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Give Out Creek was shortlisted for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel.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 the childhood boating accident that left her with a 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.