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.


Check it out!

Happy to report that the Burnaby Public Library has copies of Murder is Uncooperative in stock. Vancouver Public Library has it on order.


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!

Welcome to Bouchercon

I arrived at Bouchercon 2016 in New Orleans yesterday evening and things have been in a whirl ever since. This is a big conference, with hundreds of attendees, both crime writers and readers. The first person I saw when I walked into the hotel Joan Long, who I met when we were finalists for the Freddie Award at Sleuthfest earlier this year.


Going public

I’ve made up stories for as long as I can remember and written many of them down since I could write.

My first attempt at a mystery was written in longhand in a scribbler, and thanks to my parents’ tendency to keep everything, I was reunited with it a few years ago. In it, I seem to have copied all the elements of my favourite Enid Blyton adventures and Nancy Drew mysteries, so much so that it could only be resolved by the appearance of the lookalike cousin of one of the protagonists.

I paid a bit more attention to plotting with my first published mystery, Murder is Uncooperative, helped by the support and resources that are available to writers.

Now, with the publication of my first book, I am no longer writing stories that will remain buried in my parents’ basement. Knowing that I’m no longer writing for myself is frightening in some ways. The publication of Murder is Uncooperative, is the first step in a new journey.