Blair McDowell

A jewel heist...

When renowned concert artist, Sayuri McAllister, returns to the west coast of Canada after an absence of five years, she discovers her family home has been a broken into and jewelry worth two million dollars is missing. Michael Donovan, Sayuri’s old high school flame, now a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, is the officer in charge of the case.

What chance can he have...
Michael takes one look at Sayuri and falls in love with her all over again. But they parted in anger years ago and Sayuri is no longer the innocent girl he once knew. What chance can there be for a Vancouver cop with someone as famous as Sayuri McAllister? Especially when that cop is investigating her family and friends?

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An unexpected marriage...
Then Sayuri’s widowed father, Sean, marries Alyssa James, a woman Sayuri has never even met. The three live uneasily together in the Point Grey mansion until the unexpected arrival of Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, a devastatingly handsome, charming Irishman who immediately begins a campaign to bed and wed the delicious and wealthy Sayuri.

Things take a dangerous turn...
Accidents begin to happen. Or are they accidents? Nothing is as it seems. Michael distrusts Hugh James and fears that Sayuri’s life may be in danger.



Reviews for Sonata

Night Owl Reviews - 4 Stars
I found Sonata to be a charming novel that left me laughing out loud in parts and gnawing nails in others. It was a delight to read. My only suggestion is to enjoy this novel with the music of a good cello. It makes it just that more perfect...

The Wormhole Review
This was a fantastic read. Fast paced and well written. The pages flew by. I am a mystery reader and was worried at the start that it was going to be predictable, I am pleased to say that although it was not hard to figure out who the thief was, the story was captivating and entertaining. ...

Lissette E. Manning Review
Hugh was definitely an unexpected surprise. I’ve got to admit that his relationship with Alyssa was something I never saw coming. Still, her part of the story is sure to tug on your heartstrings. Truly intriguing, this is a book that will draw your attention, and pull you along on a very thrilling ride. ...

Deb Sanders Romance
SONATA is a delightful journey into the unknown where romance leads the way through a murky set of events. If you like Romantic Suspense, you should enjoy this fast paced read. ....

Reading Reality

The mystery in this romantic suspense is more of a “why did he do it”than a “whodunnit”, as the perpetrator is obvious almost instantly. However, the totality of his motivations are obscured until the end...

Wow! First let me say that I love Buttercup! This book went way beyond my expectation...


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About Blair McDowell

Blair McDowell is a widely published author of professional books who has only recently turned her talents to writing fiction. Since 2011 she has published three novels, The Memory of Roses, Delighting In Your Company and, most recently, Sonata, released in November 2012.
Blair has traveled widely, and has lived on both the east and west coasts of the US, in Europe, in Australia and in the Caribbean. She particularly loves Greece and Italy, and these countries feature prominently in her stories. Today, Blair lives in the little quaint little fishing village of Gibson’s Landing on Canada’s scenic West Coast, where she runs a Bed& Breakfast. When she’s not cooking eggs or making beds, she’s writing.


Also by Blair McDowell

The Memory of Roses

Delighting in Your Company


An Interview with Blair McDowell
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Blair, thank you for talking with us at TRS! Your featured book is Sonata and is not-to-be-missed romance. How did this work come about?

BM: I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, British Columbia, Canada. My home is on the Sunshine Coast, a bit of land between the coastal mountains and the sea, with the spectacular city of Vancouver is just a forty minute ferry ride away. I wanted to set a story here. Once I decided that my characters simply suggested themselves, and the story followed.

HH: What do you like best about Sayuri and why will readers be cheering for her?

BM: Sayuri is a musician, a concert artist with an international reputation. She has spent her whole life dedicated to furthering her career, to the extent that she has no personal life. At twenty-nine, she realizes she wants more from life than just a steady procession of concert venues and hotel rooms. She makes the decision to return home to Vancouver, to try to get some perspective on her life.

HH: What do you like best about Michael and why will readers love him?

BM: Michael Donovan is a cop who loves his work. He’s steady, calm, and reliable. He hasn’t a temperamental bone in his body.  He’s the exact opposite of all the musicians Sayuri has met in her career. He’s tough, good looking, and the kind of man you’d turn to in a crisis. He’s also a good cook. What woman wouldn’t love that?

HH: What sort of research was required for this work?

BM: I’ve never written a police story before. It was important that I get my facts straight. Things were complicated by the fact that that Michael is an officer in the Vancouver Police Department (the VPD), but part of the story happens on the Sunshine Coast, where the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the RCMP) have jurisdiction. I was fortunate in being advised by a member of the VPD throughout the writing of Sonata.

HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?

BM: I hope they will enjoy the unexpected twists and turns in the plot, and the interplay between these two very different people as, against all odds, they fall in love.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

BM: I’ve just finished a woman-in- peril story of suspense and intrigue, Romantic Road. It takes place in Europe, with my heroine being pursued through German, Austria and Hungary, where at the request of her dead husband, she is trying to retrieve a missing manuscript certain people do not want to see in print. Along the way she is rescued frequently by a handsome and mysterious stranger.

HH: What do you enjoy most about being an author?

BM: I love being able to simply unleash my imagination. Everything is possible. Some of it may not be probable, but this is fiction. It’s a wide open game. I love it.

HH: How has your writing career changed since you started out?

BM: It has changed unbelievably. I was a bestselling college book author with six books to my name. My career as an academic was secure and safe. I could call my publisher (one of the big six) and say “I have an idea for a new book,” and get a contract by return mail. Now I spend as much time marketing and trying to find the right publisher for each new book as I do writing. Fiction is a whole new ball game. But I wouldn’t go back for anything. I love what I’m doing now.

HH: What do you think has been the most positive change?

BM: I feel free. Free to write what I want. It’s like coming out into the sunlight after being in a closed room.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

BM: Website:
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HH: Thank you!


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