Our winters are long here in Quebec but normally, by the end of April spring will let us exit from our burrows and enjoy the sunshine. This year was different. It rained, and rained, and rained. The trees were even grumbling.
But finally, at least a month late, spring has sprung. I was out walking and snapped a few photos of my favorite place, Riviere St.-Charles. I thought I’d share a few of those photos with you.
Along the river are apple trees in full flower as well as some ash trees. The yellow dandelions help round out the blaze of color.
If you’ve read Her Book of Shadows, my new mystery novel, this is the location in Parc Brebeuf where a rather intense scene takes place.
And I couldn’t resist quickly snapping this photo. The dog was happy to have his picture taken but the little girl was less thrilled so I apologize that it’s not a sharper image.
I’m happy as a clam this morning. My mystery novel, Her Book of Shadows is now available as a KindleBook. It’s a soft-boiled, feel good traditional mystery and if you like mysteries that avoid a lot of blood and gore, I think you’ll enjoy Her Book of Shadows.
The book takes place in Quebec City, where retired Arizona cop, Scott Riker, lives with his wife and daughter and heads a group of interventionists. Directed by Quebec business mogul and philanthropist, Luc Duchesne, the group uses their talents and resources to stand between people in trouble and the criminal elements who would do them harm.
In Her Book of Shadows, Riker agrees to find Jodie Burke, a teenage girl whose parents say ran away to Quebec City from Connecticut. But when Jodie’s friend turns up murdered on the Plains of Abraham, it becomes clear that Riker faces something more than just a runaway girl. Time is running out and he must find Jodie and prevent whoever is trying to kill her from succeeding.
Riker struggles with his emotional involvement in the case, caused by the similarities between his daughter and Jodie Burke. This, and his attempts to reconcile his risky business with his role as father and husband add to his internal conflicts but maybe the two roles can be compatible.
The first four chapters are available as a sample download so please give it a try.