Five books into the series and perennial academic gypsy Miranda “Randy” Craig still hasn’t landed a tenure-track position. For anyone other than Randy, a contract to do archival research and web development for Alberta’s famed Rutherford House should have been a quiet gig. But when she discovers an unsolved mystery linked to Rutherford House in the Alberta Archives and the bodies begin to pile up, Randy can’t help but wonder if her modern-day troubles are linked to the intrigues of the past!
• eagerly awaited follow-up to the best-selling 2011 release Hang Down Your Head
• simultaneous release in trade paperback and e-book formats
• includes scenes set at historic sites including Rutherford House, Fort Edmonton Park, the Ukrainian Cultural Village, St. Stephen’s College, the Provincial Archives of Alberta, and more!
• a fiction bestseller on the Edmonton Journal Top 10 list for more than five months
• shortlisted for the 2013 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher(Manitoba Book Awards)
• shortlisted for the 2014 David Award for Best Mystery Novel (Deadly Ink Mystery Conference, New Jersey, USA)
Read a short excerpt from the book on The 49th Shelf website here.
Check out a short promo clip here.
Listen to a short review by Laurie Greenwood from CBC Radio Active below:
(running time 3:18).
Praise for Condemned to Repeat:
“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.” —Ian Goodwillie, The Winnipeg Review
“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.”
—Lou Allin, best-selling author of the Belle Palmer and Holly Martin mystery series
“Does for historic sites what she did for music festivals: strews corpses and intrigues in trademark MacDonald style, with giggles and gusto.”
—Candas Jane Dorsey, award-winning author of Black Wine and A Paradigm of Earth
“So much fun… a great mystery book, you just have to keep turning the pages.”
—Laurie Greenwood, book reviewer on CBC Edmonton’s Radio Active
“Janice MacDonald should be given an award by Alberta Tourism for putting the province on the mystery map. Condemned to Repeat is a compelling tale of secrets from the past colliding with the present, along with a heavy dose of history and travelogue. Plus a murder or two. Not to be missed!”
—Linda Wiken, author and Mystery Maven Canada blogger
“MacDonald’s prose drips local history from every j, y, p and q that dangle below the baseline. Edmontonians in particular will enjoy following the genial Randy Craig through buildings and districts that are as familiar to them as their neighbours, and yet now imprinted with murder and mystery.”
—Tom Long, Public Interpretation Coordinator, Fort Edmonton Park
“Condemned to Repeat is more than a murder mystery. It immersed me in the local landscape of Edmonton, with its physical, social and political character, both past and present. More importantly, I learned new things about my own city and its surroundings. In most mysteries the purpose for reading ends with the capture of the murderer. With Condemned to Repeat, we gladly go back to savour the many stories within this story.”
—Shirley Lowe, Edmonton’s Historian Laureate
Published by Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press