Welcome. You've either stumbled or deliberately delved into the website of a Pacific Northwest writer who's spent most of her adult life studying crime and criminal behaviour.
For more years than I want to admit, I've been working on two separate amateur sleuth mysteries, one featuring public transit security cop Casey Holland; the other featuring former Canada Revenue Agency tax auditor, Alex Bellamy.
I've also published more than one hundred short stories, personal essays, and articles over the years. Some of the pieces are mystery, but I've also written mainstream, humorous, and even a little horror now and then.
I'm a mom, wife, employee, avid reader, and Canucks hockey fan. As someone who studied classical ballet for eight years, I'm still a fan of all kinds of dance.
Assuming that you're as busy as I am with many responsibilities, I've kept this site short and simple. Enjoy!
My 4th Casey Holland mystery, THE DEEP END, is now available through bookstores, amazon, and Kobo. You can also check out other formats or buy directly from my publisher, TouchWood Editions. Thanks very much!
Here's the blurb: .
Transit security officer Casey Holland’s latest assignment—to monitor a group of teens riding the M5 bus after shoplifting sprees—spirals out of control when the kids attack her and her colleagues. Compounding Casey’s stress, is the manipulative boy her thirteen-year-old ward, Summer, is dating, and intense volunteer work at Fraserview Youth Custody Center.
Casey’s shocked to find a friend’s grandson, Justin, inside. Shock turns to horror when the facility’s director suffers a fatal heart attack in front of her. A second death and rumors of illegal activity at Fraserview makes Casey wonder if Justin is part of the problem, or a potential victim.
As Casey deals with troubled teens on all fronts, the escalating violence could change her and Summer’s lives forever. Who will live and who will die? Debra Purdy Kong’s fourth installment in this series will keep readers guessing right to the end.