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Who by Fire
by Greg Rhyno


ISBN: 9781770867420

Format: Trade Paperback w/ Flaps

Size: 5.5" x 8.5"


  • FIC022000 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

  • FIC022040 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

  • FIC022090 FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators

Price: $24.95

Publication Date: April 20, 2024


Haunted by a childhood of picking locks and tailing suspects with her private-eye dad, Dame Polara desperately wants to leave the mysteries behind and lead an average life with average ambitions: to preserve heritage buildings through her job at City Hall, to care for her father’s mounting health complications, and to one day raise a family of her own.

But when her landlord serves her an eviction notice, and Dame agrees to investigate his wife’s infidelity in exchange for keeping the apartment. A simple domestic case, or so Dame believes, until her investigation uncovers a serial arsonist targeting the very buildings she’s fighting to preserve.

When this new mystery reopens old wounds, Dame must use every trick her father taught her to discover the truth and protect those she loves — lest the dangers of the job catch up to her and burn her whole life to the ground.

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“Rhyno’s descriptive style and jazz-like prose allow him to make a seamless transition into crime fiction with this crackling whodunnit. Dame Polara is a memorable, complex, and clever sleuth who is here to stay.”

— A.J. Devlin, Arthur Ellis Award-winning author of Cobra Clutch


"A masterfully paced mystery filled with equal parts charm and grit. Rhyno's eye for detail and nuanced prose make for a memorable first investigation for Dame Polara. I can't wait for the next installment."

— Sam Shelstad, award-winning author of Citizens of Light and The Cobra and the Key

“Brilliant … my absolute favourite new detective.”

— Elyse Friedman, author of The Opportunist

“Who by Fire isn’t just a memorable Leonard Cohen song.; it’s also the title of a remarkable new book by mystery author Greg Rhyno … Who by Fire introduces the world to one clever, and reluctant, sleuth with Dame Polara. Like Cohen’s music, once Rhyno’s crisp prose gets in your head, it will stay with you for some time.”

Patrick Whitehurst, author of the Barker Mystery series and Haunted Monterey County

“Author Greg Rhyno combines a witty main character with a complex mystery in Who By Fire.”

Amy Wilson, Novels Alive

“I tore through [Who by Fire] really quickly. I enjoyed it very much.”

James Tennant, Get Lit

“… excellent, riveting, heartfelt, and hilarious …”

Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This

“Mystery readers look for a compelling narrative to draw them into the story and relatable, interesting characters. We want to be led through a maze of potential clues, red herrings, and enigmatic plot twists to a satisfying climax and be left with a lingering feeling that you need to visit these characters and this setting again. … Greg Rhyno has crafted an engrossing mystery that does just that and I’m thrilled to learn it’s the first book in a planned trilogy …”

Angela Meady, The Walleye

“Great start for a mystery series, it is the first book and I am very curious about what happens to Dame in the next books.”

@dashabookgirl, Instagram

“[Who by Fire] was a real page turner. It was often funny and the writing is sharp …”

@lauriebooksinherbag, Instagram

“What a terrific mystery! I loved everything about this new novel by @gregrhyno — the characters, the setting, the heart. Our protagonist, Dame Polara, lives up to her memorable name — I hope we'll be meeting her again. Toronto gets a starring role, from Parkdale to city hall. Thanks to my friend @kerryreads for the rec, and her always exquisite taste in books.”

@lizrenzetti, Instagram

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