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Maureen pens a poem inspired by the tragic events recently in London

©Maureen Jennings 2017

I AM THE BOY ON THE BUS. (March 23, 2017)

I am the boy on the bus

Who begged his mother to sit on the upper level

So he could see the river.

He says, Thames as if the t-h is pronounced hard

Like, ‘the.’

I am the girl skipping beside her tall father

Who is in a hurry.

I am the man on the bike

Who is thinking of his dinner.

I am the woman in the ward

Wincing as she turns over,

Wondering why the sirens are screaming

In the street below her window.

I am the postman on his rounds

Who is delivering a parcel to an empty house.

I am the people on the bridge.

Murdoch Mysteries picks up 5 Canadian Screen awards and is also renewed for season 11

Murdoch Mysteries won 5 Canadian Screen awards in the categories of writing, highest rated drama in Canada for 2016 and the Golden Screen Award. Congrats to the entire team.

CBC also announced it was renewing the show for another season, which will include 18 episodes plus a 2 hour Christmas Special.

Just announced…. the Canadian Guest of Honour at Left Coast Crime 2019

Link here for the complete details

The next Detective William Murdoch Mystery novel - Let Darkness Bury The Dead…

After writing four WW2 novels featuring DCI Tom Tyler, after a 10 year hiatus, there will be a new Detective Murdoch mystery novel.

The famous detective, now 23 years older since we last saw him, has had many changes in his life since A Journeyman to Grief, and is needed to solve a case set in Toronto 1917.

Stay tuned for updates and teasers throughout the year. The novel will be released in the Fall of 2017.

Sneak peak of the next episode of Murdoch Mysteries written by Maureen Jennings

Link here to view a preview of “The Missing” airing Monday, January 23rd @ 8pm on CBC

Congrats to the nominees for this year’s Canadian Screen Awards

Murdoch Mysteries is nominated in the following categories:

Best tv movie Murdoch Christmas
Best Writing Peter Mitchell
Best Actress for dramatic special Helene Joy
Best Music Rob Carli
Best At Direction Armondo and Kent

Best Wardrobe Alex Reda
Best Direction for dramatic special Michael McGowan
Best Makeup and Hair Deb Drennan and Shirley Bond
Best Guest actor William Shatner

Maureen’s next novel will be a new Detective William Murdoch Mystery

“Let Darkness Bury The Dead” will be published in the Fall of 2017 and deals with an older William Murdoch. Set in 1917 during the home front of WWl Toronto. More details to follow soon, the novel will be the first Murdoch Mystery published in the past 10 years.

Murdoch Mysteries season 10 premieres on Monday Oct 10 on CBC across the country

MURDOCH MYSTERIES now in its 10th season and marking 150 episodes of the series, continues to follow the heroes at the Toronto Constabulary as they solve crimes inspired by Canadian history and international celebrities of the early 20th century.
Season 10 kicks off in grand style with a two-part mystery set in the world of Toronto debutantes, whose coming out is interrupted by the 1904 Great Fire of Toronto, one of the seminal events in the city’s history. Following the opener, Murdoch and the rest of Station Four find themselves embroiled in cases both fantastical and historical. From a murder involving the Olympic Champion Canadian soccer team, an investigation into a man wrongfully jailed, the introduction of H.P. Lovecraft (the master of the macabre), a wronged woman who goes on a serial killing spree, to the death of a prize pooch at a dog show, there is very little rest for Murdoch, Ogden, Brackenreid, Crabtree, James and the rest of Station Four. And as all this goes on, Murdoch tries to deliver on his promise to his wife and build her the home of her dreams.  Or is it his nightmare?
No matter what changes the future holds, Murdoch and the team will be there to solve each fresh mystery with the tenacity and ingenuity that fans of the series in Canada and around the world have grown to love. The series is filmed on location in Ontario.

Maureen’s appearances for the Fall season to promote Dead Ground In Between

Eden Mills writers Festival Sunday Sept 18 @ 4:30-5:30 link

The Mysterious Bookshop - NYC - Thursday Sept 22 @ 11 am

Toronto Word on the Street -Sunday Sept 25 @ 3:45 in the Great Books Marquee

The Runnymede library in Toronto Wednesday October 12 @ 7 pm

County of Lexington & Addington One Book festival -   October 15th, 2pm at the County Museum & Archives.

Wines and Lines for the Oakville Rotary Club Thursday October 20 @ 7:30 pm

Aunt Agatha’s mystery book store in Ann Arbour, Michigan, Wednesday October 26 - 7 pm @ the downtown library

Magma Cum Murder Mystery conference in Indianapolis as the Guest of Honour - October 28 - 30

Flesherton Ontario November 3rd or 4th….details to follow.

North York Central Library - Tuesday December 13 from 7-8 pm in the auditorium

Toronto Star Canadian Fiction Bestseller list

Dead Ground In Between, published 5 days ago, hits the Toronto Star Canadian Fiction Bestseller list in the first week of publication!

Saturday August 6


The books Canadians bought this week.

Canadian fiction

1. Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur, Andrews McMeel

2. The Illegal, Lawrence Hill, HarperCollins

3. Plague, C.C. Humphreys, Doubleday Canada

4. Fire, C.C. Humphreys, Doubleday Canada

5. Fifteen Dogs, Andre Alexis, Coach House Books

6. We’re All In This Together, Amy Jones, M & S

7. I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Iain Reid, Simon & Schuster

8. Dead Ground in Between, Maureen Jennings, M & S

9. Still Mine, Amy Stuart, Simon & Schuster

10. The Golden Son, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Harper Avenue