Rosemary Aubert is the author of sixteen books, among them the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series and her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill.
Rosemary is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, winning in both the novel and short-story categories. She appears in the recently-published popular short story collection Thirteen.
She is a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Mystery Writers of America. She conducts a much-in-demand writer’s retreat at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario each summer, as well as mentoring writing students who are studying at the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.
As a hobby, Rosemary studies math and science and has recently completed her second stint attending lectures at the International Summer School at Cambridge University in England. She intends to use some of this math knowledge in future works. Rosemary is an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto where she promotes Canadian writing and encourages other writers like herself.
How I Got Published
I have been writing and publishing since I was a teenager. The six Ellis Portal books have arisen from my love of my adopted city, Toronto, where I have now lived for almost 45 years.
I write about Ellis Portal, a man who was once a prominent member of the legal profession, in fact, a judge. He has, however, fallen on hard times and lived for a while in a shack he made out of cardboard in the wild valley of the Don River than runs through the city.As the years (and the novels about him) have gone on, he has been restored to his former legal life, although much altered by all he has been through. He is by no means a traditional sleuth but instead a man to whom fate is constantly handing problems that only he can solve, and the problems always involve murder or the suspicion of murder.
I was assisted in the publication of this book by the wonderful Donna Carrick of Carrick Publishing. It is an independent project. I have been published internationally by larger traditional publishers in the past, but this time I decided to go indie, and I haven’t looked back.
Ellis Portal has resigned from solving mysteries. Or so he thinks.
When a profound personal tragedy propels him into a puzzling case with no suspects and no clues, he’s forced back into the world of crime.
Against the drama of a Toronto conference that brings world leaders to the city, Ellis finds himself surrounded with new enemies and old allies, one of whom threatens to make demands on him he’s in no position to meet.