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Michelle Wan

Michelle Wan lives in Guelph, Ontario. She was born in Kunming, China, grew up in India and the United States and has lived in Brazil, England and France. Wan studied anthropology at Stanford University and later earned an M.A. in geography from the University of Guelph.  Wan is known for the four volumes in her mystery series Death in the Dordogne.


Deadly Slipper: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne

[Toronto]: Doubleday Canada, 2005.
PS8645.A62 D43 2005

Publisher’s Synopsis

This literary mystery about a woman’s search for her long-missing sister takes readers to the ruggedly beautiful Dordogne region of France–and into the exotic world of orchid hunting, where the discovery of a new species can be deadly.


Kill for an Orchid: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2010.

Publisher’s Synopsis


The Orchid Shroud

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2006.

Publisher’s Synopsis

Following Michelle Wan’s masterful debut Deadly Slipper, The Orchid Shroud takes readers back to the ruggedly beautiful Dordogne region of France, to a tantalizing world of wild orchids– and the discovery of a chilling murder.


A Twist of Orchids: A Novel of Death in the Dordogne

Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2008.

Publisher’s Synopsis

Fiction (For ESL students and reluctant Adult readers)

When I Kill You

Victoria, BC: Raven Books/Orca Books, 2012. (Rapid Reads series)

Publisher’s Synopsis

When mud-wrestling postal worker Gina Lopez is blackmailed, the results are amusing, confusing and potentially life-threatening as she strives to find ways not to carry out a contract killing.

Anthology (Short story)

“Here With Us.” In Gothic Toronto: Writing the City Macabre, ed. Helen Walsh. Toronto: Diaspora Dialogues, 2009, 41-50.
PS8329.7 .T6 G57 2009


Publisher Random House of Canada

Orca Book Publishers

Michelle Wan personal website

Michelle Wan profile from the Crime Writers of Canada website