I'm a Canadian author who has a fascination with peoples' virtues and flaws, and how they're often in the same person. I've been writing since the early 1980's and have been writing novels for the past ten years.
I have a wonderful family. "Wonderful" in that I look at them and wonder... while they look at me and wonder... we are all full of wonder.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In every detective novel I've ever read, the detective gets all the glory while all the myriad people who helped him solve it get pushed to the sidelines. Well, what if the detective disappeared early in the book and those same myriad people then had to solve the entire thing themselves? That's exactly what occurs in "The Baneridge Murders".
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An unsolved murder. An innocent person arrested. A missing detective. All in a town with too many secrets.
"The Baneridge Murders" were enough of a mystery even before the detective went missing. Now his two hired assistants are tasked with trying to piece together the case in a town that is trying to drive them out. Their main clue: a sketchbook of riddles and impossible pictures. Their main lead: a troubled 12-year-old boy who believes that God talks to him. In small towns, everyone has their secrets. In Baneridge, there’s at least one person who is willing to kill to keep their secrets from being discovered. And the bodies are starting to pile up...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I like books that do something completely unexpected and all of my favourite books feature that. "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - the authors approach the Biblical apocalypse in a hilarious way. "Zealot" by Reza Aslan puts Jesus into historical context. He uses logic and his knowledge of history to develop an insightful look at the time and setting of Jesus' life. "The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul" by Douglas Adams features the most unorthodox detective ever written - a fellow named Dirk Gently. "God is Not Great" by Christopher Hitchens is a controversial yet incredibly detailed look at religions and religious figures in a whole new light. "Night Watch" by Terry Pratchett. Actually, any and all of his City Watch books are excellent. Pratchett was an incredible writer and he is missed terribly.
3 unsolved murders.
A missing detective.
A town with too many secrets.
The murders were a mystery even before the detective went missing. Now his hired assistants must piece together the case in a town that wants them to leave.
Their main clue: a sketchbook of impossible pictures.
Their main lead: a 12-year-old boy who believes God talks to him.
And the bodies are piling up.