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KIRKUS REVIEW Critics’ Suggestions List:  Dowdall’s “latest novel offers a resourceful heroine, atmospheric settings, and well-plotted suspense. First introduced in After the Winter, Ashley is a likable heroine whose inquisitive nature helps her navigate the complicated dynamics of the Sampson family… The storytelling is strong and confident. This installment should appeal to fans of Louise Penny. A well-drafted Gothic suspense story with an engaging heroine…”

“Dowdall is a beautiful, restrained, thoughtful, and intelligent writer…” blondewriter99, verified Amazon review

“A welcome dash of simmering noir in [these] well-received books… the sharply drawn scenes of Montreal and the surrounding Quebec countryside and detailed attention to the weather (the author is Canadian after all) are a refreshing change for this genre…”  The Thrilling Detective Website

“*****Ms. Dowdall has created another delightful Gothic suspense that will keep you reading well into the night…”   Joanne Guidoccio, Canadian author of the Gilda Greco mystery series

“****If you’re looking for a well-paced, thoughtful mystery with a satisfying ending, then Dowdall’s book is sure to please. This is a character-driven novel, with a likeable and thoroughly believable protagonist…”   Judy Penz Sheluk, Amazon international bestselling author


KIRKUS REVIEW Critics’ Suggestions List:  “Dowdall’s impressive novel is an entertaining and suspenseful entry in the gothic mystery genre. The setting is a key component of the tale, and Quebec and Midwinter are vividly rendered. The author captures the unique rhythms of life in this picturesque community, from the locals who call Quebec home to the wealthy newcomers seeking a second residence. The strong setting is matched by her well-developed characters… Fast-paced narrative unfolds like a classic Agatha Christie mystery, with unexpected and satisfying plot twists.”

AFTER THE WINTER “has a nicely complicated, sinister plot, a gothic setting, romantic entanglements and some ambiguous characters…a pleasure to read…”
Joan Barfoot, award-winning Canadian author, London Free Press and Postmedia

“Couldn’t put the book down until I read all of it, being totally caught of guard with the surprise ending.”  Arts and Entertainment Columnist Bernard Mendelman, The Suburban, Montreal

“***** AFTER THE WINTER was an impressive first outing which showed a lot of originality and cleverness. There was even a sub-plot that I was beginning to be sure had been forgotten along the way and that was actually paid off in the final few pages. That to me is one of the hallmarks of good writing…”  Alan Teder, Goodreads Librarian

“***** A Gripping Page-Turner…  [In AFTER THE WINTER,] Ms. Dowdall has crafted a compelling mystery, filled with suspense, death threats, multiple murders, romantic entanglements, plot twists, and an unexpected ending. I was captivated from the start and stayed up two nights to finish reading this gripping page-turner set in the Eastern Townships during a cold, blustery holiday season. I could easily visualize many of the scenes and found myself longing to travel once more to Quebec…but not during the winter. An excellent debut!”
Joanne Guidoccio, Canadian author of the Gilda Greco mystery series

AFTER THE WINTER is “a perfect read for a rainy afternoon…”
Laura Kelly,