Archive for April, 2008


Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Between now and the end of April, you can enter this contest to win an endorsed copy of Conduct in Question, the first in the Osgoode Trilogy.

HOW? Answer this question.

What is Harry Jenkins’ wife’s first name?

Clue: you’ll find the answer by exploring the Conduct in Question section of this site and reading the first chapter.


Check this site on May 1st, where I will announce the winner.

Chapters from A Trial of One

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Why not visit me on my other website, where I will start posting some chapters from the third novel in The Osgoode Trilogy, on Monday April 14th. This is so you can try it out before you buy. Also on that site, you will find the first seven or eight chapters of the first two novels in the trilogy, Conduct in Question and Final Paradox. Hope you decide to drop in.  

Welcome. What Do You Look for in a Novel?

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I’d like to welcome everyone to The Osgoode Trilogy Blog, which is brand new to the site. As I am just learning my way around it, please be patient, but have a look yourself. If you have any comments about the novels, Conduct in Question, Final Paradox and A Trial of One, all part of the trilogy or suggestions about the site and future topics of interest, don’t hesitate to send me a message.

I began writing the trilogy many years ago when I was practicing law and raising a family here in Toronto. Looking back, it seems I’ve gathered together a lot of thoughts about writing and publishing, which I’m going to share 9-10 articles] in hopes we can get a conversation going. So, please don’t hesitate to respond. And check back regularly for articles, photographs etc. So, what do you look for in a novel? (more…)

Press Release: A Trial of One wins Readers Views best literary fiction award

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

For Immediate Release

Contact: Maryglenn McCombs

Phone: (615) 297-9875


A Trial of One by Mary E. Martin Wins Award:

A Trial of One named Best Fiction in Annual Reader Views Literary Awards

TORONTO A Trial of One by Mary E. Martin has been awarded top honors in the Best Fiction category of the Reader Views Awards. An annual literary awards program, the Reader Views Awards recognizes excellence in independent publishing.The third novel is Martin’s Osgoode Trilogy, A Trial of One (iUniverse, ISBN: 978-0-595-44571-4, $22.95) heralds the return of protagonist Harry Jenkins.

In A Trial of One, Jenkins launches a frantic search to find missing shares of Elixcorp Enterprises stock for his elderly client Norma Dinnick. Although the shares were originally sold to raise money to fund research into memory loss in seniors, ironically, no one seems to remember just where those shares might be. As legal guardian of Norma Dinnick, Jenkins must find those missing shares. What follows is a pulse-quickening quest that leads from Toronto to London to Venice and uncovers fraud and deceit - and a long history murder going back almost fifty years. With a sweeping, suspenseful tale full of memorable characters pursuing their fates against the magical backdrop of Venice, A Trial of One has garnered lavish praise, including:

“exceptionally well-written” - Mysterious Reviews;

“a cracking read…to call it a page-turner does not do it justice. Even though it is part of a trilogy, it stands on its own.” -Blogger News Network

“A Trial of One is profound and thought-provoking with a strong message, a masterfully crafted story line with real life characters that experience challenges that resonate with the reader.” Richard Blake for Reader Views.

In addition to the Reader Views Award, A Trial of One won an honorable mention at both the London Book Festival and the DIY Convention, and is a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. Because of the trilogy’s intricately woven plots, these novels can be read in any order.

Mary E. Martin practiced law in a small-estates firm until 1999, when she became a full-time writer and photographer. Her practice was the major inspiration for the trilogy. Martin is also author of Conduct in Question and Final Paradox, books I and II in the Osgoode Trilogy. A Trial of One is available wherever better books are sold. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone - (615) 297-9875, or by email - maryglenn@maryglenn.comvisit

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Press Release: A Trial of One, finalist in the Foreword Book of the Year Award.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TorontoA TRIAL OF ONE, the third in The Osgoode Trilogy, by Mary E. Martin has been named as a finalist on ForeWord Magazine’s tenth annual Book of the Year Award for fiction.

 A Trial of One has won the Readers Views award for literary fiction and also has garnered two honorable mentions at both the DIY Convention and The London Book Festival.

In an interview, Martin said that

“if you want an exciting story plus a great trip to Venice, try A Trial of One. The second half of the book is set there. About eight years ago, I spent ten days alone in Venice walking everywhere, drinking in the atmosphere and photographing. When I came to write A Trial of One, all those memories and images were right there, and so I hope I’ve succeeded in conveying to you the beauty and mystery of my favourite city. On top of that, you’ll be greatly fascinated by the climax of plot of an ancient fraud, started in Final Paradox, the second in the trilogy. For Harry, although an additional surprise waits for him in Venice, the search for fifty million dollars worth of shares ends there.

According to ForeWord Magazine, the books-over 1600 entered in various categories- represent some of the best work coming from today’s independent press community. The winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers, selected from the readership. Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards program was designated to discover distinctive books across a number of genres. Gold, silver and bronze as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at BookExpo America in Los Angeles on May 30th.

INTERVIEWS: Mary is available for interviews. Please contact Memacom Productions at


Press Release: A Trial of One wins Readers Views best literary fiction award

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008


A TRIAL OF ONE, By MARY E. MARTIN is a finalist for the best book of the year award at Foreword Magazine, 2007. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Book Expo America in Los Angeles, May 30th.

Austin, Texas: A TRIAL OF ONE [Publisher iUniverse, 2007] was selected as

the best general fiction book of 2007 by Reader Views Annual Literary Awards.

Reader Views Annual Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a small press, university press, or independent book publisher.


In an interview, Martin said

“This novel is the third in The Osgoode Trilogy and is preceded by Conduct in Question and Final Paradox, in which a Toronto lawyer, Harry Jenkins, is the protagonist and must deal with murder, fraud and deceit. Creating a rich tapestry of characters which will resonate with the reader, Martin also takes time to explore contrasting issues of love, forgiveness and compassion. At the beginning, Harry is a frustrated middle-aged man, trapped under his senior partners thumb and in a dead marriage. By the end of the third, A Trial of One, Harry is a man who can live his life with energy, conviction and passion.”

Please visit her website at 

For a review of A Trial of One, please click here.

Any of the books in The Osgoode Trilogy may be purchased at any online or local book store.

Reader Views reviews more than 2,000 books per year from budding authors who have worked hard to achieve their dream of being published,” Reader Views Managing Editor Irene Watson says. “Our Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors, all talented writers who we know have very promising writing careers ahead of them. The Reader Views Annual Literary Awards are granted in 20 fiction and 30 nonfiction categories, as well as 15 specialized, sponsored categories. The entries are judged by Reader Views reviewers, all avid readers with a wide range of experiences, considered experts in the respective fields. Reader Views is an Austin, Texas, based company.

Press Release: The Osgoode Trilogy, A Trial of One and Final Paradox win honorable mentions

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008



We are pleased to announce that A Trial of One, the third in The Osgoode Trilogy, by Mary E. Martin, has received honorable mention at two major book festivals (more…)