The Bathwater Conspiracy

The Bathwater Conspiracy

by Janet Kellough
  • english-from-canada
  • from-ontario
  • sci-fi-fantasy

Nothing about this case makes sense.

Detective Carson “Mac” MacHenry can’t figure out why the Darmes are so interested in this one dead girl or why the secretive federal police have rushed the autopsy or why, a few days later, the records of the dead girl's murder have been erased from all official government channels. Even stranger to the detective is the manner of death – injuries consistent with a violent beating and sexual assault. Crimes rarely seen in current society. Crimes eradicated decades earlier.

The Bathwater Conspiracy follows Mac and her partner Nguyen as they wander a dystopian post-apocalyptic cityscape in search of clues to Alfreda Longwell's murder. Their off-the-books investigation leads them from the halls of Alfreda's university to the Decayed Area, a blasted wasteland at the city’s edge where technophobic religious fundamentalists struggle with scavengers and lunatics in a never-ending fight for survival. When the pair discovers a secret government project gone horribly wrong, they must work to uncover the details of a plot which will rock the already fragile political landscape of the city to its core… Janet Kellough’s latest novel offers a tightly-plotted mystery and a fascinating glimpse at genetic engineering run amok in a near-future world.

Touching on issues of bioethics, gender, religion, and more, The Bathwater Conspiracy will appeal to fans of science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and police procedurals alike.


Janet Kellough, author

Janet Kellough is an author and storyteller who has written and performed in numerous stage productions that feature a fusion of spoken word and music. Her published works include "The Thaddeus Lewis Mystery Series" (On the Head of a Pin, Sowing Poison, 47 Sorrows, The Burying Ground, Wishful Seeing and The Heart Balm Tort); two contemporary novels The Palace of the Moon and The Pear Shaped Woman; and the semi-non-fictional Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County. Janet lives in rural Ontario, Canada with a husband, miscellaneous critters and thousands of red cedar trees.


  • The story is well done, the world depicted believable - neither a utopia nor a dystopia. There is the implication that there is far less violence and oppression than there was when men were in control. On the other hand, limited genetic stores limit population growth. "The Bathwater Conspiracy" poses a variety of thought-provoking questions, encouraging us to reconsider traditional gender roles. At the same time, the novel is an intriguing mystery/thriller. - Stephenie S, Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Hades Publications, Inc.



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: Adult

number of pages: 248

publication date: 04/11/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book