Lakeshore Advance Article

Lakeshore Advance Article

Exeter author pens Death at the Bend

Mystery and intrigue in new book

Posted By LYNDA HILLMAN RAPLEY (Lakeshore Advance staff)

A death in the Bend? Author Rick Hundey sees it that way as his new book, by the same name, staged in Grand Bend, screams of mystery and intrigue. This is a must-read book with twists and turns from cover to cover.

This long-time Exeter family man brings his first book to light, when full-time coffee shop owner and part-time 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 beneath the surface of small-town Grand Bend.

Born in Windsor Ontario, Hundey’s career in community planning, management and consulting led him to Toronto, London, Southampton and Exeter over the years. In 2005 his first place award in the Alice Munro Writer’s Festival Short Story contest was all the encouragement he needed to leave the safety of suits and ties for the unknown world of mystery writing.

Hundey has always loved to write. When his three children Eric, Tim and Beth were young he wrote children’s stories. When they grew up- so did his writing to the world of adolescence.

After leaving his full-time job at the Municipality of South Huron, becoming a consultant, Hundey had more time to write. Death in the Bend grew from excerpts in another short story he was writing, plotting out characters and story lines. In less than a year the story was complete and published by FauxPop Media.

Hundey said placing the book in Grand Bend was not accidental and should attract regional interest. He says with its seasonal population, the location may also attract a larger market.

This new author says he used to think you could just sit down and write- and there are writers who can do that- “they’re unusual.” Hundey says you need a plan or the process does not work. He says he had a story line and mapped out plots and characters.

Many of his ideas come from walking and nature hikes. He said when he and wife Jane were on a bird-watching adventure they met a man who was rather unscrupulous. This man’s character became the base for a character in Hundey’s story.

Finding a publisher was not an easy task until he found FauxPop Media in Goderich through his writer’s group and plans to market the book through local libraries, book clubs and the web site.

He credits his family, brother-in-law and seasoned writers and history buffs Cathy Brown, Luise Hoffman (former owner of Saga Bound bookstore in Grand Bend), writers Dave Scott and Paul Ciufo and former Exeter mayor Bruce Shaw for their guidance in this book.

Paul Ciufo, 2008 Governor General’s Award finalist says “Death in the Bend is an engrossing page-turner with unforgettable characters. Hundey’s witty and intelligent writing is a delight – I can’t wait for the next book.”

As you read Death in the Bend you will see it is based locally, but the characters are created through Hundey’s imagination. You may though find the “sarcastic, weird at times, former athlete who is losing his hair” may just remind you of someone. This is a great read and will make a terrific Christmas present for any avid reader on your list. It is a page turner that you will find difficult to put down.

This Exeter author is already deep into his second novel, another Jack Beer mystery.

The book is available at the Lakeshore Advance office in Grand Bend or through the web site at

(courtesy of the Lakeshore Advance)

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