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Your basic damsel-in-distress gig sounds perfect to private investigator Ashley Smeeton, who’s got her own personal and professional struggles in Montreal. Against the backdrop of the winter Carnaval, the job first takes her to Paris where she’s drawn into an unsettling world of mirages and masks, not to mention the murderous Bortnik brothers. When she returns to Montreal, a city rife with its own unreasonable facsimiles, the case incomprehensibly picks up again. Convinced she’s being played, Ashley embarks on an even more dangerous journey into duplicity. In a world of masks behind masks, it’s hard to say where the truth lies.
About the author
Anna was born in Montreal and now lives in Toronto, where she has too many cats. She’s been a reporter, a college lecturer, and a horticultural advisor, as well as other things she’s forgotten. She was a semi-finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult Literature, as well as for Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award (Unhanged Arthur category). She reads obscure fiction in English and French, and doesn’t know why Quebec isn’t more often a mise en scène for romantic suspense. After the Winter is her first published novel. https://www.facebook.com/anna.dowdall https://www.annadowdall.com
Lucid, flowing prose and well-turned dialogue
Ottawa Review of Books
This novel is one of those guilty pleasures you sink into with abandon.
Montreal Review of Books
Anna Dowdall writes character-centred novels, in which Ashley Smeeton’s family background, lifestyle and personality are as important as the twists and turns of the plot.
The Compulsive Reader