BURN COUNTRY front coverThough DI Ellie March may have her hands full with the cases she takes on, she’s determined in bringing the culprits to justice. When a string of recent fires comes to her attention, she’s not quite sure what to make of them. Part of her wonders if there’s a serial arsonist out there. If so, why is the person intent on only burning barns? Things soon take an unexpected turn when a body turns up in one of them. Determined to get to the bottom of things, she dives head first into the case, never once knowing just how much it’ll change the world around her.

While I’ve begun this series with this second book, I like the fact that it acts as a standalone. We catch glimpses of events that have occurred in the first book, as well as little details that enhance the story in Burn Country. I found Ellie to be quite amicable. She’s a woman who’s dealt with so much, yet she refuses to let the past bog her down. She’s determined in doing the best she can with what she’s been given, unwilling to let others do it for her.

Her chemistry with Walker as they work the case is palpable. You can tell that both characters respect one another, even though they work for two different divisions. These are two people who’ve seen and heard it all, most of which is heartbreaking. Nevertheless, they’re willing to see things through in order to set all wrongs to right.

Michael has a unique way of storytelling that draws the reader in from the get-go. So much so, that you find yourself turning pages, fully engrossed in the story he has to tell. I read this book in two hours. That’s how good it is. Once you start reading, it’s hard to put it down. Love it when a book captures your attention and doesn’t let go!




The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin.

When the victim turns out to be Independent Senator Darius Lane, a renowned artist and social activist recently appointed to the upper chamber by the prime minister, Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police finds herself coping with an RCMP national security team which must first assess whether the senator’s involvement in sensitive government business led to his brutal murder by forces hostile to Canada.

While Detective Constable Kevin Walker works the case files of the previous barn fires looking for a serial arsonist within Leeds County who may have killed for the first time, Ellie discovers that the intervention of RCMP Assistant Commissioner Danny Merrick, unexpectedly polite and charming, will place her directly in the cross-hairs of a homicide investigation with national repercussions!

This is the second book in the March and Walker Crime Novel series and the sequel to Sorrow Lake, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best North American crime novel.







author photo 3About The Author:

Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned degrees in English from Trent University and Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

He is the author of Sorrow Lake, the first March and Walker Crime Novel, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best crime novel in North America.

He is also the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, including Blood Passage, Marcie’s Murder, and The Fregoli Delusion. The Rainy Day Killer, the most recent in the series, was longlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in Canada.






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