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First Reviews for Modesty Jack

'Terrifically sharp and wholly entertaining…' Prairies Book Review

'a smart and enthralling read … in a refreshing, no-nonsense style … a spy worth cheering for'  The Book Review Directory 


'Whether you’re a seasoned thriller enthusiast or new to the genre, this book promises to keep you enthralled. I highly recommend picking up Modesty Jack—just be prepared to be so captivated that you won’t want to put it down until you’ve turned the final page.' Literary Titan



The first review of Death in Secret is out and it’s FIVE STARS!


‘This captivating murder mystery combines elements of espionage, procedural investigation, and social commentary. With its well-developed characters, complicated plot, and thematic depth, it will surely appeal to fans of the genre and leave them eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.’

The Book Commentary

The Writer as Escape Artist

D.E.  grew up in small towns, where characters tell stories. Writing for a newspaper demanded discipline and understanding readers. Becoming a successful playwright brought rhythm to the words and deft characterization. Business writing demanded research, brevity, and exciting copy for a global market.

Always curious, still surprised, D.E. works to create intriguing worlds that we want to visit again and again.

D.E. Ring is a Full Member of Crime Writers of Canada and Playwrights Guild. 

What the critics are saying...

The Book Commentary

Death of the Limping Man is ... beautiful, deft, and balanced, and D.E. Ring establishes himself as a master storyteller to keep an eye on. Can't wait to see what happens in the next installment. 
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The Prairies Book Review

Layered, dark, and intricate; An excellent summer listen ... even the veteran readers of golden-age whodunits should prepare to be taken aback. This is a winner.

The Book Commentary

[Jack the Lad is]  unforgettable ... akin to works by Ken Follett or John le Carré ... D.E. Ring is a gifted storyteller whose beautiful prose and ability to create suspense had me turning the pages. 
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Online Book Club

This audiobook is a spectacular one, one that I enjoyed from the very beginning. I recommend it to just anyone and everyone who likes to read but, most importantly, for lovers of crime, murder, mystery, and suspense.
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The Book Commentary

stunningly imagined and skillfully executed. … characters are multi-dimensional and relatable … a tale that is as much about unraveling a mystery as it is about unraveling the intricacies of human nature … the kind of entertainment readers hope to find in mystery thrillers. 
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Urquhart & MacDonald
Mystery Series

Completed and coming soon:

Death of the Limping Man

Death in the Offing 

Death of the Dancing Doll 

Death in Secret 

Death Made Proud (Late 2024)

The Scandalous Memoirs of General John Torrance
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How the Modern World Came into Being

Completed and Coming Soon
Jack the Lad
Modesty Jack 
One-eyed Jack (Late 2024)



Character should always drive plot.

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