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Volume 9, No. 4


Of Murderers And Malls
By Faustus Salvador

Song Of The Sea
By Bert Almon

Speaking In Tongues
By Ian McGillis

Taking It To The Streets
By Carolyn Marie Souaid

The Ten-year Conundrum
By Kim Bourgeois


Cutting Corners
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Still Life
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik


The Scots Of Montreal: A Pictorial Album
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

A Kingdom Of The Mind: How The Scots Helped Make Canada
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Les Ecossais: The Pioneer Scots Of Lower Canada, 1763-1855
Reviewed by Margaret Goldik

Cutting Corners
By Sheila Kindellan- Sheehan
paper 406 pp.
Redlader Publishing 1-896881-66-1

Summer Reading: Mystery

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New Document The Donovans of Westmount lose a beloved son in a hit-and-run accident, and his death tears the family apart. The father learns that old sins cast long shadows. Sister Caitlin (one of the protagonists in Kindellan-Sheehan's earlier thriller The Sands Motel) feels guilty for suggesting that her brother walk instead of taking a taxi, which leads to Chris's death, and swears revenge on the driver.

This isn't a whodunit: we know early on who, how, and why. The propelling action comes as the driver attempts to cover up her culpability - which includes trying to eliminate a witness - as Caitlin and her pal Carmen try to prove the driver's guilt. Kindellan-Sheehan has a gift for suspense. She ends her chapters at just the right moment. She also describes grief very well, including that of minor characters who are losing their marriages or their lives. Everyone has secrets and no one is exempt from human conniving. Kindellan-Sheehan gets into the head of her villain, so much so that Monsieur Patate, the villain's unfortunate Pug, lends some welcome comic relief.

Montreal is lovingly rendered and becomes another character in Cutting Corners. (The corner alluded to is Sherbrooke and Wood.)

Kindellan-Sheehan has put together a topical, fast-paced thriller.