Cover: 12 Rose Street: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery by Gail Bowen, read by Athena Karkanis

12 Rose Street: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery

Bowen, Gail read by Athena Karkanis

  • The indomitable Joanne Kilbourn is back! From beloved author Gail Bowen comes the 15th installment in the nationally bestselling series. For readers of Louise Penny, Ruth Rendell, and Peter Robinson.

    Joanne’s husband Zack is the leading progressive candidate in a neck-and-neck race, with the existing mayor, for Regina’s top job. The tough campaigning is well underway when a disturbing threat disrupts the celebration for the opening of the Racette-Hunter Centre — a project Zack has been spearheading, intended to benefit the impoverished community of North Central Regina. Joanne soon realizes that sinister interests are working behind the scenes of the election, and another savage act makes clear that someone will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo.

    The Shreve campaign perseveres, but when Zack's opponents share some shocking information about the past, the revelation sends Joanne reeling. As tensions around the election build, Joanne tries to hold herself together, keep her family intact, and get to the bottom of why a series of violent incidents, seemingly related to the mayoral race, all lead back to a mysterious property in North Central, 12 Rose Street.

    A gripping novel about family and friendship, competition and betrayal, 12 Rose Street confirms why Gail Bowen is indeed the “queen of Canadian crime fiction” (Winnipeg Free Press).

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  • Gail Bowen is an author, playwright, and teacher. Among her numerous writing awards are a lifetime achievement award from the Crime Writers of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina. Reader’s Digest has called her Canada’s best mystery novelist. In 2018, she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Grand Master Award of Crime Writers of Canada. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with her husband, Ted.

  • Published: December 2021

    ISBN: 9781773058917

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“A gripping novel about family and friendship, competition and betrayal, 12 Rose Street confirms why Gail Bowen is indeed the ‘queen of Canadian crime fiction’” — Winnipeg Free Press

“There is death, injury, and at least one awful past crime of power and conspiracy to fuel the campaign and the novel … And it’s that steady, solid, self-scrutinizing character … that probably most accounts for Bowen’s loyal readership, and her multi-award-winning success over 25 years of Joanne Kilbourn novels.” — London Free Press

12 Rose Street is the 15th in this series and, unlike many long-running characters, Kilbourn shows no signs of weakness. In fact, Bowen (and Kilbourn) have had a surge of political and murderous energy … Definitely one of Bowen’s best.” — Globe and Mail

“All is revealed in breathtaking fashion … The book offers as always the set pieces of domestic bliss that are expected staples of the Kilbourn saga … But amidst all of this warm and cosy stuff, the book presents a shocker of a development.” — Toronto Star