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donalee Moulton is a professional writer and editor based in Halifax, N.S.  As a professional journalist, donalee’s byline has appeared in more than 100 print and online publications throughout North America and beyond. These include The National PostChatelaine, Maclean’sThe Lawyers Weekly, and Canadian Business.  She has also written about the cannabis sector, a factor that plays into her mystery.


donalee is the author of author of the book The Thong Principle: Saying What You Mean and Meaning What You Say, and she has co-authored Celebrity Court Cases: Trials of the Rich and Famous. donalee’s short story “Swan Song” was one of 21 selected for publication in Cold Canadian Crime, an anthology published by the Crime Writers of Canada.


donalee is also a published poet. Her work has appeared in The Dalhousie ReviewThe Antigonish ReviewCarouselFireweed, and Whetstone, among others. She is a former co-editor of The Pottersfield Portfolio literary journal.


When not searching for the right word, donalee can be found doing a downward dog in her yoga room or enjoying a steaming bubble bath.


You can visit donalee on her personal website by clicking this link:  donaleemoulton.com

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Meet Riel Brava. Attractive. Razor-sharp. Ambitious. And something much more.

Riel, raised in Santa Barbara, California, has been transplanted to Nova Scotia where he is CEO of the Canadian Cannabis Corporation. It’s business as usual until Riel finds his world hanging by a thread. Actually, several threads. It doesn’t take the police long to determine all is not as it appears – and that includes Riel himself.


Pulled into a world not of his making, Riel resists the hunt to catch a killer. Resistance is futile. Detective Lin Raynes draws the reluctant CEO into the investigation, and the seeds of an unexpected and unusual friendship are sown. Raynes and Riel concoct a scheme to draw a confession out of the killer, but that plan is never put into place. Instead, Riel finds himself on the butt end of a rifle in the ribs and a long drive to the middle of Nowhere, Nova Scotia.


Why would someone want Norm dead, innocuous Norman Bedwell? A motive for murder is buried somewhere, and self-professed psychopath and cannabis production manager, Riel Brava, works with Detective Lin Raynes, aided by endless exotic coffee blends, to find it. As the noose tightens on an increasingly smaller number of suspects, who knew finding a murderer would be so simple? In the end, of course, it isn’t. It is a chunderfuck. Oh, and, Riel has one helluva wife. Pour yourself a cup of Ethiopian yirgacheffe and savor this often humorous, fast-paced whodunit. – Rand Gaynor, author of New Old Stories