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NEW! Crude Business: A Jack Beer Mystery

NEW! Crude Business: A Jack Beer Mystery

Just Released: Crude Business: A Jack Beer Mystery Charlie, a WWII vet, has hired part-time private detective/Grand Bend coffee shop owner Jack Beer to find his missing grandson, a crude oil geologist. But before Jack can get started, an associate also turns up missing. Are these men whistleblowers run afoul of fraudsters in the cut-throat world of oil exploration? Or have they themselves run off...

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The Garnished Truth

The Garnished Truth

Short stories are very satisfying to write, and I suppose a part of that is because, well, they’re short, and on a good day, a decent draft might be ready in time for supper, as long as you don’t think about the revisions ahead… As well, stories like this can be very surprising, even for the author. Indeed, a number of these stories emerged on their own as if they’d written themselves,...

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Collingwood Fakeout : A Jack Beer Mystery

Collingwood Fakeout : A Jack Beer Mystery

Grand Bend coffee shop owner and part-time private eye Jack Beer reluctantly accompanies his girlfriend Sheila to the annual Elvis festival in Collingwood Ontario. While there, he solves a kidnapping, only to find himself dragged into a murder investigation.Suspicion falls on the victim’s wife, Elvis wannabes, local toughs, and the town’s movers and shakers, but the problem is, they’re all...

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Death At The Bend : A Jack Beer Mystery

Death At The Bend : A Jack Beer Mystery

Full-time coffee shop owner and part-time private investigator Jack Beer’s new client turns out to be a ghost from his own shameful past, a ghost packing more trouble than his hourly rate can cover. Tripping over dirty business deals and vicious bike gangs, dodging bullets, blows and a woman scorned, Jack eventually falls through a tangle of deceit and uncovers the deadly secrets that lurk...

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Author reading: Grand Bend, Grand Coves Estates – 10:45 AM, Dec 9, 2008

Author reading: Grand Bend, Grand Coves Estates –  10:45 AM, Dec 9, 2008

Organized by Valerie Tonkin, Rick was lucky to follow an appearance by Santa Claus. There was a small thinning of the crowd. Still, at a guess, the audience topped 40 book fans. After reading chapter 1, Rick was asked a number of great questions to do with: - his writing habits - why he picked Grand Bend as a setting - the origins of his characters (is that my creepy neighbour in the book? The...

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