Author musings

It has been approximately 8 months since the release (Dec/20) of The Concrete Vineyard (TCV). When I embarked on the writing of this novel, it was intended for personal use and amusement. I didn’t decide to publish until about halfway through the first draft when I thought I might have composed a compelling enough plot that might interest others.

It has been said that only 1% of people who read a book will write an online review. TCV just surpassed 100 reviews on Goodreads and has over 125 reviews on It became a Kindle bestseller (on more than one occasion) in both the U.S. and Canada in the ‘Urban and Land Use Planning’ category while the paperback and hardcover versions became Amazon bestsellers in Canada in the ‘War of 1812’ category. Authors will often discount their Kindle books (down to $0.99) to increase sales and climb the rankings and I admittedly did this once, but TCV also hit #1 at its regular price. It has staying power. Word of mouth is growing. And book clubs are now calling.

While the main genre of the novel is murder mystery, it crosses into so many others – political fiction, history, education, architecture, and small-town to name a few – which is why I’m always interested in how readers perceive and review it. In fact, many reviews start out with something like this – “I was a little unsure what to expect when I looked at this on Amazon…”

Those expecting a straightforward murder mystery will get a lot more than they bargained for. As one reviewer remarked, “This might be the most educational mystery novel you will ever read.”

Well said. I do believe it is.

Jog or bike on down (that’s right – don’t drive your car) to the Old Niagara Bookshop and pick up a copy. Or, contact me for a personally signed copy, dropped off at your front door.

See if you can figure out what The Concrete Vineyard is really about. So far, few have.