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Publication Order of Bradford Fairfax Murder Mystery Books

The P-Town Murders (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death In Key West (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vanished in Vallarta (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bon Ton Roulet (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Dan Sharp Mystery Books

Lake on the Mountain (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pumpkin Eater (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jade Butterfly (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the Horses (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The God Game (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Puppet (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lion's Head Revisited (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Dan Sharp Mystery Books

Lake on the Mountain(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pumpkin Eater(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jade Butterfly(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Puppet(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
After the Horses(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lion's Head Revisited(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The God Game(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Poetry Books

In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Anthologies

Bend Sinister(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Men of the Mean Streets: Gay Noir(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Jeffrey Round is the author of more than a dozen books, including two mystery series. His Lambda Award-winning, noir-edged Dan Sharp PI mysteries, from Dundurn Books, feature Toronto-based missing-persons investigator Dan Sharp. The comic Bradford Fairfax mysteries feature secret-agent Fairfax and his partner, Zachary Tyler, whose work takes them to international jet-setting locales.

Round was born in Sudbury, a mining town in northern Ontario. He grew up there and in Windsor, Ontario, before eventually moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he attended Dalhousie University to study acting and music. He has said he always knew he would be a writer.

In addition to writing, Round is a film and stage director and television producer. He directed Agatha Christie’s long-running The Mousetrap for three of its legendary 27-year-run at Toronto Truck Theatre, garnering some of the production’s best reviews. His short film My Heart Belongs to Daddy won four festival awards, including Best Canadian Director and Best Use of Music. He later worked as a segment producer for HGTV and the FOOD Network.

He is also a singer and song writer. He lives in Toronto.


Round’s first book, the literary novel A Cage of Bones, was based on his own experiences as a model in the fashion industry in Europe. It garnered acclaim and topped best-seller lists around the world. It was only when he failed to sell a subsequent book that he turned to mysteries. While visiting Provincetown, MA, a series of unusual occurrences convinced him that he was just one body away from living an actual murder mystery. On returning home, he penned his first Bradford Fairfax mystery, The P-Town Murders, in 21 days.

At that point, he realized he was onto something, but still didn’t know how to transition from serious literary writer to serious mystery writer. As acclaim grew for his work with the publication of the second Bradford Fairfax mystery, Death in Key West, his publisher began to pressure him for something more serious in the genre. Still not convinced he was a real mystery writer, it took a prod from a friend, actor Kevin Hartley, to get him to look into the story behind the suicide of a gay father denied access to his children by his ex-wife. With this in mind, the first Dan Sharp PI mystery, Lake on the Mountain, was born.


Two more Bradford Fairfax mysteries followed: Vanished in Vallarta (2014) and Bon Ton Roulet (2017). The latter, set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, garnered an invitation from the William Faulkner Society to read in the famed Presbytère in Jackson Square on the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans, alongside the city’s mayor. Round has four more books planned in the series.

A stand-alone mystery, Endgame (Dundurn Books), appeared in 2016. It has been dubbed a “punk-rock reboot” of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.


Following the success of Lake on the Mountain, which won a Lambda Award in 2013, Round penned a sequel, Pumpkin Eater. Subsequent volumes include The Jade Butterfly and After the Horses, the latter being the first Dan Sharp volume to appear out of sequence. Three more volumes ensued, all published out of chronological order. All seven volumes can be read as stand-alone mysteries. All but the final volume, Lion’s Head Revisited, are based on real events.

The reason for the timeline disruption was not at first apparent, but Round sensed a need to space the titles out to allow for the inclusion of unwritten volumes. He later realized that was because the actual story behind the fourth book, Shadow Puppet, had not been concluded. Inspired by eight real-life killings in Toronto between 2010 and 2017, Round said he felt Dan’s interest pique every time another missing person was announced, despite fervent denials by Toronto’s Police Force about a connection between the victims. The killer was arrested one month after Round finished his book.

Because of the subject matter, Round found this the most difficult of the seven volumes in the series to write. The work paid off, however. It was of this book that the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Cannon would proclaim, “This is as good a whodunit as we will see this year.”


The first book in the Dan Sharp PI series, Lake on the Mountain, won a Lambda Award in 2013. The series was nominated twice more for the same award in 2016 and 2019. Round has also been twice nominated for a ReLit Award, first for his 2010 war novel, The Honey Locust (Cormorant), and again in 2014 for his poetry collection, In the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci (Tightrope). His first two books, A Cage of Bones (GMP) and The P’Town Murders (Hayworth), were listed on AfterElton’s 50 Best Gay Books in 2008.

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2 Responses to “Jeffrey Round”

  1. David: 3 years ago

    A rare talent. A wordsmith who captures your senses and creates intrigue!

  2. David: 3 years ago

    One of my favourite authors


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