Death at the Harbourview Cafe by Fred Humber

Three deaths: one, a popular Chinese businessman, the second his adopted son, and the third a rookie RCMP constable in a popular cafe and store in the unassuming town of Botwood Newfoundland. If that doesn’t have the makings of a good mystery-thriller, then I don’t know what does. But this isn’t fiction, it’s a true crime story that occurred in 1958, and it remained untold for many years, but lay dormant in the collective memory of the town and any eyewitnesses that happened to be in Botwood that fateful November day.… Continue reading

The Mariam Pirbhai Interview

Pirbhai is the author of the short story collection Outside People and Other Stories (2017, Inanna Publications). In my review, I stated that “Outside People is an exceptional group of short narratives that are appealing, insightful and a treat to read.” Since this was Ms Pirbhai’s first published work of creative fiction, I wanted to interview her to get her thoughts on publishing as well as getting more insight into the creative processes she used to create the characters and stories of Outside People.… Continue reading

Finishing the Road by David Cozac

Canadian author David Cozac was born and raised in Toronto. He works for the United Nations. In the past, he worked for several human rights organizations, including PEN Canada and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

Finishing the Road (2017, Tightrope Books) is Mr Cozac’s debut novel and it certainly augurs well for any future books he may pen. Set in Guatemala in the closing years of its Civil War (1960-1999), it involves three principal characters: Marc, a young man from Toronto who is in the country to learn Spanish, Sixteen-year-old Magdalena and her younger brother Jacinto, Ixil people now living in Guatemala City whose father was taken away by the military, and whose mother died while they were hiding from government troops in the jungle, and Claire, a French journalist who has recently learned of her Guatemalan father and has traveled to the country to meet him for the first time.… Continue reading

I am a truck by Michelle Winters

Once again, I am grateful for Consumed by Ink’s superb coverage of the books on the 2017 Giller Prize list. Here’s another one that Naomi allowed me to take an excerpt from. Author Michelle Winters is originally from New Brunswick and now lives in Toronto.


Trucks play a big part in this story of a rural Acadian couple who have been together for almost 20 years.… Continue reading

The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History by Nate Hendley

Toronto-based author Nate Hendley has written over a dozen books, primarily in the true-crime genre. He has written books about the American Mafia, Ontario’s infamous Black Donnellys and the wrongful conviction of Ontario teenager Steven Truscott. His latest book is The Big Con: Great Hoaxes, Frauds, Grifts, and Swindles in American History (2016). When I think of con (or confidence) jobs, I immediately think of the movie “The Sting” with Robert Redford and Paul Newman.… Continue reading

Year of the Horse: a Journey of Healing and Adventure by Marjorie Simmins

award-winning writer and journalist, Marjorie Simmins divides her time between Nova Scotia and British Columbia. Author of the popular memoir Coastal Lives, she teaches memoir writing across Canada. She shares her life with her husband, writer and filmmaker Silver Donald Cameron.
Can you think of any domesticated animal, apart from a dog that has such a rich history with humankind, are trainable, trustworthy and loyal as horses are?… Continue reading