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The Rosalie Cairns Mysteries

 Found: A Body. Simon & Pierre, 1992.  Nominated for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award

“Found: A Body is consistent with the conventional narrative parameters of the mystery novel, but here the story is confined to a grey and still small town, which the reader inhabits through one winter, from the first snow to a slushy spring… Women’s bodies and women’s lives haunt this novel—some women survive, some don’t. The mystery elements are satisfyingly concluded, but the text lacks the expected neat closure. Found: A Body is an intelligent, adult mystery that should attract a wider readership than just fans of the genre. Though they should read it too.”  Paragraph: The Canadian Fiction Review

“The novel is well constructed and cleanly written…good entertainment, and opens up some serious domestic issues in a thoughtful way.” Books In Canada

“Struthers’ portrayal of the people, life and tempo of small town Ontario neatly encapsulates both the benefits and challenges to transplanted townies. She has assembled an interesting cast of characters of play out the complex and ingenious mystery – a promising start to a prospective new series.” The Toronto Star

 Grave Deeds. Simon & Pierre/Dundurn, 1994

 “Rosalie Cairns inherits an old house in the country; it comes with relatives she does not know, stories she would rather not have heard, artifacts that are uncomfortably valuable, and a great deal of mental and physical discomfort. Death also joins the party, and the result is a tale that has a kind of Gothic intensity without the usual Gothic impedimenta. The plot is pleasingly complicated and the characters are all interesting and fully rendered.” Books In Canada

“This is a good little British-style mystery with a clever collection of characters and a well-done setting.” The Globe and Mail

 A Studied Death. Simon & Pierre/Dundurn, 1995

 “In A Studied Death, Rosalie has taken a temporary appointment in the English faculty [of a university in a small town northeast of Toronto], teaching and also advising students seeking help. One of those students…in short order turns up dead in a campus alley-way… Struthers has created a crisp portrait of campus life, a flawed and mysterious victim, an intelligent protagonist and a credible plot… a satisfying, well-written work.” — Joan Barfoot, London Free Press

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