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Winona Kent

Winona Kent is an award-winning author who was born in London, England and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she completed her BA in English at the University of Regina. After moving to Vancouver, she graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing. More recently, she received her diploma in Writing for Screen and TV from Vancouver Film School.

After three time-travel romances (Persistence of Memory, In Loving Memory and Marianne's Memory), Winona returned to mysteries with Disturbing the Peace, a novella, in 2017, the novel Notes on a Missing G-String in 2019 and Lost Time in 2020. All three featuring the character she first introduced in Cold Play, jazz musician / amateur sleuth Jason Davey.

Read all about Winona at www.winonakent.com.


Joanna Vander Vlugt

Joanna Vander Vlugt is an author and illustrator. As a teenager, she drew charcoal portraits and wrote mysteries. Some years later, she would draw again.

Joanna became a fitness instructor and personal trainer. During this time, under the pseudonym J.C. Szasz, her short mysteries Egyptian Queen and The Parrot and Wild Mushroom Stuffing were published in the Crime Writers of Canada mystery anthologies.

Her personal essay, No Beatles Reunion was published in the Dropped Threads 3: Beyond the Small Circle anthology.

The Unravelling, her debut novel, was a Canadian Book Club Awards finalist.

Her second book Dealer's Child was published in October 2021. It continues with the success she experienced with her first book!


Alice Bienia

Alice Bienia is a Canadian crime writer and author of the Jorja Knight mystery series. Her debut novel, Knight Blind, was a 2016 Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Awards finalist. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

Her next Jorja Knight mystery,  Knight Trials, was published in February 2021.

This has been followed by another thrilling Jorja mystery Three Dog Knight, which was published in September 2021

With a Bachelor of Science degree in geology, Alice spent her early career conducting field exploration programs in remote regions of Canada, where she honed her passion for storytelling, reading, coffee, and adventure. After riding the energy industry rollercoaster for thirty years, Alice has finally found a way to put her inherent introversion to use and now writes full time.


HS Burney

HS Burney writes fast-moving, action-packed mysteries set against the backdrop of majestic mountains and crystalline ocean in West Coast Canada. She loves creating characters that keep you on your toes. A corporate executive by day and a novelist by night, HS Burney received her Bachelors’ in Creative Writing from Lafayette College. A proud Canadian immigrant, she takes her readers into worlds populated by diverse characters with unique cultural backgrounds. When not writing, she is out hiking, waiting for the next story idea to strike, and pull her into a new world.

HS Burney completed writing her first Book, The Lake Templeton Murders, in October 2021.