Monday, July 18, 2011

Jim Toner's "The Purity Ring Murders"

Title:The Purity Ring Murders

Publisher: Authorhouse

Cover Blurb: The murder of Marie Chauvet still haunts Gil Leduc three years later. The sixteen year-old accompanies his girlfriend Jan Barrio and her family to Toronto where Jan's father, a Niagara Falls police officer, attends a conference. Gil and Jan hope to spend time with April Ames, an aspiring model.

The two teens agree to meet her one morning at the North York Centre. Upon arrival they hear April scream. Someone dressed like a Shiite Muslim is ready to shoot April. Gil and Jan try to prevent the shooting, but the person shoots at them before shooting April.

Jan tries to save April, but it's too late. Soon another murder follows. As the teens search for the killer, they uncover a few battling questions: Why is Ramona Gonzales, a college friend of Jan's mother, not returning phone calls? Why is Peter Bartholomew, a teacher at the teens' high school who's been accused of inappropriate conduct with minors, really in Toronto? Who is the young man Gil has seen at both the murders of Marie Chauvet and April Ames? Will they find out before it's too late?

1) How did this story come to you?
The story came to me through reading about the modeling industry. It's an industry which promises much, but so many young models end up dead. It's a very competitive industry. I wanted to emphasize the message of sexual purity. The modeling industry is a difficult place for a young lady to remain sexually pure.

Also, we often read in the newspapers or see in the news these days about inappropriate conduct between teachers or coaches and their students. This novel also touches that topic.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I had previously written Under the Blood, which also features Gil Leduc and Jan Barrio. My readers wanted another book. While writing the book, I changed the title a few times. I also had help from two different writers at Write! Canada.

3) The three things that would surprise my readers the most are as follows:
a) I had a date with the lady who seven years later would get crowned Miss Buffalo 1995.
b) Aerosmith was once my favorite rock band.
c) In kindergarten I could name all presidents from George Washington to Richard Nixon in order.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I'm currently working on the third novel in the Gil Leduc series. I'm also writing some short stories.

5) Parting comments?
I wouldn't want to write any other type of fiction, but YA fiction. It's challenging, yet fun.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My fans can contact me at I'm also at  and


  1. I enjoyed the interview with Jim. I would love to win a copy of his book, "The Purity Ring Murders".


  2. I enjoyed reading how this story came about and it sounds like a very interesting book. One that I have added to my to be read list.


  3. I'd love to read this story. Enter me in to win.

  4. Sounds like an interesting book for covering modeling and the teacher/student aspect.


  5. 'The Purity Ring Murders' sounds amazing. Great interview! Please enter me in this giveaway.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

  6. I would love to read this book. The setting sounds perfect and exciting !!

  7. Certainly sounds an intriguing book. Enjoyed the interview. sheiladeeth at hotmail dot com.

  8. Sounds like a good read! Please enter me in this giveaway.


  9. Interesting!!! Can't wait to read!!! Please enter me!

  10. Please enter me!


  11. "The Purity Ring Murders".sound wonderful. Great Interview! Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the chance!augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

  12. This sounds like a very interesting book! Please include me. I am an email subscriber.

    Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. This sounds like a good read. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Great interview too!


  14. Nothing like a great suspense!
    Deborah M.