Celebrated actress Bella James returns to the acclaimed Shaw Festival where she’s not only starring in a musical but is also part of an Artist-in-the-Classroom initiative at the local high school. When the popular teacher she’s assigned to work with is found hanged in his office, Bella and Detective Sergeant Andre Jeffers set out to investigate his death. They soon find themselves entwined in a series of webs that not only test their understanding of grief and what it means to love, but also threaten to destroy even more lives.
Niagara-on-the-Lake again provides the beautiful backdrop for this latest Bella James mystery. Full of humour, heart, surprising twists, and “hold on to your seat” turns, Bella and Jeffers return at full force, joined by many returning characters from Encore (including Dr. Gorgeous and, yes, Moustache!!) as well as some new faces who will make you laugh, cry, and keep you guessing until the very end!
Praise for Encore, the first Bella James mystery, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Bony Blithe Award and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
“Encore is a debut that deserves a sequel, perhaps even a series. It’s a new generation cozy that digs deep into the painful circumstances that lead to murder. A crackling good read.” ~ Don Graves, Canadian Mystery Review