Mint Literary Agency

Judy Toews

Judy Toews is a former columnist and technical writer who co-authored three non-fiction books with former journalist Nicole Parton (Key Porter Books, 1998-2000). Give Out Creek is her debut novel and will be the first in a series of Stella Mosconi mysteries.

Give Out Creek

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World rights-Mosaic Press 2018

Give Out Creek was shortlisted for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel.

Toews’ debut novel is a story of a woman who must confront her most intense fear to solve two murders while facing a failing relationship with a husband who cannot hear her and a growing attraction to a man who can.

In Nelson, British Columbia, news reporter Stella Mosconi never speaks of her crippling fear of deep water. Now spring runoff is in the alpine, the creeks are on the rampage, and Stella watches the lake rise outside her cabin door. When a new friend is found dead in her rowboat, she is drawn into the investigation. The death of a suspect by the same MO – an insulin overdose – brings more trouble Stella’s way. When a solo canoe trip across a cold lake is necessary to discover critical evidence, Stella must face her deep rooted fears to solve the murders.