Sticks + Stones

How dangerous can words be? The University of Alberta is caught up in maelstrom of threatening letters and hate-filled graffiti. When one of part-time sessional lecturer Randy Craig’s students is brutally murdered after receiving a poison-pen letter, Randy finds herself becoming both a reluctant investigator and the target of the mysterious killer. Sticks + Stones is considered to be Book #1 in the published “canon” of Randy Craig Mystery novels and was #1 best-seller on the Edmonton Journal Top 10 fiction charts!

Sticks + Stones was highlighted on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2016 list of “Academic Novels for Real People”

Praise for Sticks + Stones:

“Janice MacDonald’s intelligence and insight into human behaviour make her one of the most promising new writers on the Canadian mystery scene.”
Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kibourn mysteries

“For me, Sticks and Stones  is the epitome of the ‘I just couldn’t put it down’ book because I couldn’t until I’d read it three times. I’ve never been that taken with anyone’s writing before.”
The Lethbridge Herald

“Spellbinding! Janice MacDonald populates academe with real characters and puts the humanity back in the Humanities. Of course, she picks one or two of them off now and them, which is all right with me, too. Sticks and Stones  is an up-all-night page-turner with real substance.”
W.P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joe

Sticks and Stones  hit all the right notes for me (and even some that I didn’t know I was looking for: analyses of The Great Gatsby  and Twelfth Night  being used as crucial clues to the mystery? Yes please, more of this!). What really made this book a great read was Randy’s wit, the light peppering of romance, and the disturbing crimes. This is one of those books that begs to be finished at 3 a.m. of the same day.”
Matthew Stepanic, editor of Glass Buffalo Magazine


Published by Ravenstone Books/Turnstone Press
ISBN: 978-0888012562

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