Ottawa author named top 10 audiobooks borrowed from UK library system

Brenda Chapman is in good company when it comes to the popularity of her audiobooks in the UK library system.

The Ottawa mystery author has two top 10 audiobooks for how often people borrow them. Chapman found out about his success across the pond thanks to a Google Alert.

“I was just looking at my emails and it was there,” she said.

“And a few days later I received an email from a reporter from The Guardian in England to request an interview, so it was quite surprising. “

“Holy smoke”

Cold mourning second behind JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and in front of other well-known mystery author Ian Rankin and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

His other book in the top 10, Kills butterflies, ranks eighth.

“It was just crazy,” she said. “I turned to my husband and said, ‘God, I think that’s something, you know? To be on this list.'”

Cold Mourning is a mystery that unfolds in Ottawa during the holidays. (Dundurn Press)

Both are part of her Stone child and Roller series, of which there are seven books.

Chapman said her titular detective, Kala Stonechild, came from her time at the Federal Department of Justice and was based on a mix of people from files she worked with with Indigenous Affairs and dealing with issues such as residential schools and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

“I wanted to create a chief police officer who was smart, smart, you know, kinda damaged by her past – her parents went to boarding school – and Kala just got out of there,” she said.

“As you write the character just shows [themselves] and she did, just like the books. “

Chapman said his next project is called Blind date and is slated for release on March 1.

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