Since 2005 Jim Napier has published nearly six hundred reviews, interviews, and articles about crime writers, both in print and on the Internet, and contributed to an anthology on the craft of crime writing, NowWrite! Mysteries (Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson eds., Tarcher/Penguin, 2011). He has chaired or participated in various panels on crime fiction, both at Montreal’s Bleu Metropolis literary festival and at the Canadian crime writing festival, Bloody Words. He has twice served on juries for the Arthur Ellis Awards for excellence in Canadian crime writing, and in 2009 he chaired the Arthur Ellis Awards. In 2012 Jim joined Louise Penny in co-chairing a fiction writing workshop at the Knowlton Literary Festival, and has been a panelist at several literary festivals. In addition to the CWA, Jim is a member in the Mystery Writers of America and the Crime Writers of Canada.
Jim’s first crime novel, Legacy, was published in May of 2017, and his second in the series, Ridley’s War, was published in November of 2020. The third novel in the series, Family Matters, is scheduled to be released in 2022.