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    GRIPIN WINTERS

    For more information:www.brendachapman.ca

    For media bookings:604-366-7846 or [email protected]

    The last thing Maja Cleary wanted was to be drawn backto her childhood home in the depths of a snowyMinnesota winter - but news of her father's murder andher brother Jonas's arrest force her from the safe worldshe has so carefully constructed for herself in Ottawa.A killer is on the prowl in Duved Cove and somewhere

    in Maja's troubled past lies the trigger.

    Passions and past trespasses are on a collision course asMaja crosses the border to save Jonas from beingconvicted of their father's homicide - one he had everyreason to commit. While Maja battles against time, herown demons, and the relentless snow, the murdererprepares to kill again . . .

    In Winters Grip is the stunning new novel by Ottawawriter Brenda Chapman.

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    ckYou are wrong, you know, Maj,he said. None of it was a dream.The monster we saw was the realDad. All the rest was just smokeand mirrors. The man everybodyknew and loved was one big lie.

    - In Winters Grip

    He reached for my arm andcrushed his hand around myforearm, tossing me into thehallway. I sprawled on the floorand scrambled to my feet. Myknees stung from carpet burns

    but I hardly noticed the pain. Iran ahead of him to find mymother. I started searching therooms, one by one. I was franticto find her.- In Winters Grip

    Price: $16.95ISBN: 978-1-926607-0Pages: 2565.125 x 7.5Written by Brenda ChRendezVous CrimeSept 2010

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    GRIPIN WINTERS

    For more information:www.brendachapman.ca

    For media bookings:604-366-7846 or [email protected]

    IN WINTERS GRIPN WINTERS GRIPQUESTION & ANSWERS FORUESTION & ANSWERS FORThe car swerved on a bit on ice

    but I managed to straighten thewheel. The wipers were tryingtheir best to clear the crustysnow from the windshield. Gustsof wind buffeted the carwhenever we came to a flatstretch of road. For the mostpart, we were protected by thedark miles of forest on either sideof us. Tree boughs swayed backand forth in the wind and snowdrove sideways across the road.- In Winters Grip

    How does her fathers murder change her life?Having grown up in a small town on the north shore of LakeSuperior, creating a fictional town in the heart of Minnesotabecame the perfect vehicle for a story of murder in the dead ofwinter. I wanted readers to feel the bone-chilling cold and thecreeping fear along with Maja Cleary as she left the safety of herhome in Ottawa to unravel her fathers murder. The frigid settingfit perfectly with the subject matter a narcissist and thedestruction they wreak on their family, even years after thechildren have grown and moved away.

    The idea of a flawed parent came following brushes withnarcissistic colleagues in the workplace, seminars by experts in thefield of personality disorders and research into this disturbing yetstrangely fascinating field of psychology. The idea was not to tellthe story of a flawed individual so much as to delve intothe psyches of those left in their wake.

    Is Maja based on anyone in particular?

    No, but I think she encapsulates all women who are getting olderand starting to question where they are in life, and regrettingthat theyve given up on their dreams and belief in themselves.Ive known many women grappling with the same issues asMaja that is with the exception of solving murders!

    How does the Minnesota setting fit into the murder mystery?The setting is almost another character in the book the dark,frigid landscape, unrelenting snow, battering winds all anchoredby the stark beauty of Lake Superior. Winter in Northern

    Minnesota proved to be the perfect vehicle for building suspenseand racheting up the fear factor.

    Price: $16.95ISBN: 978-1-926607-0

    Pages: 2565.125 x 7.5Written by Brenda ChRendezVous CrimeSept 2010

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    GRIPIN WINTERS

    For more information:www.brendachapman.ca

    For media bookings:604-366-7846 or [email protected]

    "It's winter in a small Minnesota community on the frigid shores of Lake Superior. Everyone in town

    knows everyone else's secrets --at least they think they do. Enter a former resident in the grip of her own

    winter of discontent; add a family whose past is filled with unspeakable acts and marrow- freezing betray-

    als and, to deepen the chill, witness two savage murders.Brenda Chapman's "In Winter's Grip" has

    enough suspense and hair-pin plot turns to keep your heart pounding on the iciest winter night."

    -Gail Bowen, author of Love You to Death

    Price: $16.95ISBN: 978-1-926607-05

    Pages: 2565.125 x 7.5Written by Brenda ChaRendezVous CrimeSept 2010

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    "In Winters Grip by Brenda Chapman sent more than one chill through me. She so perfectly captures

    winter, in reality and metaphorically. The bitterness, the harshness, the yearning for home and warmth

    and love. And all wrapped in a terrific mystery. Wear a sweater, set the fireplace, brew a cup of tea and

    enjoy this book."

    -Louise Penny, author of Bury the Dead

    "Brenda Chapman has created a taut and atmospheric tale

    suitably set against a wintry Minnesota landscape. The reader

    is drawn to the gutsy conflicted protagonist, and held captiveby the complex and intriguing family dynamic and the

    dangerous fog of secrets. I couldn't put it down."

    -Mary Jane Maffini, author of Closet Confidential