The first in Butler’s series of novels – Full Curl – was short-listed for the Kobo Emerging Writers Award in the mystery category, and won the coveted Arthur Ellis Award (Crime Writers of Canada) for Best First Crime Novel in Canada in 2018.
No Place for Wolverines, which was named one of the “best new environmental books” for November by the prestigious U.S.-based The Revelator website, tells the continuing story of national park warden Jenny Willson.
I. Full Curl
3.6 rating based on 225 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Dundurn Press
When her park is threatened, warden Jenny Willson takes it very personally.
Jenny Willson is a hard-edged, caustic-witted warden from Banff National Park who considers poachers and ladder-climbing bureaucrats equally repulsive and worthy of the same painful fate. Does keeping her promise to protect her park from them mean crossing lines and putting her career at risk?
When Willson discovers animals disappearing from Canada’s mountain parks, she begins a complex investigation that follows a trail of deceit, distraction, and murder. With a growing list of victims, both animal and human, Willson finds herself in a race for justice that criss-crosses the Canada-U.S. border and pushes her to a place she might not be able to come back from.
2015 Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel — Shortlisted
II. No Place for Wolverines
3.9 rating based on 103 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Dundurn
Park warden Jenny Willson is in a dangerous race for answers that could create an irreparable rift in her own organization.
When Park Warden Jenny Willson initiates a covert inquiry into a proposed ski hill in Yoho National Park, she’s quickly drawn into a web of political, environmental, and criminal intrigue that threatens to tear apart a small B.C. town. Suddenly, neighbour is pitted against neighbour, friend against friend, and family against family.
After a wolverine researcher dies in a mysterious fire, Willson forms an uneasy alliance with an RCMP corporal and an investigative journalist to expose the truth behind the project. But all is not what it seems. In a showdown involving the ski hill proponent, her own agency, and mysterious political puppeteers, Willson must decide if she’s willing to risk her career — and perhaps the lives of herself and those close to her — to reveal what lurks in the shadows.