted January 23, 2015
Janice and her Randy Craig Mystery series kick off the new year in style with exciting news, a great review, and an author reading from inside a giant igloo!
Happy New Year, mystery lovers! Sorry to have been away so long, but we return with exciting news — a first draft of the next Randy Craig Mystery novel was finished on Christmas Day! Stay tuned for more details to come. Almost as thrilling, we kicked off 2015 for the series with a great review from the Winnipeg Free Press, whch calls The Roar of the Crowd "a terrific little mystery" (see the full review here). Finally, for a bit of January fun, Janice gave the world-premiere reading of a new (non-mystery) story entitled "The Cold War" on Saturday, January 10, from a stage inside a giant inflatable igloo! The reading, part of the 2015 Deep Freeze Festival, was organized by Jason Lee Norman, the editor/creator of the bestselling 2013 release, 40 Below: Edmonton's Winter Anthology. Janice's story, and many other great pieces by writers from across Alberta, will appear in volume two of the anthology, coming this November from Wufniks Press. And yes, there are photos of Janice in the enormous igloo here. Posted January 10, 2015
Give the gift of Canadian crime fiction this Christmas!
If you're still in a Christmas-time quandry, trying to find a great gift or stellar stocking stuffer for the crime fiction fan on your shopping list, may we humbly suggest a Randy Craig Mystery novel by Edmonton author Janice MacDonald? The books get fabulous reviews, have earned a fiercely loyal fan base, and give readers a deep look into the worlds of culture and academe in Alberta, Canada. Perhaps this is why the novels get shortlisted for such honours as the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher or the David Award for Best Mystery Novel. The character of Miranda "Randy" Craig is unusual for a crime fiction series, in that she has aged realistically from a young-ish grad student to a middle-aged freelancer who is perpetually on the fringes of the university-professor life she has always wanted so desperately. The quirky, unusual heroine has inspired some readers to refer to the series as "Amanda Cross for the untenured set" and recently led The Winnipeg Review to hail MacDonald's ability to "infuse Randy's life with depth and detail that elevates her beyond the generic protagonist... She feels like a real person, and the rest of the cast shares that spark of life." You can learn more about 2014's The Roar of the Crowd and the earlier Randy Craig Mystery novels — plot synopsis, review quotes, purchasing info, and more — by clicking here and following the navigation links a the top of the page to jump from book to book. Remember, the mysteries stand on their own and can be read in any order. Enjoy! Posted December 10, 2014
On Randy Craig and the quest for an "authentic" sleuth
What makes a lead character in a series relatable, believable, and authentic? What are the traits that draw readers (or viewers) back to a fictional sleuth again and again? Randy Craig Mystery series creator Janice MacDonald has a few thoughts on the subject in her latest "Note from the Author," available here. Posted November 25, 2014
Vivid photo scenes bring the Randy Craig Mystery novels to life
It's been a while since we shared a new update on this site, but never fear — we have not been idle! We've been putting together a series of "photo scenes" from all of Janice MacDonald's Randy Craig Mystery novels for our social media channels. For example, in the photo shown at right, the grand stairway of Edmonton's Rutherford House leads to a gruesome dicscovery that kicks off the events of 2013's Condemned to Repeat. There are currently six photo scenes available, each picture accompanied by evocative text from one of the mysteries and beautifully bringing to life the locales and events of the popular series. Just this week we added a new scene from the latest Randy Craig adventure, The Roar of the Crowd, and there are more on the way soon. To check out all six of the posts to date, just click here — and don't forget to visit our social media feeds regularly to see what's new. Posted November 21, 2014
October surprise — Condemned to Repeat nominated for a second book award
How's this for a pleasant surprise... it turns out that 2013's Randy Craig Mystery novel, Condemned to Repeat, was recently up for an award and we didn't even know about it! No, we're not talking about the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher — we knew about that one and shared the great news with readers back in April and May of this year. The David Award, for "best mystery published in the prior calendar year," is given by the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference in New Jersey, USA. Condemned to Repeat was one of five finalists, with the award ultimately going to Dark Music by E.F. Watkins. A belated thank you to the crew at Deadly Ink for the nomination, and congrats to the winner. You can learn more about Deadly Ink at the conference's Facebook Page. Posted October 28, 2014
Janice to join all-star panel discussion, "Women Talking About Women in Genre Fiction"
On Thursday night, November 13, Randy Craig Mystery series creator Janice MacDonald will take part in a panel discussion about the persistent stereotypes and misperceptions surrounding women in genre fiction — on the page and off! Joining Janice will be three fellow Edmonton authors — Candas Jane Dorsey (Prix Aurora Award-winning author of Black Wine), S.G. Wong (author of Die on Your Feet, nominated for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel), and Eileen "E.C." Bell (Prix Aurora Award-winning writer and author of a new paranormal mystery, Seeing the Light) — as well as Winnipeg's Karen Dudley (Janice's fellow Ravenstone author and the creator of both the Robyn Devara mystery series and the Food for the Gods fantasy series). Please note that several of the authors, Janice not included, will also appear at the Pure Speculation Festival over the weekend of November 14-16. The November 13 panel discussion will be held at the Lois Hole Branch of the Edmonton Public Library (17650 69 Avenue NW), and doors open at 6:00 PM. For more information about the event and to RSVP, please click here. As always, please visit the Appearances Page on this website for a full, regularly updated list of Janice's upcoming engagements. Posted October 26, 2014
New photo sets of Janice with fellow crime writers at special appearances, plus a new Q&A puts the focus on her own writing
Janice had a lovely time hosting an intimate one-on-one chat with Ian Hamilton — the internationally mega-popular, Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of the Ava Lee series — for the St. Albert Readers Festival (STARfest) on Friday, October 17. Photos from the event are now available here. Just two days later, Janice was at Books on Beechwoood in Ottawa for a joint reading and book signing with that city's acclaimed mystery authors Barbara Fradkin (the Inspector Green Mystery series) and Erika Chase (the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series). Photos of their afternoon in Canada's capital city can be seen here. The next stop on Janice's somewhat unorthodox book tour will be an evening at the Airdrie Library this Thursday, October 23. To promote the event, a terrific new Q&A with Janice has been posted by Airdrie's Kulture Shake, which you can read here. For more details on Janice's appearance in Airdrie, please visit this link. Posted October 21, 2014
Janice's STARfest interview with Arthur Ellis Award-winner Ian Hamilton kicks off a busy two weeks of Randy Craig Mystery events
On Friday evening, October 17, Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will interview best-selling, Arthur Ellis Award-winning crime writer Ian Hamilton (author of the Ava Lee series, including The Water Rat of Wanchai). The free event is part of STARfest (The St. Albert Readers Festival), and full details are available here. Two days later, Janice will be at Books on Beechwood in Ottawa for the "Fall Into Mystery" reading event with fellow crime writers Barbara Fradkin and Erika Chase (details here). Thursday, October 25 will see Janice hitting the road to Airdrie, where she will be the special guest of the Airdrie Public Library for an author reading and Q&A (details here). Finally, Janice will participate in the "Hope Afternoon of the Arts" in Edmonton on Saturday, October 25. The event, which also includes musical performances and a screening of Daniel Foreman's short film, A Raven's Song, is free — details are available here. If you can't make one of these events, don't worry — more author appearances are in the works! As always, please visit the Appearances Page on this website for a full, regularly updated list of Janice's upcoming engagements. Posted October 16, 2014
Ottawa "Fall Into Mystery" book event with fellow crime writers Barbara Fradkin and Erika Chase on October 19
Janice will appear at Ottawa's Books on Beechwood, along with fellow Canadian mystery writers Barbara Fradkin (the Inspector Green Mysteries) and Erika Chase (the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries), on Sunday, October 19, from 12:00-2:00 PM. Dedicated crime-fiction fans will know that "Erika" is the pen name of Linda Wiken, who also writes the excellent Mystery Maven Canada blog under her own banner. All three authors will read from and sign copies of their latest novels — Janice's The Roar of the Crowd, Barbara's None So Blind, and Erika's Book Fair and Foul. Get more info about the "Fall Into Mystery" event here and be sure to visit the Appearances Page on this website for a full list of Janice's upcoming engagements. Posted October 7, 2014
PAGES Workshop panel discussion wows the crowd as The Roar of the Crowd celebrates 12 straight weeks as a Bestseller
The latest Randy Craig Mystery novel, The Roar of the Crowd, has remained at #7 on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list for the past two Fridays, marking an incredible run of 12 straight weeks on the chart. But that's just the start of the recent run of fun and good news — with more to be announced very soon! On Friday, October 3, 2014, Janice MacDonald appeared on a panel entitled "Locale and the Local: The Importance of Setting in Story" at the downtown Stanley Milner branch of the Edmonton Public Library. Her co-panellists were fellow Edmonton writers Todd Babiak (Come Barbarians, The Garneau Block) and Alice Major (author of nine volumes of poetry and the former City of Edmonton poet laureate, among innumerable other honours). The moderator was author Margaret Macpherson (Body Trade), the 2014 writer-in-residence for St. Albert, Strathcona County, and Fort Saskatchewan Public Libraries. A very full house at the Stanley Milner branch of the Edmonton Public Library laughed and applauded through the lively discussion. You can check out more photos from the event here. Posted October 3, 2014
Janice's unexpected cover honour, plus a change to an upcoming author appearance
Janice was surprised, delighted, and honoured to discover that she is pictured on the cover of the September-October edition of WestWord, the members' magazine of the Writers' Guild of Alberta — shown standing between Steve and Sharon Budnarchuk of Edmonton's great indie institution, Audreys Books. The cover story on Audreys makes a great case for the store and its owners being "Writers' Best Friends." The accolades are well-deserved! The incredible support that the Budnarchuks have shown for local authors over the years is immeasurable, and they have also been steadfast boosters of the City of Edmonton and its wider arts scene. Did you know, for example, that Sharon is a former Board President of the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival? Or that one of Janice's very first jobs was working for Steve at an outlet of the long-gone bookstore chain, Classics? If you can't quite make out the details at right, a larger version of the cover image can be found here. In other news, there has been a change to the program for Janice's appearance on a panel discussion at the 2014 PAGES conference on Friday, October 3 (Janice and Todd Babiak are still on the panel, but Alice Major has now replaced Diana Davidson). For full details on that and other upcoming engagements, please visit the Appearances Page of this website. Posted September 17, 2014
Janice contributes a guest blog post to Type M for Murder, more good news about The Roar of the Crowd
The latest Randy Craig Mystery novel, The Roar of the Crowd, has continued to ride high on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list, landing in the Fiction Top Ten for an eighth and ninth consecutive week. Meanwhile, as she was gearing up for a flurry of fall promotional events, Janice found time to contribute a guest blog post to Type M for Murder, an excellent site run by several top Canadian crime writers. Thanks in particular to Janice's writerly pal Barbara Fradkin for the invitation. You can now check out Janice's piece, entitled "The Smell of the Grease Paint," right here. Posted September 14, 2014
September 20 "End of Summer Meet and Greet" with readers at Audreys Books will kick off fall promotional activities for The Roar of the Crowd
Set in the glorious summmertime of Edmonton festivals, The Roar of the Crowd remained in the Top Ten for the August 29 edition of the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list — its seventh consecutive week. It's always a bit of a melancholy feeling to flip the calendar over to September and recognize the first snap of cooler weather in the air, but why pine away for the sights and sounds of summer when you can read a funny, exciting mystery that will keep those sunny festivals at your fingertips all year long? The Roar of the Crowd features pivotal events at both the Freewill Shakespeare Festival and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, and earlier books in the series also bring to life the joys of Alberta in the summer. Hang Down Your Head takes place in part at the Edmonton Folkfest, and Condemned to Repeat involves Alberta historic sites such as Fort Edmonton and the Ukrainian Heritage Village. Author Janice MacDonald will be signing all of her novels at Audreys Books on Saturday, September 20 at 1:30 PM, and she promises a few fun surprises as well! She looks forward to meeting readers and answering their questions. What's more, this is just the first in a long series of fabulous fall events. Get more info about the Audreys signing here and be sure to visit the Appearances Page on this website for a full list of upcoming engagements. Posted September 1, 2014
Fringe festival promotions wrap up as The Roar of the Crowd tops the charts yet again
We enjoyed a brilliant eleven days of live theatre, improv, cabaret, street performers, and all manner of incredible entertainment at the 2014 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. It's no coincidence that the latest Randy Craig Mystery, The Roar of the Crowd, is partly set at this amazing annual event — going to the Fringe is absolutely one of the greatest things to do in Edmonton all year long! This year, it was especially fun to take photos and "selfies" during the festival with readers of the series, with fabulous Fringe performers and creators, and with Edmonton writer pals like Marty Chan (pictured at right). Now that the final curtain has closed on this year's Fringe, we've collected all of those wonderful moments into a photo gallery of highlights, which you can find right here. Enjoy! (P.S. — We were so busy enjoying the festival that we almost didn't notice that The Roar of the Crowd was Edmonton's #1 book again this week, its sixth appearance on the chart! Check out the complete list of Edmonton Journal Bestsellers here.) Posted August 25, 2014
The Roar of the Crowd hits another Bestseller list as Janice takes readers on a photo tour of the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival and "teams up" with an improvised Shakespeare troupe!
In addition to holding on to the top spot on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list, The Roar of the Crowd has also landed on the Calgary Herald Bestseller list at #4 (click here for the full list). Because the new book is partly set at both the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival and the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Janice spent a busy weekend at the Fringe — enjoying shows, hugging lots of old friends, and creating a photo album that takes readers on a tour of sites from the novel and introduces them to several of the Fringe performers who "cameo" in its pages. You can check out the album here, and more photos will be added between now and the close of the festival on August 24. As if that weren't enough excitement, Janice has also "teamed up" with one of her favourite Fringe acts, The School of Night (pictured with Janice at right), an award-winning improv team from the UK who create a "lost" Shakespeare play from scratch based on audience prompts. During every performance of their Edmonton Fringe run, they will give away a free, autographed copy of The Roar of the Crowd to the person who displays the best audience participation! Don't miss out — read the School of Night's five-star review here and get tickets to a performance here while they last! Posted August 18, 2014
Preparing for Fringe fan fun as The Roar of the Crowd tops the Bestseller charts in week #5
The Roar of the Crowd claimed the #1 spot on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list — its fifth straight week on the chart (check out the whole list here). The new book is partly set at the incredible Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, and its author is also a die-hard Fringe fanatic. If you're in Edmonton during the festival (running through August 24), look for Janice at various Fringe venues — we'll be taking and posting "selfies" with readers, and the fine Fringe folks will also be giving away copies of The Roar of the Crowd through their Twitter and Facebook channels. Such fun! Posted August 15, 2014
New photos from The Roar of the Crowd book tour
We're back from a short but brilliant book tour to Calgary, where Owl's Nest Books hosted the Calgary launch of The Roar of the Crowd and Janice took part in a full slate of events at the city's annual festival for readers, When Words Collide. We're added fresh photos from all of those events to the ever-growing album of author appearances for the new book — and you can view them all right here. Posted August 11, 2014
The Roar of the Crowd is making more media waves
There has been some great coverage of The Roar of the Crowd in the media over the past few days. First, we were thrilled to see the new book included in the 49th Shelf's list of "most anticipated" releases for the second half of 2014 — check out the full list here. The new mystery also made the list of must-read summer books shared by Sharon Budnarchuk of Audreys Books on CBC Radio's Monday, August 5 edition of Alberta at Noon. You can listen to the whole show here — or you can slide the little play arrow ahead to the 30-minute mark to hear the book story right away! Posted August 5, 2014
More incredible bestseller news as the big Calgary promotional trip draws near!
The news for the new book just gets better and better! The Roar of the Crowd is #1 for the third week in a row on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list, and now Condemned to Repeat has bubbled back up to #3 on the same chart. You can view the whole fiction and non-fiction chart for the week of Friday, August 1 here. Building on that exciting news, Janice is preparing for a fun promotional trip to Calgary from August 7-10. The Calgary launch for The Roar of the Crowd will be held Thursday night, August 7, at Owl's Nest Books (details available here), and then Janice will be a guest author at When Words Collide festival for readers over the weekend of August 8-10 (details here). If you can't make any of these dates, please be sure to check this site's Appearances Page for other upcoming events. Hope to see you soon! Posted August 1, 2014
The Roar of the Crowd still topping the Bestseller chart in week two!
Hooray! The Roar of the Crowd is #1 again on this week's Edmonton Journal book chart, and good old Sticks and Stones is at #4. Fingers crossed that the renewed interest in the earlier books of the series will spur some love for The Monitor as well (readers always say it's the scariest of the Randy Craig Mysteries), but this week's news is just beyond thrilling. Effusive thanks to Edmonton readers, and congrats to all the other Alberta authors on this list — you can view the whole fiction and non-fiction chart here. Posted July 25, 2014
THIS JUST IN: Janice will join The Edmonton Journal's Paula Simons and Freewill Shakespeare Festival creative staff on a panel discussion Tuesday night
It's no coincidence that Edmonton's Freewill Shakespeare Festival figures heavily into the plot of Janice MacDonald's new mystery novel, The Roar of the Crowd. Janice is a lifelong Shakespeare nut and has enjoyed a long association with the theatre scene in her home town. It should therefore come as no surprise to learn that she is a Board member for the Freewill Festival! In that capacity, she will appear on a pre-show panel discussion of the gender issues in this year's production of The Taming of the Shrew on Tuesday night, July 22, at 7:30. Janice's fellow panel members will be The Edmonton Journal's ace columnist Paula Simons, Freewill Artistic Director Marianne Copithorne, and founding Freewill Artistic Associate Annette Loiselle. Tuesday is also "pay what you can" admission night at the festival, and there are even copies of The Roar of the Crowd for sale at the merch table, if you have not yet managed to snag your own copy! Get all the details and RSVP for the event here. Posted July 18, 2014
The Roar of the Crowd debuts at #1 in Fiction as e-books begin to roll out
Janice MacDonald's latest Randy Craig Mystery debuted at #1 on the Fiction charts in the July 18 edition of The Edmonton Journal, and its strong sales also pushed the earlier series entry Sticks and Stones to the #3 spot. You can check out the full Bestseller chart here. And there's more good news! If you've been holding out for an e-book edition, they are starting to roll out now with the Kindle, Kobo, and Apple editions available first (a Nook version will follow within the next few days). To access complete ordering information for both e-book and physical editions of the book, please click here. Posted July 18, 2014
Announcing upcoming author readings and other appearances
Now that the launch of The Roar of the Crowd is in the rear-view mirror and the new book is out in the world, author appearances will begin to ramp up. In addition to the previously announced reading at Owl's Nest Books in Calgary (Thursday, August 7) and full weekend of appearances at that city's When Words Collide festival (August 8-10), we are now pleased to announce several more upcoming dates. On Saturday, July 19, Janice will appear on the first-ever season finale of the Varscona Theatre's live, late-night variety show, That's Terrific!, which starts at 11 PM. On the morning of Friday, October 3, she will appear on a panel discussion with fellow Edmonton authors Todd Babiak and Diana Davidson at the PAGES Conference, which will be held this year at Edmonton's downtown Stanley A. Milner Library. On Friday, October 17, Janice will interview acclaimed Canadian crime writer Ian Hamilton as part of St. Albert's STARfest Readers Festival. Then, on Friday, October 24, Janice will be the special guest of the Airdrie Public Library for an author reading. More appearances will be added to the calendar soon, so be sure to check this site's Appearances Page regularly for all the details. Posted July 11 and 14, 2014
Photo highlights from the wildly successful launch party for The Roar of the Crowd
The July 10 launch party for The Roar of the Crowd was a huge success. Sharon Budnarchuk, co-owner of Audreys, Edmonton's great indie bookstore, gave a lovely introduction with an overview of Janice's 30-plus-year history of writing about Alberta and building an Edmonton writing scene. An overflow crowd enjoyed a funny and theatrical author reading as well as a book signing, trivia contest, theatre ticket giveaway, wine and refreshments. A grand time was had by all, and an album of photo highlights from the event can be seen here. Posted July 11, 2014
Janice to discuss The Roar of the Crowd with CBC Radio's Nola Keeler on July 5
Janice will discuss her new novel with CBC Radio's Nola Keeler on the Daybreak Alberta program this Saturday, July 3. The show airs across the province from 6:00-9:00 AM, and Janice's segment will play at approximately 8:15 AM. UPDATE: You can now listen to Janice's interview on Daybreak Alberta here. Posted July 3 and July 5, 2014
More details on the July 10 launch for The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery
We've had an update from our friends at Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press, who tell us the novels are being printed, bound, and rush-shipped to Edmonton for the official launch at Audreys Books, just one week from today. And just wait till you lay eyes on the beautful, metallic gold cover! We also have a fun new announcement about the launch party itself — not only will there be an author reading, book signing, complimentary wine and tasty refreshsments, but we can now confirm that ten lucky audience members will win free tickets to the 2014 Freewill Shakespeare Festival production of The Taming of the Shrew (both Freewill and the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival tie into the plot of the new book). You don't want to miss this great event! Get more details and RSVP here. Posted July 3, 2014
The official date has been confirmed — The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery launches July 10 at Audreys Books!
An all-new Randy Craig Mystery gets its official launch at 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton). The Roar of the Crowd is a funny and thrilling academic mystery set in and around the Edmonton theatre scene, as well as the University of Alberta English and Drama departments. With the help of her friend Denise, Randy has landed a summer job with a high school theatre program linked to the Freewill Shakespeare Festival. But when a local actor shows up dead and Denise is the prime suspect, Randy has to find to a way to solve the mystery while surrounded with suspects who are trained actors with finely-tuned skills in the arts of deception and make-believe. As the body count increases, the danger to Randy and Denise also continues to build right up to the book's exciting climax at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival! Make plans to join us for the launch, and in the meantime you can visit the Ravenstone Books website for a "Bird's Eye Preview" of Chapter One here and RSVP for the event here. UPDATE: Calgary author reading and book signing at Owl's Nest Books added for Thursday, August 7 — more events to be announced soon. Get all the details on the Appearances Page here. Posted June 17, 2014
Explore the real locations that appear in the Randy Craig Mystery series, discover "Writers We Love" and much more
Take some time to poke around janicemacdonald.net, and you'll discover a wide range of interesting resources. What's more, we've just completed a major refresh of the site, so there is plenty of new material to be found on every page. For example, each book page includes reviews and purchase information, and some of them also have video clips and/or previews of the novels as well. The Links page lets you explore the real-life sites and cultural organizations that appear in the Randy Craig books, such as the folk music clubs and festivals from Hang Down Your Head, the Alberta historic sites from Condemned to Repeat, and now the theatre troupes and festivals from The Roar of the Crowd. There is also a long list of links to "Writers We Love," a selection of great independent bookstores, and much more. May we suggest you start your tour here? Posted June 17, 2014
Janice's acclaimed mystery-writing class now on the schedule for When Words Collide
UPDATE: Janice will be presenting her wildly popular one-hour mystery writing class, "Getting Away with Murder," at the 2014 When Words Collide festival in Calgary. Here's the full description: "Getting Away with Murder: A Crash Course in Mystery Writing — Join the award-winning author and creator of the acclaimed Randy Craig Mysteries for an exploration of the tantalizing formula behind one of the world's most popular form of writing. Learn how to tweak the recipe to make it truly yours. You'll emerge from your entertaining and invigorating session with the profile of a detective, some thoughts about the particular setting you wish to claim for your own, and maybe even a couple of useful clues." This presentation now brings Janice's currently scheduled WWC sessions up to seven over the course of the weekend. Please click here for further details. Posted June 12, 2014
Janice will again be a featured at author at Calgary's When Words Collide book festival in August
Janice had a blast talking about the Randy Craig Mystery series and engaging in lively panel discussions with other authors at the 2013 edition of the When Words Collide festival in Calgary, so she's doing it again this year! The festival will be held August 8-10 and offers a brilliant array of programming for all tastes. Janice is scheduled for six events so far, with more likely to be added. You can check out her WWC panel topics and other author events on this website's Appearances Page. Posted June 10, 2014
Janice is back from Bloody Words and ready to gear up for the big launch of The Roar of the Crowd
Janice spent June 6-8 in Toronto to attend Bloody Words 2014, the national mystery conference hosted by the Crime Writers of Canada. She appeared on the program during a fun panel about women protagonists in mystery ("Is the Female of the Species More Deadly Than the Male?") with fellow crime writers Rick Blecta, Mel Bradshaw, Cynthia St-Pierre, and moderator extraordinaire Cathy Ace. Perhaps the best part of the conference was the chance to connect with writer friends like Rick, Barbara Fradkin, Melodie Campbell, and Glynis Whiting. It was especially great to spend Saturday with fellow Edmonton crime writer S.G. Wong, whose Die on Your Feet was nominated for Best First Novel at this year's Arthur Ellis Awards. Now that the conference is in the rear-view mirror, all efforts turn to the upcoming launch of an all-new Randy Craig Mystery, The Roar of the Crowd. Watch this site for the date, venue, time, and other details — coming soon! In the meantime, check out a sneak preview of the new book courtesy of publisher Ravenstone Books here. Posted June 9, 2014
2014 Women of Distinction Award Gala inspires a new "Note from Janice"
The YWCA of Edmonton hosted the 2014 Women of Distinction Award Gala on Thursday, May 29, and Janice was proud to be there as a nominee in the "Arts and Culture" category. Fellow Edmonton writer Jenna Butler (shown with Janice in the photo at right) was also nominated for an award in the "Educator" category. It was an incredible evening, and it inspired Janice to think back to some of her earliest memories of "Life Lessons from the YWCA," which she has now shared in a funny new "Note from the Author" which you can read right here. Posted May 30, 2014
Your perfect summer read is coming soon — be on the lookout for The Roar of the Crowd
An all-new Randy Craig Mystery set in the theatre scene will be released in June, and you can expect an announcement with the date for the official launch any day now. In the meantime, you can pre-order a copy directly from publisher Ravenstone Books here. Posted May 16, 2014
The May 6 edition of The Edmonton Sun features a two-page photo spread of 2014 Women of Distinction Award nominees
Look very closely at the photos shown here and you may recognize a certain well-known Alberta author! Posted May 6, 2014
What a week for Janice — nominated for a 2014 Women of Distinction Award and "opening act" for launch of a novel by long-time friend Suzanne North
Author Janice MacDonald, creator of the Randy Craig Mystery series, is honoured to have been nominated for a 2014 Women of Distinction Award for "working to enrich our community by promoting our local arts and culture scene." There are 52 truly incredible people being recognized with this year's nominations in eight different categories. As if that wasn't enough excitement for one week, Janice was also thrilled to serve as opening act for fellow author (and long-time friend) Suzanne North at the April 15 Edmonton launch of Suzanne's new novel, Flying Time. Both authors read from their recent work at Audreys Books and signed copies for their fans and friends. No surprise, then, that Suzanne's fabulous novel popped up on this week's Edmonton Journal Bestseller list! You can learn more about Flying Time here. More info about the Women of Distinction Awards dinner, to be held on May 29 in Edmonton's Northlands Alberta Ballroom, is available here. Posted April 18, 2014
Condemned to Repeat has been shortlisted for a Manitoba Book Award — and it's back on this week's Edmonton Journal Bestseller list!
Fresh from being shortlisted for the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher at the Manitoba Book Awards, Condemned to Repeat has popped back onto the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list at #4 in this week's fiction chart. It's a sincere thrill and honour for this novel to still be receiving accolades and finding readers when we're just a few short months out from the release of the next book in the series, The Roar of the Crowd. Many thanks to Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press, the Manitoba Book Awards, and Edmonton-area readers for their fantastic support. For more info about the awards shortlist, please click here. Posted April 6, 2014
Meet future Randy Craig Mystery character (and benefactor of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival) Sheree Brownlee
Author Janice MacDonald is proud to serve as a board member for Edmonton's Freewill Shakespeare Festival, and for the past three years — as a fundraiser for the festival — she has auctioned off the opportunity for the winning bidder to name a character in an upcoming Randy Craig Mystery novel. Jasper Peacocke in Condemned to Repeat was one such character; another winner, Christian Norgaard, will appear in summer 2014's new Randy Craig release, The Roar of the Crowd. The latest winning bidder was Sherry Brownlee, who successfully bid $575.00 to have her name appear in an upcoming mystery. She is pictured here in Elizabethan garb with her husband. Look for Sherry to pop up among the Edmonton-based characters in the series soon. Will she be a suspect, victim, or villain? You'll have to wait to find out! Posted April 6, 2014
You meet the best people writing mysteries!
Longtime friends Suzanne North (Phoebe Fairfax Mysteries) and Janice MacDonald (Randy Craig Mysteries) will be combining forces to celebrate the launch of Suzanne's new book, Flying Time (from Brindle and Glass — not a mystery this time). The event takes place on April 15th at Audreys (10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton) beginning at 7:00 PM. Suzanne and Janice will read from their latest books, share stories, swap anecdotes and discuss friendship, writing, and the support Canadian writers have long offered each other. There will be laughter. There will also be refreshments! In the meantime, you can find a bit more info about Suzanne's novel here. Posted March 10, 2014
Win an autographed copy of Condemned to Repeat in our final week of Goodreads Giveaways!
An autographed copy of Janice's 2013 bestseller Condemned to Repeat is up for grabs at Goodreads this week as we close out a month-long series of giveaways. Hurry — you will need to enter before Sunday, March 9 at this link. Posted March 3, 2014
We enjoyed Week One of our Goodreads giveaways — and there are more to come!
We just mailed an autographed copy of Sticks and Stones: A Randy Craig Mystery off to new reader named Holly in Etowah, Tennessee — the wrap-up of our first Goodreads book giveaway! It's such fun to connect with mystery lovers in far-off places who are eager to discover the adventures of Edmonton, Alberta's reluctant sleuth Miranda "Randy" Craig. And we're only just getting started with the book giveaways through Goodreads. This week (till Sunday, February 23) we have an autographed copy of The Monitor up for grabs. Hang Down Your Head is next (week of February 24 through March 2) and finally Condemned to Repeat (week of March 3-9), all signed by the author! We're incredibly excited about the launch of the next Randy Craig adventure, The Roar of the Crowd, which is coming in June of this year. Stay tuned for details about the publication — who knows, maybe there will even be some more autographed books to give away! In the meantime, get all the details on the current Goodreads giveaway here. Posted February 17, 2014
Janice MacDonald at Writer's Corner on February 23
Janice will discuss her mystery series and writing life — and take audience questions! — as the guest of the Edmonton Public Library's Writer-in-Residence, Jason Lee Norman. The fun starts at 1:30 PM at the downtown Stanley A. Milner Branch (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more details, please see Jason's WIR blog here. Posted February 14, 2014
Four Randy Craig Mystery novels up for grabs at Goodreads Giveaways!
Between February 10 and March 9, bestselling Canadian author Janice MacDonald will be giving away one autographed copy of each of the four novels in her Randy Craig Mystery series listed below:
- Week of February 10-16: Sticks and Stones
- Week of February 17-23: The Monitor
- Week of February 24-March 2: Hang Down Your Head
- Week of March 3-9: Condemned to Repeat
The Randy Craig Mystery series will continue in June 2014 with the release of The Roar of the Crowd from Ravenstone Books (an imprint of Turnstone Press) — so be sure to sign up for the draws and catch up on any books you've missed up till now! To enter the giveaways, please visit Janice's Goodreads author page between February 10 and March 9. Posted February 6, 2014
New review of Condemned to Repeat
I Heart Edmonton has posted a great new review of Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery. Paula E. Kirman writes, "Plot-wise, the story builds and builds, with a climax and conclusion that is quite dramatic and unexpected. Janice MacDonald injects some witty and funny dialogue into a novel that is also about love and friendship... Condemned to Repeat is a substantial novel that should appeal to a variety of fiction lovers, even if mystery is not necessarily their thing." Thanks so much to Paula and the other #YEG-boosters at I Heart Edmonton! You can read the full review here. Posted January 30, 2014
Janice at "Love in the Library," new in-depth interview
Janice MacDonald will be the featured author at this year's "Love in the Library," a Valentine-themed fundraiser for the Vegreville Centennial Library with wine & cheese, a silent auction, prize draws, musical entertainment, and a reading by Janice from her Randy Craig Mystery series. Tickets are $25 and are tax deductible. To promote her appearance, Janice has also done an unusually in-depth interview about her writing career and the inspirations for her stories, which you can read here. For more details about the event, please see the poster and contact info here. Posted January 10, 2014
Randy Craig's New Year's Resolutions for 2014
Edmonton's amateur sleuth, Randy Craig, loves lists. Have you ever wondered what her new year's resolutions might look like? Well, wonder no more — the answers are right here. Posted January 8, 2014
Ho ho ho — Condemned to Repeat is back on top of the Bestseller list!
Condemned to Repeat is #1 on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list for Christmas week, as published in the print edition for Friday, December 20. It's wonderful to see so many fellow Edmonton authors on the list — congrats, Lynn Coady, Todd Babiak, Diana Davidson, Cassie Stocks, and Jason Lee Norman! I am truly grateful for support from local readers, from the terrific team at Audreys Books, and from lovely people like Wayne Arthurson, Laurie Greenwood, Michael Hingston, Portia Clark, Jessica Kluthe, Matthew Stepanic, Linda Wiken, Lou Allin, and Ian Goodwillie of The Winnipeg Review, all of whom provided coverage or little shout-outs to my books throughout the year. We're gearing up to do it again in 2014 with The Roar of the Crowd — a Randy Craig Mystery set in and around Edmonton's theatre scene, including the Freewill Shakespeare Festival and the Fringe. In the meantime, please accept my best wishes for a safe, happy holiday season and a new year full of love and light! (P.S. You can check out the entire Bestseller list here.) Posted December 20, 2013
Ravenstone Books celebrates its all-new website with 25% off all titles — and a sneak preview of the NEXT Randy Craig Mystery!
Ravenstone Books is the literary genre imprint of Winnipeg's highly respected Turnstone Press. Owing to the growing success of the Ravenstone imprint — and a line-up that includes Janice MacDonald and other popular authors such as Karen Dudley, Chadwick Ginther, and David Annandale — an all-new website has been launched to better spread the word about the full range of excellent Ravenstone titles. To help celebrate, all Ravenstone titles (including Janice's best-selling novels) are on sale at 25% off for a limited time. As if that wasn't enough excitement, Ravenstone has also leaked the cover art and first chapter of Janice's next book, The Roar of the Crowd: A Randy Craig Mystery (coming spring 2014). You can even pre-order that book now at the discounted price! Visit the spiffy new Ravenstone Books website here and get a "Bird's Eye Preview" of The Roar of the Crowd here. Posted December 15, 2013
Janice and her series have a great week — a successful holiday book-signing event and a wonderful, out of the blue review!
Janice signed and personalized copies of her Randy Craig Mystery novels at Edmonton's Audreys Books on December 12, where she met some lovely readers and managed to clean the place out of every copy of every book in the series! That's good news for the lucky crowd who made it out to get fabulous Christmas gifts, bad news for anyone who missed out. Never fear, we're sure more copies will be in stock soon. Elsewhere, in an unexpected (and wonderful!) development, Matthew Stepanic (editor of Glass Buffalo magazine) posted a great review of Sticks and Stones as part of his participation in Bookstravaganza 2013. According to Matthew, it's "one of those books that begs to be finished at 3 a.m. of the same day." You can read his full review here. Posted December 12, 2013
Join Janice for a holiday book signing at Audreys on December 12
Janice will be signing copies of Condemned to Repeat and her other bestselling set-in-Alberta mystery novels at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton) on Thursday, December 12, from 12:30-2:00 PM. Stop by, say hi, and get a book autographed for that crime-fiction lover on your holiday shopping list! More details are available here. Posted December 7, 2013
Gearing up for a new book as Condemned to Repeat reappears on the Bestseller list
Condemned to Repeat popped back onto the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list for the week of Friday, December 6, 2013, reappearing at #9 like a little Christmas miracle. The book has now spent more than five months on the chart, and yet we're willing to bet that there are still lots of your loved ones who would love to find a copy of this fun, exciting read in their stockings on Christmas morning! We are also looking ahead to 2014 and the publication of the next Randy Craig Mystery, The Roar of the Crowd. Our friends at Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press will be leaking the cover image, along with a sneak preview of the novel itself, early in the new year. Happy holidays, mystery lovers! Posted December 6, 2013
Janice and the Randy Craig Mysteries spotlighted in Avenue Edmonton Magazine
Janice and her proudly set-in-Edmonton-set series of mystery novels — as well as Edmonton-based works by fellow hometown writers Minister Faust and Todd Babiak — are featured in "Books on the Block" by Wayne Arthurson, appearing in the December 2013 edition of Avenue magazine. Find out why Janice believes that using specific, real locations is so vitally important to the success of the Randy Craig series! The print edition is on stands across the metro Edmonton area now, and the digital version can be read here. Posted December 4, 2013
Pure fun at Pure Spec 2013, Condemned to Repeat back on the charts
Not even an epic dump of snow could keep the geeky faithful away from the 2013 Pure Speculation Conference in Edmonton, held November 16-17. The event was a huge success, with two days of wonderful panels and readings as well as the first-ever Edmonton Steampunk Ball. Janice moderated a lively panel on "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes" and enjoyed the chance to pal around with other local and visiting authors. Perhaps given a bump by Janice's con appearance, Condemned to Repeat was back up at #4 on the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list the following Friday — marking its 19th week on the chart. A gallery of photos from Pure Spec (including the Holmes panel) is available here, and the full Edmonton Journal Bestseller charts for November 22, 2013, can be found here. Posted November 22, 2013
Condemned to Repeat reviewed by author Lou Allin
Lou Allin — author of the Belle Palmer series set in Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and the Holly Martin series set on Vancouver Island — has posted a warmly positive review of Condemned to Repeat at Goodreads under the title "Edmonton's Literary Ambassador." Allin writes, "Randy Craig shepherds the reader through many of the highlights of this complex city, its history short but rich. This book walks a delicate tightrope between fact and fiction, not an easy feat. Locals love the series, and those who know little about the great province of Alberta have a treat in store." Please read the full review here. Posted November 9, 2013
Janice to appear at the Pure Speculation 2013 Conference on November 16-17
Janice will be moderating two panels at next weekend's Pure Speculation Conference at the Ramada Conference Centre in Edmonton — "The Lure of Young Adult Fiction" on Saturday at 11:15 AM and "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes" on Sunday at 5:00 PM. A fantastic line-up of Edmonton writers — including Krista D. Ball, Marty Chan, Natasha Deen, Candas Jane Dorsey, Barbara Galler-Smith, Susan MacGregor, Ann Marston, Billie Milholland, and SG Wong — will also be participating. There's even a rumour that our Winnipeg writer friend Chadwick Ginther will do a reading. Hope to see you there! Check out the full schedule of events, along with ticket and registration information, here. Posted November 9, 2013
Condemned to Repeat, a great stocking stuffer, is back up at #2 on the Bestseller list
Condemned to Repeat continues to be a big hit with crime fiction fans, appearing at #2 on this week's Edmonton Journal Bestseller list. That makes a total of 18 weeks on the chart since the launch event back in the summer, and the book makes a deliciously suspenseful Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for the "academic mystery" lover on your list. You can see the complete Bestseller chart for November 8, 2013 here and learn more about print and e-book editions of Condemned to Repeat here. Posted November 8, 2013
Momentous day with stellar reading event and first draft of a new mystery all wrapped up!
Sunday, November 3 was an excellent day in Edmonton, despite the overnight dump of snow. Janice participated in a great "themed reading," along with fellow authors Candas Jane Dorsey (Black Wine) and Bonnie Randall (Divinity and the Python). The reading was organized by the Edmonton boosters at #YEGwrites and hosted by the wonderful team at Audreys Books. A hearty crowd braved the weather and responded with gusto to the readings, the Q&A — and to the hot coffee and cream puffs afterward! As if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, Janice also completed the first draft of the next Randy Craig novel. Tentatively titled The Roar of the Crowd, the mystery is set in and around Edmonton's theatre scene and festivals. You should have it in your hot little hands by mid-2014! Posted November 4, 2013
Condemned to Repeat on Snapscene
Edmonton author Jessica Kluthe (she wrote the lovely memoir Rosina, the Midwife and was also just named one of the Avenue Magazine "Top 40 Under 40") runs a project called Snapscene on Instagram. At Snapscene, wonderfully evocative photos vividly bring to life a passage from a book, story or poem. Today she has posted a brand-new entry from Condemned to Repeat. Please take a few minutes to check it out — and browse through all the other beautiful scenes that Jessica has curated — by clicking here. Posted October 31, 2013
Rave review for Condemned to Repeat — and the entire series! — from Laurie Greenwood on CBC Radio Active
Book reviewer Laurie Greenwood stopped by CBC Radio Active on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to talk books with host Portia Clark. Not only did she give Condemned to Repeat a rave review ("so much fun," "a great mystery book, you have to keep turning the pages"), she also referred to the entire Randy Craig Mystery series as "wonderful" and credited its author with helping to put Edmonton and Alberta on the literary map. Such a thrill! Click here to listen to Laurie's review (running time is 3:18). Posted October 30, 2013
New dispatch from the "slightly mean" streets of Edmonton
In a short article originally written for the Sisters in Crime, Janice explains — with trademark wry humour — why her mystery series, like her life, is set in the "slightly mean" streets of Edmonton. Click here to read this and earlier entries in the series of "Janice's Notes." Posted October 29, 2013
THIS SUNDAY: Spend an autumn afternoon with the Northern "Lights" — author event with Janice MacDonald, Candas Jane Dorsey and Bonnie Randall
Edmonton's Audreys Books will host a triple-header event with a focus on Alberta women who write imaginative, acclaimed genre fiction. Janice will be joined by speculative fiction author Candas Jane Dorsey (a Prix Aurora winner for Black Wine) and up-and-coming paranormal romance author Bonnie Randall (whose debut novel, Divinity and the Python, is set in Edmonton). There will be readings, an author Q&A, and book signings by all three writers — a perfect opportunity to cross some names off your holiday shopping list! It all kicks off at 3:30 PM at Audreys, 10702 Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton. For more information, check out the promo poster here. Posted October 28, 2013
PHOTO GALLERY: Highlights from Janice's mini-book tour to Winnipeg
The wonderful folks at Turnstone Press/Ravenstone Books flew Janice to Winnipeg from October 23-26 to engage in a busy slate of events to promote Condemned to Repeat and give her an opportunity to interact with members of the city's lively literary scene. There was a joint Hallowe'en-themed reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers, a guest lecture at Red River College, an author panel about historical research, a full-day workshop on writing crime fiction, and much more. Such a great time! You can browse through the full gallery here. Posted October 28, 2013
Fabulous reader feedback from contest winner Pat Russell!
We've received some wonderful reader feedback from contest winner Pat Russell, who scored a copy of Condemned to Repeat in our late-summer Mystery Scavenger Hunt. The last we heard from Pat, her book had arrived in the post just as she was in the middle of a major move. Then, over the past weekend, we got a lovely update!
"I saved the book I won, Condemned to Repeat, as the first book to read after I moved. Arrived at the new apartment Monday, finished the book on Wednesday... still have to unpack though! I'd never read a Janice MacDonald book before and I loved it. Must look for her other stories now. That was the best contest I've ever entered and one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. I liked the book because I could let my mother borrow it, if I knew she would return it. (She has a habit of borrowing books and then donating them to the church fall sale!) It was informative, the deaths were not horribly graphic, and the story flowed so well that I hated to put it down to go to sleep."
Thanks for the kind note, Pat, and we're so happy to hear that you enjoyed the book! Posted October 28, 2013
Janice gearing up to take Winnipeg by storm with readings, workshops and a rare full-day mystery writing course!
Janice will soon be jetting off to Winnipeg for a busy schedule of events that will include the Ravenstone Mystery Monster Mash (a themed reading with fellow Ravenstone authors Karen Dudley, Chadwick Ginther and Dave Annandale) on October 23, a workshop and roundtable discussion on research techniques for fiction writing on October 24, and a full-day course on mystery writing on October 25! Full details — including times, locations and other vital information — is available on the Appearances Page of this website. Posted October 18, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries still riding high on the Bestseller list!
Condemned to Repeat is at #5 on this week's Edmonton Journal Bestseller list after an incredible 16 straight weeks — and earlier mystery Sticks + Stones is not far behind at #8. Even more impressive is the sheer number (and wide range) of talented Edmonton writers featured on both the fiction and non-fiction charts this week. Big cheers to two fellow Edmonton women at the top of their games — Diana Davidson (#1 fiction) and Jessica Kluthe (#1 non-fiction) — and to Audrey Whitson, Todd Babiak, Michael Hingston, Lynn Coady and Ryan Cormier for the success of their books. And really, it has to be said, you just can't beat this wonderful city for its support! Check out the full Bestsller chart for Friday, October 4 here. Posted October 4, 2013
Rave write-up in The Winnipeg Review
Condemned to Repeat has received another glowing review, this time from Ian Goodwillie in The Winnipeg Review. Ian writes that the novel is "an engaging mystery that you can't stop reading until you know how it plays out. If this is your first introduction to Janice MacDonald and the world of Randy Craig, you'll be hooked. Permanently." What a thrill! You can read the full review here. Posted September 26, 2013
New details about fall appearances and workshops
The list of fall events and workshops is shaping up nicely, with a Crime Writing Workshop in St. Albert on Sunday, September 29 (part of Alberta Culture Days) and a keynote presentation at the fabulous, full-day Writer Jam event in Morinville on Saturday, October 5. And that's to say nothing of the very full slate of events planned during the Winnipeg author visit from October 23-26 — including readings, workshops and a rare, all-day writing course with Janice at McNally Robinson Books. Get all the details and browse the full list of upocoming events on the Appearances page of this website here. Posted September 18, 2013
We have a winner!
Avid mystery reader Pat Russell of North York, Ontario has won an autographed copy of Condemned to Repeat in our "Mystery Scavenger Hunt" contest. Pat correctly answered all 13 questions, and hers was one of the earliest contest entries received. Congratulations, Pat, and enjoy the book! Posted September 16, 2013
Randy Craig Mystery novels now available for all e-book platforms
The conversion to digital is now complete! Four Randy Craig Mystery titles — Sticks + Stones, The Monitor, Hang Down Your Head, and the current best-seller Condemned to Repeat — are available as e-books for all platforms and available from Kindle, Kobo, Sony, Apple and other popular vendors. For those of you who haven't made the jump to e-reading, never fear — beautifully designed paperbacks from Ravenstone Books are still available for all four titles! Links to buy e-book and paperback copies can be found on all the mystery book pages. Posted September 14, 2013
A new look for our website — and a fun new contest to celebrate!
We have a snazzy new graphic banner and a few other spruced-up elements on this site, thanks to our friends at Digital Tea here in Edmonton. To celebrate our facelift, we're launching a new "Mystery Scavenger Hunt" contest. To win a copy of Janice MacDonald's current bestseller, Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery, all you need to do is find the answers to a baker's dozen questions — all of which can be found here on the website! Entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, September 15, and Janice will draw a winning name on Monday, September 16. Ready to play? Just click to download the contest rules and list of questions here. Posted September 6, 2013
Fall readings, workshops and keynote addresses scheduled
Janice is gearing up to hit the road for some readings, book signings, workshops and other appearances this fall. She will appear in St. Albert during Alberta Culture Days and in Morinville for the Writers Jam in early October. Then, in late October, Janice will head to Winnipeg for a full slate of activities. As well, more book store appearances are in the works for Edmonton and surrounding area, with details to be announced very soon. Please pop over and browse the list of events on the Appearances page of this website here. Posted August 26, 2013
Condemned to Repeat shoots to the top of another Bestseller list
Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery shot to the #1 spot on the chart of Calgary Herald Bestsellers this past weekend, no doubt a result of the wonderful reception Janice received from Calgarians during her recent appearances at the When Words Collide books festival. Meanwhile, on the Edmonton Journal charts, the new book was at #2 and an earlier Randy Craig Mystery, Sticks + Stones, was at #6. Thanks to readers across Alberta for your support, and Janice hopes to see some of you out on the road during her fall readings and appearances! In the meantime, check out the full list of Calgary Herald Bestsellers for the weekend of August 23-25 here. Posted August 26, 2013
Some new upstart sits at the top of the charts, where Condemned to Repeat still resides at #2
Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery is at #2 in this week's Edmonton Journal Bestseller list. Curse you, Robert Galbraith, if that is indeed your real name! Joking aside, Friday marked nine weeks that the new mystery has been at either the #1 or #2 spot on the chart. There simply are no words strong enough to say "thanks" for that kind of support. YEG rocks! Posted August 17, 2013
YEGwrites launches social media channels to promote Edmonton writers and the Randy Craig Mysteries Facebook Page passes a major milestone
YEGwrites is a new social media initiative (with both a Twitter feed and Facebook Page) that aims to introduce the rich, diverse and prolific Edmonton writing community to a wider readership. The focus is on book launches, publications, public appearances, reviews and other media coverage. The scope is wide enough to include all published Capital Region authors, regardless of genre or writing style. As if that weren't enough social media excitement for one week, the Randy Craig Mysteries Page on Facebook surpassed 1,000 followers just today! What are you waiting for? Join the lively social conversation about books at the Randy Craig Mysteries Facebook Page, YEGwrites Facebook Page, and @YEGwrites Twitter feed. Posted August 14, 2013
When Words Collide 2013 was a grand success and a brilliant weekend for book lovers of every stripe
When Words Collide is a brilliant Calgary festival for readers and writers, with fascinating panels that cross over such popular genres as mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance and many others. Janice attended WCC for the first time in 2013 and participated in nine sessions over three days (such as the panel entitled "We are All Murderers" with Melodie Campbell, Barbara Fradkin and Axel Howerton, picured at right). It was a blast to reconnect with old friends, meet longtime readers, make new connections within the writing community, and discover some truly amazing new writers. In fact it was so much fun that Janice is already registered for August 2014! You can browse through our photo gallery of festival highlights here. Posted August 12, 2013
Janice and the Randy Craig Mystery series are the subject of this week's feature story in the Edmonton Journal Books section
Michael Hingston of the Edmonton Journal has written a wonderful profile of Janice, her Randy Craig series, and her use of the Capital City as a "star character" in the books. You can read the full-length feature story here. Posted August 8, 2013
Condemned to Repeat reviewed at Mystery Maven Canada
Linda Wiken has posted a wonderful review of Condemned to Repeat at her popular crime-fiction blog, Mystery Maven Canada. According to Linda, "One of the things I like best about Janice MacDonald's Randy Craig mystery series (besides the fact that she's a darned good writer) is how much the series is about Edmonton. [Condemned to Repeat] is truly a Canadian mystery, and it's also a riveting tale that will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers." (P.S. — Linda herself also writes a great series of "cozy" mysteries — the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries, which are published under the pen name Erika Chase. The third of these, Cover Story, has just been released by Berkley Prime Crime.) You can read the full Mystery Maven Canada review of Condemned to Repeat here. Posted August 7, 2013
Condemned to Repeat has some amazing company on the Edmonton Journal Bestsellers list
What a week! How thrilling to discover there are two Randy Craig mystery novels on this week's Edmonton Journal Bestseller list — Condemned to Repeat at #2 and Sticks + Stones at #3. How delightful to realize that the success of Hang Down Your Head and Condemned to Repeat has brought new readers to the earlier books in the series. And to have more than one book on the charts at once — why, that is life dream #37 come true! (P.S.: The Monitor, the book after Sticks + Stones in the series, is the scariest of the lot by far! Just saying.) You can check out a capture of the Bestseller chart here. Posted August 4, 2013
New review of Condemned to Repeat on the radio and online
A new mini-review of Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery has been posted by Dave at Lotsabooks in Cold Lake, who does regular books coverage for Kool 101.3 FM. He has some especially lovely things to say about the series and its intrepid heroine, reluctant sleuth Miranda Craig. Dave also writes, "I always enjoy novels with a strong sense of place. In Janice MacDonald's work that place is Edmonton." You can read the full review here. Posted July 31, 2013
Read an excerpt from Condemned to Repeat at The 49th Shelf!
The country's leading CanLit website, The 49th Shelf, is highlighting Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery on its front page today. Even better, they are offering an excerpt from this funny and exciting new crime novel, which has now spent five weeks at the top of the Edmonton Journal Bestseller list. Check out the excerpt here (and for another sneak peek, take a few minutes to view the book trailer featured in the story below this one). Posted July 25, 2013
Our first-ever book trailer for Condemned to Repeat is now online!
We're proud to present the book trailer for Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery. The clip was created by Stephen Dafoe and stars series author Janice MacDonald in her YouTube debut! Join Janice for a tour around some of the Edmonton locations for the new book, along with a few magical surprises, right here. Posted July 20, 2013
Great reading in this week's Edmonton Journal Books section — and terrific news at the top of its bestseller list!
Edmonton Journal columnist Michael Hingston has written a fabulous, much-deserved Valentine of an article about the great Audreys Books and why it's such an indispensible part of the Capital City literary scene. We were also tickled pink to note that Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery has again claimed the #1 spot on the bestseller list in its fifth week of release. (Strangely enough, Amazon Canada shows the book as "not yet released" — now how's that for a mystery?) Be sure to read the full article about Audreys Books (and learn why there is no apostrophe in their business name!) here. Posted July 19, 2013
Janice's sessions confirmed for When Words Collide readers festival in Calgary
When Words Collide presents a wide spectrum of authors, editors, artists, poets, playwrights and others involved in creating the written word across many genres. This year's event is scheduled for August 9-11 and has a mystery theme! Janice will take part in nine sessions, spread over all three days. Session titles, times and other details are listed on the "Appearances" page here. Posted July 10, 2013
Janice to sign copies of Condemned to Repeat at Audreys on July 12
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will sign copies of Condemned to Repeat — and her earlier novels — on Friday, July 12, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Condemned to Repeat was the #1 book in Edmonton for a third week in a row according to the July 5 edition of the Edmonton Journal. Now you can find out why it makes such a perfect summer read and meet the author at Audreys, located in downtown Edmonton at the corner of Jasper Avenue and 107 Street. Get more details at the Audreys website here. Posted July 5, 2013
From the mailbag: A "non-reader" of mysteries sends a rave for Condemned to Repeat
We get such lovely letters from readers — and occasionally from people who are surprised to find themselves among that number! Today's highlight from the mailbag delivers high praise for the new book, Condemned to Repeat, and it comes to us from a professed "non-reader" of mysteries. Read the entire letter and Janice's reply here, and please feel free to send your own comments by way of any of the social media links or contact info on this site. Posted July 3, 2013
Condemned to Repeat stays at #1, new article by Janice in Avenue magazine
The latest Randy Craig Mystery, Condemned to Repeat, remained at the top of the Edmonton Journal "Bestsellers" list published on Friday, June 28, 2013, just in time for the Canada Day weekend (see the full list here). Author Janice MacDonald also had a new piece published in Avenue magazine's #YEG section. "Sole to Soul" looks at the importance of walking one's city in order to really know its heartbeat (or to use it as a locale for a series of mystery novels!). You can find Janice's article on page 90 of the July issue, now on newsstands across the capital region, or you can read the digital edition here. Posted July 2, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald confirmed for When Words Collide in Calgary
Janice has been confirmed as a guest panelist at When Words Collide, a three-day festival for readers of diverse genres, including mystery, science fiction and fantasy, romance, literary, historical, western, film scripts, poetry and more. This year's event will be held in Calgary from August 9-11. More details about the programming are coming soon — in the meantime, check out the great line-up of guests here. Posted June 28, 2013
Condemned to Repeat hits the Edmonton Journal bestseller list at #1!
The latest Randy Craig Mystery by Janice MacDonald, Condemned to Repeat, made its first appearance on the Edmonton Journal "Bestsellers" list on Friday, June 21, 2013, at the top of the local charts. Not a bad debut position! Thanks, Capital City mystery lovers — you're the greatest! You can see the whole chart here here. Posted June 24, 2013
Janice returns to the stage of the Varscona Theatre for the June Oh Susanna! show
Janice will discuss her new Randy Craig Mystery, Condemned to Repeat, with the lovely and talented Susanna Patchouli as part of the Varscona Theatre's live and improvised comedy/variety show "Oh Susanna!" on Saturday, June 29, starting at 11:00 p.m. The show is always a wild and zany bucket o' fun, and Janice had a blast during her last visit as a guest on the 2011 Christmas Show. Get more details on the "Appearances" page here. Posted June 18, 2013
Janice to appear at Edmonton Public Library crime-writing event
Janice will talk about the art of crime writing with fellow author Wayne Arthurson at a special event hosted by the Edmonton Public Library on Sunday afternoon, June 30. Get all the details on Janice's "Appearances" page here. Posted June 17, 2013
The official launch for Condemned to Repeat was a marvellous party!
The official launch for Janice MacDonald's new novel, Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery, was held at Rutherford House on Saturday evening, June 15, 2013. The event was co-hosted by Turnstone Press, Audreys Books and Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site — with a fun program that included an author reading and book signing, a special performance by magician Stephen Dafoe, delicious finger foods for nibbling and gourmet iced teas for sipping. A grand time was had by all! For more details, you can read Janice's brand-new "Note from the Author" here and check out the photo gallery with fantastic shots of all the magic and revelry here. Posted June 16, 2013
Condemned to Repeat has arrived!
The all-new Randy Craig adventure — the fifth book over-all in the series and the fourth to be published by the wonderful people at Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press — is here at last! Condemned to Repeat is the long-awaited follow-up to the best-selling 2011 release, Hang Down Your Head and is being released simultaneously in trade paperback and e-book editions. Copies are available now at Audreys Books in Edmonton, and will soon begin appearing on shelves at other bookstores and shopping carts at your favourite online vendors. In the meantime, you can order a physical copy directly from Turnstone Press here or purchase an e-book at the Kindle Store for Canada here and for the Unites States here. Posted June 15, 2013
Condemned to Repeat launches June 15 at Edmonton's Rutherford House Provincial Historic Site!
Join us at 7:00 PM for a reading and book signing with author Janice MacDonald — plus a live performance by magician Stephen Dafoe and some tasty nibblies. The fun is all cleverly tied into Condemned to Repeat, the exciting new entry in Edmonton's original mystery series, which finds reluctant sleuth Miranda "Randy" Craig wrapped up in a deadly series of events that spreads across the many historic sites in Alberta's Capital Region. This special evening is hosted by Turnstone Press and our good friends at Audreys Books. Get all the details and RSVP here. Posted June 4, 2013
Get ready for a new Randy Craig Mystery — Condemned to Repeat!
Here it is, folks — the cover of the all-new release, Condemned to Repeat: A Randy Craig Mystery, coming in June from Ravenstone Books, an imprint of Turnstone Press. Stay tuned for all the details about the book launch event, to be posted here within days! Posted May 27, 2013
Randy Craig Mysteries go digital!
The best-selling Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery is now available as an e-book from Amazon, and the upcoming Condemned to Repeat will be released simultaneously as a physical book and e-book (with Sticks and Stones and The Monitor also going digital in the very near future). In the meantime, check out the Amazon listings for Hang Down Your Head in Canada and in the United States. Posted May 27, 2013
Janice MacDonald to speak at the University of Alberta Faculty Women's Club 2013 Spring Luncheon
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will be the special guest speaker at the Spring Luncheon of the University of Alberta Faculty Women's Club on Thursday, March 21. The event will be held from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM in the Faculty Club's Papachase Room. Ticket information and other details can be found on the Faculty Women's Club website here. Posted March 18, 2013
Join Janice in one-on-one sessions at the Blue Pencil Café on March 15
Get feedback on your writing in a private session with Janice MacDonald, best-selling author of the Randy Craig Mystery series, at the Blue Pencil Café on March 15. Spend 30 minutes talking with an established author — recieve feedback on a writing sample, ask questions about publishing, or chat about the literary scene. Writing samples can be submitted in advance (up to five, double-spaced, typed pages). There is NO COST to attend, but there are only ten timeslots available, so register now! The Blue Pencil Café is co-sponsored by the Writer's Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Literature Centre. You can sign up and get all the details here. Posted February 13, 2013
Janice wows a capacity crowd at the 2013 Delta Kappa Gamma Author's Breakfast
Janice MacDonald, creator of the Randy Craig Mystery series, was the guest of honour at the 4th Annual Author's Breakfast, sponsored by the Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International on February 2 in Edmonton. More than 100 guests — the largest crowd in the event's history — gave a thunderous reception to Janice's hour-long presentation, which was followed by a lengthy book signing. Best of all, these gracious and lovely folks all promised to come out in May for the launch of Janice's new book! Delta Kappa Gamma is is a professional honorary society of women educators that promotes professional and personal growth of its members and excellence in education. Check out more photos from the DKG event here and get all the details on Janice's upcoming appearances here. Posted February 3, 2013
Happy 2013 — are you ready for a new Randy Craig mystery novel?
Happy New Year! 2012 was a wonderful rollercoaster ride, with Hang Down Your Head continuing to sell very well (and going into a second printing), garnering some great reviews, and attracting media attention to the entire series. As a result, Sticks and Stones also went into a second printing. Now if we could just get the word out to mystery fans about how deliciously scary The Monitor is — and get The Next Margaret back into print — awareness of the books as an ongoing series would be complete. The very best news about 2013 is that we will keep the momentum going with an all-new new Randy Craig mystery, coming this spring, that will do for Edmonton's historical sites what Hang Down Your Head did for the folk festival! Stay tuned for more details in the near future! Posted January 9, 2013
Randy Craig mystery novels make fabulous stocking stuffers!
Hang Down Your Head, The Monitor, and Sticks + Stones are all available in Edmonton at the wonderful Audreys Books, or can be ordered directly from Turnstone Press here. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and stay tuned for some exciting Randy Craig news in early 2013! Posted December 14, 2012
Janice interviewed in Crime Scene, a publication of Sisters in Crime (Toronto Chapter)
Janet Costello of the Sisters in Crime's Toronto Chapter has published an excellent interview with Janice. It's the August 2012 "Criminal Intent" feature in Crime Scene, and features a great discussion on the writing process, Edmonton as a "state of mind," and the entire series of Randy Craig Mysteries. Check out the "whole she-bang" on pages 4-6 here. Posted November 13, 2012
Congratulations to Janice's cousin, Candace Savage, on winning the Weston Prize
Janice's cousin, the lovely and talented Candace Savage, is the award-winning author of more than two dozen books and a fellow of Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. On November 12, her latest book — A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Mystery from a Prairie Landscape — won the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-fiction. Candace's beautifully written and deeply moving book is garnering a great deal of positive press — you can learn more in the Quill and Quire's story on the Weston Prize here. Posted November 13, 2012
The Calm Before the Storm
Janice takes a lighthearted look at the highs and lows of edits, rewrites, and preparing for a new book release in her lastest "Note from the Author" — which you can now read here. Posted November 3, 2012
Another rave for Janice's "fantastic" mystery workshops
The Pipestone Flyer has run a flat-out rave of Janice's recent mystery workshop in Westaskiwin — check out the full review (and great photo!) here. If you're interested in booking a workshop with Janice, please contact her through this website here, and for other upcoming events (now booking well into 2013!), be sure to visit the Appearances page here. Posted November 2, 2012
Janice and fellow Edmonton authors among the 35+ Alberta writers at Turner Valley book fair
Janice was pleased to share the spotlight with some familiar faces at this past weekend's "Authors Among Us" book fair, sponsored by the Sheep River Library — fellow Edmonton lit scenesters Gail Sidonie Sobat and Tololwa Mollel. Check out the full photo set here. Posted October 29, 2012
Rave reviews for Janice's mystery workshop
Lori Feldberg, a participant in Janice's September 22 mystery workshop in Wetaskiwin, had this to say about the experience: "Your workshop was fantastic! Got nothing but good feedback from everyone. You inspired us all, and we're looking forward to getting to work on our mystery novels. It was easy to tell you're an experienced educator. Thanks again for coming down to give us this first-class workshop opportunity." If you're interested in booking a workshop with Janice, please contact her through this website here — and for other upcoming events, be sure to check out the Appearances page here. Posted October 12, 2012
Janice is a featured Alberta writer at Authors Among Us 2012!
Randy Craig Mysteries author Janice MacDonald will appear at the "Authors Among Us" expo in Sheep River on Saturday, October 27, 2012, from 12:00-4:00 PM. More than 35 Alberta writers are scheduled to participate in salon readings and will be available to meet with readers and sign books. Full program details are now available here. Posted September 24, 2012
Join Janice for an all-day mystery workshop in Wetaskiwin this Saturday!
We have all the details about an all-day mystery workshop to be led by Janice on Saturday, September 22, at this link. There are more readings, appearances, and workshops under development for the fall, so watch this space for upcoming announcements. Posted September 19, 2012
Hang Down Your Head on Kool 101.3 FM's Weekly Book Review
Dave at Lotsabooks in downtown Cold Lake says, "Character and setting are two elements working really well in Edmonton writer Janice MacDonald's latest book, Hang Down Your Head. Like Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Randy Craig is a woman with anxieties and insecurities, a bit of a trouble magnet, a character to whom we can all relate." Check out the full review here. Posted August 30, 2012
The new book is at the publisher — and there is more mystery fun in the works already!
The fifth Randy Craig mystery (title to be announced soon!) has officially been completed and sent to the Ravenstone Books people at Turnstone Press. Now to finish polishing the updated manuscript for the long out-of-print first installment, The Next Margaret. And if that weren't enough, the story outline for the sixth novel in the series is nearly complete. Stay tuned for more details, mystery lovers! Posted August 29, 2012
The manuscript for the fifth Randy Craig mystery is complete!
A second rewrite is finished and the follow-up to the best-selling thriller Hang Down Your Head is complete. Janice will be setting it aside for a week — and one final read-through with fresh eyes — then sending it off to the publisher before the end of the month. We promise you one thing: You will never look at Edmonton's historical sites the same way again! Posted August 19, 2012
Hang Down Your Head has been reviewed in the Journal of the Canadian Society for Traditional Music
And a fine review it is, too! Gillian Turnbull writes, "Dead bodies start appearing, with references to folk songs left as clues. As Randy Craig prepares for the upcoming [Edmonton Folk Music] Festival alongside a handsome, mysterious Smithsonian Folkways employee, she tries to solve the mystery herself. This culminates in an exciting climax that takes place at the festival site." Check out the full review here. Posted August 15, 2012
Hang Down Your Head is on the list of best summer reads from Audreys Books
Sharon Bodnarchuk of Edmonton's venerable indie, Audreys Books, was recently interviewed for the CBC Radio program alberta@noon and asked to name her most highly recommended summer reads. The latest Randy Craig mystery novel is just one of her interesting choices. Check out the full list and listen to the interview with Sharon here. Posted August 13, 2012
Randy Craig is at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival!
Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery is partly set at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, so it makes sense to see the book for sale at the 2012 FolkFest merch tent. But we were thrilled to also see copies of The Monitor and Sticks and Stones selling briskly. We always knew Edmonton folkies have impeccable taste in music — it seems they also love a good mystery! Posted August 11, 2012
More Randy Craig mysteries are on the way!
Hey, mystery fans! Two Randy Craig Mystery manuscripts are nearly complete — the fifth book, which is coming in 2013 (title to be revealed soon), and a revised edition of the long-out-of-print first novel, The Next Margaret. Stay tuned for details! Posted August 8, 2012
Celebrating the 2012 Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Hang Down Your Head
As this year's Edmonton Folk Music Festival nears, the Edmonton Journal's Richard Helm gives FolkFest-themed Randy Craig mystery Hang Down Your Head a shout-out — and Audreys Books on Jasper Avenue has a new FolkFest window display to help celebrate! Check out the Journal article here. Posted August 6, 2012
A major milestone for the next Randy Craig mystery!
From Janice: "Woo-hoo! Today I finished the first draft of the new Randy Craig mystery...397 pages...now to cut, cut, cut and do some more smoke and mirrors near the beginning. But I don't think I will leap into it today. Today is for celebrating!" Posted July 15, 2012
Hang Down Your Head is headed to the Edmonton Folk Fest!
Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery will be on sale at the 2012 Edmonton Folk Music Festival's music tent! (Alas, the author was unable to score tickets this year.) Check out the details — and a very nice summary of the book — here. Posted July 13, 2012
A new note from the author and exciting details about an upcoming mystery workshop
Janice is still hard at work on the next Randy Craig mystery, due in 2013, and she shares an amazing magical writing moment in the latest of her "notes from the author" here. We also have news to share about an all-day mystery workshop to be led by Janice on Saturday, September 22, at this link. There are more readings, appearances, and workshops under development for the fall, so watch this space for upcoming announcements. Posted July 4, 2012
Hang Down Your Head still a bestseller after more than seven months in release — and Janice is making great progess on next book in the series!
Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery is still on the Edmonton Journal book charts this week, coming in at #9. The ongoing success of a novel that was launched in early November has been a real thrill and has definitely helped fuel Janice's excitement as she works on the next book in the series, due in 2013. She crossed the 300-page mark on the new manuscript this past weekend! Check out this week's full list of bestsellers here here. Posted June 11, 2012
Janice featured at Bloody Words XII, Canada's national crimewriters' convention
On June 1-3, Janice travelled to Bloody Words XII in Toronto to promote her series of Randy Craig mysteries and take part in the conference as an expert panellist. While there, she caught up with some old friends in the mystery community and made a few new ones as well. Shown at right with Janice are fellow crimewriters Mary Jane Maffini and Linda Wiken (who writes as Erika Chase). Check out the complete album here. Posted June 8, 2012
Hang Down Your Head is back on the Edmonton Journal bestseller list at #1
Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery is back atop the Journal book charts this week, which makes perfect sense as summer arrives in Edmonton. This comic thriller celebrates the Alberta capital's standing as Canada's Festival City, and it makes a ideal read for the patio, beach, cottage, or airplane. Check out this week's full list here here. Posted May 27, 2012
Hang Down Your Head gets an insightful rave review at Reviewing the Evidence
Reviewing the Evidence is a major genre website covering thousands of mysteries and thrillers from all categories, with more than 30 reviewers from the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. Merrill Young has recently posted a review of the latest Randy Craig mystery at the site, and it's one of the best yet. Young describes the novel as "a calm and refreshing read in these days of action-packed mystery thrillers" and "very much an intelligent cosy mystery, similar in style to books by Marianne MacDonald or Gail Bowen." High praise indeed! Read the full review here. Posted May 18, 2012
Janice to appear on panel discussion at Bloody Words, the national crimewriters' conference
Janice will appear on "Whistling Past the Graveyard," a Bloody Words 2012 panel discussion about the role of humour in detective fiction, along with Don Hauka, Howard Shrier, Robin Spano, and moderator C.C. Benison. The panel is scheduled for 3:30-4:20 PM on Saturday, June 2. Bloody Words is Canada's oldest and largest gathering of mystery readers and authors. The full program schedule and registration details are now available here. Posted May 16, 2012
Edmonton FICTIONistas event a major success
The May 7 FICTIONistas literary event at Audreys Books in Edmonton was a rousing sucess. This was by all reports the best-attended stop on the tour, and the packed house at Audreys enjoyed stellar readings from five of Canada's best women authors. Shown left to right in this photo are Margaret MacPherson, Sarah Kathryn York, Arley McNeney, Cassie Stocks, Barb Howard, and host Janice MacDonald. Posted May 16, 2012
Janice to serve as Edmonton host for the spring 2012 FICTIONistas tour
FICTIONistas is a unique reading series that brings together Canadian women writers for book events across western Canada. Each program presents a diverse group of talented women authors, hosted by a FICTIONista alumna. Janice MacDonald, a proud veteran of two FICTIONista tours (in 2007 and fall 2011), is honoured to serve as host for spring 2012's Edmonton stop. Join Janice and authors Barb Howard, Margaret MacPherson, Arley McNeney, Cassie Stocks, and Sarah Kathryn York at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Avenue downtown) on May 7, beginning at 7:00 PM, for what is certain to be a great evening. You can read more about the tour and the featured authors here. Posted April 26, 2012
Support Your Local Crimewriters!
Janice was pleased to serve as the "opening act" at the April 18 book launch for Wayne Arthurson's second Leo Desroches thriller, A Killing Winter, which is available in stores now. The event, held at the ARTery, marked the first time that both of Edmonton's crimewriters have appeared together, and a great time was had by all. Meanwhile, work contines on the fifth Randy Craig Mystery, coming in 2013. Janice has posted a funny new "Note from the Author" about writing through and around seasonal distractions, which you can read here. Posted April 20, 2012
Janice answers the Greenwoods' Six
Greenwoods' Bookshoppe and Small World, Edmonton's near-legendary "independent bookstore for independent minds," runs a regular mini-interview feature in which notable authors answer a half-dozen fun and insightful questions about books and the writing life. Janice is the latest to answer the Greenwoods' Six, and you can check out the results here. Posted April 9, 2012
Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery reviewed in the Hamilton Spectator
Don Graves of The Spec — and by the way, isn't that a fabulous name for a mystery reviewer? — writes that "the climax stops you in your tracks" and "what's special about Hang Down Your Head is the obvious expertise and care author Janice MacDonald puts into the back story — the folk music legacy that is part of our Canadian fabric." You can read the full review here. Posted March 26, 2012
Check out the spiffy new poster for the April 18 Edmonton mystery event
Audreys Books has released a terrific new promotional poster for the upcoming Leo Desroches/Randy Craig mystery night at the ARTery, which you can now feast your eyes upon here. Posted March 26, 2012
Hang Down Your Head gets a rave review in Penguin Eggs Magazine
Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery gets a brilliant shout-out in the latest issue of Penguin Eggs, Canada's national folk, roots, and world music magazine. Look for Issue #53, Spring 2012, on newsstands now. You can learn more about this great quarterly publication — including information on subscriptions and single-copy sales — here. Posted March 15, 2012
Edmonton mystery double-header at The ARTery on April 18
Janice (thrilled to be billed as "the First Lady of Edmonton mystery") is delighted to help celebrate the release of A Killing Winter, the new Leo Desroches crime novel by Wayne Arthurson, on April 18. Wayne and Janice will both give readings and sign their books, so it's going to be a stellar evening for Capital City mystery fans. Time, place, and other details are available here. Posted March 13, 2012
Hang Down Your Head continues its streak on the Edmonton Journal bestseller list
The latest Randy Craig mystery has landed at #3 on the Journal bestseller list for the week of March 11-17, extending its run on the charts to 15 weeks. You can see the full listing here. Posted March 12, 2012
Hang Down Your Head achieves a 14th week on the Edmonton Journal bestseller list
The latest Randy Craig mystery continues to be a true reader's choice in the City of Edmonton, moving up to #2 on the Journal bestseller list for the week of March 4-10. That makes 14 weeks on the chart in total! You can see the full listing here. Posted March 7, 2012
Janice is now a Goodreads author!
A growing number of Randy Craig Mystery fans have told us they use the Goodreads website to discover new titles and share their love of great books with their fellow avid readers (yes, Goodreads should be read as Good Reads, not as Goo Dreads). We've created a new author page at the site, and we encourage everyone to join us there. It really is a fun way to rate your favourite reads, share mini-reviews, get reading recommendations from like-minded bibliophiles, and interact with a growing number of authors. You can access Janice's author profile from this site at any time by clicking the Goodreads social media icon at the top right of each page, or by clicking here. Posted February 28, 2012
Winter Roots and Blues Roundup starts today!
Edmonton's incredible "Winter Roots and Blues Roundup" festival begins today and lasts through Sunday, February 26. The festival is jointly sponsored by Smithsonian Folkways, the U of A, Music North, and CKUA Radio — and it kicks off in high style tonight (Thursday, January 23) with a great concert at the Yardbird Suite starring "The Women of Folkways" (featuring Cindy Church, Maria Dunn, Shannon Johnson, and Laura Vinson). The four-day line-up includes live music, films, workshops, and much more. PLEASE NOTE: Janice will be appearing at a workshop on "Reading Roots & Blues" this Saturday, February 25, from 10:30-11:30 A.M. in the Stanley Milner Library's Centennial Room. Full festival details here. Posted February 23, 2012
CKUA ArtBeat program featuring Janice now streaming online
The ArtBeat program with host Chris Allen spent a half hour with "Randy Craig Mysteries" author Janice MacDonald on Sunday, February 19. Their conversation touched upon the entire series — as well as mystery fiction in general, the Folkways collection that inspired Janice's latest book, her unabashed love of Edmonton (and its well-deserved reputation as Canada's Festival City), and much more. Also included are short dramatic readings from Hang Down Your Head and two songs that are featured in its pages. The program aired across Alberta on the CKUA Radio Network and can now be heard online here. Posted February 22, 2012
Laurie Greenwood gives RAVE review to Hang Down Your Head (and the whole Randy Craig series) on Global Television
Laurie Greenwood, Edmonton's best-known book reviewer and the woman behind Laurie's Book Company, has given Hang Down Your Head an unabashed rave on her latest Global TV appearance. Instead of talking about the works of several different authors as she most often does, Greenwood spent her entire weekly segment on the Randy Craig Mysteries — and she lavished special praise on the latest installment. Seeing this review was one of the most thrilling moments in Janice's writing career. (UPDATE: Sadly, the video is no longer available to stream from the Global TV website as of 2013.) Posted February 16, 2012
Book signing this Sunday
Janice will be signing copies of Hang Down Your Head this Sunday, February 19th, from 12:00-4:00 PM at Chapters on Whyte Avenue. For many years, the Sunday before Family Day was known in Alberta as Family Literacy Day, so we're celebrating books old-school style this long weekend. Hope to see you there. Posted February 13, 2012
Janice featured on CKUA Radio's ArtBeat on Sunday, February 19
Janice will be featured on the CKUA Radio network across Alberta this Sunday as part of the ArtBeat program, which airs from 12:30-1:00 PM. This week's show includes an interview with Janice, conducted by CKUA's Chris Allen, along with recordings of Janice reading segments from Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery. The show will also promote Janice's upcoming appearance at the Folkways Alive Winter Roots and Blues Roundup Festival on February 25. Festival details here. Posted February 12, 2012
What's in a name?
Janice is pictured at right with Tom and Judy Peacocke, who won the chance to pick the name of a character in the next Randy Craig mystery. They placed the winning bid ($350) in a live auction at the Brunch o' Love, an annual event to raise money for the Freewill Players' summer Shakespeare Festival. The couple have asked that a character in the next novel be named Jasper Peacocke, after their grandson. And that's such a cool name! Who wouldn't want to use it in a book? Posted February 12, 2012
Latest book still riding high
Hang Down Your Head is still on the Edmonton Journal Top 10, three months after its release. So thrilled and honoured by the incredible response from readers! Posted February 5, 2012
2011 year-end sales
We recently learned that Hang Down Your Head was the #4 fiction best-seller for the year 2011 at Audreys Books in Edmonton. That's an astonishing result for a book that just came out in November! Check out the list here. Posted February 1, 2012.
The latest Randy Craig Mystery is selling like hotcakes!
Hang Down Your Head is currently #2 on the Edmonton Journal bestseller list. Thank you so much for your support, mystery fans! Posted January 29, 2012.
This book shows up in all the best places!
Hang Down Your Head is now on sale at the Folk Festival music store in Winnipeg's wonderful Exchange District. Fingers crossed that the Edmonton Folk Music Festival will also show some interest — after all, the book is partially set at FolkFest! Posted January 27, 2012.
Janice on the cover of Edmonton Woman Magazine
Janice is the cover girl for the issue of Edmonton Woman Magazine that began hitting the stands in late January 2012. The cover blurb reads, "Face-to-face with the Mystery Lady: Janice MacDonald." The inside story is entitled "Killer fictionista: Janice MacDonald weaves her tale in and around town," and it discusses the entire series of Randy Craig mystery books. How cool is that? You can download a PDF version of the article here. Posted January 26, 2012
Bloody Words 2012
All booked for Bloody Words 2012 in Toronto from June 1-3. So excited to be once again be a part of the national Canadian Mystery Conference. Interested in coming? Learn all about Bloody Words XII here. Posted January 20, 2012
Turnstone Press Top Picks for 2011
So proud to be considered one of the top picks of Turnstone! Proud to be in the group they mention. Proud to be associated with such a great publishing house run by such a great bunch of people! Check out their list of 2011 Top Picks here. Posted January 17, 2012
Video clip of Janice's Breakfast Television interview
Janice had a great time on the January 16 broadcast of Breakfast Television with host Ryan Jespersen. Now you can watch the video clip online — watch for the bonus cameos by Janice's FICTIONista friend Angie Abdou and local musical legend Bill Bourne! The video is here. Posted January 17, 2012
Fellow FICTIONista Angie Abdou on Hang Down Your Head
Angie Abdou is the author of The Bone Cage — a 2011 Canada Reads selection and the 2012 MacEwan Book of the Year — and the current bestseller The Canterbury Trail. Angie and Janice became fast friends after appearing together on two tours of the FICTIONistas, a travelling event that promotes women writers from Western Canada. Angie had this to say about Hang Down Your Head at our @RandyCraigBooks Twitter feed: "I gotta love a mystery featuring my fave musicians — Ben Sures and James Keelaghan. Loved Hang Down Your Head! Plus, you totally got me on the ending! Nicely done — another super fun Randy Craig book." Posted January 5, 2012
Janice profiled in the Edmonton Journal
A profile of Janice and her new book appears in today's Edmonton Journal. You can read it online here. Posted December 28, 2011
The fifth Randy Craig adventure is underway
Janice is already working on the next Randy Craig Mystery, coming from Turnstone Press in 2013. We can't say too much at this point, but Edmonton's historical sites drive the plot. From Janice: "I've just discovered a whole new thing that requires research for the next book. Fun/intimidating...potato/potahto." Posted December 23, 2011
Video clip from Breakfast Television live remote at Audreys Books
Bridget Ryan of Breakfast Television Edmonton and Sharon Budnarchuk of Audreys Books discussed great reads, including Hang Down Your Head, on the December 21 broadcast. You watch the clip online here. Posted December 21, 2011
Streaming audio of Janice's interview with CBC Radio's Nola Keeler
Janice was interviewed by the delightful Nola Keeler as part of CBC Radio's Daybreak Alberta program, which aired across the province on Saturday, December 17. This brodcast was part of a two-day special featuring eight authors and their 2011 books. Also featured were Patrick DeWitt, Will Ferguson, Jamie Fitzpatrick, and Lynn Coady. You can listen to the interview online here (scroll down to Janice's bio and click the audio link under her name). Posted December 18, 2011
Hang Down Your Head spotlighted in Quill & Quire
In the Quill & Quire article "Canadian booksellers optimistic heading into holidays," Janice's latest book was spotlighted as one of the strongest sellers at Audreys Books in Edmonton during the Christmas shopping season. Check out the article here, and please support your local indie bookstore for your last-minute gift needs! Posted December 17, 2011
Janice to appear on the live variety show Oh! Susanna at Varscona Theatre
Janice will appear at the Varscona Theatre for the "Christmas Special" edition of Edmonton's long-running live variety show, "Oh Susanna!" Janice will be there with books and banjo in hand to be interviewed by co-hosts Susanna Patchouli and Eros, the God of Love. Many of our very favourite local performers are also on the bill, and there will be Yuletide songs and cocktails! Mirth! Frivolity! Banjo! Don't miss it — Saturday, December 17, 11:00 PM. Posted December 15, 2011
CBC's Daybreak Alberta website dubs Janice "Edmonton's murder queen"
How cool is that? Posted December 14, 2011
Looking for Hang Down Your Head in Edmonton?
Greenwoods' Books has apparently sold all of its copies of Hang Down Your Head, with more on the way soon. Autographed copies are still in stock at Audreys Books, right at the front of the store. All Edmonton-area Chapters, Indigo and Coles stores now have copies in stock — check the mystery section under MacDonald. Happy shopping, and don't forget the mystery-book lover on your gift list! Posted December 14, 2011
Hang Down Your Head has leapt 258,098 points on Amazon.com
Mind you, it's anyone's guess how that list gets tallied or what it actually means. Let's assume it's a good thing! Posted December 10, 2011
Janice profiled in Morinville News to promote upcoming reading and workshop
There's a wonderful and informative profile of Janice running online at MorinvilleNews.com and in print in tomorrow's Monday Morning News. Many thanks to Stephen Dafoe for the stellar job, and we hope it will bring out big crowds to Janice's reading and workshop at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre on Thursday, December 8. Read the article here. Posted December 4, 2011
Buying Hang Down Your Head from Amazon.ca
We were baffled as to why Amazon Canada's site claims that Hang Down Your Head "usually ships in 1 to 4 weeks." Why so long? So we tried it — and the order shipped in 1.5 days. Just so you know! Posted December 2, 2011
Janice and her new book get full-page spread in the Edmonton Examiner
The Randy Craig mystery series — and author Janice MacDonald — are featured in a wonderful full-page story by Trevor Robb in today's Edmonton Examiner. You can the read the story online here. Posted November 30, 2011
Hang Down Your Head reviewed by Mystery Maven Canada
Linda Wiken has published a rave review of Hang Down Your Head at Mystery Maven Canada. She writes, " In Hang Down Your Head, MacDonald does a great job of playing tour guide to the reader, as she takes us through the streets, the parks, and the university in Edmonton. Her writing is witty and descriptive. The mystery is intricate and well-plotted. You can actually feel yourself as being part of the Edmonton Folk Festival, that is, if you're not too busy scouring the crowd for a murderer." You can the read the complete review online here. Posted November 19, 2011
Janice touring Western Canada in November with other FICTIONistas
Janice will be promoting her latest book, Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery, at stops across Western Canada as part of the fall 2011 FICTIONistas tour. Other writers to be featured include Angie Abdou, Alison Preston, Genni Gunn, Sue Sorensen, Wendy McGrath, and Judy Schultz. Janice's appearances are listed below:
• WINNIPEG: Wed., Nov. 23, 7:30 PM, McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue
• SASKATOON: Thurs., Nov. 24, 7:30 PM, City Perks, 801 7th Avenue N
• CALGARY: Sat., Nov. 26, 2:00 PM, Owl's Nest Books, 815A 49th Avenue SW
Posted November 15, 2011
Offical launch for the fourth Randy Craig Mystery!
Save the Day, Edmontonians! The launch party for Hang Down Your Head: A Randy Craig Mystery will be held on November 9, 7:30 PM, at Audreys Books on Jasper Avenue downtown. In addition to a reading and book signing, there will be wine, refreshments, and live banjo music from author Janice MacDonald and local musician extraordinaire Jay Kuchinsky. See you there! Posted October 7, 2011
Randy Craig will soon be back in action
There will be a new Randy Craig Mystery on the bookshelves this fall. Janice just signed a two-book deal with Turnstone Press, the respected Winnipeg publishers who released the last two Randy Craig books, The Monitor and Sticks and Stones. Thrilled to be working with them — and to rev up the series again! Posted January 28, 2011