A 2018 release, The Eye of the Beholder takes reluctant sleuth and sessional university lecturer Miranda “Randy” Craig from Mexico’s Pacific coast to Edmonton’s vibrant visual art scene while retaining the trademark suspense and humour that have made the series so popular with lovers of academic mystery.
Randy and Steve have finally tied the knot. With the snow blowing and temperatures dipping well below zero they are looking for an escape from the frigid Edmonton winter. Like so many others, they head south to Puerto Vallarta, Jalísco, Mexico, along with a crush of University of Alberta students, looking for a good time during spring break. When a student is found dead in an elaborately staged scene, Randy’s romantic beach walks and candlelit dinners will have to wait. Instead Randy and Steve will have find meaning in the murder to catch the culprit. If they don’t, the honeymoon just might be over.
• eagerly awaited follow-up to four recent best-selling mystery novels — 2015’s Another Margaret, 2014’s The Roar of the Crowd, 2013’s Condemned to Repeat, and 2011’s Hang Down Your Head — and her 2017 travel memoir, Confederation Drive
• set in and around the University of Alberta as well as Edmonton’s visual arts scene and sunny Puerto Vallarta, Jalísco, Mexico
• simultaneous release in trade paperback and e-book formats
• Janice MacDonald’s sixth consecutive #1 book on the Edmonton Bestseller List
Praise for The Eye of the Beholder:
“A smart, sophisticated and engrossing murder mystery told with lavish details and an appealing dry wit. Randy Craig is the character you want to invite to your next dinner party. Her amateur sleuthing is peppered with smart cultural references and her humour keeps the narration flowing. She’ll bring Steve, of course. The honeymooning couple’s banter is both warm and mature, providing a sharp contrast to the murders and the dangerously clever climax.”
—Carmen Amato, author of the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series
Praise for Janice MacDonald’s Randy Craig Mystery series:
“Janice MacDonald populates academe with real characters and puts the humanity back into the Humanities. Of course, she picks one or two of them off now and then, which is all right with me, too.”
—W.P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe and Butterfly Winter
“Edmonton’s Janice MacDonald is the most literary of the new gang of Canadian fictional murderers.”
“Janice MacDonald does for Edmonton what Gail Bowen did for Regina, Saskatchewan. She rejects the frozen north stereotype by showing the ‘City of Festivals’ in all its glory.”
—Reviewing the Evidence mystery blog
Published by Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press