Melissa Yi


Melissa Yi is an emergency physician who lives with her family outside of Cornwall, Ontario. She publishes articles in the _Medical Post_ and further fiction under the name Melissa Yuan-Innes.

"One of the more impressive entries is Melissa Yi’s moving 'Indian Time,' about Mohawk Fred Redish’s painful attempts to visit his young sons under the care of his white mother-in-law."
--Publishers Weekly

"Indian Time" was named one of the best short mysteries of 2010 by

Where to find Melissa Yi online


Blood Diamonds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,370. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
A story of three women, linked by blood and diamonds. The first, a Ph.D. who loves her research more than any living thing. The second, a Montreal woman who knows her bulging, aching abdomen must conceal a terrible secret. The third, resident doctor Hope Sze, who struggles to save her patient and stumbles across a crime.
Stockholm Syndrome
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,980. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A killer infiltrates the obstetrics ward of a Montreal hospital just before Christmas, taking one pregnant woman and one resident doctor hostage at gunpoint. Dr. Hope Sze struggles to deliver her patient's baby with blood on the floor and death in the air.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
How do you solve a problem like your mother? A ferocious flash fiction story, now a finalist for the Derringer Award. Accompanied by an exclusive essay by the author on the exhausted genesis of the story at Kris Rusch and Dean Smith's Oregon mystery workshop, the writing life, and the Derringer short list. "[H]igh quality"--Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
The Goa Yoga School of Slayers
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,290. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
All Octavia “V” Ling wants? Inner peace and a piece of the sizzling spy named Dario. Instead, she jets off to Goa, India and lands in the midst of spies! Lies! Yoga! Elephants! Betrayal! The Goa Yoga School of Slayers. The hilarious, pulse-pounding sequel to The Italian School for Assassins.
Student Body: A Hope Sze Novella, with Bonus Radio Drama: No Air
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,360. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2014 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Student Body After facing down three murderers, Dr. Hope Sze comes face-to-face with a sociopath who escapes the criminal justice system. For the first time, in this 10,000-word novella, that sociopath gets to speak. Read Student Body after the novel Terminally Ill, or face the consequences. Bonus radio drama: No Air "Hope Sze is an utterly likeable character." --Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
Terminally Ill
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,180. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
When “Elvis the Escape King” chains and nails himself inside a coffin and lowers himself into Montreal’s St. Lawrence River, he can’t break free. Hope restarts his heart and saves his life. But now Elvis demands to know who sabotaged his stunt. So Hope plunges into the magical art of escape--and the art of crime and betrayal. "Entertaining and insightful." -Publishers Weekly
The Italian School for Assassins
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,050. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
Assassin school. Why not? Octavia “V” Ling figures she'll get an insane workout and the adventure she craves for a birthday that ends in a zero. Until the other assassin students start attacking her. So V sneaks out for a drink with a hot young Italian guy, only to wake up the in morning with a teeny hangover and a huge problem: someone killed her roommate and framed her for it. Yoinks.
Wolf Ice
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 90,040. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Wolf ice killed Leila's best friend. And now it's stealing Leila's self-control. A new werewolf bait drives her straight into the arms (and on to other anatomical parts) of her sizzling ex-boyfriend while other wers battle for their survival. Can she fight past the lust in order to save her species? "Detective drama with bite."—Derek Newman-Stille "It's fantastic!”—Ludvica, paranormal romance fan
High School Hit List
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 70,870. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Jimmy can talk to animals. No big deal, probably part of his Mohawk heritage. But one day, Coyote tells him, "You have to go to school. There's going to be trouble." Turns out a bully's slashing his way through a hit list, starting with one of the vice principals and closing in on Jimmy himself at number four. Now Jimmy's got to protect them all--with some help from the birds and the beasts.
Notorious D.O.C.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,740. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2011 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Eight years ago, someone ran over a young doctor who asked too many questions. Today, at the mother's request, Dr. Hope Sze untangles the cold case before the killer silences Hope, too. This time, the sociopath won't back down. Neither will Hope--or the two men vying for her attention. The second Hope Sze mystery. Written by a Montreal ER doctor. "Hope Sze is...utterly likeable."--EQMM
Code Blues
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,150. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Dr. Hope Sze rolls into Montreal with three simple goals: 1) survive her family medicine residency, 2) try pain au chocolat, 3) go on a date sometime in the next two years. Then she discovers a doctor's body in the locker room. When she tries to uncover his killer, two men dive in to help her. The one man who makes her melt has zero alibi. "Hope Sze is an utterly likeable character.” EQMM
No Air
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,400. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2011 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Dr. Valerie Chia strides into St. Joseph's emergency room expecting the usual Montreal Monday morning chaos. But when the other day doctor goes AWOL and a patients crashes, Val's up the creek, in a handbasket, even before she lets resident Dr. Hope Sze try the emergency airway... Debut episode (half-hour pilot script) of a medical radio drama featuring Dr. Hope Sze.
Indian Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,000. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2011 by Olo Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Fresh out of jail and off drugs, Fred Redish embarks on a new life. First up: getting to know his two young sons, who are under the custody of his mother-in-law. Problem is, she poisons them against Mohawks in general and Fred in particular. Does he have to kill her to get his boys back? "Impressive...moving"--Publisher's Weekly

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