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14 FEBRUARY, 2022

Great review of The Keening, in the Winnipeg Free Press: "Halifax author Anne Emery has superbly blended two fascinating story lines in the Keening, a splendid murder mystery with characters you wish you knew - even more so the folk of 1595 who'll offer you a flagon of ale, a game pie and a ribald poem or two."

03 NOVEMBER, 2021

Anne's new book, The Keening, received a lovely review from the Historical Novel Society of the UK: The Keening keeps the suspense going with its intriguing protagonists and ongoing puzzles. . . .  The Keening is full of music, poetry, and tales, with enlightening epigraphs to each chapter. A rich and rewarding book, it arouses our sympathies for the long, painful history of the Irish within an engrossing mystery. Recommended.”

23 SEPTEMBER, 2021

Anne's twelfth book was launched September 21 at the Halifax Public Library: The KeeningA Mystery of Gaelic Ireland. This is a standalone historical mystery. The story is set partly in 16th/17th century Ireland and partly in the present day. The historical plot centres around the Maguires, the Lords of Fermanagh, and their castle in Enniskillen, at a time when the English are coming closer to their goal of conquering all of Ireland. A prophetess is murdered, and we see the effects of her death even in the present time. But it's not all doom and gloom; there is lots of partying and singing and storytelling as well! Fr. Brennan Burke will return to us in the book after that, Fenian Street, and Monty and the whole crew will be back in the book after that one, which is set once again in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

26 MARCH, 2021

If you'd like to hear the voices of the characters in the Collins-Burke mystery series, check out Gerard Doyle's wonderful audiobook readings:

25 MAY, 2019

Anne's tenth novel, Though the Heavens Fall, has just won the 2019 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. The award is given by the Crime Writers of Canada, and was announced in Toronto on May 23. 

03 MARCH, 2019

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine reviewed Though the Heavens Fall: "The dialogue is smart and the story brutally emotional." See Reviews section for the book. 

28 NOVEMBER, 2016

Anne's ninth Collins-Burke mystery novel, Lament for Bonnie, is now available and is winning great reviews. A fine time was had by all at the book launch at Durty Nelly's in Halifax. Also, Ruined Abbey is now out in paperback.

16 OCTOBER, 2016

Anne was named one of ten rising Canadian mystery writers to watch, by Quill & Quire in 2007, and one of the best of the new group of crime authors, by the Globe and Mail in 2016.

29 MARCH, 2016

For a bit of fun in the courtroom with Brennan Burke and Monty Collins, be sure to go to

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04 MAY, 2015

Anne's new novel, Ruined Abbey, is getting glowing reviews. The book was launched on May 3 in Halifax. Click on the cover image to find a description of the story and see the reviews.

07 DECEMBER, 2013

The Globe and Mail recommends Blood on a Saint as one of 10 crime novels to read this season. "The seventh book in the series is one of the best yet."

23 NOVEMBER, 2013

Blood on a Saint. The National Post says: "What elevates Emery's latest from a superior exercise in suspense into something larger is the way she explores what people disclose and what they don't." See the review:


Booklist: "Another sharply plotted entry in the Collins-Burke series, which is distinguished by its well-drawn characters and unique setting."


Kirkus Reviews: "Emery skillfully blends homicide with wit,music, theology, quirky characters and a Nova Scotian atmosphere."

26 October, 2011

“Halifax lawyer Anne Emery’s terrific series featuring lawyer Monty Collins and priest Brennan Burke gets better with every book. ...  Filled with Irish history and lore, this is a delightful change for Emery’s regulars.” - Globe and Mail