Gail Bowen’s mystery book series features Joanne Kilbourn, a university professor, sometime political columnist, and a wife, mother and grandmother. Kaleidoscope, the 13th book in the series, will be available everywhere in April 2012, published by McClelland Stewart.

The first six books in the Kilbourn series – Deadly Appearances (1990); Murder at the Mendel (1991); The Wandering Soul Murders (1992); A Colder Kind of Death (1994), winner of the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award; A Killing Spring (1996) and Verdict in Blood (1998) – have appeared as made-for-television movies with world-wide distribution.  Burying Ariel (2000); The Glass Coffin (2002); The Last Good Day (2004); The Endless Knot (2006); The Brutal Heart (2008) and The Nesting Dolls (2010) have met with critical and commercial success.  In June 2008, Reader’s Digest named Bowen ‘Canada’s Best Mystery Novelist’.

Bowen’s short story “The King of Charles Street West”, which appeared in Toronto Noir (2008) published by Akashic Books, New York, was singled out for special praise by Publishers’ Weekly.

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