When is the next Cardinal book coming out?
I don’t know. Right now, I am fully engaged in writing a long standalone novel, so it could be a good long while.
Do your books need to be read in order?
There is extra enjoyment to be had if you read the series in order, but it’s not necessary. Each crime story is complete unto itself. The personal stories of the continuing characters, however, do develop over time and across books. Bottom line: if you prefer to read a series in order — then definitely read them in order.
What is the correct order of the Cardinal series?
1. Forty Words for Sorrow, 2000
2. The Delicate Storm, 2003
3. Black Fly Season, 2005
4. By the Time You Read This, 2006
5. Crime Machine, 2010
6. Until the Night, 2012
Will you appear at my bookstore, library or other speaking event?
Please contact Kaitlin Smith at Random House Canada.
Why do you call it Algonquin Bay—why not just call it North Bay?
Algonquin Bay is closely modeled on North Bay, Ontario. North Bay, however, is only about 54,000 people, with a detective force of six. With those kinds of numbers, the risk of a character accidentally appearing to resemble a real person is too great. For example, I discovered after the first book was published that there really was a detective named Delorme. Luckily, he was male.
Do you have a presence on social networks? How about a newsletter or a message board?
When can we expect the Cardinal TV series?
The first episode of CARDINAL airs Wednesday, January 25, at 10 PM on CTV.