(PRWEB) November 15, 2015
But Harrison is nobody’s fool. Partially disabled, he is faced with the loss of his career, the loss of his mobility, and lots of therapy to mitigate all that. But, there’s an up side. With damning evidence of misconduct and erratic behavior by his boss, he successfully sues the company. Now, having financial security, he is ready for a new life.
So he pulls up stakes in Waterloo, Ontario and heads northeast to the village of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake, sinking his money into an old boarded-up hotel and restaurant on Gilmore Island. Sure, the place has fallen into disrepair and needs lots of money to get it up and running. But that’s exactly what RJ plans to do. Besides, behind the dereliction, the place has good bones.
It turns out to have more than good bones. A violent thunderstorm damages the roof and leads RJ to discover a hidden attic room with a bed – and a woman’s fully clothed body. Well, just her old bones actually, dressed in a period costume. Could this be a mysterious former resident, who disappeared in 1916?
In what can only be described as a mystery within a mystery within a mystery, author Brian Lindsay deftly weaves the conventions of the detective genre into a debut novel encompassing the renovation of a hotel, the setup of a restaurant (with which he is very familiar) and recipes for what can only be described as mouth-watering local fare.
Red herrings abound, though not on the menu. Why are people around him getting hurt? Who is the mysterious figure who comes and goes at will and is always one step ahead of RJ? And who was the woman in the bed?
This murder mystery with recipes is a great first novel by an up-and-coming crime fiction writer and is reminiscent of the accomplished Upper Peninsula writer Steve Hamilton and his knight-errant PI Alex McKnight. Let’s hope Brian Lindsay keeps cooking-up more Gilmore House Mysteries.
Author Biography: Brian R. Lindsay recently retired after ten years of operating a personal chef service. He spent many years in the food service industry and a few years in retail security. He has now turned his attention to writing crime, with an epicurean garnish. He has two grown children, a son and a daughter, and lives with his wife in Kitchener, Ontario.