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Gail Bowen

(Gail Dianne Bowen)
Canada (b.1942)

Gail Dianne Bowen, née Bartholomew is a Canadian playwright and writer of mystery novels. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen was educated at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and the University of Saskatchewan. She subsequently taught English in Saskatchewan, and is currently a professor of English at First Nations University of Canada. Bowen's mystery novels feature Joanne Kilbourn, a widowed mother, political analyst and university professor who finds herself occasionally involved in criminal investigations in various parts of Saskatchewan. Many have been adapted as Canadian television movies by Shaftesbury Films.

Genres: Mystery

   The Dame Was Trouble (2018) (with Kelley Armstrong, M H Callway, Melodie Campbell, Pat Flewwelling, R M Greenaway, Susan MacGregor, Darusha Wehm, Elle Wild and S G Wong)
Non fiction
   Sleuth (2018)
Gail Bowen recommends
Downfall (2021)
Robert Rotenberg
"An unsparing exploration of the hostility between those who have it all, the members of an elite golf glub, and those who’ve lost it all, the squatters who make the ravine near the club their home. When two of the homeless are murdered, Ari Greene, the new head of the homicide squad, wads up the banal public relations statement he’s been handed and sets out to learn the truth. Rotenberg gets everything right in this stellar novel, but the scene in which ‘The Three Amigas,’ friends since they articled at the same law firm, have a late night meeting in the firm’s washroom is such a tender evocation of female solidarity that it brought me to tears."
The Almost Wife (2021)
Gail Anderson-Dargatz
"The Almost Wife is compulsively readable, but it’s also an engrossing study of the truth that we can never out-run our childhood."

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