Black Tide Rising

By (author): R.J. McMillen
ISBN 9781771511230
Softcover | Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Book Dimensions: 5.25 in x 8 in
224 Pages

About the Book

It’s been a year since retired cop Dan Connor formed an unlikely partnership with ex-criminal Walker, to find Claire, a missing marine biologist. And it’s been a year since he fell for her. Now he finally has the chance to enjoy both his retirement and the relationship as he travels up the Pacific Northwest coast of British Columbia to meet her in the remote village of Kyuquot. But when Dan stops for a visit with the lighthouse keepers of Nootka Island, he finds himself pulled into yet another case involving a missing woman. But this time he discovers the mutilated remains of a sacred totem and an unsettlingly large pool of blood.

With the unexpected yet welcome arrival of Walker, the sighting of three known criminals in the area, and the discovery of a young boy’s lifeless body, Dan is thrust back into active duty. Once again he must rely on his own logic and Walker’s wisdom and detailed knowledge of the area to solve the case while lives hang in the balance.

About the Author(s)

R. J. McMillen has spent over 30 years sailing the remote Pacific Northwest on a 36-foot sailboat she and her husband built, visiting the remote coastal communities where her family worked in the early 1900s.


“McMillen is a solid plotter and there are no extraneous clues. What really makes this novel zing is her love for the scenery and setting. You can almost smell the salt air and feel the trees. That, along with some interesting characters, makes for a terrific weekend book. This is a perfect cottage hostess gift.” —Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail

“McMillen clearly loves every square inch of her mystery’s wild setting, a distant region in British Columbia: the mists, the brooding trees, the mountains, the winds, and the waves. It’s the settings and the atmosphere that will enchant readers…Recommend this one to unregenerate nature lovers.” —Booklist

“All of McMillan’s works have an overarching theme of respect both for the environment and for Native peoples whose ancient life lessons often present themselves as startlingly relevant to today’s world … Black Tide Rising ably hurdles the bar set high by its predecessor.” —El Ojo del Lago magazine

“Authentic characters, terrific dialogue … Highly recommended for mystery buffs who yearn for Canadian settings and our inimitable dialogue.” —Caroline Woodward, author of Light Years

“Full of unique and memorable characters crisply drawn, and McMillen works hard to avoid mystery genre stereotypes.  Settings and dialogue are seamlessly interwoven to paint each of the principal characters as complex and colorful mosaics.” —Riberas Authors