By R.J. Harlick
This is the time of year when thoughts turn to gift-giving. Could you suggest four books that would be ideal for "x" type of person?
With such an unseasonably warm November, it is difficult to focus on Christmas gifts. But I see from the calendar that I’d better start thinking about it, since Christmas is less than six weeks away. So here goes.
This week’s question is very apt, because I like to give books as gifts. Most members of my family are readers, thank goodness. The books I generally give are, you guessed it, mysteries by Canadian authors, whether they like mysteries or not. I feel if they don’t, it’s time for them to expand their reading horizons.
Another nephew is more interested in gritty police procedurals. Giles Blunt’s latest John Cardinal mystery, Until the Night, would do very well. A floating ice island in the high arctic, a serial killer who kills his victims by freezing them to death and a swingers’ world inhabited by an ex-rocker, there is more than enough meat in this Arthur Ellis award winning novel for my nephew to sink his teeth into.
Finally, for my travelling niece, I will send her to Newfoundland by giving her award winning author,
There are so many good Canadian books to choose from, it was a tough decision. If you are in the hunt for a good book by a Canadian author may I suggest you check out Crime Writers of Canada’s Cool Canadian Crime, a catalogue of new releases.
As for my Christmas gift, I’d love to receive a copy of this year’s Governor General's Award winner and the Scotia Bank Giller Prize winner, Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien.