In this week’s installment of Canadian author spotlights, we’re diving deep into the mystery genre. As a mystery novel enthusiast myself, there is nothing I love more than the suspense of an unraveling plot.
And these Canadian authors know how to deliver! Here’s my pick of the top 3 best Canadian mystery writers, as well as some of their works for you to check out.
3 Best Canadian Mystery Writers
1. Louise Penny
With a background in journalism and former radio CBC host, Louise Penny is known mostly for her series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. She also co-wrote a political mystery novel with Hillary Clinton titled “State of Terror”,
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Quebec in the fictional village of Three Pines, her writing masterfully blends psychological intrigue with rich character development.
2. Shari Lapena
Shari Lapena burst onto the literary scene with her riveting 2016 thriller, The Couple Next Door.
With a background as a lawyer and English teacher, Lapena transitioned into fiction, quickly rising to prominence for her gripping domestic mysteries. She has a knack for suspenseful narrative and plots that twist and turn.
3. Ausma Zehanat Khan
Novelist Ausma Zehanat Khan has a background in international rights law, which bleeds into her storytelling. Her novels combine compelling detective narratives with profound social and political themes, as seen in her Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty series.
Drawing from her legal expertise, Khan crafts intricate stories that dive into cultural intersections and ethical dilemmas.