Good News: A Long Ways from Home shortlisted for Best Canadian Light Mystery Award


Good news. A Long Ways from Home has been shortlisted for the prestigious Bony Blithe Award for best ‘light’ or traditional mystery book in Canada.

Thank you for your on-going support of the Sgt. Windflower Series. You deserve a share in this success.



Murder Is Nothing to Laugh About…Or Is It?

The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award Announces Finalists

(Toronto, ON) April 13, 2017 – The Bloody Words Light Mystery Award (aka the Bony Blithe Award), an annual Canadian award that celebrates traditional, feel-good mysteries is pleased to announce this year’s finalists. Now in its sixth year, the award is for a “mystery book that makes us smile” and includes everything from laugh-out-loud to gentle humour to good old-fashioned stories with little violence or gore – in short, books that are fun to read.

Congratulations to the five finalists for the 2017 award:

Cathy Ace, The Corpse with the Garnet Face (Touchwood)

Ryan Aldred, Rum Luck (Five Star)

Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d (Doubleday Canada)

Elizabeth J. Duncan, Murder on the Hour (St. Martin’s Press)

Mike Martin, A Long Ways from Home (Friesen Press)


Help us celebrate Bony Blithe’s six birthday at the 2017 Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala, a day and evening this year of mirthful mayhem!

The award will be presented at the Bony Blithe Mini-con & Award Gala on Friday, May 26, at the High Park Club, 100 Indian Road, Toronto. The festivities run from 11:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include lunch, panels and/or round-table discussions, afternoon nibblies, a dealers room, loot bags, and the award banquet where the monarch of merry murder will be crowned. For more information or to buy a ticket for the gala, contact us at or visit 

The winner will receive a cheque for $1,000 plus a colourful plaque.

You can buy A Long Ways from Home online from and Chapters/

In Ottawa:

Chapters Rideau

Chapters South Keys

Books on Beechwood


Thank you again

Mike Martin





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