The Charles Lauchlan Mystery Series

If you like old fashioned mysteries in the amateur sleuth tradition with touches of humour and romance, you’ll like Charles Lauchlan. Charles is a young minister in turn of the 20th century Winnipeg. Circumstances force him to take up crime investigation and to use his pastoral skills in ways never anticipated in the seminary.

So Many Windings, the second book in the Charles Lauchlan series will be published by At Bay Press in May of 2021. Available for pre-order at these fine locations: Whodunit Mystery Bookstore, McNally Robinson Booksellers, or Chapters Indigo. Or order direct from At Bay Press.

The launch will be virtual via zoom from Whodunit Mystery Bookstore in Winnipeg on May 27, 2021 at 7pm CST. Please register for the zoom, put it in your datebook and tune in. 

Register for the zoom launch here

I will also be signing copies in front of Whodunit Mystery Bookstore, 163 Lilac St., Winnipeg, on Sunday, May 30 from 3pm to 5pm. We can have a socially distanced chat! (Rain location: inside the store).

So Many Windings picks up the action where Put on the Armour of Light left off. It’s 1900 and before going home to Canada, Charles Lauchlan and Maggie Skene sign up for a bicycle tour of the Scottish Highlands. They expect to deal with sore legs, flat tires and clouds of midges on route. But not freak accidents that almost prove fatal or the shadowy figure who seems to be watching their every move. Then there is another grisly discovery. It’s murder most foul, and I’m not just talking about Scottish weather.

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Put on the Armour of Light, the first book in the Charles Lauchlan series, won the Michael Van Rooy award for genre fiction at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards. Get your copy online or in person at Whodunit Mystery Bookstore or McNally Robinson Booksellers or order direct from At Bay Press

In June of 1899, a puzzling summons to the police station knocks Charles Lauchlan’s industrious life as a young Presbyterian minister off the rails. At the station he finds his former university roommate, Peter McEvoy, who has been arrested for murder. The chief of police says it’s an open and shut case but Sergeant Andrew Setter—labelled as a misfit by his brother officers—disagrees. Charles and Setter become uneasy allies in a search for the real killer that takes them from the sleaziest bars to the most sumptuous drawing rooms of turn of the century Winnipeg.