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“Considerable Canadian history is woven through the enjoyable book, as are rich descriptions of the country. The pacing is superb and surprises are frequent…An entertaining, many-layered mystery with an engaging hero.”

Kirkus Reviews

Most books about the First Capital of Upper Canada focus on its past.

The Concrete Vineyard wonders about its future.

“This might be the most educational mystery novel you will ever read.” Amazon Customer Review

Why would anyone want to murder the most respected senior citizen, Niagara-on-the-Lake has ever had?

Retired history professor Edward Mitchell was surely not long for the grave, so why would someone risk life in prison to kill him? Picking up the clues is the reluctant Homicide Chief Detective, Bryan Dee. Thinking he might be out of his depth he is happy to enlist the aid of his friend, Kris Gage. But when Dee reads the deceased’s last entry in his diary, ‘time to take care of K. Gage,’ he becomes torn between investigation and friendship.

As an urban planner, Gage understands real estate and the bureaucracy of planning. Following the money, he soon finds himself in the middle of corrupt developers who seek to take all the charm out of the area. Over two hundred years after the War of 1812, is Niagara-on-the-Lake, once again, on-the-Take?

Buy The Concrete Vineyard today for a thoroughly enjoyable read!

Excerpt from The Concrete Vineyard

Lost in my thoughts, as I jogged along, a pack of 20 tourists on bicycles pedaled up behind me, led by a white-goateed bicycle tour guide. Then, as we all moved forward in a cluster, a tour van swerved out, rather dangerously, and overtook us all, narrowly squeezing past the unsuspecting cyclists who were riding some two and three wide. It was a dangerous moment, and none of them seemed to know it—not even the tour guide. All it would have taken was for one cyclist, after too many wine samples, to swerve in front of the van and he would have been squelched. The urban planner in me kicked into life. I thought of Sean and Zendaya and their business proposal. Their idea of moving cyclists off roads and onto an abandoned rail line, a town-owned corridor that cut right through the heart of wine country, was a no-brainer. Municipalities all over the world were searching long and hard for solutions to make active transportation safer. It made me wonder, why isn’t that happening in this town?

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