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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


roar_previewRavenstone 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 nextbook, 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


booksblockJanice and the Randy Craig Mysteries shine 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 Avenuemagazine. 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 JournalBestseller 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 JournalBestseller 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


speclogoJanice to appear at Pure Spec 2013 on Nov. 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


northern_lightsMomentous 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 fromCondemned 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


condemned_smallRave 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!

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 and 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


ravenstonecrewPHOTO 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


jan_audreys_2013Janice gearing up to take Winnipeg by storm with readings, work shops 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 inThe 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


paneltalkNew 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 upcoming 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 ofCondemned 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


janice_launchFall 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


wwcWhen 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 JournalBestsellers 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


condemned_smallNew 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 Mysteryon 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 theEdmonton 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 theEdmonton 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


condemned_smallThe 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


DGK_smallJanice 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 Headcontinuing 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

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