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The Foulest Things

A Dominion Archives Mystery

by (author) Amy Tector

Turner Publishing Company
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Amateur Sleuth, Literary, Women Sleuths, Cozy, Traditional British
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Get ready for a thrilling new mystery series from the author of The Honeybee Emeralds.

Ottawa, January 2010. Canada’s historic Dominion Archives.

Junior archivist Jess Novak is struggling to find her footing in her new role. Her colleagues undermine her, her boss hates her, and her only romantic prospect hides a whiskey bottle in his desk. Desperate to make a good impression, Jess’s luck begins to change when she discovers a series of mysterious letters chronicling life in Paris at the start of the Great War. Thinking she has landed her ticket to career advancement, Jess dives into research in Dominion’s art vault, where she stumbles upon the body of one of her colleagues.

As if finding a corpse isn’t frightening enough, Jess soon notices she is being stalked by a menacing figure. It’s only when Jess makes the connection between the letters, the murder, and a priceless Rembrandt that she realizes just how high the stakes are. Can Jess salvage her career, unravel a World War I–era mystery, shake off her ominous stalker, solve a murder, and—oh yeah—save her own life before it’s too late?

About the author

Amy Tector was born and raised in the rolling hills of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. She has worked in archives for the past twenty years and has found some pretty amazing things, including lost letters, mysterious notes, and even a whale’s ear. Amy spent many years as an expat, living in Brussels and in The Hague, where she worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for War Crimes in Yugoslavia. She lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her daughter, dog, and husband.

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Editorial Reviews

“Amy Tector has created a fascinating, hugely likeable main character in Jessica Novak. The Foulest Things follows archivist Jess from discovering letters hidden in antique books, to the underbelly of the art world. With twists and turns, action and dashes of humor, we are sent on a literary joyride. I can only hope this is the start of a wonderful series.” —Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels


“Readers will eagerly look forward to Jess’s further adventures.” Publishers Weekly


The Foulest Things raises the bar with hilarity, sophisticated prose, and delightfully drawn characters. Reminiscent of the great Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, lead character Jess Novak is as charming and quirky as she is smart and wily. I can hardly wait for the next entry in the Dominion Archives Mystery series. Highly recommended—be prepared for a wild ride as you laugh out loud!” —Daco S. Auffenorde, award-winning author of Cover Your Tracks


The Foulest Things is a fast-paced romp through the world of archives, art history, and murder. Jess has to use her archivist training to solve a century-old mystery while also unraveling a present-day murder. A great read and the first in a series.” —Wayne Ng, award-winning author of Letters from Johnny


“The first book in the Dominion Archives Mystery series is a marvel. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Jess as she unravels secrets, solves mysteries, traces a tragic love story unveiled in letters, and begins to find her own footing in Ottawa’s national archives. Well-researched and filled with tension, The Foulest Things is truly unputdownable.” —Lindsay Zier-Vogel, author of Letters to Amelia

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