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Diane Bator is an imaginative Canadian author of mystery novels.

A member of the Headwaters Writers' Guild, she has authored the Glitter Bay Mysteries, Gilda Wright Mystery Series, Sugarwood Mysteries and the Wild Blue Mysteries.

Diane is also a member of the Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, Thrillers International, and Writers Union of Canada.

Since reigniting her love for writing, Diane has attended workshops and created murder mysteries and YA novellas.

She has three kids and two cats.

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Genre: Mystery

Canada

Website: https://penspaintsandpaper.com/

Gilda Wright Mystery Series

  1. Dead Without Honor (2014)
  2. Dead Without Glory (2019)
  3. Dead Without Pride (2019)
  4. Dead Without Shame (2020)

Glitter Bay Mysteries

  1. All That Sparkles (2019)
  2. All That Shines (2021)

Sugarwood Mysteries

  1. Drop Dead Cowboy (2020)

Wild Blue Mysteries

  1. The Bookstore Lady (2014)
  2. The Mystery Lady (2017)
  3. The Bakery Lady (2017)
  4. The Painted Lady (2019)
Sugarwood Mysteries

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Gilda Wright Mystery Series

Dead Without Honor

Gilda Wright is elated after she is hired as a receptionist at a karate facility.

Sensei Mick Williams, her new boss, is nearly as testing as he is wickedly attractive, while the power and bravery of the individuals around greatly inspires her.

However, things quickly take a turn for the worse when Gilda discovers the lifeless remains of one of the instructors, with a sword through his chest.

As the authorities launch a murder investigation, no one is above suspicion—not even her boss Sensei.

Determined to solve the mystery, Gilda follows the leads of the stolen scroll of the Four Possessions of the Samurai.

Will she however live long enough to unravel it?

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0228601319
Publisher: BWL Publishing
Dead Without Glory

Things are finally back to normal for receptionist Gilda Wright.

Her love life is promising while she is also deeply embroiled in planning a huge launch party for the new martial arts facility of her boss, Sensei Mick Williams.

Things however go terribly wrong when the dead body of the special guest referee for the exhibition match is discovered, with the sinfully sexy weapon’s instructor Kane Garrick accused of the killing.

Although she vows to stay away, Gilda still dives into the investigation head first, as she looks to unmask the killer.

But will she manage to get the killer? Or will the killer get her first?

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0228604693
Publisher: BWL Publishing
Dead Without Pride

Gilda Wright is quite receptive when it comes to spirituality.

Going out with Sensei Mick Williams has made her appreciate the solid tie between the mind, body, and spirit.

When Kane Garrick, her close friend and occasional flirt, recruits a gorgeous psychic at his New Age store, Gilda has mixed emotions of joy and envy.

However, her emotions turn to outright suspicion when the psychic's forecasts become fulfilled—none more so than the murder of a prominent figure in the tiny town.

Could all perfect predictions be nothing more than happenstance, or is there something more sinister?

In order to find the truth, Gilda must endanger her own life?

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0228606116
Publisher: BWL Publishing
Dead Without Shame

Gilda is heavily contemplating quitting her job at the karate school and working for her friend Happy, who never goes by his real name Harvey.

However, when a heist takes place at Happy Harvey’s Hangover, resulting in the murder of the woman at the counter, Gilda can’t help but wonder how that could very well have been her.

Was this a normal robbery? Or does somebody have something against Happy, and his close friend Gary del Garda?

The intrigue intensifies when Gilda’s mother and another karate instructor arrive in town with secrets that could have severe repercussions.

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0228612636
Publisher: BWL Publishing

Glitter Bay Mysteries

All That Sparkles

“What is the connection between a pile of vintage clothes, a good-looking land developer, and a five-decade old diamond theft? Sounds like something Laken Miller should uncover.”
 
Laken Miller is shocked when she receives a trunk full of lavish vintage clothing and a number of newspaper excerpts about a diamond robbery that took place five decades ago.

However, the bigger concern is that she has to unmask the identity of the person who killed Tilly San Vicente.

Will she manage to find the killer? Or will the killer find her and silence her for good?

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0228607335
Publisher: BWL Publishing
All That Shines

When Sage Miller’s sister Laken opts to throw a fashion show as a way of celebrating the launching of the new Vintage Sage store, she is all but impressed.

Her problems are further compounded when she finds out that her sister sought the services of a Hollywood fashion designer who not only arrives in the middle of renovations, but also brings his apprentice with him.

Things get worse for her when she discovers the lifeless remains of Sebastian Hayward III in her store.

And before she knows it, nearly half of LA –comprising unwanted figures for Laken’s past—show up at her store, seemingly looking for something that Sebastian had.

Will Sage solve matters before everything around her implodes?

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0228616719
Publisher: BWL Publishing

Sugarwood Mysteries

Drop Dead Cowboy

Halloween is one of Audra Clemmings’ favorite holidays of the year.

Her passion for the holiday however quickly changes when she encounters a collection of voodoo dolls in the neighboring shop; dolls identical to nearly everybody in Sugarwood, Ontario—including her.

But that’s just the beginning.

There is also the tiny matter of the lifeless remains of a cowboy found on the bench next to her shop Stitch’n’Time…

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0228613909
Publisher: BWL Publishing

Wild Blue Mysteries

The Bookstore Lady

Danny Walker is searching for Paulina Chourney, who got involved with the wrong crowd, and is lucky enough to have escaped from the claws of her boyfriend Maddox.

Determined to run away from Maddox, she relocates to the tiny town of Packham—the most unlikely of places to find her.

Changing her identity, she now goes by the name Katie Mullins, and even joins a local writing group.

But just when she begins settling in, Danny Walker arrives in town to visit family, only to identify her.

When a series of events unravel involving her octogenarian landlady, Katie must decide whether to confront her past or continue running for the rest of her life.

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1771452496
Publisher: Books We Love
The Mystery Lady

Danny Walker was quite passionate about hunting down criminals, until a near-death experience changed everything.
Taking some time away from the police force, Danny is struggling to convince the psychiatrist that he is sane, more so when he assists his ex-partner to unravel a sequence of killings that threatens the safety of the woman he's pursuing.
 
Aspiring writer Lucy Stephen never wrote about murder until her husband left her and a mysterious figure started tailing her.
When her husband and his girlfriend go with the kids on holiday, Lucy finds a secret collection of jewelry.
And the more she learns about the precious possessions, the more she realizes that she may never see her children again.

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1772995282
Publisher: Books We Love
The Bakery Lady

Leo Blue plunges into a sea of bread dough and deception the moment he crosses paths with Christina Davidson, sister to the local tattoo artist.

Returning to Packham, Christina hides a host of deadly secrets.

And it doesn’t take long for Leo to find out that Christina’s darkest secret is her alter ego and her husband, who is accused of killing a rising artist.

Despite the dangers involved, Leo promises to not only solve things but also ensure that Christina and her husband are reunited for the festive season.

Will his involvement however come at a price?

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1772995312
Publisher: Books We Love
The Painted Lady

Things have been gradually falling into place for Christina Davidson, despite the fact that she still hides a secret.

However, when Leo Blue arrives back in town, with figures from her past surfacing, Christina’s high walls begin imploding.

The only ones who can assist her are the men of the Wild Blue Detective Agency.

Despite his efforts, Leo Blue can’t seemingly run away from being a private eye.

Several months after the killing of artist DJ Gage, the prices of the artist’s works rise steeply.

When a dead woman is found and forgery is uncovered, Leo finds himself searching for a killer and a forger.

Author: Diane Bator
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0228605904
Publisher: BWL Publishing