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“The Girl on a Train meets Robert Service.”
                              — The Toronto Star


As winter closes in and the roads snow over in Dawson City, Yukon, newly arrived journalist Jo Silver investigates the dubious suicide of a local politician and quickly discovers that not everything in the sleepy tourist town is what it seems.


Before long, the RCMP have begun treating the death as a possible murder and Jo as the prime suspect.


Strange Things Done is a top-notch thriller – a tense and stylish crime novel that explores the double themes of trust and betrayal.

“A slick, witty thriller.”
                               — The Vancouver Sun

Winner of the CWC 

Award of Excellence

for Best First Novel


Women in Film
From Our Dark Side

  Best Story


Winner of the CWC

Award of Excellence

Best Unpublished



2017 Winner, “Best First Novel”, from Crime Writers of Canada, presented by Kobo 

2017 Winner, “From Our Dark Side” competition for genre writing, from  Women in Film & Video Vancouver


2015 Winner, “Best Unpublished First Crime Novel”, Crime Writers of Canada

2014 Silver Winner, Southwest Writers Annual Novel Writing Contest


2014 Shortlisted, Telegraph/Harvill Secker Crime Competition (UK)

2014 Shortlisted, Criminal Lines crime-writing contest by A.M. Heath Literary Agents (UK)

2014 Longlisted, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (US)

Published by

Dundurn Press, Toronto, Canada


“The Girl on a Train meets Robert Service.”
— The Toronto Star

“A slick, witty thriller.”
— The Vancouver Sun

“An entertaining story that captures much of the surrealism of the North and the colorful characters drawn to it.”

Publishers Weekly

"What a wonderful dark, quirky, and complex debut novel this is."

– Ian Hamilton, author of the internationally bestselling Ava Lee series 

"Watch for the name Elle Wild; we’ll see much more from this genuine new talent in the future."

– Gail Anderson-Dargatz, author of the Giller Prize short-listed novels The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees

"A remote Canadian community hunkering down for a grim, lonely winter is the perfect setting for this atmospheric crime novel"

– Library Journal

“The characters in this book are well-developed; the descriptions of the atmosphere and winter are poetic. Wild knows how to keep her readers up all night and Strange Things Done is a good book for a long, dark winter night.”

-What’s Up Yukon

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