“If a detective story is a good detective story, then it’s good literature.”
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The Paul Shenstone Mysteries
Detective Sergeant Paul Shenstone of the Toronto police gets his first case as lead investigator in 1926. His professional assets include a year of university, combat experience during the Great War, and a bachelor’s freedom to focus on a problem without family distractions. His liabilities? A thirst for whisky despite Prohibition and a tendency to go it alone rather than fit into an organizational pigeon-hole.
Quarrel with the FoeThe first Shenstone mystery. Industrialist Digby Watt is gunned down on the street outside his office. Paul must find out what got him killed — his Temperance speeches, a possible remarriage, or his activities during the war? “…the book is a winner.” (Joan Barfoot, London Free Press)
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Fire on the RunwayA mysterious woman appears and disappears in 1920s Toronto, violence erupting wherever she goes. Discovering why takes Paul Shenstone beyond his police detective function into a world of international intrigue. “Excellent police thriller set in 1926 Canada… abundant espionage and historical detailing.” (Teresa L. Jacobsen, Library Journal)
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Torn from the HeadlinesDrug wars and courtroom drama in the Golden Horseshoe. The rights of the criminally accused versus the needs of the victims. A twenty-first century thriller.
Victim ImpactWhen criminologist Ted Boudreau’s academic interest in biker gangs brings tragedy into his home, a penal progressive must confront his inner vigilante. There will be other victims. Can all receive justice? “It’s a haunting novel… a must read.” (Don Graves, Hamilton Spectator)
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Passion and Murder in the New Age of IndustryToronto in 1856 is industrializing with little time for scruple or sentiment. This missing-person story thrusts a young banker into the rôle of amateur detective, forcing him to struggle with both the demands of his job and the shortcomings of the fledgling city police. We are whirled through a richly realized Victorian landscape from Niagara Falls to Montreal, and north to Sault Ste. Marie — wherever the clues lead.
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