Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Scene of the Crime
with Ian Hamilton,
Vidar Sundstol
and Brad Smith

Hosted by CBC's Sandra Abma
"The Land of Dreams is a brilliant investigation into the darkest of all mysteries—the human heart. In its complexity and beauty, the story is every bit the equal of the landscape in which it is set, the stunning North Shore of Minnesota.
— William Kent Krueger, author of Ordinary Grace
Brad Smith
Ian Hamilton - Photo courtesy of Iden Ford
Vidar Sundstol

The world can dangerous place, and our three international bestsellers are having a lot of fun bringing us to some of its most sinister corners: From the crowded streets of Hong Kong to the small towns along Lake Superior and from Norway to Upstate New York, join us for a globe-spanning trek to the scene of the crime. 


The sixth installment in the wildly popular Ava Lee series from Arthur Ellis Award winner, Ian Hamilton, The Two Sisters of Borneo, finds Ava in Hong Kong looking after Uncle. She has also set up an investment company with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law, Amanda Yee. One of their first investments — a furniture company owned by two sisters in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo — runs into immediate problems with a Dutch customer. Ava goes to the Netherlands to investigate, but her life is threatened when she is confronted by a gang of local thugs in Borneo. Out of the shadows comes a mysterious man from Shanghai.


Winner of the Riverton Prize for best Norwegian crime novel, The Land of Dreams is the chilling first installment in Vidar Sundstøl ’s critically acclaimed Minnesota Trilogy, set on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior and in the region’s small towns and deep forests. It is a portrait of an extraordinary landscape, an exploration of hidden traumas and paths of silence that trouble history, and a haunting study in guilt and the bonds of blood.


Brad Smith ’s Shoot the Dog, the third novel in the Virgil Cain series, opens with the discovery of the body of a movie star near the Hudson River. Virgil Cain's draft horses are pulling hay in the fields when two film scouts offer him $500 a day for their use in a film. He pockets the money, but the chaotic set of Frontier Woman turns out to be more trouble than it’s worth. After one—and then a second—young woman is found dead, Virgil decides he’d better step in before the charming ten-year-old actress Georgia ends up the next victim of this deadly production. 


Hosted by  Sandra Abma,  Reporter, CBC News Ottawa on CBC TV

Sandra has devoted much of her career to covering Canada's cultural scene. From local issues to international cultural events, Sandra Abma tells stories with compassion, curiosity and a sense of fun. A veteran television and radio reporter - she focuses on the people and personalities that drive change in our community. You can catch Sandra weeknights on CBC News Ottawa starting at 5 p.m. on CBC TV


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