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New Kindle release — 13 O’Clock, by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

Posted on: September 21st, 2015 by Carrick Publishing

I can’t believe it’s been two years — count ’em! — since the launch of Thirteen, an anthology of crime stories by the Mesdames of Mayhem!

When we released that critically acclaimed collection of stories, we made a pledge: to follow it up with a second crime anthology within two years.

Let it be noted that the Mesdames are women of their word! At last, and right on time, the Kindle release of 13 O’Clock by the Mesdames of Mayhem (Carrick Publishing, 2015).

Our e-launch on September 17 was a tremendous success, thanks largely to our hostesses, Mesdames’ founder M.H. Callway and author Joan O’Callaghan. Of course, the contributors were out in force to help. Our special thanks to Catherine Astolfo who fielded questions and spread the word.

And of course, there were Kindle Gifts galore! We gave away 13 Kindle copies of 13 O’Clock to readers who participated in our game of questions.
(If you were a winner but haven’t heard from us, we may not have your email address. Please contact me at carrickpublishing at rogers dot com.)

If you were lucky enough to win your copy, Congratulations! We sincerely hope you will enjoy the book, and be sure to post a review on Amazon.

Otherwise, visit Amazon today to download your very own e-Edition of this fabulous anthology!

Our award-winning lineup of authors includes:

Foreword, M.H. Callway
Perfect Timing, Melodie Campbell
Pulling a Rabbit, Catherine Astolfo
Thrice the Brinded Cat, Joan O’Callaghan
Being Leda Fox, Lynne Murphy
Life Lesson, Ed Piwowarczyk
Glow Grass, M.H. Callway
The Test of Time, Melodie Campbell
The Bench Rests, Rosemary Aubert
The 14th of Forever, Donna Carrick
Beat the Clock, Catherine Dunphy
Troubled Times, Lisa de Nikolits
Nick of Time, Rosemary McCracken
Life is a Big Headache, Sylvia Maultash Warsh
Hidden, Jane Petersen Burfield
Mirror, Mirror, Cheryl Freedman
Afterword, Joan O’Callaghan
Acknowledgments, Donna Carrick

Thanks for supporting Canadian Crime!

Join us for Rosemary Aubert’s signing of Don’t Forget You Love Me, Feb. 21, Sleuth of Baker Street

Posted on: February 16th, 2015 by Carrick Publishing

Rosemary Aubert-Sleuth

The season of love is well underway!

With that in mind, Carrick Publishing would like to invite mystery lovers in the GTA to join us at the Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore, where author Rosemary Aubert will be signing copies of Don’t Forget You Love Me.

Sleuth of Baker Street bookstore
Saturday, February 21, 2015
from 2-4pm
Address: 907 Millwood Road, Toronto, ON M4G 1X2
Phone:(416) 483-3111

Refreshments will be served!

When a profound personal tragedy propels Ellis into a puzzling case with no suspects and no clues, he’s forced back into the world of crime. Against the drama of a Toronto conference that brings world leaders to the city, Ellis finds himself surrounded with new enemies and old allies, one of whom threatens to make demands on him he’s in no position to meet.

Don’t Forget You Love Me is the 6th novel in Aubert’s beloved Ellis Portal mystery series. It was chosen by both J.D. and Marian of Sleuth of Baker Street as their January, 2015 “Pick of the Month”, and with good reason!

Rosemary Aubert has achieved world-wide attention with her Ellis Portal series. She is a Toronto writer, teacher, speaker and criminologist who mentors fresh mystery writers and treasures classic ones.

Critical acclaim for Ellis Portal and the Ellis Portal mystery series:

The New York Times “…in Ms. Aubert’s sensitive treatment, a character with great dignity and unusual moral depth.”

Washington Post “Rosemary Aubert has a touch of the poet.”

Kirkus Reviews “Heartfelt and often piercing in its portrayal of life on the edge.”

New Brunswick Reader “An absorbing read that stays with you long after you put it down.”

The Globe and Mail “Aubert has done a fine job…taking on some of the social issues that bedevil a big city…”

Don’t miss your chance to meet this exceptional author and support Canadian Crime at its finest!

World Enough and Crime — Our authors and their stories

Posted on: October 26th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

EDF2 World Enough COVER PNGOn October 26, Carrick Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of our latest Excerpt Flight Deck anthology: WORLD ENOUGH AND CRIME. Poet Michael C. Slater kicks off the collection with his piece titled “Crime…Noun”.

Michael C. Slater loves words. It all started in grade school with vocabulary tests. Sometimes, it was augmented by having to copy the dictionary when “in trouble” and even more words were learned. Currently, Michael tries to capture emotions he sees on display with words instead of a camera.

Michael Slater’s poetry appeared in our first multi-genre anthology, EFD1: Starship Goodwords. We were delighted when he offered to contribute Crime…Noun to kick off our 2014 crime anthology.

Visit Michael at Facebook
or Tweet with him @MikeCSlater

a- carrpub DonnaDoctor Shediac
When a thirty-year-old murder drags Detective Mallory Tosh back into a past she’d prefer to leave buried, she is forced to choose between childhood loyalties and adult conscience, in the case of Doctor Shediac.

Donna Carrick is the author of The First Excellence (winner of the 2011 Indie Book Event Award), Gold And Fishes and The Noon God, available in both paperback and e-book. Her Crime Anthologies, Sept-Îles and other places and Knowing Penelope, are available for e-readers.

Her story “Watermelon Weekend”, featured in Thirteen (Carrick Publishing), was shortlisted for the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award, 2014.

Visit Donna at her Website
or at her Amazon Author Page

The Case of the Carriageless Horse
Moore’s loveable detectives, Dao-Ming Chen and Rolando Castilblanco, make their appearance in this prequel to the gripping Chen & Castilblanco series.

Steve Moore writes sci-fi, mysteries, thrillers, short stories, and book reviews. At last count, he has written thirteen novels, including one novel for young adults. He also has two short story collections. His stories reflect his keen interest in the diversity of human nature that he has observed in his different abodes across the U.S. and in South America as well as in his European travels for work and pleasure.

His interests include physics, mathematics, forensics, genetics, robotics, and scientific ethics. He also has an active blog where he comments on current events and their meaning to the U.S. and the rest of the world, and posts opinions about writing and the publishing business from the perspective of an indie author.

Steve and his wife now live just outside of New York City.

Visit him at his website:

Cover Girl
When private detective Mel Ramone and her somewhat obtrusive assistant Tony are commissioned to locate Colonel Beckwith’s missing wife, we learn that appearances can, indeed, sometimes be deceiving.

Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell has had a decidedly checkered past. Don’t dig too deep. You might find cement shoes.

Her crime series, The Goddaughter, is about a wacky mob family in Hamilton aka The Hammer. This has no resemblance whatsoever to the wacky Sicilian family she grew up in. Okay, that’s a lie. She had to wait for certain members of the family to die before writing The Goddaughter.

The Goddaughter’s Revenge won her a 2014 Derringer (US) and the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in Canada. She has won seven more awards for stories which have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Over My Dead Body, Flash Fiction Online, and more. Publications total over 200 and include seven novels. By day, she is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Visit Melodie at her Website
or at her FunnyGirlMelodie BlogSpot

The Prime Suspect
Sounds…sounds…nothing but a wall of killing sound! In this diabolical thriller, Aubert shows us how noise pollution can sometimes be death to the senses.

Rosemary Aubert is the author of the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series and her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill. She is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, winning in both the novel and short-story categories. She appears in the acclaimed short story collection Thirteen. Rosemary is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Mystery Writers of America. She conducts a much-in-demand writers’ retreat at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, each summer, as well as mentoring writing students at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

As a hobby, Rosemary studies math and science and has recently completed her second stint attending lectures at the International Summer School at Cambridge University in England. She intends to use some of this math knowledge in future works. Rosemary is an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, where she promotes Canadian writing and encourages other writers like herself.

Visit Rosemary at her Website for more information.

What Fresh Hell is This?
Timon Dexter Chiseldon emerged from a riotous nightmare of angry faces to a waking nightmare of stench, uproar, and pain. His eyes opened first. Reports from his other senses queued up close behind to also demand immediate attention.
So begins the riotous tale of Timon Chiseldon in this terrifying tale of another century.

John Thompson was born into a Canadian Air Force family in 1959, served in the Canadian Army for 13 years, and was a researcher and commentator with the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and Mackenzie Institute from 1985 to 2014. He currently still sits on the officer’s association of his old regiment and is a member of the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

Look for the 75th Anniversary Edition of his critically acclaimed Spirit Over Steel, a chronology of the Second World War (MK II).

The Savages Among Us
What could be more frightening than a home invasion? When the family gardener, Themba, passes through the kitchen doorway, it comes as no surprise.

Bianca Marais is a South African who moved to Toronto in 2012. She has aspirations of: writing great books, training her Golden Retriever to poop directly into the lemon-scented bags from PetSmart, and finding out once and for all what the plural of “moose” is. Also, she was once bitten by a giraffe. True story.

Visit Bianca at her Website:

When financial advisor Pat Tierney befriends a client, the friendship leads her into murky professional waters.

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based journalist, specializing in personal finance and the financial service industry. So it’s not surprising that Pat Tierney, the protagonist of Rosemary’s mystery series, is a financial advisor with a knack for wading into criminal conspiracies.

Safe Harbor, the first novel in the series, was shortlisted for Britain’s Debut Dagger Award in 2010. It was published by Imajin Books in 2012, followed by Black Water in 2013. “The Sweetheart Scamster,” a Pat Tierney short story in the crime fiction anthology Thirteen, was a finalist for a 2014 Derringer Award.

Jack Batten, the Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat “a hugely attractive sleuth figure.”
Visit Rosemary’s website
and her blog

Delights in Novelty
When Mia can no longer bear the scent of Colin’s infidelity, she takes olfactory matters into her own hands.

Brad Ling is the author of two novels and over a dozen screenplays. As a scriptwriter he’s represented by Integral Artists and his prize-winning scripts have been optioned as potential movies and television series.

His history as a storyteller began as a film director. His short film Johnny in Limbo was showcased at the Canadian International Annual Film Festival and he directed several episodes of the Global TV show Going Green for Green.

His latest novel The Doll Nest is a dark psychological tale about the extremes a mother will go to protect the most important person in her life.

Connect with Brad Ling on Facebook.

When a troubled woman throws herself in front of a downtown train, homeless teen Jed and his friend Pitbull discover a USB key that spells danger…for Jed!

Joan O’Callaghan is an award-winning educator at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT).

She is the author of three educational books as well as two e-shorts: “George” and “For Elise” (Carrick Publishing).

Her short story “Stooping” to Conquer appeared in the 2012 Anthology EFD1: Starship Goodwords (Carrick Publishing) and “Sugar ‘N’ Spice” was published in Thirteen (Carrick Publishing, 2013). Her story “Runaway” won third prize in the 2014 Bony Pete contest.

Connect with Joan on Facebook
or at her Website Teaching Days and Dates

a- carrpub JudyLive Free or Die
Emerald should have spotted trouble the day Jack came to town in his green suit. But the heart is near-sighted, and Emmy never saw the punch line coming…

As a full-time freelance writer for more than a decade, Judy Penz Sheluk’s articles have appeared regularly in U.S. and Canadian publications. She is also the Editor of Home BUILDER Magazine, and the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal.

Judy’s first mystery novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, is coming out in Summer 2015 from Barking Rain Press. Her short story, “Plan D”, is included in the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime anthology, The Whole She-Bang 2 (November 2014).

Find Judy at
and on Facebook.

Writer’s Block
Enoch and his wife Portia have a comfortable life…except for that pesky case of writer’s block he suffers. But when a hunter’s arrow barely misses Enoch’s head, he discovers that writing can be a dangerous profession.

Kevin Thornton is a five-time Arthur Ellis Award finalist, a short story writer and a published poet of work that actually rhymes. Born in Kenya, he counts North America as the fourth continent where he has lived and worked. He now resides in the frozen north of Canada. It is well named.

His ramblings and strange sense of humor may be found at
and on Facebook

Carol has always loved the holiday season. But when, after being in Finland for years, she returns to Canada to spend Christmas with her sisters and aging mother, why does Nick not accompany her? And why must Carol keep her mysterious husband’s career a secret?

Jane Petersen Burfield was a co-winner of the Bony Pete Short Story Award in 2001 for her first story, “Slow Death and Taxes”. After several years of success with the Bloody Words story contest, she decided writing was a misery-making but delightful challenge. She has had short stories published in Blood on the Holly and Bloody Words, the Anthology, as well as in Thirteen, an anthology of Crime Stories. (Carrick Publishing, 2013)

Jane is honored to be a member of Mesdames of Mayhem, and looks forward to the creative buzz that comes from an association of women writers.

Connect with Jane Burfield at her Website .
Or on Facebook

Ghost Protocol
When Virgil, in his disguise as “Algernon P. Stoblenski”, blusters his way past security at Stoblenski Arms, no one suspects that his watch tells him more than just the time.

Angie Capozello has been fascinated by ghosts ever since she was a child, having spent weekends at her grandparents’ haunted hunting lodge. She’s been researching the myths and science around ghosts ever since, and will write about them in any genre she can get away with. She also has a green thumb, likes blacksmithing, archery, and firmly believes one can never have too many books. She currently lives in Pennsylvania, in a very old house.

Visit Angie at her Website:

The Angels Wait
True enough, no one would ever accuse Blake of being a “nice guy.” Still, it wasn’t his fault Holly had died last Christmas, was it? Besides, Gabrielle was worth the snowy drive north, even on Christmas Eve. If only Blake wasn’t feeling quite so…ill.

Ed Piwowarczyk is a veteran journalist who has worked as an editor for the National Post and the Toronto Sun, and as an editor and reporter for the Sault Star. A lifelong fan of crime fiction, he is also a film buff and wrote a weekly movie quiz for the Toronto Sun. He plays in the Canadian Inquisition, a Toronto pub trivia league. Ed lives in Toronto with his wife, Rosemary McCracken, author of the Pat Tierney mystery series.

“The Angels Wait” is his first published work of fiction.
Connect with Ed on Facebook.

The Ultimate Mystery
Author Callway builds a terrifying world of black tunnels and endless labor, where Lily and her “mother”, Maria, toil endlessly. But events take an exhilarating turn when Lily, quite literally, discovers light at the end of her tunnel.

M. H. Callway is the pen name of award-winning author Madeleine Harris-Callway.

Her short stories have been published in several crime fiction anthologies and magazines. Her debut novel, Windigo Fire, was published by Seraphim Editions in September 2014.

She and her husband, Ed, share their Victorian home with a sweet, elderly cat.

Visit Madeleine at: Mesdames of Mayhem
Or on Facebook.

An Inexpensive Piece
Jacqui is falling for Sam. But, as so often happens, Sam is hesitant to commit. A simple story, right? Wrong. There’s more to Sam than meets the eye, as Jacqui is about to learn…

C. A. Rowland is an author, lawyer, speaker and teacher. She is currently working on short stories and a humorous mystery novel set in Savannah, Georgia. She’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Virginia Writer’s Club, Inc. Her short story, “The Gift”, was a semi-finalist in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2014 Short Story Contest.

Danger by Moonlight
Derek and Chad are excited by the prospect of a moonlight ride. But why was Chad’s brother, Connor, leading a riderless horse and a pack string home after midnight? And what kind of claim were those so-called miners really defending, deep in bush country?

Anne Barton is a retired veterinarian and flight instructor. She has written eight mystery novels, one autobiographical book and numerous articles and short stories. Her short story was a co-winner of the Bloody Words contest in 2001 and is published in Bloody Words, The Anthology.

Born in Drumheller, Alberta, she grew up in Northern Idaho, returned to Canada, and now lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where she is deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity and her Anglican Church work–that is, when she isn’t riding horses or curling.

Mary discovers there is nothing quite like a little leverage. And Bill learns there are some disgruntled employees who are best left alone.

Andrea Kikuchi lives in Saint John, New Brunswick, with her husband and two children. Her stories have been published by the Tokyo Notice Board, Broken Jaw Press, and most recently Hard Times in the Maritimes. She teaches creative writing classes and is the co-chair of the Fog Lit Readers and Writers Festival in Saint John.

Learn more about Andrea at her Blogsite:
and at her Facebook Page

Bessie’s worms are back on the scene, and this time they’re spicing up the compost! But when the ladies of Golden Elders Seniors’ condo decide to experiment, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the Reverend Carp from unearthing the truth.

Lynne Murphy is a retired journalist who has been reading and writing mysteries for many years. She helped found the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in crime, which led to her joining a writing group, which led to her becoming one of the Mesdames of Mayhem. Her short story, “Saving Bessie’s Worms”, was published in the Mesdames anthology, Thirteen, an anthology of Crime stories. (Carrick Publishing, 2013) Her story “The Troublemaker” appears in the Sisters in Crime anthology, The Whole She-Bang.
Lynne lives in a condo in Toronto and she has found life there to be an inspiration for her stories.

Easter Aches
Things are usually pretty quiet at the nurses’ station in the Kimberly Acres seniors’ home. But when an attractive stranger, Richard Delaney, comes to inquire about the Gaudette family history, retired copy Artie Rusnak is only too happy to tell him about the recent poisonings.

Jayne Barnard lives in Calgary, Alberta, in the angle between the Bow and Elbow Rivers, in a solar-powered urban cottage with computers, cats, and many books. When not writing, she can often be found promenading in Steampunk gear or Edwardian costume with others of her tribe.

Connect with Jayne on Facebook
or at her Blogsite

The Peace of Mind Thief
Most of the townspeople of Quiet Bay were upset. A certain Mr. Gary Willikers was in the process of building an enormous structure on land that most people had taken for granted was public property. But what was the hideous structure G. Willikers took such passionate interest in? And why did it cause such a kerfuffle in the sleepy burb?

In 1985, Mr. Carrick became employed as Chief Economist with CanaData, a product line of Reed Construction Data, based in Atlanta. He is frequently quoted by major news outlets. His online video analyses are a popular feature with the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce.

Alex is also an award-winning short story writer. He has twice received Honorable Mention in the international Lorian Hemingway Competition. In the summer of 2012, his personal blog was chosen Writing Website of the Week by Writer’s Digest.
Carrick Publishing, which Alex manages jointly with his wife Donna, has published nearly 100 anthologies, fiction and non-fiction works by a variety of talented authors.

Visit Alex at his Website: .

World Enough And Crime ~ daily Feature: The Ultimate Mystery, by M.H. Callway

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

Donna Sara3 June14***Coming soon***
(Carrick Publishing, Fall 2014)

At Carrick Publishing, we’re thrilled to be working once again with a group of talented professional authors. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re not there yet, but by October we’ll be ready for the release of this exceptional Crime anthology!

Meanwhile, allow us to whet your anticipation. Leading up to the launch of EFD2: World Enough And Crime, we’ll feature daily “snippets” from each of the tantalizing stories.

Stay tuned, folks! This is but the first of many delightful excerpts to follow:

EFD2 - World Enough EXCERPT Callway

Coming soon: World Enough And Crime — the second in our EFD Anthology Series!

Posted on: August 12th, 2014 by Carrick Publishing

EFD2 World Enough Cover FINALAnd now, at last, EFD2 is on the runway!

With a fabulous cover by our own designer Sara Carrick, World Enough and Crime, our multi-author Crime anthology, is well underway.Excerpt-Flight-Deck-Final-Logo

Featuring such exceptional authors as Kevin Thornton, Bloody Words finalist Joan O’Callaghan, John Thompson, M.H. Callway, Steven Moore and the Arthur Ellis Award winner Melodie Campbell, this second in our Excerpt Flight Deck series is sure to be a hit with Crime lovers!

With an original introductory poem (can’t reveal the author yet!), this book will contain more than twenty original stories, ranging from light and humorous to dark and psychological.

As the title suggests, there will be tales set all over the globe, and a couple will take place off-world! There will even be a highly humorous story involving a “pot” luck party! (Lynne Murphy)

So many wonderful authors will be featured. We’re thrilled to have stories by a talented crime-writing duo, Rosemary McCracken (Pat Tierney mystery series) and Ed Piwowarczyk, long time newspaper editor and debut fiction author.

And yes, there will be stories by both Donna & Alex Carrick!

As soon as all contracts are in hand, rest assured we will reveal the full author list!

Meanwhile, watch for this one, folks. It’s a collection you won’t want to miss!

EFD2: World Enough and Crime will be available Fall 2014 in Print and Kindle Editions. Other e-Editions will follow in 2015!

Thirteen — the making of a great Crime anthology!

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by Carrick Publishing

THIRTEEN. An anthology of crime storiesOn September 1, Carrick Publishing will be pleased to release THIRTEEN, an anthology of Crime stories by the Mesdames of Mayhem.

But, you may ask, what goes into the creation of such a collection?

First, you need a project manager with a clear, realistic vision; one who can express ideas coherently. She must also possess the ability to excite others, motivating them to meet deadlines and strive for excellence.

Thank you, M.H. Callway, for sharing your creative energy!

Then, you need an outstanding group of authors. These people should ideally hail from various backgrounds, so as to offer a mix of literary ‘flavors’ that will entice readers and keep them interested throughout the book.

Our exceptional collection will include stories from 13 of Canada’s new and seasoned genre authors:

Catherine Astolfo
Rosemary Aubert
Jane Petersen Burfield
M.H. Callway
Melodie Campbell
Donna Carrick
Vicki Delany
Catherine Dunphy
Rosemary McCracken
D.J. McIntosh
Lynne Murphy
Joan O’Callaghan
Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Our gratitude goes out to each of these gifted contributors!

Third, you need a stunning cover. We thank Sara Carrick, graphic designer extraordinaire, for her brilliant work on Thirteen!

Next, you need a core team with unending drive and a passion for words. These people must be willing to put in the hours, toiling to ensure the finished product is one all contributors can be proud of.

You know who you are; thank you.

Finally, selling books is hard work. We’d like to take a moment to thank our own Joan O’Callaghan for her tireless research into the art of book promotion. Joan, your ideas have been invaluable as we rapidly approach our release date!

Donna Carrick — August 23, 2013

Mesdames of MayhemThirteen is an anthology of crime stories by the Mesdames of Mayhem, 13 Canadian Crime writers.
Kindle release: Sept. 1/13
Carrick Publishing
Print release: Oct. 15/13
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