Canadian romantic suspense?

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Canadian romantic suspense?

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1Talvitar
Ago 8, 2010, 12:59 pm

Would you please recommend canadian romantic suspense novels? I have a challenge going on in a book-site for which I want to read something in the romantic suspense -genre and from Canada, and I have a hard time finding a book that fits both "requirements".

Thanks in advance,
Talvikki (from Finland)

2Cecilturtle
Ago 9, 2010, 9:08 pm

I find the Québécois are particularly adept. I'm sure the titles are available in English.
Arlette Cousture's series Les filles de Caleb (Émilie, Blanche) is a great example; as is
Marie Laberge's trilogy Le Goût du bonheur (Gabrielle, Adélaïde and Florent). I also really enjoyed
Yves Beauchemin's Le matou et Les Émois d'un marchand de café

3LynnB
Editado: Ago 10, 2010, 9:32 am

Maybe The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson would suit you.

4Talvitar
Ago 10, 2010, 11:17 am

Thank you both for your wonderful suggestions! Cousture's books sound very interesting and I will most certainly try Davidson's The Gargoyle.

However, whether they can be called "romantic suspense" is something I'm not quite sure of... That genre is all about romance and danger/crime/mystery & "damsel in distress". Do you think these novels fit the picture?

5LynnB
Ago 10, 2010, 2:39 pm

Not really for The Gargoyle. I haven't read a good "damsel in distress" in ages.

6kathrynnd
Ago 10, 2010, 5:21 pm

Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs might fit the bill for a book about danger/crime/mystery/ & damsel in distress. This first book of the Temperance Brennan series is set in Montreal and I consider it Canadian. There is a love interest.



7Cecilturtle
Ago 11, 2010, 9:02 pm

Hmm, I'm having a hard time finding all the ingredients! Andrew Pyper writes some great thrillers: The Killing Circle and Lost Girls are two that I really enjoyed. Great on suspense, but not a lot of emphasis on romance.
Louise Penny is another great murder mystery writer, but, again, her main character Inspector Gamache is a happily married man...

8Talvitar
Ago 12, 2010, 6:51 am

Thanks again, you're all being most helpful with this!

Just so you know why I'm asking for something this specific: on a literary forum where I'm one of the founders/administrators (it's all in Finnish so I won't bother asking you to visit :) ) we're having a challenge called "Around the World in Five Genres". Among my random selections I chose North America/Canada/romance, but then thought that "mere" romance would be too easy a genre, so I decided to narrow it down to "romantic suspense", thinking that something along the Victoria Holt -style would be very easy to find...
Obviously not so easy after all :D I probably have to switch it back to "romance" as I've already read a thriller for the challenge as well as fantasy...