Book List in Order: 12 titles


  • •The Light in Trieste is a novel of international intrigue that spans three centuries. It’s a tale about illegal immigration: the story of an empress, a refugee and a prostitute, three desperate women in three different time periods, each...



  • After a successful career as an internationally-published romance writer, Rosemary Aubert turned to the world of crime, graduating with a Certificate of Criminology from the University of Toronto and publishing the six-volume award-winning, Ellis Por...



  • Ellis Portal has resigned from solving mysteries. Or so he thinks. When a profound personal tragedy propels him into a puzzling case with no suspects and no clues, he’s forced back into the world of crime. Against the drama of a Toronto conference ...



  • At a questionable literary event in a seedy bar in the Toronto of the 1980's, a 40-something woman meets the proverbial dark, handsome stranger. Lulled by poetry, music and drink, she begins a relationship with a person whose past, present and chancy...



  • Throughout the ages, small children have scratched out a living working at difficult and dangerous jobs. When she makes a speech acknowledging her promotion to the position of Judge of Orphans, lawyer Mary Rose Cabrini captures the attention of a mys...



  • In this final book of the series, Ellis is called upon to defend his arch enemy, John-Stoughton Melville, in a stunning murder trial that pits Ellis against his past -- and his future....



  • In this prequel to the three earlier novels in the Ellis Portal Mystery Series, Ellis, a disgraced former judge turned sleuth, is taken back to his law school days. He and a fellow student visit the Toronto morgue to witness an autopsy -- and the cad...



  • The New York Times Book Review called former judge Ellis Portal "a character with great dignity and unusual moral depth." A fallen hero forced to live on the streets, he is the unexpected star of Rosemary Aubert's award-winning series -- and one of t...



  • Another compelling suspense novel featuring Ellis Portal, a homeless man who was once a respected judge.... The messages are brief, cryptic, and foreboding -- Bible verses that hint at death. At first, Ellis is frightened, but not terribly disturb...







  • On the day he graduated from law school, there was little doubt that Ellis Portal would have a brilliant future. He and five of his similarly gifted colleagues commemorated the splendor of their shared expectations with the presentation, to each, of ...




  • THEY HAD WAITED FOR FIFTEEN YEARS Their first meeting burned brightly in their memories long afterward. But it was somewhat easier for Jenn McDonald to remember Michael Massey: the young rebel had since become Mayor of Toronto, and his life was co...


Complete Series List in Order

An Ellis Portal Mystery

1) Free Reign (Apr-1997)
2) The Feast of Stephen (Jun-1999)
3) The Ferryman Will Be There (Jun-2001)
4) Leave Me by Dying (Aug-2003)
5) Red Mass (Jul-2005)