Randy Criag has a talent for finding trouble, no matter how good she tries to be. Maybe she shouldn't date a cop. Maybe she should have turned down the job at the Folkways Collection library—a dream job that became a nightmare when a rich benefactor's belligerent heir turned up dead. Randy tried to be good—honest!—but now she's a prime suspect with a motive and no alibi in sight.
Join folk music maven and Edmonton original Randy Craig for a roller coaster read with more twists and turns than the West Edmonton Mall’s Mindbender. Hang on to your hat for Hang Down Your Head. It’s Janice MacDonald at the top of her game.
Suzanne North, author of the Phoebe Fairfax mystery series
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the city itself and the fascinating politics of funding research in the arts lend a rich texture to this engaging mystery with the twisty end. If you enjoy folk music, you’re in for an extra treat. Once again, Randy Craig is a down-to-earth, funny and realistic amateur sleuth: it’s good to reconnect with her.
Mary Jane Maffini, author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Murder
I have been a performer at the Edmonton Folk Festival for 20 years. I always knew there were a lot of characters there, but until reading Janice’s book, I never thought of the festival itself as a character, and a fine place for a murder mystery!
James Keelaghan, Singer / Songwriter—
This book, narrated in Randy's clever inner dialogue, was a pleasure to read.
Merrill Young, Reviewing the Evidence
[Hang Down Your Head] is a fun read for anyone interested in Canadian folk music, Folkways Records, or the constant internal reflective analysis brought about by life in academia. ...MacDonald captures the spirit and idiosyncrasies of folk festival culture perfectly....[and her] balance between amused observation and enthusiastic participation will remind any ethnomusicologist of why we are drawn to our field.
Gillian Turnbull, Journal of Canadian Society for Traditional Music
What's special about Hang Down Your Head is the obvious expertise and care author Janice MacDonald puts into the back storythe folk music legacy that is part of our Canadian fabric.
The Hamilton Spectator
Hang Down Your Head is a "testament to MacDonald's love of Edmonton's folk festival and the music it celebrates.
The Edmonton Journal
In Hang Down Your Head, MacDonald does a great job of playing tour guide to the reader, as she takes us through the streets, the parks, and the university in Edmonton. Her writing is witty and descriptive. The mystery is intricate and well-plotted. You can actually feel yourself as being part of the Edmonton Folk Festival, that is, if you're not too busy scouring the crowd for a murderer.
Linda Wiken, Mystery Maven Canada
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