Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie) was born in Montreal and obtained her B.A. at McGill University and M.A. at the University of Toronto, before moving to Ottawa to work and raise a family. A few years later she returned to the University of Ottawa for her PhD in clinical psychology, and after more than twenty-five years as a child psychologist, she has recently retired in order to devote more time to her first passion, writing.
Although she first appeared in print in 1995, Barbara has been writing since she was six and has always had an affinity for the dark side. Her work as a child psychologist provides ample insight and inspiration for murderous plots. An active member of Canada's writing community, she is a past president of Crime Writers of Canada and Capital Crime Writers, an Ottawa mystery writers' group, as well as a member of the notorious Ladies Killing Circle, which edits anthologies of mystery short stories by Canadian women. She has three children, two dogs and a cat, and in whatever spare time she can find, she loves outdoor activities like travelling, skiing and kayaking, as well as reading, of course.
Barbara's dark, compelling short stories have appeared in various mystery magazines such as Storyteller, as well as in anthologies such as the New Canadian Noir series and The Ladies Killing Circle series. She is a two-time prizewinner in Storyteller's annual Great Canadian Short Story Contest, as well as a four-time nominee for the Crime Writers' of Canada Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story, including "Voices from the Deep" in 2007.
However, she is best known for her award-winning police procedural series featuring the exasperating, quixotic Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green. There are currently seven books in the series, starting with Do or Die, published by RendezVous Press in October 2000. The sequel Once Upon a Time (2002) was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' of Canada's Arthur Ellis award for Best Novel. The third in the series, Mist Walker, came out in 2003, and both Fifth Son (2004) and Honour Among Men (2006) won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel in their respective years. Her own experience as a hapless graduate student as well as that of her daughter, supplied the rich backdrop and detail for Do or Die. Her late husband's experiences in war crimes prosecutions gave her the impetus, as well a lot of the background and insight for Once Upon a Time, while Mist Walker and Fifth Son draw on her own experiences as a psychologist. Honour Among Men deals with the traumatic aftereffects of peacekeeping.
The sixth, Dream Chasers published in 2007, probes the pressures of elite young athletes, drugs and teenage sexuality. Having a soft spot for both hockey and young people, the topic was a natural. The newest release, This Thing of Darkness, explores the darkness both on the streets and in the human mind. It hit the bookstores in October 2009 and Barbara is already hard at work on the next case, Beautiful Lie the Dead, due out in the Fall of 2010.
"For those who love a solid, classic mystery with added character, Inspector Green is perfect", says The Globe and Mail.