Al Rennie

Biography

I was born and raised in Toronto. I attended Upper Canada College before taking a degree at Queen's University. I have worked as a lifeguard for the Toronto Harbour Police, a youth worker for the Toronto YMCA, and an English teacher in Lakefield. I am married with two great daughters and an extended foster family. My interests include Maple Leaf hockey - this is our year - New England Patriot football and writing.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
For the Clearwater stories, I imagine a situation for Joe to solve and then come up with one or two more complications. I always try to think of the ways that Mia and the CHIPs guys can make him more real. I then write like a madman until I have the story told. At the edit stage, I supplement the content with anecdotes from my personal expereince and edit, edit, edit and edit again. When I think I have a finished product, I turn the manuscript over to my editors and find out from them that I need to do a lot more work.
How do you approach cover design?
I have been blessed to have come across a fantastic cover person. Her name is Rita Toews and like me, she is a Canadian, which means we are both nuts. Early in, she learned that I have no taste in anything artistic. I usually suggest some ideas I have that I believe might make sense for the title of the book. She designs a cover that has nothing to do with what I have suggested and usually comes up with a winner.
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Books

Clearwater Glitz
Pre-release—available May 12, 2017. Price: $3.69 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It's a New Year - a movie company filming at the Beach has lost its female lead and asks Joe to find her; Skip has skipped and June is upset; it's hard times romantically for the Billy Ray and Natalie couple; the two Bobs ask Joe for a favor; Dingleman asks CHIPs to help him solve a cold kidnap case; Zed is taken captive; a new romance comes to light in the Holiday home; Another romp in paradise!
Clearwater Nemesis
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 58,770. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The DEA need Joe to make an introduction; Morse has a client charged with murder; Thandy asks for help; a young woman wants revenge on a man who hurt her; Frank goes to the hospital; Amber hits a road bump at school; two sketchy dudes have an offer for Doc; a dying man asks Joe to do something for him after he passes; Doc gets important testimony from a stoner. It is another romp in paradise
Clearwater Promises
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 57,040. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A frequent flyer has taken another hike and her step-dad wants Joe to bring her back. June has a task that only Joe can do and then another one. Frank has a new problem. Morse needs Joe to investigate a situation where due diligence was not done. A Bail Bond outfit asks Doc to locate a fugitive. Billy wants to take another shot at Mr. Florida; Natalie isn't so sure. Another fun romp in paradise!
Clearwater Confession
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 57,950. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A rich man has lost his trophy wife; he wants her back. Doc is hired to find her and learns that the Russian mob might be involved. A teenage boy is arrested for the murder of his mom. Instead of calling a lawyer; he calls Joe. A rapper has a Cinderella moment that involves CHIPs. A lawyer in Calgary calls Doc to find the missing 23 year old son of his clients. It's another crazy time in paradise.
Clearwater Deception
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 59,940. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
CHIPs is hired to investigate the deaths of Tontine members; Mia is excited about a Joe idea; The FBI approach Doc with a scheme he wants to ignore; Ken Jackson arrives from Canada with a confession; Bob Morse has a problem; Billy Ray asks to be the good cop; there is a murder at the shelter; June Franklin has a theory about her foster family; Doc might be in more trouble; another romp in Paradise
Clearwater Penalty
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 63,140. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Doc is hired by McAdoo to find his 19 year old nephew; the missing kid may be going 'lone wolf' and must be stopped; Morse has a problem for Joe to solve; a relative dies and a wake and funeral ensue; Joe does a boy's day out with the little guys; Joe ambushes Mia; Billy Ray is boss for two days; Mrs. F is called upon to quell the mutiny; Doc is in do-do with the Feds; It's another romp in paradis
Clearwater Betrayal
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 51,200. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A bully is taking over governance of the condos owned by Frank, Max and Mia; Joe gets some advice; the adult daughter of a man believes he is being abused in his nursing home and asks for help; Children Service's believes that something is amiss in one of its kinship homes and asks CHIPs for help; a Bellaire Beach neighbor returns to her home to find her child missing; another romp in paradise!
Clearwater Bubba
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 59,460. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A serial killer scheduled to be executed proposes a negotiation to permit a visit with Joe; a mom and dad team want justice for their daughter who was sexually assaulted in her first days at university; A visitor from Canada arrives; McAdoo wants his 'pound of flesh'; Amber is going on her first date; one of the CHIPs crew deals with a life changing problem; another adventure in Paradise.
Clearwater Escape
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 55,780. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Joe, Mia and their kids have gone to visit Frank to see where Joe spent his summer holidays at his grandparents cottage. Trouble is waiting for him in the person of Dep. Chief of Police, Jackson who takes his run at Joe right after a gang of terrorists take their best shot. Joe visits a local bar which leads to an unfair gunfight. Max, Jimmy and Doc find a missing little kid with Jeremy's help.
Clearwater Vice
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 56,700. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
It's summer holidays in Clearwater. A young woman needs to get away from a life that is killing her; her brother asks Joe for help; Billy and Luke become bounty hunters; Mia becomes a cheerleader; a desperate man asks Joe to find his missing daughter; Natalie shows Joe a thing or six; Amber gets a job; Umberto gets his hooks into Joe again; Jimmy has Doc's back; It's another fun romp in paradise!
Clearwater Double Cross
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 57,210. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Business is booming; Joe is asked to back channel to the dark side, to help the CP find a drug dealer selling lethal Ecstasy and to assist Bob Morse in defense of a trial judge accused of killing his wife. Mia is having another change of heart; Frank faces a moral dilemma; CHIPs is involved with Family Court, again;Billy and Natalie ... who would have guessed? Another fun time in Clearwater Beach!
Clearwater Fit
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 58,630. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
The guys try to get fit; Natalie gets her first case; Jimmy is back; he needs work; a widow has gone missing; Joe has to be Frank for a day .. oops! Luke sorts out a mess for Joe and Bob ... oops! a thief returns Joe's cell to not get killed; Billy has a new problem; Joe explains love to Amber; the stress of her job is too much for Mia; Janille has a deal for Joe; another romp in the Florida sun!
Clearwater Stake Out
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 54,270. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Joe and Billy Ray are kicking back at the track when Joe gets an offer from a crime boss that he can’t refuse; Mia is disappointed in Valentine’s Day and gets tipsy; Amber is being stalked; Natalie, is having problems with the job; Joe takes his kids to the track; Homeland makes Joe an offer he can’t refuse; a gun deal goes sideways; another fun romp in Clearwater Beach sun with Doc and the gang!!
Clearwater Hustle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,940. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00)
It's Christmas in Clearwater; Frank needs a favour - someone is missing; June at Children Services needs a favour; Jeremy needs marriage advice; Johnny needs help; Mia needs patience; Mrs. F needs new in-laws; Bob Morse needs help for a client; Joe almost wins the Sherlock Holmes Award; Max pays a visit and the shooting starts and Doc gets to be Santa Claus at the Men's Shelter - fun in the sun!
Clearwater Homesick
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,520. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
There is trouble brewing in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Linc has had it with university and wants to return home to go to work at CHIPs. An old guy with a charming wife and the beginning of 'old timer's disease' takes a hike. His wife wants him back. Joe tries to find a missing kid who may have taken off to join ISIS. Billy, Luke and Joe to shoot it out with some bad guys. Another romp in paradise!
Clearwater Folly
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,170. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Joe has a big date that goes sideways; Sam and Joe expose a crooked judge; Mia tricks Joe financially; little Billy needs a birthday party; Billy Ray wants to kill a dead guy; Luke thinks outside the box, again; an illegal alien goes missing; CHIPs hires a new employee; Jimmy is on a mission; Frank and the Gee boys learn to dance; Mrs. F earns a new nickname; Another crazy romp in paradise!
Clearwater Assault
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,910. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
Luke has been assaulted; Joe wants a piece of the guys who did it; Mia borrows big money from Frank; CHIPs is looking for a man who stepped off the grid five years earlier; Jimmy arrives - oops!; Sam gets assertive; Billy thinks about going back to school; Fred comes back to help solve the last case he was working when he was a cop; there may be a link to the FBI; another romp in Clearwater Beach.
Clearwater Skip Trace
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,450. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00)
Bob Morse has made a bad mistake; he asks Joe to sort it out - a woman has gone missing - CHIPs is hired to find her - Billy wants to become a bounty hunter - two fathers want to send Joe on a free trip to Dominica - Valerie gets a job - Mia issues Joe a warning - Joe stumbles onto a crime scene - Frank has a plan to make money - we learn more about Jimmy - it's just another crazy romp in paradise
Clearwater Justice
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,550. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00)
Lawyer, Bob Morse is in a jam and Joe is looking for his missing witness; Sean and Jimmy bump into some trouble at school; Jeremy and Mitch may have solved a cold case but only a field trip to Georgia will prove it; Luke gets married; Jimmy and Max pay a visit to escape a brutal Canadian winter; CHIPs hits the national media; A lot of romance, mystery, humor and suspense; another romp in paradise
Clearwater Hunter
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,430. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A young woman finds her prince that never was. She needs to disengage, but the prince threatens pay back if she tries. Joe to the rescue! Susan Whipple walks away from her smothering family. The family comes to CHIPs to find her if only to know that she is safe. Joe's horse trainer asks a favour for his new wife. The boys learn a code word. Sam learns the truth about Dan. Another romp in paradise!
Clearwater Undercover
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,280. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Joe is in deep trouble. He has had to make a pact with the Greek mafia to help a detective friend. Now he has to honour the agreement. That spells danger for all the Clearwater crew. A British tourist has gone astray, but the story Joe hears is not entirely accurate. A wealthy businessman and client of Bob has been scammed and wants his money back. More crime than enough in this romp in paradise!
Clearwater Crazy
Series: Clearwater. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,650. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Fred has taken on an insurance scam investigation that turns into a murder case when the one witness who can prove the scam is murdered. Jeremy goes AWOL from his job with Homeland. Mia is quickly becoming the Donald Trump of the Clearwater real estate scene. Joe runs into some gender problems at the men's shelter, and Coop is going through some life style changes. Another crazy romp in paradise!
Clearwater Oops!
Series: Clearwater, Book 14. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,980. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Joe has a new car; Mia finds a body in one of her condos; Sean’s mom is still crazy but wants him back; a social worker asks Joe to help find some missing kids; Eliza is about to lose it all; Flash gets a new friend; Bob Morse believes that his wife is cheating on him; Doug takes a step towards sainthood; Janille and Marissa move into their new home; and Joe gets a gift. Another romp in Paradise
Clearwater Killer
Series: Clearwater, Book 13. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,440. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Joe is back in Toronto to attend a funeral when a friend is found murdered in Clearwater; Fred has a serious medical problem; Mia is caught up in her career change; Bob Morse has a poker conundrum; Billy Ray is looking for a missing husband; Mrs. Finelli reveals some of her secret past; and Detective Mulligan thinks Joe may have shot someone, again. Another romp in Paradise
Clearwater Extortion
Series: Clearwater, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,340. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Joe is in trouble again. He tries to prove to Mia that he has a romantic 'bone in his body' and ends up in the middle of a national conspiracy. Jeremy 'hacked' the wrong company and is hauled in by Homeland Security. Mia and Janille work a protection gig that drives Doug crazy. Ida May is overworked and needs help. Billy is having some issues. Extortion is in full bloom. Another romp in paradise.
Clearwater Predator
Series: Clearwater, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,810. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Spring Break in Clearwater Beach college kids are everywhere and so is a predator Joe gets an offer he can't refuse Mia is up for a career change Billy goes to a race track Jeremy and Ida May get a mega computer Frankie has big debt problems with some nasty loan sharks Joey has lost his wife again Frank gets ready for the Olympics - Doug teaches Doc to crawl in the mud - another fun romp!
Clearwater Danger
Series: Clearwater, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,380. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
Joe has to deal with a personal request and handles it in a most peculiar way. Bob Morse needs Fred and Joe to investigate a client charged with manslaughter. CHIPs hires a new and colourful character who has a few personal problems of his own. An interesting letter arrives from Europe. Janille needs a new car. The new neighbours pose a few violent problems. Just another week in Paradise.
Clearwater Intrigue
Series: Clearwater, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,770. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Carol Bailey is back and needs Joe to help her get her brother back from a ruthless gang of kidnappers. Max has disappeared. Janille needs help robbing a bank. Mia is making plans that require more space and a better education. Frank has suffered a little set back. A commune has its sights on Sean Toler. Billy Ray solves a case by himself. And Joe is in trouble with the FBI. Another fanciful romp!
Clearwater Magic
Series: Clearwater, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,770. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Morse's law firm is targeted in a wierd scheme. Joe and Coop find that wierd doesn't get it done. CHIPS is hired to produce a death certificate for a missing girl who may not be dead. Rosalie is being stalked. Ida May makes a huge decision. Doug Willsie is brutally attacked. Frank is hoping Quebec separates. Another facet of Max is revealed. Joe and Mia decide to get help. Another romp in paradise
Clearwater Showdown
Series: Clearwater, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,850. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00)
Joe is about to be deported. Mia doesn't want to leave her home and friends. An unlikely compromise with Homeland Security is brokered by Bob Morse. CHIPS continues to thrive as Doug attracts wealthy clients looking for protection. Another child has gone missing leaving Fred and Billy puzzled. Janille finds a new job. Frank faces a major problem that will affect the lives of the Clearwater family.
Clearwater Kiss Off
Series: Clearwater, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,610. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.33)
Their injuries have taken a toll but life goes on for Joe and Mia. Lola, the child Samantha was trying to adopt has been kidnapped and Joe turns to brother Frank for help. His scheme to recover Lola puts Frank into a jam with the dark side. Joe and Max are under the gun and Billy Ray finds himself in big trouble again. The bad guys come for Mrs Thornberry's head. Just another crazy day in paradise
Clearwater Heat
Series: Clearwater, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,030. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Coop and Joe are the new 'go to' investigators for Bob Morse. They are asked to find any mitigating circumstances in an arson, manslaughter charge against Morse's client. The wierd part is that the accused continues to claim his innocence and expects help from an unexpected source. Meanwhile Mia, has some important staggering news to give Joe. And Rosalie asks Doc for a favor that almost kills her
Clearwater Abduction
Series: Clearwater, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,060. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When Frankie's grand-daughter blows her curfew, Joe is asked to find her. The girl has been abducted and the window for recovering her is rapidly closing. Meanwhile Coop has lined up another job trying to find a missing witness with big bucks the reward for success. And a crazy lady with her own agenda wants Joe to be the daddy of her child. It is another wild adventure in Clearwater Beach Florida
Clearwater Ambush
Series: Clearwater, Book 3. Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 72,020. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.00)
Joe and Coop are in the private detective business. Their first case - find a boy who vanished five years earlier and recently has been spotted by his sisters. At the same time Joe is trying to prove that brother, Frank, is not responsible for his ex-fiance's death. To make things worse, Janille's love life is a problem Joe doesn't want but has. Another romp with Mia and Joe in Clearwater Beach.
Retribution
Series: Riverview, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,820. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Al's daughter is beaten and her children are taken, he realizes how out of touch he has been. He is snapped into a new reality when his son-in-law demands payment for the safe return of his grandchildren. He can't believe what has happened and he seems powerless to respond. But when it all goes south, he does respond with the considerable resources he can bring to the table - and Norm.
Blessed are the Children
Series: Riverview, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,300. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Two high school girls out to get a reputation go missing. The police are stymied - no trace - no dead bodies. Deputy Jackson is desperate when he goes to Al with a dangerous proposition outside of police protocol. Al agrees to help and recruits Norm from LA to shut down these crimes. They get help from a dying biker who can go where even the deepest undercover cop can't. He does and the result...
Vengeance
Series: Riverview, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,010. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Al is back into his home routine. He gets a late night call. His daughter has been arrested for murder. Al hires the best Toronto lawyer available and brings Norm in from LA. It is evident that some dark perverted forces are at work. When the victim's wife also dies the investigation takes on a a new and dangerous direction. The future of Al's daugter is in Norm's hands and time is running out...
L.A. Escape
Series: Riverview, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,860. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Al is a rich Canadian who wakes up in a holding cell. He needs a lawyer. The story he tells the man is L.A. Escape. He hired an ex-cop, Norm, to help him find an actress who is identical to his dead wife when she was young. They meet and spend days together before she is found dead in an alley. He has become a person of interest. He hires Norm in an attempt to clear his name and find the killer.
The Clearwater Diaries
Series: Clearwater, Book 2. Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 71,300. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Joe owes Coop - the cop who helped him duck some serious criminal charges in Clearwater Journals - a big favour. When Coop's brother-in-law goes missing, he calls on Doc for help. Doc isn't convinced that the brother-in law is worth the effort but agrees to lend a hand. When Danny, the grandson of Doc's librarian friend is shot - and there is a connection to the missing man - Doc goes all in.
Clearwater Journals
Series: Clearwater, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 88,670. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.92)
Joe Holiday, an ex Metro cop, finds himself dragged into an investigation by Mia, an IHOP waitress. The probing they do into the murder of Mia's sister years earlier turns into a deadly manhunt with Joe and Mia suddenly becoming the targets of a vicious plot.

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