Joanne Kilbourn by Gail Bowen
Joanne Kilbourn is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by Canadian novelist Gail Bowen. Joanne Kilbourn is a widow, a mother, a political analyst and a university professor. But most important to the series, she is an amateur sleuth. She is based in Saskatchewan, Canada. Several of the books in the series have been adapted to TV movies by Shaftesbury Films, with the title character portrayed by Wendy Crewson.

Gail Bowen debuted her Joanne Kilbourn character in the novel Deadly Appearances, which was published in 1990. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Gail Bowen’s Joanne Kilbourn books in order of when they were first published (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Joanne Kilbourn Books


Deadly Appearances(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at the Mendel(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wandering Soul Murders(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Colder Kind of Death(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Killing Spring(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Verdict in Blood(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Burying Ariel(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Glass Coffin(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Good Day(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Endless Knot(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Brutal Heart(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Nesting Dolls(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kaleidoscope(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gifted(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
12 Rose Street(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
What's Left Behind(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Murder at the Mendel is also known as Love and Murder.

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Joanne Kilbourn Synopsis: Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen is the first book in the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series. Andy Boychuk is a successful Saskatchewan politician – until one sweltering August afternoon when the party faithful gather at a picnic. All of the key people in Boychuk’s life, including family, friends, enemies, are present. Boychuk steps up to the podium to make a speech, takes a sip of water, and drops dead. Joanne Kilbourn, in her first job as Canada’s leading amateur sleuth, is soon on the case, looking into Boychuk’s past. What she finds are a Bible college that’s too good to be true, a woman with a horrifying and secret past, and a murderer who isn’t done yet.


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