These compact books from Orca are written for quick comprehension and entertainment. Set in the Muskoka Region of Ontario they feature feisty Maxine Benson as a small town’s first woman police chief.

Lots of fun and mystery - please check them out.
Meet Maxine in Muskoka
Murder Among the Pines, released in March 2018, is the newest Maxine Benson mystery. As Police Chief of picturesque Port Ainslie, Max looked forward to solving small-town crimes. But murder keeps cropping up, along with provincial police officers who don’t believe she can handle the job. She handles it well – along with handling officers interested in aspects of Maxine. Much mystery, some fun, and frequent surprises along the way.
A Murder for Max
First in the series. When town bully Billy Edwards is shot in his own garage, few people in Port Ainslie mourn his death. With suspects galore, and a doubting town council expecting her to stumble, new police chief Max sorts out the clues and nails the culprit.
Murder Below Zero
What global warming??!! Port Ainslie is suffering through its coldest spring yet. And when a man’s frozen body is found in a ditch, it sounds like a nasty prank. But it's a real murder, and Max is faced with a real challenge in solving the crime.

If you haven't met Josie yet (And discovered the horror of the body beneath the bridge!) – here's your chance.

"I'd rather laugh in bad taste than cry in good taste."

That’s how Josie Marshall deals with the death of her detective husband, Gabe, found naked outside their home on the beach with a bullet in his brain. Everyone calls it suicide. Josie knows it isn’t . . . but fears it could be. After all, she had provided Gabe with a motive.

But when a horrific slaying occurs literally at her feet, she knows Gabe was murdered, and her determination to prove it carries her toward dark corners of the beach strip and exposes the darker sides of its residents. When a chance remark leads Josie to the astonishing truth of Gabe’s death, her story takes a shocking turn that no one could have seen coming.


"Each new plot wrinkle propels the novel toward the surprising truth about exactly how Gabe died, but Reynolds’ complex heroine is the real star." - QUILL & QUIRE

"Witty, tense and gripping." - PETER ROBINSON

"A tight well-written mystery." - THE GLOBE & MAIL

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