Reviews & Events


Advance Praise for APRIL ON PARIS STREET:

“…a rollicking cross-genre mystery, featuring smart and irreverent private investigator Ashley Smeeton, as she unwinds a bird’s nest of a case. Bubbling with quirky, funny and dangerous characters…” Denis Coupal, Arthur Ellis Prize finalist and author of Blindshot

April on Paris Street is a terrific tale of suspicion, betrayal and homicide. A mad romp through the streets of Paris and unrelenting tension are controlled by a deft and confident hand. Humour and a bittersweet grasp of humanity produce a gripping tale of survival and forgiveness.”              Sheila Kindellan-Sheehan, author of The Gang of Four


KIRKUS REVIEW Critics’ Suggestion:  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’ Suggestion:  “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

“AFTER THE WINTER turned out to be a lively, entertaining mystery with a mansion full of odd people with odd back stories and a great many hidden secrets…”  Patrick T. Reardon, Writer and Essayist

“***** 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

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

“***** 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

Events (signed books will be available for cash sale)

Word on the Street Toronto
Crime Writers of Canada hospitality table
September 24, 2017, 4-6 pm

Genre Writing Workshop: Light Fiction, Serious Themes
Toronto Public Library Culture Days
Fort York Public Library, Toronto, ON
September 30, 2017, 2-4:30 pm (registration via TPL website required)

Bouchercon 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto
Sleuth of Baker Street table
October 12-15, 2017

Book Club Discussion:  The Gothic in Women’s Fiction
January 17, 2018, 2-3pm:  Toronto Public Library, Saint Jamestown branch

Toronto Public Library Book Club Discussion of My Books

Where: Fort York Branch, Toronto Public Library
When:  May 15, 2018, 7-8 pm

***Please join me for what I hope will be a fun discussion. Copies of After the Winter and The Au Pair are on hold at this branch. Everyone is welcome.***

Book Signing, Woodbridge Chapters

Where: Woodbridge Chapters Store, Vaughan
When:  June 9, 2018, 11 am to 3 pm

Word on the Street Toronto
Where:  Crime Writers of Canada hospitality booth
When:  September 23, 2018