Sam Wiebe



Mystery Writing Masterclass: Crime in the Suburbs; Crime Fiction and Fact

Registration for the Mystery Writing Masterclass is filling up nicely!
If you've always wanted to write crime and mystery fiction, this is the class for you!
June 9th at SFU Harbour Centre, EJ Safarik Sr Conference Room, 10-2:30.

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Mystery Writing Masterclass Seminar

June 9th I'm running a "Mystery Writing Masterclass" at SFU Harbour Centre (Downtown Vancouver) from 10-230. Registration is open now. Details below.

Mystery Writing Masterclass with Sam Wiebe


Have an idea for a mystery novel? Mired in the middle of a tough first draft? Wondering what revisions will make your work publication-ready? Then this is the class for you!

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Seattle Event, Reviews, What am I Reading

March was a very difficult month. I had to cancel and reschedule several events, and it's taken me this long to get back into things. But I have some good news to share 

My event at Third Place Books in Seattle has been rescheduled for Thursday May 17th, 7pm, at the Forest Park location. I'll be in conversation with Brian Thornton, author, editor, former President of Mystery Writers America's …

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Hollywood North

"Hollywood North" is out, published by Quercus USA, March 2018.  
This is a FREE e-book that features Dave Wakeland investigating the disappearance of a poet-turned sitcom writer. "Hollywood North" includes an excerpt from CUT YOU DOWN.

Check it out here.




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The CUT YOU DOWN Reviews are In, plus new article

My article "Expect No Mercy: Crime Fiction and Gentrification" is live over at Crime Reads. I've gotten great feedback on it so far, and I feel like it lays out some of the things I'm going for in Cut You Down.

Speaking of which: several rave reviews have come in for Cut You Down. Due to circumstances I haven't posted them before today, but they've been a small bright spot in a gloomy couple of w…

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My dad passed away last Tuesday. Since then my mom and brothers and I have been dealing with our grief and the arrangements.
It was unexpected, but peaceful. He was a warm and genuine person, and I have a lot of great memories. That's some comfort.
Because of this, I've cancelled several book events, including tonight's talk with Brian Thornton at Third Place Bo…

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Vancouver Noir announcement

Thrilled to announce that Vancouver Noir, the anthology I edited for Akashic Books, has a release date of November 2018! 

Vancouver Noir features new stories from Timothy Taylor, Sheena Kamal, Nathan Ripley, Yasuko Thanh, Carleigh Baker, Dietrich Kalteis, Linda Richards, Robin Spano, Nick Mamatas, RM Greenaway, Don English, SG Wong, Kristi Charish...and yours truly. The astonishing cover art …

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Upcoming events, AMA, and Reviews

The reviews for CUT YOU DOWN have been tremendous. In addition to a starred review from Publishers Weekly, Here are a couple others:

Mystery People named CUT YOU DOWN one of its February picks, calling it "a fresh spin on the tough yet emotionally vulnerable private eye."

Susan Hoover on Reviewing the Evidence says, "CUT YOU DOWN is an edge of the seat thriller. I held my breath through th…

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CUT YOU DOWN launches!


Today is the day the second Wakeland novel, CUT YOU DOWN, arrives in stores. Here's how you can order it:

Amazon (US)      Amazon (CA)     Chapters/Indigo  Barnes & Noble    Book Warehouse    

The book has garnered incredible reviews so far, including a starred rave review from Publishers Weekly. Here's the synopsis: 

No one knows what happened to Tabi…

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2018 Events

I'll be doing a few events around B.C. and Washington in February and March.
A few other events in the Interior and elsewhere are in the works. But here's what's confirmed:

February: CUT YOU DOWN published
 by Random House Canada and Quercus USA.
Feb 7th is the Cut You Down book launch at the Shebeen Whisky Room, 210 Carrall Street, 7pm. Here's the event's Facebook page.

Feb 7th: Auth…

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Starred Reviews, Year-End Awards, and my own best-reads list

It's nice to end the year on a high note: Publishers Weekly gave Cut You Down a starred review "a cleverly tuned commentary on a society that forces its citizens to choose between doing the wrong thing for the right reason and doing the right thing for the wrong reasons," and "Wiebe convincingly brings Raymond Chandler into the 21st century." Read the full review here. 

Invisible Dead was awa…

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Cut You Down book blurbs and synopsis

Order Cut You Down Now:
Amazon (US) Amazon (CA) Chapters/Indigo B&N

Vancouver PI Dave Wakeland is back--this time staring down the knife edge of corruption and murder.

No one knows what happened to Tabitha Sorensen. The brilliant but troubled student seems to have vanished, leaving a deadly trail of missing millions and links to a notorious family of criminals. Hired to find her, Wakel…

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Cut You Down Book Launch

This February, CUT YOU DOWN will be published by Random House Canada and Quercus USA. The Cut You Down book launch will be Feb 7th at the Shebeen Whisky Room, 210 Carrall Street, 7pm. Here's the event's Facebook page. Official publication date is February 13th. You can pre-order it at: Amazon (US)    Amazon (CA)    …

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Kamloops Postponement, Audiobook, and more...

Invisible Dead is now available as an audiobook from Blackstone Audio, read by Law and Order alumnus Donald Corren. Here's a link to the CD and MP3 versions on Amazon.

Unfortunately I've had to postpone my involvement in the Kamloops Writers Fest, due to--well, civic duty (I'll be able to say more later). Thanks to Lindsay and the other organizers, and Peter at the Kamloops Chapters, who have…

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INVISIBLE DEAD comes out on audiobook October 24th, 2017! You can order it from Audible or Amazon (US).  I'm hoping it will come out in Canada soon...


I like that cover! Donald Corren, the audiobook narrator, did a whole lot of episodes of the original Law & Order, which is pretty cool.

I missed Bouchercon this year and will likely miss at least one other event due to a certain civ…

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