A cloistered monk in a peaceful seminary shot at point-blank range.
A Jesuit teacher slain at night in his classroom.
Facing a brutal serial killer with his sights set firmly on the Catholic diocese, Boston homicide detective Lieutenant Joe McGuire—one half of the best homicide team in Boston’s history—is in a race against time to find a killer who seemingly leaves no trace.
With the help of the local diocese, McGuire’s investigation leads him to the monstrous, decades-old betrayal of an innocent child. But will McGuire be able to find the killer before he strikes again?
The Man Who Murdered God, the first novel in the thrilling Joe McGuire mystery series, won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. It is followed by And Leave Her Lay Dying, Whisper Death, Gypsy Sins, Solitary Dancer, and Haunted Hearts.
Praise for The Man Who Murdered God
“. . . a compelling and chilling mystery . . . ”—The London Free Press
Working with his now-quadriplegic ex-partner Ollie Schantz, McGuire follows a lead to ever-dangerous Texas-Mexican border and eventually to the very doorstep of the killer where he learns that everything—and everyone—may not be what it first appears to be.
And Leaver Her Lay Dying is the second novel in the Joe McGuire mystery series, and was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award. It is followed by Whisper Death.
Praise for And Leave Her Lay Dying
“This is, quite simply, a terrific book.”—Globe and Mail
As Kalina digs into the victim's past she uncovers a dark truth that the victim and her closest friends were hoping to take the grave. A truth the killer wants revealed.
Will Kalina and Chris catch the killer before the killer's thirst for vengeance is sated?
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McGuire quickly discovers that closing Cora’s affairs is anything but simple. And when suspicions of murder provoke an attempt on his own life, McGuire is forced to dig into his aunt’s past, revealing crimes long past and covered up . . . but not forgotten.
Gypsy Sins is the fourth novel in the Joe McGuire mystery series, and won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery Novel. It is followed by Solitary Dancer.
Praise for Gypsy Sins
“...a sly and ingenious story that keeps one’s attention throughout all its twists and turns.”—Books in Canada
Recently divorced Rachel is juggling her new dream job in interior design PR with the demands of two young daughters. She's full of creative ideas but -- even with a colourful childminder or two -- some days she can't make it into the office in time and in matching shoes. Her life is balanced more precariously than she cares to admit.
Tessa, a talented muralist, is feeling flat. Her kids are growing up and she's feeling upstaged by her husband's new-found celebrity as the host of a reality TV fireplace restoration show. But everything turns on its head when she gets a surprise from her past.
Youngest sister Natasha leads a glamorous jet-setting life -- she's one of Vogue's favourite make-up artists who regularly creates the looks for the biggest shows in Paris and Milan. Single and childless, she's been focused on her career -- but when the lie she's concealed for years threatens to come to light, the truth will make her question everything.
Meanwhile their mother, Joy, a hippy vegetarian caterer, is carefully ignoring the letters that keep arriving at her door.
Into the mix comes Simon, Rachel's urbane boss, hiding secrets of his own. And everything lurking beneath the surface of this seemingly happy family is about to come out ...
But when his ex-wife’s sister is brutally murdered, McGuire finds himself the prime suspect—and unable to refute the evidence that points to him. Driven to prove his innocence, McGuire must fight his addiction, a police department biased against him, and a criminal underworld that threatens to consume him.
Solitary Dancer is the fifth title in the Joe McGuire mystery series, and the fourth novel in the series to be nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel. It is followed by Haunted Hearts.
Praise for Solitary Dancer
“...the plot, clever and complex, moves relentlessly toward a wrenching climax.”—Ottawa Citizen
But when one of the firm’s senior partners is found murdered, McGuire’s gut tells him that the killing is linked to a missing person McGuire recently tracked down. His instincts as keen as ever, McGuire quickly uncovers a web of deceit with an unscrupulous con-man at the centre.
Haunted Hearts is the final novel in the Joe McGuire mystery series.
Praise for John Lawrence Reynolds
“One of Canada’s best mystery writers.”—Globe and Mail