Peggy Blair was a lawyer for more than thirty years. A recognized expert in aboriginal law, she worked both as a criminal defence lawyer and Crown prosecutor. Her critically acclaimed mystery The Beggar's Opera won the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader's Choice contest and was shortlisted for the Crime Writer's Association Debut Dagger Award. The Poisoned Pawn is the second in the Inspector Ramirez series. Peggy Blair is named in Canadian Who's Who. She lives in Ottawa.