THE BOOKS

 

When bad things happen, someone is to blame. The guilty should be punished. So Danutia Dranchuk believes when she joins the RCMP. But her moral certainties are shaken by what her job teaches her about herself and the world she lives in as she investigates the ultimate crime: murder. 

Cover of Tour de Mort novel
Cover of A Deadly Little List novel
Cover of Sitting Lady Sutra novel
Cover of Unholy Rites novel
Tour de Mort
ISBN-978-1-4602-9146-7

Sinister “accidents” threaten the Tour de Rock, a thousand-kilometre cycle ride to raise money for children’s cancer. Spurred on by her young nephew’s leukemia, RCMP Corporal Danutia Dranchuk has signed up as a rider but soon finds herself investigating. Events take a startling turn when people close to Danutia become caught up in a web of speculation and murder that she seems powerless to untangle.

A Deadly Little List
ISBN-978-1-8963-0095-5

The body of Joe Bertolucci, security guard for a wealthy and controversial land-developer, is found in a deserted cabin on Salt Spring Island. A note and evidence found at the crime scene suggest suicide, but to Constable Danutia Dranchuk things just don’t add up. As Dranchuk struggles to convince her RCMP Sergeant to keep the case open, she begins an investigation that will lead her deep into the corruption in the community.

Sitting Lady Sutra
ISBN-68-3459-8760-3852-4

RCMP Constable Danutia Dranchuk is investigating a mysterious death at Sitting Lady Falls. The evidence she gathers points to three separate stories, leaving her with more questions than answers. Is this murder connected to two earlier killings of Aboriginal women? Are all three the work of the same killer? Some of the details are hitting a little too close to home, and Danutia is forced to examine her friendship with forensics head Corporal Surinder Sharma and his family. Deftly woven into Danutia’s investigation are the stories of two other characters. Parolee Ritchie Taylor fears that the unidentified body from the waterfall is his estranged daughter’s, who was supposed to meet him after his release from prison, but never showed. Awkward busboy Trav can’t seem to help behaving suspiciously.

Author Kay Stewart pulls the threads together in an unexpected and dramatic resolution at Sitting Lady Falls.

Unholy Rites
ISBN-978-1896-3009-55

The third book in the Danutia Dranchuk mystery series reunites RCMP constable Danutia Dranchuk with her friend, drama critic Arthur Fairweather. Danutia is observing a youth rehabilitation program in England when Arthur returns to the Peak District to attend his mother’s funeral. Suspecting foul play in her death, Danutia and Arthur question the feuding villagers. They soon discover the dark and dangerous side of the ancient Celtic rituals still practiced in the town. In a region with chilling reminders of child labour during the Industrial Revolution, Danutia must navigate through a community with a complex and layered history. When a boy from the village is abducted, the race to save him leads Arthur into extreme danger. Only Danutia has a chance of rescuing both Arthur and the child from an “unholy rite.”