Genre: Cosy Crime/Women’s Contemporary Fiction and Historical Crime
Release Date: December 1st and January 31st
Publisher: Accent Press
The world of running is completely alien to Libby Sarjeant and her friend Fran Wolfe, but when Libby’s son Adam and Fran’s stepdaughter Sophie join the Nethergate Harriers, they have to take an interest. And when one of the runners goes missing in the middle of the Nethergate 5K, they take more than an interest! It’s not long before a body is found – and Libby and Fran are caught up in another investigation…
The seventeenth instalment in the hugely popular Libby Sarjeant murder mystery series.
Lesley Cookman is a former model, actor, DJ and air stewardess, among other things. She has been writing for money for nearly 40 years (no, I know she doesn’t look old enough), her particular areas of interest being Theatre, Old Time Music Hall and Pantomime. She lives on the Kent Coast and has four grown up Performing Children and two cats.
In the name of progress a number of Eastern Ontario communities were basically wiped off the face of the earth for the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. The dark blue on the map above shows the original river and the lighter blue shows the ‘new’ river after flooding.
People lost their homes and their livelihoods. Some houses were moved but the majority were either torn or burnt down but their foundations remain.
Zooming in on the google earth image of the area, you can see the old highway and rail line and how much land is now submerged.
The following three pictures were taken in August 1957 when the rapids at Long Sault were drained.
According to what my mum wrote on the backs of these photos, I was only 9 months old at the time.
I definitely don’t remember seeing the rapids drained but I do remember after the flooding. We lived near Maitland, ON far enough west that the effects of the seaway construction weren’t felt, but close enough to make it a nice Sunday drive.
I do remember scenes similar to this one in the photo I took in July of this year. As a child, I remember having nightmares about the road disappearing under the water never to be seen again but I didn’t know at the time where it was.
Bridges and causeways were built to join the islands created due to the flooding and became part of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. The road joining them is known as the Long Sault Parkway.
The scenic drive is free but to stop at any of the beaches or campgrounds or even the 45th parallel, you have to buy a pass.
The old CN line (formerly the Grand Trunk Railway) in the photo below is part of the Waterfront trail. I had taken photos from the same side of the road but after I crossed to see if I could see where the rail line reappeared, the sun came out from behind a cloud and illuminated it perfectly.
With so much land now being under water, wouldn’t this location make a great place for a murder? Maggie Wheeler thought so and used the area of the Lost Villages for her Farran MacKenzie murder mystery series.
Maggie will be my special guest on September 19th. Mark your calendar for that date so that you don’t miss it.
My Scottish roots and writing by Melanie Robertson-King