Fatal Harvest

Fatal Harvest

Small Towns can be Murder

Eleven-year-old Matt Clark is staying in the outlying village of Ashton for the summer while his parents work out their separation. He’s been told to keep his head down and to stay off social media. Labour Day has come and gone, and Matt believes he’ll be home soon, completely unaware that someone has been posting his photo and location on one of the sites, and trouble is on its way.

Detective Liam Hunter gets the call — a double murder and a missing boy. While he spearheads the investigation, true crime podcaster Ella Tate undertakes her own search for the killer with mixed results. Meanwhile Homicide and Major Crimes is undergoing a major upheaval and the top position is up for grabs as Hunter’s partner struggles to keep her job.

The rainiest September in recent history proves a fitting backdrop for this haunting story of lies, betrayal, and deadly repercussions.


Fatal Harvest is the third in the Hunter and Tate Mystery series from Ivy Bay Press. Publication date is April 15, 2024.

Publisher: Ivy Bay Press


978-0-9784284-9-5 (Trade paperback)

978-0-9784284-7-1 (E-book)

Reviews for Fatal Harvest

Chapman’s gripping, emotionally resonant third Hunter and Tate mystery quickly grabs readers’ attention … Standout procedural of a cop and podcaster chasing a killer and a missing boy. BookLife

The story is riveting and keeps you on your toes. Kitchissippi Times

If you’re looking for a mystery with intrigue, heart, a finely drawn setting and relatable characters finding their way through tragic circumstances, Fatal Harvest is for you. Brenda Chapman knows how to tell a story and is, quite frankly, one of the most readable Canadian mystery writers of our time.

– Anthony Bidulka, author of Going to Beautiful, Crime Writers of Canada 2023 Best Crime Novel, and the Merry Bell trilogy (including 2024’s From Sweetgrass Bridge)

…Chapman delivers her trademark twist. You may think you know what is going on. But you don’t. As with the earlier books in this series, the plotting is strong and the character development consistent. Glebe Report

This was hugely readable and compelling. And there are enough dangling threads regarding the principal characters to make Book 4 a must! – Susan Rothery, Editor

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