If you enjoyed Louise Penny’s Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries, you might try a title from one of these other authors. They offer intricately plotted mysteries set in small towns with well-drawn out characters. While they are detailed and atmospheric, they do so without becoming overly gory.
Anne Michaels is the author of five award-winning poetry collections: The Weight of Oranges (1986); Miner’s Pond (1991); Skin Divers (1999); Poems (2000); and her most recent poetry collection, Correspondences, for which she was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize (2014). Fugitive Pieces (1996), Michaels’ internationally best-selling first novel, was the winner of the Toronto Book Award, the Guardian Fiction Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, among many other Canadian and international awards. Fugitive Pieces was also adapted into an internationally released feature film. Her second novel, The Winter Vault (2009), was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages.
Arlene Chan has written seven books about the history and culture of the Chinese in Canada, some shortlisted for the Ontario Speaker’s Book Award, Heritage Toronto Book Award, Silver Birch Award and Red Cedar Award. Growing up in Chinatown as a third generation Chinese Canadian, Arlene had a front-row seat to the development of the Chinese community in Toronto. She serves as a Chinatown tour guide for Heritage Toronto and The Ward Museum; president of the Jean Lumb Foundation; a former appointee of the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers Advisory Council; and serves on the board of Little Pear Garden Dance Company. She is an advisor for the Chinese Canadian Museum, Heritage Interpretation Working Group for Ontario Infrastructure, and Toronto Public Library's Chinese Canadian Archives. Arlene is two-time member of the winning Canadian National Women's Dragon Boat Team (2011 and 2013) and when she is not writing, speaking or leading tours, she is buried in research-related nonfiction. Arlene is working on her next book, an article about the Chinese Immigration Act for The Canadian Encyclopedia, and program notes for a new play at the Stratford Festival.