Beyond Faith

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

– George Bernard Shaw

Private Investigator Dana Bowman is on Liquid Lunch

Dana in the studio at thatchannel.com

Dana made it on Liquid Lunch July 18, 2018 and was interviewed by three people – Hugh Reilly the show’s host and two authors – Jen Frankel (genre fiction) and Dave Boyle (literary fiction). See the show here.

Crime Beat Confidential Debuts on thatchannel.com

Private Investigator Dana Bowman has yet again jumped out from between the book covers of Beyond Faith to share hosting duties with Sharon A. Crawford. This time it is Sharon’s new TV show Crime Beat Confidential, a bi-monthly crime-interview series on thatchannel.com. Sharon will be interviewing people from many areas of mystery and crime, although as Dana says in the first segment “no murderers”. First up is James Wigmore, a forensic toxicologist and the author of Wigmore on Alcohol and Wigmore on Cannabis. As the book titles suggest, that’s what is delved into on this segment of Crime Beat Confidential here.

Sharon interviewing

 

 

Guest James Wigmore forensic toxicologist
Dana Bowman sticking her nose in

And Dana and Sharon are back on Episode 2 of Crime Beat Confidential

With guest Nate Hendley, true crime author, latest book The Boy on the Bicycle

See the video here.

Nate Hendley on Crime Beat Confidential

Muskie and Murder in full dress – East End Writers’ Gtoup Presentateation June 27, 2018

Beyond Faith’s PI Dana Bowman and Hunting Muskie’s Norah Watson. Shane Joseph photo.

Muskie and Murder with The War Between Mystery Fiction and Literary returned for the Ontario Cultural weekend in Brampton, Ontario.

 

Sharon A. Crawford and Michael Robert Dyet ready to roll in Brampton

Scroll down beyond the Book Launch for the Scoop on Sharon’s upcoming Beyond gigs.

From the moment Dana Bowman sees the redheaded nun arguing with a man on Main St. and Bast Overture receives an email from Eli Foster asking him to find her birth parents, the twin PIs are thrust into a complex chain of events involving extortion, stalking, fire, vandalism, secret adoptions, a bank robbery, assault, and murders – past and present.

 

The nun, Sister Margaret Olsen, is suspected of pushing her younger brother, Larry, into traffic, killing him. Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding asks the twins to do an independent background check on her. When she arrives at the Attic Investigative Agency, Dana recognizes her as the teacher who assaulted her as a child. Now the nun is a staff writer for The Catholic Monitor.

Dana and Fielding continue to skirt around their growing attraction. Fielding’s new partner, Detective Claire Simpson and Dana clash over Fielding and over Simpson’s dog, Buddy, who has bonded with David Bowman. David, now 7, continues to work his way through the aftermath of his kidnapping last year. Bast has a new boyfriend, Zeb Charters, whom Dana instantly dislikes. Eli Foster gives the twins mixed information and is seen lurking outside The Monitor after Father Browne, the publisher, is attacked and the offices vandalized. Hovering in the background throughout the twists and turns is the nameless woman fixated on killing with an axe.

Then Dana is attacked. Suffering the after-effects of concussion, Dana struggles to remember what actually did happen and tries to get her personal and work life back to normal. However, bad decisions and bad memory might just get her killed.

Beyond Faith offers secrets, lies and death with a connection to the Catholic Church, set in small-town and big-city Ontario. It’s a great story with a great pair of unlikely protagonists (a brother-sister pair of twin investigators), twists, surprises and Sharon Crawford’s distinctive tone and shining dialogue. Recommended for any detective-story fans yearning for Ontario-based tales.

– Nate Hendley, true-crime author (Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice and The Big Con)

A powerful, haunting novel that turns the domestic life of a detective family into a deadly game of hide-and-seek, laying bare the dark heart of fear and the complexities of family bonds.

-Bianca Lakoseljac, author of Stone Woman and Summer of the Dancing Bear.

Publisher Blue Denim Press

Sharon A. Crawford Author Blog

Available at amazon.com and amazon.ca

E-copies also available at both.

At Chapters/Indigo

At Barnes and Noble

Who wrote the book of Beyond Faith?

Sharon A. Crawford has the byline on the book cover, so she wrote Beyond Faith. Right?

PI Dana Bowman, the book’s main character claims she wrote Beyond Faith.

Or maybe they wrote it together. Consider the two women.

Dana Bowman

pushing 40, 4’11”, short black hair, 20-20 vision, one-half of a PI duo with her gay fraternal twin Bast Overture, co-owner of The Attic Detective Agency in Thurston, just north of Toronto, Ontario, divorced, one son, David, age 7, background as a freelance investigator for the Canada-wide Orley and Lawrence Investigations and former undercover mall security guard, artist. Short, smart and sassy, stubborn and sticks her nose in other’s business. Draws character sketches when conducting interviews, works from intuition and by the seat of her pants, gets around by car. Dislikes: cooking, criminals, her ex-husband and all his family.  Likes: challenges, family (excluding the aforementioned exes), and a particular Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding, head of Major Crimes for Cooks Regional Police. Peculiarity: carrying her life around in a big bag. Scariest moment in Beyond Faith: almost losing her mind from the after effects of a concussion. Saving Grace achievement: finding the missing – person, clue, information, whatever it takes to bring the baddies – stalkers, blackmailers, vandals, fraudsters, attackers and murderers, and especially a crazy nun – to justice.

Sharon A. Crawford

pushing way beyond 40, 5’, long brown-grey-white hair, nearsighted, astigmatic, presbyopic, 100 per cent me, myself and I, freelance writer, editor, writing instructor, and sometime actor in Toronto, Ontario, divorced, one son, Martin, just turned 40, background as a freelance journalist for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, cbc.ca, and community newspapers in York Region, former secretary for Toronto Police Service and proofreader for Canada Law Book Publishing. Short, smart, sassy, stubborn, and sticks her nose in other’s business. Can’t draw to save her life, but takes copious notes when conducting interviews or doing research, works from intuition, seat of her pants, and lists. Gets around on foot, by public transit or bumming rides. Dislikes: housecleaning, criminals, extreme weather. Likes: challenges, family (including her ex-husband’s family), cooking, gardening, reading, walking, The Weather Network and close friends – women and men. Peculiarity: Carrying her life in a number of bags. Scariest moment with Beyond Faith – meeting her publisher’s deadlines, especially with eight revisions. Saving Grace achievement: meeting her publisher’s deadlines and finishing Beyond Faith, the third Beyond mystery, and bringing the baddies – stalkers, blackmailers, vandals, fraudsters, attackers and murderers, and especially a crazy nun – to justice.

The Book Launch Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

We all had a lot of fun, sold some books and I reconnected with an old friend from my first job back in the “grey ages”.

 

Sharon and friends at her book launch at Supermarket Restaurant and Bar

 

 

Martin Crawford photo

More Gigs for Sharon A. and the Beyond Gang

2018

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Appearance and Book Signing Chapters Newmarket Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Sharon A. Crawford and five other Crime Writers of Canada authors as they bring along a little crime (between the book covers) to Newmarket, Ontario this coming fall. And folks, their appearance is very close to Halloween. Costumes not obligatory.

Authors appearing:

Tracy L. Ward, Nanci M. Pattenden,  K.J. Howe, Lorna Poplak, John Worsley Simpson and Sharon A. Crawford

See you there.

Location:

Chapters Newmarket

7440 Yonge Street, Newmarket,  Ontario

Muskie and Murder – The War Between Mystery Fiction and Literary Fiction returns in the fall 2018.

 

 

Is there murder in literary fiction and character depth in mystery fiction? Join Michael Robert Dyet, author of the literary short story collection “Hunting Muskie: Rites of Passage” and Sharon A. Crawford, author of the mystery novel “Beyond Faith” for a lively discussion, rapid-fire questions, readings, audience participation, skit with story characters. Books available to see and sell.

Annette Street Public Library presentation:

Date and Time:   Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location:   Annette Street Public Library Branch

145 Annette Street, Toronto, Ontario

Website info

Free. Open to the public

Gigs from earlier in 2018

Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Short List Party held Wed., April 18, 2018 was a lot of fun, despite last-minute changes. And I was again dealing with PI Dana Bowman escaping from between the book covers. This time I was ready for her – with her mug shot which I waved around from the podium.

Sharon at CWC Arthur-Ellis short list. Marilyn Kay photo.

Mystery and Mayhem Writers Panel held Monday, April 23, 2018 at the Richmond Green Library in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Featuring Crime Writers of Canada authors Mel Bradshaw, Rosemary McCracken, Nanci M. Pattenden, Cynthia St-Pierre and Sharon A. Crawford. We talked about “committing” murder between the book covers and why and how we do so to a group of teenagers from nearby high schools. We critiqued some of their writing. Watch! Some up and coming writers here.

 

 

Five crime writers, one English teacher and some students.

I love the poster for this event, so I’m leaving it here for a little while.

 

More Info: Contact: Brooke Windsor (librarian) bwindsor@rhpl.ca or Sharon A. Crawford words@samcraw.com

Sharon A. Hits the TV Screen – Dana Bowman not far behind…

Join Sharon A. as she is interviewed about Beyond Faith and the Beyond gang by Hugh Reilly on thatchannel.com’s Liquid Lunch

Dana Bowman Snuck in for the CWC Gig at OLA Conference Feb. 2, 2018

Dana Bowman introduces Beyond Faith to librarians

Sharon A. joined SinC Toronto readings Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sharon reads from Beyond Faith. E. Terri J. Dixon photo

 A looksee (headshots) at the 10 of us who read is on my Facebook page.

 

More gigs are in the works from this end. Stay tuned.

Meantime, if you would like Sharon, with or without Dana Bowman, to appear at your event or location (library, pubs, cafes, etc.) in 2018, please email words@samcraw.com

 

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