The headline said it all:
Canada's Queen of Crime Sleuths Out Victoria Scene!
Victoria, BC, June 5, 2004: She's been called Canada's Queen of Crime, and the Globe and Mail loves her "engaging sleuth." Sechelt crime writer Gwendolyn Southin is coming to Victoria for a reading to open the city's newest independent bookstore,
Chronicles of Crime.
"We feel fortunate to lure Gwendolyn over from Sechelt as she really is receiving rave reviews on her latest book," says Frances Thorsen, owner of Chronicles of Crime. "People know her as the co-founder of the Sechelt Writers' Festival, co-editor of The Great Canadian Literary Cookbook and a humour writer. But this series of crime books is really a delight."
Southin' books featured at sales desk
Southin's novels are set in 1950s British Columbia, and her extreme attention to detail belies the fact that she didn't grow up in the West. Hours of research in the Vancouver archives and interviews with Vancouver natives have provided the minutest details to ensure her novels are accurate.
"After I chose the detective's office on Broadway, I checked the address at the archives. It turns out there actually was a private investigator in that building during the 1950s," Southin says. "Maybe his story was waiting to be told," she adds with a chuckle.
For her latest novel, In the Shadow of Death, Southin's research took her to northern BC to Horsefly, Williams Lake and along dusty roads to Crooked Lake, dodging logging trucks all the way. She met early Chilcotin settlers and even interviewed the daughter of Horsefly's only 1950s gas station owner. But don't think her books are only collections of historical fact. Murder, intrigue, and a spot of romance keep the pages turning!
Southin reads from In the Shadow of Death on Thursday, June 10, 7 pm at the Chronicles of Crime, 1057 Fort Street.
Gwen welcomes readers to the new store