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Thanks for visiting! Here’s a little about me. Before becoming an author, I enjoyed a twenty-year acting career, playing Shakespearean heroines on stage, leading roles in daytime TV dramas, and characters in Disney made-for-TV movies. It felt like a natural extension of my acting to create characters for fiction, and today over half a million copies of my books have been sold worldwide.

There’s my acclaimed seven-book Thornleigh Saga series, set in sixteenth-century England (“Riveting Tudor drama” – USA Today), my novels of suspense including The Man from Spirit Creek (“Wonderful, full of twists, mystery, a hint of romance, and redemption” – BookSirens) and my latest  novel, The Deadly Trade, a murder mystery. I hope you’ll enjoy them all!

Barbara Kyle

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“A haunting thriller…Kyle keeps the cinematic action scenes and nail-biting suspense rolling throughout.”

– Publishers Weekly on The Experiment

“Riveting Tudor drama”

– USA Today on The Queen’s Exiles

“A classic historical novel – sweeping, gritty and realistic.”

– Historical Novel Society on The Queen’s Lady

“Riveting, adventurous…superb!”

– Historical Novel Society on The Queen’s Gamble

“Wonderfully intelligent, highly readable, and thoroughly entertaining.”

– New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham on After Shock

“A heart-stopping thriller…Kyle is a master at her craft.”

– RT Book Reviews on The Queen’s Exiles


Dear Readers –

My new novel, The Deadly Trade, is a murder mystery featuring animal protection activist Natalie “Nat” Sinclair and her team of volunteers as they rescue abandoned and abused animals. The story highlights the illegal global trafficking of wild animals, a brutal business whose profits rival those of the drug trade.

Writing this book was a labor of love inspired by my husband’s work with Animal Alliance of Canada, dedicated folk whose mission is “fighting cruelty wherever we find it.”


“The Deadly Trade kept me guessing until the end. Natalie Sinclair is a fearless advocate for animal rights, but also with a heart for wounded humans. A great read!” – New York Times bestselling author Patricia Crisafulli

“Kyle masterfully weaves together mystery, suspense, and advocacy in a thought-provoking and heart-pounding thriller.” – C.S. O’Cinneide, author of Eve’s Rib

“Readers will love Kyle’s spirited hero Natalie Sinclair and her brave band of animal rescuers.” – Robert Rotenberg, bestselling author of Downfall

Here’s my tribute to the heroes who inspired The Deadly Trade and my take on what makes a compelling thriller.

Books by Barbara Kyle




Available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook.

Description & Reviews

“A stunning thriller. Lost sleep as I couldn’t put this one down.” – Amazon review

When Liv Gardner arrives in the rural town of Spirit Creek, Alberta, she has nothing but her old car and a temporary job as paralegal with the local attorney. But Liv’s down-market persona is a ruse. She is actually in-house counsel of Falcon Oil, a small oil and gas company she co-owns with her fiancé, CEO Mickey Havelock – and they are facing financial ruin.

Their assets are concentrated around Spirit Creek where farmer Tom Wainwright, convinced that lethal “sour” gas killed his wife, is sabotaging Falcon’s rigs. But Wainwright is clever at hiding his tracks and the police have no evidence to charge him. With the sabotage forcing Falcon toward bankruptcy, Liv has come undercover to befriend Wainwright – and entrap him.

But Liv never dreamed she’d become torn between saving the company she and Mickey built and her feelings for the very man whose sabotage is ruining them.

On a rain-swept night, Spirit Creek is stunned when one of their own is murdered. The evidence does more than point to Tom Wainwright . . . it shatters Liv’s world.

“Impossible to put down. Liv arrives in Spirit Creek as an undercover oil executive. . . then risks all she has to make sure the wrong man is not found guilty of murder.” – BookSirens

“A page turner that will have you wishing you didn’t have to put it down for your real life.” – Goodreads

“Full of twists that kept me wanting more. . . a mix of thriller, romance, and redemption.” – BookSirens

An irresistible corporate thriller…A highly recommended must read.” – Amazon international review

The Thornleigh Saga

Writing as Stephen Kyle

“Page-Turner is the quintessential book for writing that break-out novel”
– Goodreads review

Synopsis & Reviews

“Kyle knows her stuff. She breaks down both the art and the craft of writing in a way that is entertaining and easy to understand.”— #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong

What makes a page-turner? What mysterious literary essence holds a reader so hard they feel they must keep reading? And then tell friends, “I couldn’t put it down!” And what do literary agents and publishers really look for in a manuscript?

Internationally-acclaimed author and story coach Barbara Kyle reveals the answers in Page-Turner with insights into the essentials of story structure, the power of “deep character,” the art of crafting dialogue, mastering point of view, and more . . . plus practical advice on how to query agents and get published.

Page-Turner shows how to create the kind of novel that brings offers from publishers and praise from readers. For emerging writers who want to break in, and published authors who want to produce a breakout book, Page-Turner is an indispensable guide.

“Brings alive almost every tough issue a writer of fiction must confront . . . friendly and fun to read.”— Albert Zuckerman, founder of Writers House literary agency

PageTurner is available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook

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