Donna Morrissey, author of The Deception of Livvy Higgs, grew up in a small fishing outport in Newfoundland. Her descriptions of fights between the French and English in the heyday of the Maritime shipping industry on the French shore of Newfoundland form the best part of the book, along with vivid descriptions of life in war-torn Halifax, where Morrissey now lives.
These memories are the background of Livvy Higgs’ life. She suffers from fierce hurt from her proud, greedy father. Her grandmother is equally ruthless toward Livvy and her connections. Between them the child leads a lonely, sorrowful life.
This book tells how, at the end of her life, she tries to piece together the cruelty done toward her. A neighbour, with problems of her own, comes to her rescue. But it is altogether a rather grim story, only slightly relieved by a happy – though childless – marriage on Livvy’s part.
Morrissey is the author of a number of prize-winning novels, and has recently written a children’s book, illustrated by her daughter.
Review by Anne McDougall
Come by Books on Beechwood on Saturday, May 11 to meet local author, Linda Morin. She will be here from noon to 2:00pm signing copies of her book The Courage to Look Beyond, the story of her brave fight against (and defeat of) cancer.
From the jacket:
“Three years. Not really a long time, but when one’s life is turned upside down, over and over again, when one battles a life-threatening disease, cancer, undergoes several surgeries, experiences loss, pain, conflict and much more, one wonders if the three years is more like an eternity. For Linda Morin, those three years were the most traumatic and life-sapping years of her life. And yet, she came through it all with great courage. She fought her battle with cancer, her battle with difficult relationships, her battle with custody issues, her battle against her son’s medical problems. Linda is a strong person. She had to be to survive; and she is a survivor. Follow Linda’s journey to wellness in her heartrending story, The Courage to Look Beyond. Learn, with Linda, how a woman can accept herself with or without breasts. Learn too, that breasts do not make the woman.”
For more information about Linda, her story, or her book, visit her website: www.thecouragetolookbeyond.ca.
We hope to see you all here on Saturday!
Be sure to swing by Books on Beechwood on Tuesday, May 7 to meet local author Benny Beattie. He will be here signing copies of his book Questions, Quizzes and Quotations: A Brain-Challenging Book of Trivia and General Knowledge from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
To learn more about Benny, you can follow him on Twitter @Questquizzquote.
We hope to see you all on Tuesday!
ECW Press and Books on Beechwood would like to invite you to the launch of Death’s Last Run by Robin Spano and The Drowned Man by David Whellams.
David Whellams is a local mystery author whose newest mystery novel, The Drowned Man, features the return of Chief Inspector Peter Cammon of Scotland Yard. After first appearing in Walking Into the Ocean, Cammon is once again called out of retirement for what appears to be a simple assignment. But what starts out as the simple retrieval of the body of a murdered Scotland Yard, turns into a much more puzzling case. With the return of characters from the first Peter Cammon book, as well as the introduction of Cammon’s daughter-in-law in a pivotal role, it is no doubt that Whellams has brought us yet another thrilling, clever whodunnit.
Robin Spano is a Vancouver-based author whose newest book, Death’s Last Run, is the third book in the Clare Vengel Undercover series. When a young snowboarder is found dead on Blackcomb Glacier in Whistler, local police want to close the case as suicide. However, the victim’s mother, a U.S. Senator, is so adamant that her daughter would never end her own life that the FBI sends in an undercover agent to ferret out the truth. Surrounded by partying ski bums and snow bunnies, Clare Vengel soon discovers that not only was the young snowboarder involved in a possible drug smuggling ring, but that some of the local police might also be involved. Death’s Last Run is another intriguing, entertaining mystery from a fantastic author! Her two previous Clare Vengel novels are Dead Politician Society and Death Plays Poker.
For more information on these great authors and their books, visit www.ecwpress.com.
We hope to see you all here for this great launch! Snacks and refreshments will be served.
Be sure to come by the bookstore on Thursday evening to meet and chat to local mystery author Mike Martin. He will be here from 7:00pm to 9:00pm launching his new mystery novel, The Body on the T. This is the second book in the mystery series featuring RCMP Sgt. Winston Windflower and his trusty sidekick, Corporal Eddie Tizzard. After making their debut in Walker on the Cape, Windflower and Tizzard are back to solve yet another mystery in Grand Bank, Newfoundland.
About the book:
“The story begins when a body washes up on a beach near Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There is no identification on the body and few clues to identify who the person was or where they came from.
There is also a devastating accident on the highway and another suspicious death to deal with. Throw in a rogue police officer and an international drug ring operating in the waters off the coast and Windflower’s peaceful world is turned upside down. This time Windflower’s adventures take him to the scenic town of Burin where Captain Cook once patrolled the waters looking for French mercenaries. And to historic St. John’s where he faces down an armed suspect on a parking garage rooftop in the midst of a busy downtown evening.”
Filled with traditional Newfoundland food and culture, The Body on the T is another fantastic, mysterious treat from a wonderful local author.
We hope to see you all here on Thursday evening!
Snacks and drinks will be served.
Come by the store and meet CTV meteorologist Cindy Day on Saturday, April 20. She will be here signing her new book Grandma Says from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Grandma Says is a book about weather lore and the scientific explanations behind some of the most common weather sayings: “Rain before seven, fine by eleven;” “When chimney smoke descends, the fair weather ends;” “When swallows fly high, the weather will be dry; when birds fly low, expect rain and a blow.” It’s a beautifully illustrated book – the perfect gift for young and old. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
From the jacket:
“On Cindy Day’s grandmother’s farm, the weather wasn’t predicted with a computer or official forecast, but by accumulated wisdom and careful observation. Cindy’s grandmother was a constant prognosticator, making predictions about the weather that more often than not proved correct!
Grandma Says is a collection of eighty weather-related sayings and prognostications based on traditional knowledge and experience. Now a meteorologist at CTV Atlantic, Cindy explains the origins and the science behind this weather lore, so that readers young and old can better understand the world around them.”
Cindy Day grew up on a dairy farm in Bainsville, Ontario and has been a meteorologist for over twenty-five years.
For more information about Cindy’s book, visit Nimbus Publishing at http://www.nimbus.ca/Grandma-Says-P6531.aspx
We look forward to seeing you all here on Saturday!
Donna Leon was born in New Jersey but has lived in Venice for thirty years. She loves the city and has set her mystery series with Commissario Guido Brunetti there.
Readers have come to love the intrigue she conjures up, not only in the cases Brunetti tackles, but in the police office life, and also his family life, with a clever wife and two endearing children. In this book Brunetti himself brings Venice to life. Standing on the deck of a ferry Leon writes: “entranced, as he so often was, by the casual, unending beauty of it. Stone, sky, gold, marble, space, proportion, chaos, disorder, glory.”
The story in The Golden Egg goes far beyond Brunetti’s initial assignment and into a world of aristocratic family abuse. A mentally handicapped man in his forties has died of an overdose. When Brunetti investigates the death, he can find no birth certificate, no passport, no driver’s license, no credit cards. As far as the Italian government is concerned, he never existed. It makes for an intriguing story of discovery, what The New Yorker calls “an unusually potent cocktail of atmosphere and event.”
Review by Anne McDougall
Ray Rivers will be in the store on Saturday, April 13 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. He will be here signing his new book The End of September.
About the book:
“Enjoy this historical novel, an alternate future, where Canadian history gets turned on its head. Romance, intrigue and action are all in this story of a couple caught in the middle of a conflict that nearly tears the nation apart.”
“How Canada might look had the Quebec Separatists won that First referendum on sovereignty.”
Be sure to come by and meet Ray, buy a book, and get it signed! We hope to see you all here!
Come by Books on Beechwood to meet Judith Davidson. She will be at the store from 11:00am to 1:00pm signing copies of her new book Sink Into Sleep.
From the jacket:
“Discover insomnia clinic secrets that enable you to conquer insomnia forever”
“Much, much more than a workbook, Sink Into Sleep features:
*A chapter focused on men (often ignored by insomnia books)
*A chapter focused on women and their special sleep needs
*A chapter focused on sleep and medical conditions
*A chapter focused on sleep and anxiety or depression
*A chapter on the pros and cons of sleep medication
*An effective step-by-step guide to cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)”
We hope to see you all here!