Crime at Word Vancouver

I spent Sunday at Word Vancouver, a free literary festival held at the Vancouver Public Library’s central branch. Crime Writers of Canada members staffed an information table and participated in a panel on mysteries set in BC.

Here I am at the table with fellow @crimewriterscan members Iona Whishaw, Debra Purdy Kong, and Trine Bronken.





When Words Collide

I’m getting ready for When Words Collide in Calgary next week. @WWC_Calgary

Here’s a list of the sessions I’ll be involved in:

Friday, August 11, 7 pm Keep Your Pantsers on as the Plotters Thicken

Saturday, August 12, 12 pm The Mystery of Mysteries

Saturday, August 12, 3 pm Absolute Mystery Basics

Sunday, August 13, 2 pm Elements of Suspense

Sunday, August 13, 4 pm Women of Mystery

I’m looking forward to it. The conference is sold out but I’m told they are keeping a waiting list. And the Merchants Room is open to the public, as are the autograph sessions on Saturday 8 pm in the Parkland Room at the Delta Calgary South. If you’re in Calgary on Saturday, August 12, stop by. I would love to see you.

Thanks to Chapters/Indigo

A huge thank you to the lovely folks at the Indigo store @chaptersindigo at Broadway and Granville in Vancouver, who are doing a stellar job of displaying and promoting my Vancouver-based book, and keep ordering more as it sells. I’ll have to stop by and sign more copies.

I’m thrilled to say that Murder is Uncooperative is now available in Chapters Indigo stores across the country! Thanks to all of you who have bought my #coophousing book. It makes my author’s heart glow.

Characters come to life

I’m very excited that the Central Ontario Co-operative Housing Federation is dramatizing Murder is Uncooperative as part of their Co-op Service Awards dinner. Rebecca and her fellow co-op members will be featured in a mystery dinner theatre performance on February 16. The event recognizes housing co-op members for contribution to their housing co-op, the greater co-op movement, or the larger community. I hope it is a fun evening and congratulations to all the award winners.

My first book review!

Delighted to read this in the latest e-news from the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada. Thanks to my former employer and their staff for sending this out to their network.


Finding affordable housing can seem like the answer to all of one’s prayers. At least Rebecca Butler thought so when she secured a three bedroom unit in ‘Waterview’ Housing Co-op. A dead body found in the co-op office makes her wonder if she’s made the right move.

So begins the plot of “Murder is Uncooperative.”

Author Merrilee Robson previously worked for CHF Canada as Program Manager, National Communications and is a former president of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC. She was also the founding president of Trafalgar Housing Co-op in Vancouver.

She says she came up with the idea while working for co-op housing. “The phone calls I received were very interesting. Although many people love and enjoy living in their co-op, it can be difficult for some.”

Co-op members will relate to the protagonist’s search for housing, and with the relief she feels when she finds safe, secure, affordable housing. And they “will find the descriptions of meetings funnier than those who don’t live in a co-op’, says Robson, “but the story is accessible to everyone.”

“Except for a killer, the people in this book are just like your co-op neighbours,” says CHF Canada’s Director, Corporate Affairs Nick Sidor. “Merrilee has nailed the co-operative experience but added a macabre twist.”

You can purchase your co-op murder mystery online throughChapters Indigo or through  the publisher North Star Press.

Busy weekend

I’m looking forward to the Britannia Christmas Craft fair this weekend.
Murder is Uncooperative is set in the Commercial Drive area and Britannia is mentioned several times, so I’m pleased to be selling and signing books as part of this event. Admission is $2.00 at the door, free for children under 12. This is a fundraiser for inner-city after school programs.
Two days only: Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, at Britannia Community Services Centre Gym D (1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Food concession, Santa photo booth by donation, local handmade art, local entertainment.
Then I’ve been invited to the annual meeting of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC on Sunday. The first 25 delegates will receive a free copy of Murder is Uncooperative!