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 www.rickhundey.fauxpop.tv

(courtesy of the Lakeshore Advance)

8 Comments

  1. Tired of getting low numbers of useless traffic to your website? Well i want to inform you of a new underground tactic which makes me personally $900 each day on 100% AUTOPILOT. I possibly could be here all day and going into detail but why dont you just check their website out? There is really a excellent video that explains everything. So if your seriously interested in producing easy hard cash this is the website for you. Auto Traffic Avalanche

  2. ;,” I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information -;’

  3. I enjoy you because of each of your efforts on this web site. My mom delights in getting into investigations and it is easy to understand why. I notice all of the lively ways you convey helpful guidelines by means of the website and as well cause response from people on this situation then our own girl is in fact studying a whole lot. Take pleasure in the rest of the new year. You’re conducting a dazzling job.

  4. 54. Hi, Neat post. There’s a problem with your website in internet explorer, would check this… IE still is the market leader and a big portion of people will miss your excellent writing due to this problem.

  5. Missing your post though it was extremely sweet of you to still keep us notified. Love you immensely for that. I did keep checking the blog in between and once I didnt see your post realized it must be a technical problem.I would be checking the blog throughout the day in between my work and hope one hears from you soon. It appears you are enjoying the wonderful ambience of Goa, have loads of fun.Take care and keep giggling.. Peace.Reply keith richards (April 21st, 2009 at 7:47 am) Steven, you are the best thing in sports commentary and ESPN is foolish for not coming to terms. No one battles SKIP like you and no one tells it like it T-I -is. I loved your shows and even when u fill in for steve harvey. They didnt appreciate Max and they will surely miss you. Much much love because you come wit it like no other. much blessings.Reply c money (April 21st, 2009 at 8:00 am) This is utterly RIDICULOUS!! No Stephen A. on ESPN? You brought a diff swagger to their network, and a lot of insight. Not to mention.punk just about the entire crew of 1st take on a regular basis.brought me some laughs!! My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using WordPress on a number of websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress posts into it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated! Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  6. It was hard to find your blog in google. I found it on 19 spot,
    you should build a lot of quality backlinks , it will
    help you to increase traffic. I know how to help you, just search in google – k2 seo tricks

  7. Finally i quit my regular job, now i earn decent money online you
    should try too, just search in google – blackhand
    roulette system

  8. Hi webmaster do you need unlimited content for your blog ?

    What if you could copy post from other blogs,
    make it unique and publish on your page – i know the right
    tool for you, just type in google:
    luiqight’s article tool

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>