Cover: He Wasn't There Again Today, An Epitome Apartment Mystery by Candas Jane Dorsey, ECW Press

He Wasn’t There Again Today: An Epitome Apartments Mystery

Dorsey, Candas Jane

  • The witty, queer accidental detective of the Epitome Apartments is back. While helping to solve a community murder, she also needs to convince police that she didn’t revenge-kill the man who took everything from her

    The nameless amateur sleuth of The Adventures of Isabel and What’s the Matter with Mary Jane? has often said that death is too good for Lockwood Chiles — who is in prison for killing her beloved partner, Nathan, and her close friend Pris — and makes no secret that she hates the man who massacred her shot at happiness. So when Chiles ends up dead in his cell, it’s no wonder she becomes a prime suspect.

    Meanwhile, an aggressive band of men in military-adjacent garb turn a string of assaults against nameless’s unhoused neighbors into full-bore murder right behind the Epitome Apartments, and she rashly promises to help bring them to law.

    As if that’s not enough, unscrupulous parties are scheming to strip her of her inheritance, money she and Nathan had intended would address the city’s lack of harm-reduction services and low-income housing. Now it is nameless’s mission to clear her name and to hold her tattered community together, all while she’s coming apart herself.


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  • Candas Jane Dorsey is the award-winning author of Black Wine, A Paradigm of Earth, Machine Sex and Other Stories, Vanilla and Other Stories, Ice and Other Stories, and in the Epitome Apartments mystery series, The Adventures of Isabel and What’s the Matter with Mary Jane? She is a writer, editor, former publisher, community advocate, and activist living in Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Published: October 2023

    ISBN: 9781770415577

    Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 in.

    Pages: 320

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“The elements of a noir mystery that are so much a part of this novel are often juxtaposed with the quality of the narrative voice itself, which is by turns serious, flippant, irreverent and given to interesting asides and footnotes that contribute to a sense of fun.  As a tale that is a successful blending of mystery, advocacy and speculative whimsy, He Wasn’t There Again Today is both accomplished in narrative and passionately clear-eyed in its call to end the problems it so articulately describes.” — The Miramichi Reader