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Recommended Reading in Crime Fiction

Recommended Reading in Crime Fiction From writer to reader During our recent panel discussion at the Atwater Library with Montreal crime writers, members of Crime Writers of Canada  (, we were asked what writers we would recommend who represent the best of what we do. Here are our recommended lists for you to consider. Please advise of anyone we missed! Continue Reading

The Evolution of Crime Fiction

The Evolution of Crime Fiction From Sherlock Holmes to Jack Reacher A lot has changed in the last 150 years of mystery and suspense writing. The choices for readers and writers have evolved in so many different directions for style, stories, and characters since the early adventures of Sherlock Holmes to the crime thrillers of today. This was the topic Continue Reading

Power & Privilege – Writing with passion & purpose

Power & Privilege Writing with passion & purpose Writing with Passion and Purpose “Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable.” In this follow-up report for fellow writers, readers and friends on the Bouchercon-2022 conference in Minneapolis and my continuing year of re-engaging with the real world, I wanted to elaborate on a memorable quote by Rick Mofina, an internationally acclaimed bestselling Continue Reading

Review of Going to Beautiful

Review of Going to Beautiful Paperback, 300 pages, Published May 1, 2022,  USBN: 978-1-988754-35-2   A particularly enjoyable part of the “post-pandemic” era for me is to finally get away from social media and meet real people – writers, friends and fans – in person again, especially those whom I have only met through Zoom meetings, online interviews and Facebook or Continue Reading

Christmas Gifts in September? And now October? Yes!

Christmas Gifts in September? And now October?   Yes, you deserve it. Summer holidays are over, the kids are back at school, and you’re back at work trying to navigate away from health risks, climate disasters, and the political and economic turmoil around you. Looking forward to your next break?  Let’s leapfrog past Halloween and Thanksgiving and avoid the stress of Continue Reading

Bouchercon? MWA?

Bouchercon? MWA? Let me explain. I know it can be confusing to follow all the acronyms and code words of the secret society of crime writers, I’m still learning them myself. Fortunately, we’re not that secretive. Writer-to-writer and writer-to-the-world we are dedicated to sharing our words and our stories to share the joy, the lessons, and the ideas that we Continue Reading

Where do stories come from? Fact of fiction.

Where do stories come from? Fact or fiction Watch the YouTube video: “Where do the stories come from? Fact or fiction.” Hear the answers and the author’s secrets revealed: Or come and hear us live! Montreal crime writers, Delvin Chatterson and Russell Fralich will be at Indigo- Pte. Claire, Saturday, Aug. 27th, noon till 4pm, ready to answer your Continue Reading

Author Event @ INDIGO – Chapters

Author Event @ INDIGO – Chapters Saturday August 27th, 2-4 pm Live & In Person! Meet Canadian Crime Writers Del Chatterson and Russell Fralich reading from their most recent books and answering your questions. Watch the video to learn more:    


HER LAST GOODBYE Format: 544 pages, Paperback, Published: January 25, 2022 by Mira Books ISBN 9780778311720 (ISBN10: 0778311724) Review by Delvin Chatterson Mystery & Suspense Magazine – July 24, 2022 “Daddy, where’s Mommy?” It’s not a question any father wants to hear from his ten-year old son, especially after he’s been up all night looking for Mommy and has just reported her missing Continue Reading

Are you as talented as Mr. Ripley?

How to write suspense Are you as talented as Mr. Ripley? You may have read the novels of Patricia Highsmith or seen the movies – Strangers on a Train or The Talented Mr. Ripley – two of the most highly regarded mystery and suspense stories of all time.  Highsmith also published in 1983 her notes and advice in one of Continue Reading