Reviews and Articles on The Third Riel Conspiracy
Review in The National Post, March 28, 2013.
Stephen Legault has proven himself to be one of the most versatile writers currently working in Canadian crime fiction. It’s Legault’s third series…that holds the greatest potential, as it offers sharp, uniquely West Coast perspective on some of the most important moments in early Canadian history.
Review in The Globe and Mail, March 2, 2013.
“Once again, Stephen Legault brings in a great historical mystery. Legault, from Canmore, Alta., has combined a murder, a Mountie and the Battle of Batoche in a slick whodunit….It’s Legault’s excellent research that makes this novel work. Think Canadian history is dull? Think again.” Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail.
Review in The Hamilton Spectator, March 2, 2013
The Third Riel Conspiracy is a thoroughly researched history mystery with tension, fine storytelling, and a focus on some of the defining moments of Canada’s story, holding a mirror to the hardened reality that Canada’s political chicanery has deep roots into our national soul. Don Graves, The Hamilton Spectator.
Review in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, April 20, 2013
It is not easy for an author to blend fictional characters into historical fact, but Legault manages it very well… He has created a believable man for his time, a passionate believer in justice who will go to great lengths to ensure it. – Jenni Mortin, The Star Phoenix
Review in the Rocky Mountain Outlook, March 14, 2013
Legault is proving himself to be a writer with an ability to create increasingly complex story lines while at the same time taking readers deep into the history, politics and culture of the time, without sacrificing story.
Review in The Library Journal, March 2013
VERDICT At first blush one might categorize this series entry (after The End of the Line) as a regional historical mystery, but that would be a mistake. Legault’s mysteries—no matter which series—are admirably well researched.
Reviews and Articles on The Slickrock Paradox
Review in Mysterious Reviews, March 2013
The Slickrock Paradox is a really fine start to this series.
Review in The Hamilton Spectator, October 13, 2012
A skilful story by author Legault and marks a series worth investing your time in.
Review in The Library Journal, September, 2012
VERDICT Exciting, dense with literary references, and definitely worth a try. Canadian author -Legault’s (The Vanishing Track) complex new series start will appeal to conspiracy buffs, outdoors enthusiasts, and literary detectives. Think Betty Webb for her passion for hot-button topics and Nevada Barr for the gripping challenges posed by the land. – The Library Journal, Sept 2012
Reviews and Articles on The Vanishing Track
Review in The Hamilton Spectator, April 29, 2012
The portrayal is clear; the action sharp and brutal. The plot relentlessly pushes it forward. Each element plays for and against the other and is tied together by protagonist, Cole Blackwater. – Don Graves, The National Post
Review in The National Post, April 7, 2012
The Vanishing Track made me want to track down the first two Cole Blackwater books and, even better, has me curious about what’s next for him and his friends. – Sarah Weinman, The National Post
Review in The Rocky Mountain Outlook, April 5, 2012
“With The Vanishing Track, [Legault] deserves to find himself on some bestseller and awards lists.” – Carol Picard, Rocky Mountain Outlook
Listen to an interview with Stephen on CBC’s Daybreak Alberta (March 31, 2012) about the Vanishing Track. Opens in a new window, and scroll down to Stephen’s mug.
“The Third and best book in the Cole Blackwater series.” – Margarette Cannon, The Globe and Mail.
Reviews and Articles on The End of the Line:
Don Graves of the Hamilton Spectator picked The End of the Line as one of his top 10 mysteries for 2011.
Mysterious Reviews (December 17, 2011)
Interview at Poe’s Deadly Daughters (December 17, 2011)
The Calgary Herald (November 20, 2011)
Rocky Mountain Outlook (October 20, 2011)
“The End of the Line is a whopping good tale…a riveting and winning mystery. The End Of The Line scores on all points: historical framework, dialogue that reveals feeling and supports action, vivid description that is essential to the plot, a mystery with means, motive and opportunity and a deductive force at work long before the days of high-end forensics. This first-rate series will continue in 2012 with another tale rich in Canadian fabric, the Louis Riel mystic. If you’re a fan of the history-mystery, this is a series not to be missed.”
– Don Graves, The Hamilton Spectator
Review of the End of the Line, Hamilton Spectator, September 24, 2011 (September 24, 2011)
“Legault knows his history, and that’s what makes this novel shine.”
– Margaret Canon, The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail (September 15, 2011)
Quill and Quire (September 2011 Edition)
Rocky Mountain Outlook (Author Profile, July 28, 2011)
Reviews and Articles on The Darkening Archipelago:
“Legault tells a story that is fast-paced and rich, revealing just enough to keep our eye following the ball under the cup.”
– Monday Magazine
The Tyee (includes an excerpt from the book, July 28, 2010)
Monday Magazine City Guide (short but sweet inclusion in the premier guide to arts in Victoria on pg. 14)
Victoria Times Colonist Review, May 9, 2010 (opens as a PDF in a new window)
Reviews and Articles on The Cardinal Divide:
CBC All Points West (no link)
The Rocky Mountain Outlook (no link)