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John Errington Moss, better known as John Moss, is a Canadian author of mystery and young adult thrillers.

He is known for writing a number of book series, including the Quin and Morgan mysteries, the Lindstrom Trilogy, and Silver Medallion.

A former professor at the University of Ottawa, John has published multiple literature on Canadian culture, Arctic exploration, and experimental literature.

A natural thrill-seeker, he has also run the Boston Marathon on eleven different occasions and swam the Hellespont once.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a master scuba diver trainer.

John is married to his beloved wife Beverley, and together they have three daughters and several grandchildren.

More about John Moss

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Born: 1940



Non Series

  • The Girl in a Coma (2016)

Lindstrom Trilogy

  1. Lindstrom Alone (2018)
  2. Lindstrom's Progress (2018)
  3. Lindstrom Unbound (2019)

Quin and Morgan Mystery

  1. Still Waters (2008)
  2. Grave Doubts (2009)
  3. Reluctant Dead (2011)
  4. The Dead Scholar (2013)
  5. Blood Wine (2014)

Silver Medallion

  1. The Jewel in the Cave (2018)
  2. Surviving the End of the World (2019)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Girl in a Coma

Allison Briscoe is your average fifteen-year-old-until someone tries to kill her. Shot in the head, her doctors and family think she is in a coma, but in fact, though she cannot move, she can think, she can hear, and she can dream.

Each night, Allison lives vicariously through her pioneer ancestors, experiencing their adventures through their eyes. First, she enters the world of Rebecca Haun, a fifteen-year-old rebel who lived in Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary War. To prove a friend innocent of murder, Rebecca betrays her Mennonite beliefs and joins the Women's Brigade with George Washington's rag-tag army at Valley Forge.

And each day, Allison struggles to find a way to show her family that she is awake―a goal that becomes increasingly desperate when she realizes that whoever shot her has come back to finish the job.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1929345243
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press

Lindstrom Trilogy

Lindstrom Alone

Harry Lindstrom is a Toronto-based investigator. Hired by a woman to prove her son is a killer, he is drawn into the saga of a murderously dysfunctional family. His harrowing odyssey takes him to Stockholm in the dead of winter and eventually to an ancient burial mound on the windswept island of Fårö.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1771802604
Publisher: Iguana Books
Lindstrom's Progress

Intrigued by the unlikely invitation from a detective in Vienna to prove she murdered her lover, Harry Lindstrom finds himself in a strained alliance with a woman who seems to have stepped out of a painting by Klimt. His chaotic pursuit to unravel her story leads him home to Toronto, then back to Vienna, Salzburg, and salt mines near the ancient village of Hallstadtt, where stories from the past and present merge with horrific finality.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1771802802
Publisher: Iguana Books
Lindstrom Unbound

Having retreated to the idyllic Polynesian island of Bora Bora to savour and lament the lost past, Harry Lindstrom finds himself drawn into a strange relationship with a raven-haired, B-list movie actress and her invalid husband. 

Harry learns from the amiably grotesque Inspector Theophil Queequeg that they are leaders of a virulent religious movement, and that the woman is far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined. 

Back in Toronto, she reappears with a disturbing capacity to make Harry wonder about the moral justifications for murder. Separately, they travel to England where they challenge the horrific intentions of the cult.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1771803342
Publisher: Iguana Books

Quin and Morgan Mystery

Still Waters

This psychological mystery introduces David Morgan and Miranda Quin, two maverick and culturally sophisticated Toronto police detectives. When a man is found dead in a garden pond in the wealthy heart of Toronto's Rosedale neighbourhood Morgan is lead into speculations about Japanese ornamental koi fish, and Quin into a chilling sequence of revelations that could destroy her. But the real mystery begins not with the deceased but with a woman who walks onto the crime scene and without emotion declares herself to be the victim's mistress. From that point on everything changes, even the past.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-1550027907
Publisher: Dundurn
Grave Doubts

The discovery of two headless corpses dressed in colonial clothing and locked in a grisly embrace draws Detectives Miranda Quin and David Morgan of the Toronto Police Service into a Gothic mixture of sex and death that ultimately threatens their survival.

What if the difference between good and evil is only perception?

Beginning with morbid curiosity, Miranda and Morgan get caught up in a story of inspired depravity. Through revelations in such diverse locations as a Toronto demolition site, a lonely farmhouse on Georgian Bay, the crypt of a derelict church, and inside the murky depths of a shipwreck, this perverse account of love, lust, and murder builds to a horrific crescendo. 

Seduced by their own personal demons, Quin and Morgan might not find their considerable skills and strong bonds enough this time to help them overcome the terrors that await.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1554884056
Publisher: Dundurn
Reluctant Dead

Toronto Detective Miranda Quin takes time off in the tropics and gets trapped in a sinister plot. Her partner, Detective David Morgan, is left alone to resolve the case of a beautiful corpse and ends up compromised in the mysterious Arctic. Islands, they learn, are an illusion. Everything connects, especially when murder is involved.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1525251993
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
The Dead Scholar

When the corpse of an elderly professor turns up on Philosophers Walk in the heart of Toronto, fellow members of the Francis Bacon Society are not surprised he was murdered. Each of the twelve eccentrics in this unlikely group devoted to the Renaissance rogue and scholar is profoundly in the dead man’s debt, and each has reasons for wanting him dead. Detectives Miranda Quin and David Morgan are drawn into their midst as the investigation moves from the university environs to a grand summer house in Muskoka.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0991823826
Publisher: Anne McDermid & Associates Ltd.
Blood Wine

Detective Miranda Quin is not only fighting crime, she’s fighting for her life.

The summer before 9/11, Toronto homicide detective Miranda Quin wakes up to find her lover dead beside her, yet has no memory of going to bed with him. Horrified by the results of the forensic investigation, the normally feisty Miranda moves through events in a daze while her partner, Detective David Morgan, offers support.

Because Miranda is the prime suspect, neither she nor Morgan are able to pursue the case officially, freeing them from jurisdictional constraints. They find it impossible to avoid being pulled into the rush of events that follow from one mysterious death to another in a quirky narrative that brings in a New York policeman who reads Thoreau and a beautiful and dangerous European wine expert who is not what she appears to be. As the plot moves from Toronto to New York and London, a deadly fraud leads to explosive revelations of drug smuggling as a cover for international terrorism.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1459708143
Publisher: Dundurn

Silver Medallion

The Jewel in the Cave

The discovery of awesome cave drawings by a disabled young anthropologist connects her to the precarious life of the girl who made them, fifty thousand years in the past. Angel Harris was born without the use of her legs. 

Her work is to explore caverns and tunnels others can’t reach in the quest for fossilized human bones. Deep in the earth she encounters the primeval art of a young woman who calls herself MEme. Their two stories intersect. At fifteen, MEme emerged from her secret grotto to find her family had vanished. 

Horrified but undaunted, she sets off to rescue them from dreaded people we have come to know as Neanderthals. In the present, Angel is cast into subterranean darkness as she struggles to survive, only to realize that something in the world has gone terribly terribly wrong.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1629899268
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Surviving the End of the World

Possibly the last person on Earth, a disabled young woman struggles to endure while she’s relating the story of her survival at fifteen, lost and presumed dead in the wilderness.Angel Harris is on a quest to find a fellow human being after most animal forms on the planet have perished. 

Born without the use of her legs, she crawls through mud, over rocks, along pavement, and travels from Paris by wheelchair and skateboard, borrowed cars and a yacht, to the south coast of England before setting sail in a small boat by herself across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. 

Her heroic account is told against the background story of her fifteen-year-old self as she describes the terrors, the mysteries, and the unexpected rewards of a plane crash in the northern bushland. Late for her own funeral, she becomes an anthropologist determined to survive the end of the world.

Author: John Moss
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1950890262
Publisher: World Castle Publishing