Books & Stories

Bucket of Blood
Lizzie’s mother is dead, and left in the care of her prim older sister, the 15-year-old fears her carefree ways are over. But when tragedy strikes again, Lizzie discovers a sinister web of lies and deception, of murders past and present. Fierce resentments and racial tensions boil beneath the illusion of civilization. Soon, Lizzie finds herself ensnared in a secret that stretches from the opium dens of British Columbia and the alleys of San Francisco to the jungles of Panama and beyond — and it’s a secret that the murderer will do anything to protect.

First book in the Lizzie Saunders Mysteries.

My insides are squealing in delight and horror… [Bucket of Blood] is truly a great story.” – Bibliobabes Book Reviews

Mark of the Magpie
When Lizzie Saunders and Chen Shaozhu arrive in the port city of Victoria, BC in September 1898, she dares to imagine a place where they can enjoy a happy future together. With the help of the cantankerous Mr. Fish, Lizzie is soon enjoying a comfortable life of social engagements and high tea.

But when a gruesome murder stirs up ghosts from her past, someone – or something – begins to haunt her through the city’s dark alleys, seedy taverns, wharves and opium dens. Is it her imagination, her guilty conscience, or a killer who knows her secret?

‘Mark of the Magpie’, the sequel to ‘Bucket of Blood’, is a gothic mystery of corruption, bitter artistic rivalries, betrayal and clandestine affairs. Here, in a shining seaside city of flowers and fine china, everyone has something to hide and nothing is quite what it seems.

Second book in the Lizzie Saunders Mysteries.

“Bannerman writes in a very clean style of prose, but every so often she’ll turn a phrase so striking that is almost poetry.” – Frank Zafiro, author of The Last HorsemanWaist Deep, and the River City Crime series.

“Bannerman offers a clear insight into the mind of a tyrannical sociopath.” – Scott Sandridge, Tangent Short Fiction Review

The Agony of St. Alice
With her hopes for a secure life in ruins, Lizzie Saunders finds herself on the run with an unexpected traveling companion: the thief, Jack Hunter. But the winter of 1898 is a difficult time to travel. After fleeing Victoria, the two fugitives soon find themselves stranded by snow, trapped with strangers in a remote sanitarium, and the law closing in. Lizzie discovers that nothing at St. Alice Hotel is what it seems. Every guest harbours secrets, and when she befriends a dying patient, Lizzie begins to suspect that his malady is not of natural causes, but a most curious and wicked attempt at murder. Equal parts mystery, adventure, and Canadian history, ‘The Agony of St. Alice’ follows Lizzie as her journey takes her deep into the snow-bound wilderness, where monsters prowl and hunger reigns, and the winter turns weak men cruel.

Third book in the Lizzie Saunders Mysteries.

“Anytime I find myself wanting to leave my reality to live in one created in a book, I know I have found a winning story… Well done K. Bannerman, well done.” – Cara, Biblio Babes Reviews

The Tattooed Wolf
Morris Caufield thought he’d seen it all…

Until the moment Dan Sullivan walked into his office. Dan needs a divorce lawyer he can trust, and he thinks Morris is the man for the job. The thing is, Dan wants Morris to represent his wife. Who tried to kill him. Twice. And as if that wasn’t enough, Dan expects Morris to buy some crazy story about werewolves…

As Dan reveals the truth about his life and his marriage, Morris listens to a captivating tale of lycanthropy, love and betrayal. It’s lunacy, he’s sure of that, but there’s something about Dan Sullivan that makes it all very easy to believe.

“[K. Bannerman] displays unusual and sometimes uncomfortable characters, and I care about them all, the significant players and the extras. If you like reading stories about intriguing people, this story doesn’t disappoint. If you like short, satisfying reads between your ‘Harry Potter’ or ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ ten pound seat-raisers, then buy this book.”
– Joe Murphy, The Dragon Page

“As well as the high drama of the intimate relationships, The Tattooed Wolf is also a story of greed, manipulation, attempted murder and revenge. The various levels of romance, intrigue, suspense and action make The Tattooed Wolf a very enjoyable book to read.”
– Victoria Addis, A Hermit’s Progress

Love & Lovecraft
Harriet Lovecraft has lived an unremarkable life tending to the village library as her three younger sisters attempt to secure happy marriages. But when a mysterious gentleman moves to town and young men start going missing, Harriet vows to uncover the truth. Her quest takes her to the shadowy edge of human knowledge, where monsters hunt and gods prowl, and where ideas are fashioned into weapons with the power to destroy the universe. Blending country house novels and cosmic horror tales, Love and Lovecraft is a genre-hopping adventure through the unpredictable landscape of myth, madness, tea, and tentacles.

“…a warm story, full of relatable characters, wit and a keen sense of the ridiculous… Indeed, there is a pretty strong theme that comes out towards the end of the story – that of the power of books, and of reading, and of the imagination” – Damien Seaman, From Austen to Arkham