Review of Death in Cold Type

Death in Cold Type

It's the late 1980s and Michael Rossiter has been found dead in his Crescentwood home.…There are leads galore and nosy reporter Leo Fabiani always seems to be where the action is, doing a little amateur sleuthing. But he needs to solve the mystery. His oldest friend might be guilty. Even worse, the story involves the woman Leo loves. C.C. Benison (pen name of veteran Manitoba journalist Doug Whiteway) has come up with a surprise-laden plot, red herrings and eccentric characters. Are real-life crimes always this complicated?

What adds to the play are the Winnipeg locations. Furthermore, Benison has thrown in some commentary on the local scene....Our city comes across as a very tightly knit community where everyone has a connection, sometimes submerged, to everyone else. But that's an appropriate way to depict a town that truly does seem to enjoy—or suffer from—two, or maybe three, degrees of separation. After all, Winnipeg is the place where your former co-worker used to to date your best friend's ex, or maybe your cousin.

A crazed killer, a fiery denouement and a downtown shopping mall. What could be more fun?


— Quentin Mills-Fenn Uptown

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Death in Cold Type

For those who like their mysteries meaty and populated by characters with active libidos, questionable work ethics, bizarre social relationships and police plods trailing behind the amateur skills of heroes—well, everything's there....Benison's plot is well woven—a part-plausible and part-implausible basket common to the genre. But it is refreshingly more original than most. Best of all is the gripping windup.


— Murray Burt Winnipeg Free Press

Death in Cold Type

In the 90s, we were charmed by C.C. Benison's cheeky Jane Bee mysteries—fans will recall Bee as the housemaid who helps the Queen solve whodunits like Death at Windsor Castle: Her Majesty investigates. Bee is not in the spanking new novel Death in Cold Type but Benison (aka Doug Whiteway) does retain the playful spark of the early books, titling a chapter on an English food critic Nasty, British and Short and sprinkling the names of real people—including his own—into the murder tale set in 1988 Winnipeg. The hero is a reporter who shares elements of Whiteway's resume and the scenery will be familiar to locals.


Winnipeg Sun

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