Lois Browne


I've been writing all my life, first in journalism and then in corporate communications. Death on a Dig is my first mystery.

I've travelled in the UK, continental Europe, India, Mexico and Central America. Before apartheid was defeated in South Africa, I spent five years in Mozambique as an international volunteer, and I recently volunteered again for six months to work with a small social agency in northern India.

Girls of Summer: In Their Own League, my only published non-fiction book, resulted from my work as a researcher with CTV's national public affairs program W5.

I live in Toronto, Canada and am focusing now on writing and epublishing mystery fiction.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I've spent my life writing, first in journalism and then in corporate communications. I often thought about writing fiction and even started a few stories, but I was never motivated to do the hard work of completing anything.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I travel a lot and like to set stories in interesting places. I've been to Mexico a few times and as I needed a foreign location, that seemed ideal.

Gwen Madden is a middle-aged woman who wants to make changes in her life, such as travelling as she did when she was young. In this first adventure, she's offered a all-expenses-paid trip to Mexico to look for a neighbour's daughter missing from an archaeological dig in Mexico. She finds the change she is looking for plus lost stolen artifacts and murder. In subsequent adventures I expect her desire for adventure and her need for money will be the primary motives for putting her between a rock and a hard place in various corners of the world.
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Where to find Lois Browne online


Amends for the Dead
Price: Free! Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Lonnie Kuhl's high school friend and secret crush, Vonnie Markham is dead, murdered in the dead of night by a burglar. The case wraps up quickly, and then just as quickly comes undone as Lonnie, with the help of pal Targe Wilkins, follows clues and more dead bodies to find out why Vonnie really died and who killed her,
Death on a Dig
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,430. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
A neighbour begs Gwen Madden to head to Mexico to search for her daughter, missing from an archaeological dig. Gwen doesn’t hesitate. Before long she is involved in kidnapping, stolen artifacts and dead bodies. The motive for murder isn’t clear and Gwen is considered a suspect. Unable to leave, she continues to her own questions, even when it becomes apparent she may be the next one to die.

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