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Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Sylvia Maultash Warsh

Author of the award winning

Dr. Rebecca Temple mystery series

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I'm thrilled to announce that my short story "The Natural Order of Things," published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, has been shortlisted for a 2023 Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence.
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My short story, "Aunt Bertie Tries to Save the World" has just been published in In the Spirit of 13, by Carrick Publishing. The anthology was launched at the Sleuth of Baker Street on October 30, 2022 with authors and guests in costume. A wonderful time was had by all.

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I am featured on a new website called Shepherd for Authors, which helps readers discover authors and their books: 

I'm delighted to report that my short story, "The Natural Order of Things," appears in the May/June issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. 

Read my post on the Ellery Queen blog about how the book, Marathon Man, influenced my first novel. Link: Running With Marathon Man, or How I Stopped Worrying About Genre and Learned to Write Mystery (by Sylvia Maultash Warsh) | SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN


My short story, "There Are Always Secrets," has been published in the Crime Writers of Canada 40th Anniversary anthology, Cold Canadian Crime. When Charlie buys a rundown old house and starts to renovate, she is unprepared for what she discovers.

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Sylvia's latest story, "Days Without Name," published in A Grave Diagnosis, by Carrick Press, was shortlisted for a Crime Writers of Canada Excellence Award, 2021.



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Season of Iron

ReLit Nominee

SEASON OF IRON is one of the most compelling and well-written books I have come across in years. The writer, Sylvia Maultash Warsh, does a masterful job in describing two very diverse time periods, 1979 Toronto and 1930s Berlin. She manages to make both eras and its people come alive to interest and touch the readers.

It's a rare fiction book that can tell the story of the Holocaust while keeping respectful of the horrors that happened. This book manages to use this dreadful time and combine it with a murder mystery to make an outstanding example of fine writing.

Sharon Katz

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Find Me Again

Edgar Award Winner

Books in Canada

Despite Find Me Again’s cover notes I was unprepared for the engrossing journey over two centuries on which I was to accompany the author. This is Warsh’s second novel, a sequel to the well regarded To Die in Spring, and once again its central character is Dr. Rebecca Temple.  

We are introduced to two mysteries-one set in 1979, the other in the mid 1740s. While Rebecca strives to identify a murderer in Toronto, believing that a manuscript contains the answer, Warsh transports us through history. We become witnesses to the affairs and political intrigues of the royal courts of Poland, Russia, and Prussia in the 1740s.

Warsh knits the two mysteries together seamlessly. She handles the transition from one story to the other deftly until Dr. Temple, through her sheer determination and courage, presents us with satisfying and believable solutions to both conundrums. 

Desmond McNally


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To Die in Spring

Arthur Ellis Nominee


After the death of her husband, it's not all raisins and almonds in the relocated and refurbished consulting room of Dr. Rebecca Temple in downtown Toronto. There was nothing in Rebecca's past to prepare her for the headlong lethal drama that walked innocently into her waiting room in the guise of harmless old

Goldie Kochinsky. From Goldie, Dr. Temple learned, to her pain, that even paranoids have enemies. With the unrelenting pace of a jack-hammer, the suspense and horror combine to keep the pressure on full, while Argentine heavies and a relentless murderer stop at nothing in their attempts to keep the lid on a whole

Pandora's box of secrets going back to the death camps of Poland in the Second World War. This is the sort of novel that sells the sequel as you turn the pages of the present most accomplished introduction.

Howard Engel, Author of the "Benny Cooperman" mysteries


The Queen of Unforgetting

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Globe and Mail

Maultash Warsh tackles the loaded themes of racism, anti-Semitism, saints and sinners, and religious and personal martyrdom in her fourth novel. The first half of the novel is quite enjoyable and quirky: There are many lively, beautifully written and well-imagined scenes, such as Brébeuf’s encounters with the foul-mouthed, begrudging Huron tribe and Mel’s touching relationship with her landlady’s neglected child, Dot. Such exchanges reveal a complex Mel-cum-Malka – the drowning Queen who discovers how easy it is to forget and how difficult it is to forgive herself.

Ibi Kaslik

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Best Girl

As the main character moves towards the truth, Warsh creates many twists and turns to mimic Amanda's confusion. Best Girl is a novel that addresses many themes including the value of family and the quest for identity. Highly Recommended.

CM Magazine

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