A story of love and betrayal, this newest 2018 book by Ontario’s first Indigenous lieutenant governor and best selling author James Bartleman deals with the biggest issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples today.
At the age of six, Martha is taken from her family in the Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario and flown to a residential school. There, she is punished for speaking her Native language and “fed” to the attendant priest with an attraction to little girls.
Prospector and writer James Tough puts into words the daring exploits and dire experiences he encountered between 1962 and 1992 while prospecting in remote locations for valuable mineral deposits, in the process holding a mirror to northern and frontier
Book 2 of "The Muskoka Novels"
Impeccably researched, beautifully written, Elusive Dawn will resonate with the reader long after the final page has been turned.
This work of Muskoka historical fiction by Wendy Truscott follows a young man’s path of emotions through pioneer society to his revenge-seeking act and its consequences.
Ian Murdoch’s debut on the murder mystery scene begins with the deeply saddened man resting at his Lake Muskoka island cottage trying to recover from the death of his wife. When a body floats ashore, he is immediately thrust back into his role as a homicide investigator for the Ontario Provincial Police. Along with the young female officer assigned to help him, Murdoch is rapidly drawn into a web of intrigue and treachery that involves the histo- ry of Second World War German prisoners at Camp 20 in Gravenhurst, the oldest operating steamboat on the continent, and an elderly lady with an astounding secret she has kept for nearly 60 years.
ISBN: 9781778049323 / softcover, 188 pages / LIST PRICE: $22.95
A mysterious Lake Rosseau suicide may be the tip of something far more sinister. It soon commands Ian Murdoch’s attention. Desperately searching for proof of murder while implicated in a disgusting crime, Murdoch finds himself up against a world of wealth and influence. With the convergence of old friends and old cases, the OPP inspector’s entire team becomes con- sumed in their most difficult investigation ever. And when the criminals will stop at nothing, it becomes a race against time and a test of endurance.
ISBN: 9780973620849 / softcover, 178 pages / LIST PRICE: $22.95
Amidst the quiet beauty of a Muskoka autumn, crews demolishing an old hotel near Port Carling discover a skeleton clutching an Irish relic – and Ian Murdoch suspects it may be connected to his own boss. At the same time, a murdered Toronto lawyer leaves his young mistress holding a dangerous secret, and the man who killed a former colleague reappears. With the crim- inals out to get each other, and innocent people caught in the middle, Mur- doch faces the challenge of protecting the life of one young woman while preoccupied with the disturbing memory of another.
ISBN: 9781778049354 / softcover, 190 pages / LIST PRICE: $22.95
Inspector Ian Murdock has just survived a Muskoka winter. Now, with spring in the air, he is summoned to help Xiomara de Sa, a beautiful friend he thought he had lost. With his colleagues obsessed with an unusual death and the backstory of a Gravenhurst prisoner-of-war camp, and old cases coming back to haunt him, once again the indomitable detective uncovers more than granite beneath Muskoka’s pine forests. This time it is treachery, death, and diamonds.
ISBN: 9781778049330 / softcover, 180 pages / LIST PRICE: $22.95
The day begins innocently for Inspector Murdoch when he rescues a strand- ed boater on Lake Muskoka – unaware the man has just stolen a fortune in gold coins from Jose de Sa, a wealthy Florida crime boss. De Sa and his stun- ning young bride, Xiomara, quickly track the missing treasure to Muskoka. Bodies pile up faster than answers, and Murdoch finds himself the target not only of Jose de Sa’s hired thugs, but of the irresistible charms of the lovely Xiomara. Once again, he must deftly navigate the treacherous shoals of greed as the action speeds through the rocky channels of Lake Muskoka.
ISBN: 9781778049347 / softcover, 189 pages / LIST PRICE: $22.95
This unexpected saga begins with Ian Murdock relegated to investigate the death of a lonely senior citizen. He has concluded that past sins have stalled his career as an Ontario Provincial Police inspector. There is no way the brass will let him near an investigation of any importance. However, they cannot foresee the far-reaching implications of a lonely senior citizen’s death, or that a body could just disappear. He finds himself increasingly drawn into a web of intrigue whose implications reach far beyond the walls of a Musko- ka nursing home. In this concluding book of the Murdoch series, authors Dwyer and Hammond reveal a shocking tale of rage, political intrigue and, finally, retribution.
ISBN: 9780973620863 / softcover, 189 pages / LIST PRICE: $22.95
Nightswimming is a delicate and layered novel about what happens to us when our first exploration of love, like astronauts swimming through the dark unknowns of space, takes us somewhere we never intended to go.
Cottage property in Muskoka, it turns out, is something to die for. Douglas Specht lived much of his life connected with newspaper work, so not sur- prisingly he kicks off his novel with a front-page story from the Muskoka Sen- tinel: MISSING BOATER’S BODY FOUND IN LAKE. A tragic boating acci- dent can require an unconventional murder investigation to reveal how real estate transactions in the district sometimes unfold. Being elderly property owners along the shores of Muskoka’s largest lake may be less a retirement asset, more a magnet for trouble. It is not a spoiler to this artfully crafted murder mystery to know that Nokomis is Ojibwe for grandmother.
ISBN: 9780973620870 / soft cover, 205 pages / LIST PRICE: $19.95
Starting in the 1930s, it traces the coming-of-age story of Oscar Wolf, an aboriginal boy from the Chippewas of Rama Indian Reserve in Ontario who is abandoned by his mother but eventually finds his way to multiple successes in life, encouraging us to exa
The first of "The Muskoka Novels"
The Summer Before The Storm, the first of "The Muskoka Novels", evokes a gracious, bygone era that still resonates in this legendary land of lakes.