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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


snapsceneVivid 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’sCondemned 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


condemned_smallOctober 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 theFood 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


mavens3New photo sets of Janice with fellow crime writers, 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


allbooksJanice’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_smallPAGES Workshop panel discussion wows the crowd asThe 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 JournalBestseller 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


WestWord_SeptOct_coverJanice’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


allbooksJanice’s 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 JournalBestseller 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 summertime 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


marty_janiceFringe 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


School_of_Night_guysThe 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


roar_previewThe 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 theEdmonton 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 Crowdwill 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


The Randy Craig Mystery Series by Janice MacDonaldTHIS 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 entrySticks 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


ROTC_readingPhoto 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 Albertaprogram 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


roar_previewMore 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


bloodywords2014Janice 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


Janice MacDonald with fellow Edmonton writer Jenna Butler at the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards2014 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


suzanne_janiceWhat a week for Janice — up 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


brownlee_250Meet future Randy Craig Mystery character (and Freewill friend) Sherry 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


monitorWe 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 Monitorup 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


condemned_smallNew review of Condemned to Repeat
I Heart Edmonton has posted a great new review ofCondemned 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

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