Check out some of the writers and interviewers who will be attending this year’s Maple Leaf Mystery Conference!
Author of "Inspector Rebus" and "The Dark Remains"
Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature.
Ian’s first novel Summer Rites remains in his bottom drawer, but his second novel, The Flood, was published in 1986, while his first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 1987. The Rebus series is now translated into twenty-two languages and the books are bestsellers on several continents. In addition to his Rebus and Malcolm Fox novels, he has also written standalone novels including Doors Open, which was televised in 2012, short stories, a graphic novel – Dark Entries – and a play (with Mark Thomson, the Royal Lyceum Theatre’s Artistic Director) Dark Road, which premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in September 2013. A second play, Long Shadows, starring John Rebus, was co-written with Rona Munro and staged in 2018. There are also a number of novels under the pseudonym ‘Jack Harvey’ and in 2005 he collaborated with singer Jackie Leven on a CD. His non-fiction book Rebus’s Scotland was published in 2005.
Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America’s celebrated Edgar Award for Resurrection Men. He has also been shortlisted for the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the USA, and won Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and Germany’s Deutscher Krimipreis.
A regular contributor to BBC2’s Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin’s Evil Thoughts on Channel 4 in 2002 and Rankin on the Staircase for BBC Four in 2005. In 2007, Rankin appeared in Ian Rankin’s Hidden Edinburgh and Ian Rankin Investigates Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde also for BBC Four. Ian has been the subject of ITV’s South Bank Show and BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs where his choice of music included Joy Division, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.
Ian has received an OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Author of "Murdoch Mysteries" and "November Rain"
Maureen Jennings has four series in the crime fiction genre, seventeen novels in total. The first is set in 1895 Victorian Toronto, featuring detective William Murdoch. The Murdoch Mysteries television series, broadcast by CBC is currently in its fifteenth season. She has written for the show for the past eleven seasons and is the creative consultant.
The Detective Inspector Tom Tyler series is set in rural England, during WW2. Currently optioned for tv.
These books were the inspiration for Bomb Girls, a television series broadcast by Global Television in 2012/2013. They are also produced as Audible books.
Another book featuring detective William Murdoch was published in 2017. It is called Let Darkness Bury The Dead and is set during WW1 when Murdoch is older, and his son, Jack, returns from the war.
Her most recent book series features a female PI named Charlotte Frayne. The setting is Toronto, 1936. All books are published by Cormorant Books. In between these books she has written four plays. Three are in the mystery genre and have all been professionally staged.
Finally, but not least, is a short film called Viaticum produced by Lara Daans. It is adapted from Maureen’s short story by that name.
Maureen Jennings was born in Birmingham, England and emigrated to Canada as a teenager. She has a BA in psychology and philosophy from the University of Windsor, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
She lives in Toronto with her husband Iden Ford, who is a professional photographer. (And their dog, a labradoodle named Murdoch.)
Author of "Her Last Goodbye"
USA TODAY bestselling author, Rick Mofina is a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row, flown over Los Angeles with the LAPD and patrolled with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police near the Arctic. He has also reported from the Caribbean, Africa, Kuwait and Qatar. He has written more than thirty crime fiction thrillers that have been published in nearly thirty countries. He is a two-time winner of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award; a Barry Award winner; a four-time Thriller Award finalist and a two-time Shamus Award finalist. Library Journal calls him “One of the best thriller writers in the business.” For more information please visit www.rickmofina.com
Author of "Deadly Director's Cut" and "Death by Beach Read"
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Catskill Summer Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane. Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Author of "Framed In Fire"
Iona Whishaw grew up in Canada, Arizona and Mexico. With an MFA from UBC, she’s published short fiction, poetry, and children’s literature and is the winner of the 2021 Bony Bythe Light Mystery Award and a nominee for the Lefty Award. The tenth book in the series, Framed in Fire releases April 2022. A passion for history and her family’s WW2 intelligence work inform the spirit of her period novels.
Called the “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun, Melodie Campbell has won the Derringer (US), the Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence, and eight additional awards for her more than 100 comedy credits, 60 short stories and 16 novels.
Mary Jane Maffini
Award-winning Ottawa author Mary Jane Maffini blends humour and mystery in the Camilla MacPhee, the Fiona Silk and the Charlotte Adams mysteries as well as in the Book Collector Mysteries, as Victoria Abbott written in collaboration with her daughter, Victoria Maffini.
A short story writer and vice-chair of the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, previously co-chair of Bouchercon 2017.
Brenda Chapman is author of the lauded Stonechild and Rouleau police procedural series and Blind Date, first in the Hunter and Tate mysteries.
Del is a writer, entrepreneur, business advisor, and cheerleader for entrepreneurs. He has written extensively on business topics for decades and is now writing crime fiction with his series of Dale Hunter Thrillers. Originally from the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Del now lives and works in Montreal.