Eric Wright Books In Order

Charlie Salter Books In Publication Order

  1. The Night the Gods Smiled (1983)
  2. Smoke Detector (1984)
  3. Death in the Old Country (1985)
  4. A Single Death / The Man Who Changed His Name (1986)
  5. A Body Surrounded by Water (1987)
  6. A Question of Murder (1988)
  7. A Sensitive Case (1990)
  8. Final Cut (1991)
  9. A Fine Italian Hand (1992)
  10. Death by Degrees (1993)
  11. The Last Hand (2001)

Mel Pickett Books In Publication Order

  1. Buried in Stone (1996)
  2. Death of a Hired Man (2001)

Lucy Trimble Brenner Books In Publication Order

  1. Death of a Sunday Writer (1996)
  2. Death on the Rocks (1999)

Joe Barley Books In Publication Order

  1. The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn (2000)
  2. The Hemingway Caper (2003)
  3. A Likely Story (2010)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. Moodie’s Tale (1994)
  2. Finding Home (2007)
  3. Dempsey’s Lodge (2013)
  4. The Land Mine (2016)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. The Adventures of Buford T. Johnson (2013)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. A Killing Climate (2003)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man (1999)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. A Suit of Diamonds (1991)
  2. Criminal Shorts (1992)

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Eric Wright Books Overview

Final Cut

When fake fire alarms, muggings, damaged equipment and stolen film threaten to close down production of a film, Inspector Charlie Salter investigates and uncovers greed, ambition, and revenge. NYT. PW.

The Last Hand

Charlie Slater is sixty the age limit for active police work. Lately, he’s been a glorified receptionist for the deputy chief. But then a Toronto lawyer is murdered, and the prime suspect is a prostitute in a pair of silver boots. The case doesn’t ignite any interest until high powered lawyer Calvin Gregson shows up, supposedly on Flora’s behalf, insisting the police solve the case quietly. Deputy Mackenzie figures the assignment will keep Salter temporarily occupied, and puts him on the case with a young Scotsman new to the force and city. Salter is thrilled. As he searches, he meets the law profession’s elite and, among others, the victim’s sister, MPP Flora Lucas. But it’s the lawyer’s book group that brings Salter the clues he needs to solve the case and to discover why Gregson is so eager to wrap the case up quickly and quietly.

Buried in Stone

Pickett is a rich man by many of the standards that count most. A widower and retired Toronto cop, he owns his city home free and clear, he has a good pension and enough savings in the bank, and he’s just rebuilt a century old log cabin in a rustic area north of the city. Life for Pickett seems almost idyllic as he settles in with his dog, Willis, to enjoy a peaceful existence in his cabin. He begins to build ties to the town of Larch River to police chief Lyman Caxton, to the local dramatic society, and, most of all, to Charlotte Mercer, who manages a small cafe and gives him hope that he may not be too old for romance after all. Pickett’s police days are supposedly over, but he can’t help being an interested spectator when young Timmy Marlow is found mauled and shot to death near a wooded trail just a mile or two from Pickett’s cabin. The death is a shock to the community. For Timmy’s sister, Betty Cullen, it is a catastrophe. She suspects that her brother, a womanizer, may have been killed by a jealous husband, and the shame is enough to drive her from Larch River. But is the answer to the murder so simple? When an arrest is finally made, Pickett questions whether justice has been done. A twisted trail into the victim’s past takes Pickett a thousand miles away to uncover the shocking information that brings him back to the truth.

Death of a Sunday Writer

Lucy Brenner has left her husband, her town, and her previous life behind. She lives in Longborough, a town halfway between Kingston and Toronto, where she runs a bed and breakfast and where, one day while working in the library, a phone call sets into action events that change her up to now quite predictable existence. Lucy’s cousin, David Trimble, has died and made her his sole beneficiary. With some trepidation, she makes the impulsive decision to carry on his business a private detective agency, though these might be grand words for the down and out ransacked office she finds upon visiting Toronto to lay claim to her unexpected inheritance. Previously published in hardcover only, this is the first paperback release of the first Lucy Trimble mystery.

Death on the Rocks

When private detective Lucy Trimble is retained by Greta Golden to find the identity of the ominous lurking stranger who Greta is certain is following her, it doesn’t appear to be too challenging a mystery. Lucy has no trouble learning who her client’s pursuer is: a British investigator has been engaged to probe into Greta’s life. But the question of what he is trying to discover about Greta, and why, begins to truly complicate the case. This revelation soon opens up further questions about Greta’s own identity and, more specifically, the identities of her mother and father. Lucy’s investigation leads her to Cornwall, England, where there still live witnesses to Greta’s birth and her father’s death. Lucy slowly begins to put the fragments of the puzzle together, but it is only when Greta joins Lucy in England that she is able to find the missing piece, and begins to confront her own rapidly evolving and more complicated personal life.

The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn

Joe Barley, a part time lecturer in English Literature and part time security guard, is alerted by his maid to the disappearance of another of her employers, Rosie Dawn, a student of classics who is working her way through school by being an exotic dancer and the mistress of a fast food entrepreneur. The novel also involves campus politics a student tries to exploit the nervous administration over its minority policies.

The Hemingway Caper

Joe Barley, full time English professor and part time private detective, is given a simple case: to track Jason Tyler and find proof of his adultery. But as he’s investigating, Barley stumbles across the story of a missing manuscript containing writings by a young Ernest Hemingway. What is Tyler’s connection to the Hemingway papers? And why does Tyler’s wife insist that Barley stay on the case, long after he’s come up with the required evidence of Tyler’s infidelity? While these questions hang over Barley, his own life is complicated by academic politics, and challenges to his monogamous relationship with his longtime partner, Carole. Set in Toronto, The Hemingway Caper is the second book in the Joe Barley series. The first, The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn, won the prestigious Barry Award.

A Likely Story

As if Joe Barley doesn’t have enough on his mind. His job as a part-time instructor at Hambleton College is likely to be eliminated, and his partner, Carole, is expecting their first child. He’s also been assigned to find the identity of a mole in the English Department who is part of a nasty and embarrassing letterwriting exchange in a student newspaper. But the stresses of his job and personal life are compounded by the disappearance of a member of the Hambleton faculty, and Joe begins to hear rumours that the teacher was involved with a drug ring run by the Russian mob. The long-awaited third installment in the Joe Barley Mysteries series, A Likely Story showcases the biting humour, engrossing storytelling, and keen eye for the ordinary that have made Eric Wright one of the most beloved crime writers in Canada.

A Killing Climate

COLD KILLINGS!!! Eric Wright, the creator of Superintendent Charlie Salter of the Metropolitan Toronto Police, is one of Canada’s most honored mystery writers. The Crime Writers of Canada have recognized his work with four Arthur Ellis Awards two for Best Novel and two for Best Short Story.

A Killing Climate contains all of Eric Wright s short stories in the mystery field, including a locked room mystery ‘An Irish Jig’, espionage in the Far North ‘Caves of Ice’, a comic caper story ‘Two in the Bush’, and other exercises in ingenuity, character, and atmosphere. Many of the stories are set near Canada s Hudson Bay area, but a few especially ‘Hephaestus’ with its Caribbean vactioners are in more temperate regions. The book concludes with the first short tale about Charlie Salter, a novella, ‘The Lady of Shalott,’ written especially for this volume.

New introduction by the author, and a checklist of Eric Wright s mystery novels and stories. Cover painting by Native American artist Barbara Mitchell. Cover design by Deborah Miller.

Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man

Eric Wright is well known for his award winning crime fiction. In this memoir he writes engagingly and with great charm about growing up poor in an English working class family during the Depression. He paints a vivid picture of his childhood and adolescence in pre war England plagued by class structure and restriction. This is a superbly written memoir and an invaluable portrait of a social class as well as the immigrant experience to this country.

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