Posted in Short Fiction, Writing

I’m In Trouble

41z2bxvl1aklDelighted to share that my short story, “Crossing Jordan”, is part of The Dame Was Trouble.

“A collection of Canadian Crime Fiction from the best and brightest female crime writers that the Great White North has to offer. From noir to hardboiled, and thriller to cozy mystery, these Dames know how to tell tales to thrill, chill and KILL.
Kelley Armstrong (#1 New York Timesbestselling author of Otherworld and the Nadia Stafford crime trilogy)
Elle Wild(Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Strange Things Done)
Hermine Robinson (Anthology of New Canadian Noir)
Pat Flewwelling (Author of theHelix series)
Melodie Campbell (Derringer and Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of The Goddaughterseries and Rowena Through the Wall)
S.G. Wong (Arthur Ellis and Whistler Independent Book Award nominated author of the Lola Stark novels )
Gail Bowen(Canada’s “Queen of Crime”, author of the best-selling Joanne Kilbournmysteries)
Darusha Wehm (Author of Beautiful Redand The Home for Wayward Parrots)
R.M. Greenaway (Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Cold Girland Undertow)
Natalie Vacha (In Places Between; finalist in the CBC Radio Cowboy Poetry contest)
Susan MacGregor (Aurora Award nominated author of The Tattooed Witch trilogy)
Alice Bienia (Arthur Ellis Award nominated author of Knight Blind)
Meghan Victoria (Antigonish Review)
M.H. Callway (Dagger, Arthur Ellis and Bony Pete Award nominated author of Windigo Fire)
Sandra Ruttan (Author of Harvest of Ruins, What Burns Within and Suspicious (Circumstances))
Jayne Barnard (BPAA, Aurora and Dagger Award nominee and Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond and When the Flood Falls)
Edited by Sarah L. Johnson
With Halli Lilburne
And Cat MacDonald”

Posted in Writing



Detective Sergeant Hunter McKenna is on trial, charged with negligent homicide after her investigation into the suspicious death of a local teenager led to more deaths and personal tragedy.

Hunter faces accusations in the courtroom, and is tormented by her own guilt over personal choices she’s made. The community’s grief demands someone to blame, and Hunter can’t deny she’s haunted by regret.

As her partner, DS Noah Wilmott, continues to investigate, he wonders if the nightmares plaguing his partner are really Hunter’s subconscious, piecing things together, or something more, and when he follows a hunch it leads to answers that will stun a community.

“Ruttan combines devilishly clever plots with genuinely empathic characters…” Russel D. McLean, Crime Scene Scotland

“One absolute wallop of a novel. Not only does it make you want to know when Sandra Ruttan’s next book is due, but when’s the next flight to Canada… A totally mesmerizing narrative and a plot that burns off the page.” Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-Winning Author of THE GUARDS

“A taut, crackling read with switch-blade pacing. A sizzling story by one of crime fiction’s hot new voices.” Rick Mofina, internationally best-selling author of A PERFECT GRAVE

“Sandra Ruttan writes with utter ferocity. Twists and turns that stun and dialog that absolutely crackles with wit and authenticity. With each page, Ruttan delivers the goods.”
GREGG OLSEN, New York Times Bestselling Author of A WICKED SNOW

“Ruttan effortlessly brings to life a varied cast of complex characters. She writes with tremendous passion, honesty and skill. This is a story you will care about.”
Allan Guthrie, Edgar Nominated Author of KISS HER GOODBYE

“Ruttan has a spellbinding style.” NY Times Bestselling Author Clive Cussler

“Ruttan clearly has the potential to be a very successful author… Lots of talent which I expect will be realized!” Maddy Van Hertbruggen, Mystery News

“Ruttan has made one big mistake in my eyes, she waited too long to bring her writing to us. She is talented in the way that a natural musician is talented, making all the notes seem effortless. Characters that feel very real, and a wonderful sense of timing, Ruttan brings it all and leaves it on the page. Lucky us. And unlucky me, because now I have to wait for the next one…” Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine

“Watch for more efforts from Ruttan, who shows a great deal of skill in developing an intriguing, complicated story.” Lesa Holstine, BookBitch

“Ruttan has a keen eye for description, a wonderful ear for dialogue, and an acute instinct for the nuances of characterization.” Anne Frasier, USA Today Bestselling Author of HUSH

“Sandra Ruttan writes with a machine gun rhythm that pulls you through every unexpected twist and dark turn.” Bill Cameron, Author of LOST DOG

Ruttan’s deft touch intrigues and satisfies, making her a powerful new force in the mystery field.” JT Ellison, ITW Award-Winning Author of THE COLD ROOM