Praise for Deryn Collier's Open Secret
"[S]atisfies as a mystery but also stands as something richer and more complex. … Collier demonstrates subtle and impressive control, downshifting into seemingly casual scenes then revving back up for the story's resolution. The climax leaves the reader with a genuine emotional pang … It makes for powerful reading." – Quill & Quire
"Open Secret drew me in from the first chapter and never let go. An
intriguing mystery, a love story, and in Bern Fortin, a memorable
investigator - I savoured every page."
—D.J. McIntosh, The Book of Stolen Tales
"Deryn Collier wonderfully captures the alternating tranquility and
turbulence of small-town life. Open Secret is a riveting page-turner
from a talented new voice."
"[S]eriously enjoyable . . . Collier has created a realistic and intimate world, one in which breakfast is a sacred bond between neighbours, but the pains of systemic mistreatment of First Nations are still reverberating."
—The Nelson Star
"With quirky, nuanced characters, Deryn Collier takes a small mountain community and turns it into the center of a riveting tale of murder. The tempo is unhurried, but it hooks you . . . The setting may be cozy, but Collier's style is dark and deep, and reminiscent of Minette Walters."
—Ian Hamilton, author of the Ava Lee Novels
Praise for Deryn Collier's Confined Space
"This excellent debut novel by B.C. author Collier was short-listed for
the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished first crime novel. I
don't know what happened to the winner, but S&S was smart to pick up
this one.... This is a nice mystery with good characters in a very
well-developed setting, and the series has promise."
—Globe and Mail
"Collier is close to masterful in presenting the crimes in the context
of the working life in the staggeringly complex brewery. And she knows
just how to insert into her story the right hints of menace to keep
readers in a state of iffy balance."
"...she doles out ingredients in an appealingly low-key fashion and paces
the book and clues at a steady clip. Deryn Collier is a welcome addition
to the crime fiction scene here, and I'll be looking out for her next
book in due course."