If you like old fashioned mysteries in the amateur sleuth tradition with touches of humour and romance, you’ll like Charles Lauchlan.
Charles has no intention of turning detective. His life as a young Presbyterian minister in turn of the 20th century Winnipeg has enough complications, thank you. Yet his calling gives him advantages for crime investigation, not the least of which is seamless access to both the most squalid slums and the best appointed ballrooms of his divided, young city. The plight of a friend accused of murder forces Charles to use this advantage plus his pastoral skills in decidedly unorthodox ways.
Put on the Armour of Light
In June of 1899, a puzzling summons to the police station knocks the Reverend 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 that takes Charles from the sleaziest bars to the most sumptuous drawing rooms of turn of the century Winnipeg. On the way, he uses his pastoral skills in ways never anticipated in the seminary. He must risk everything as time runs out, even his heart, in order to find the real killer.
Put on the Armour of Light is available in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson Booksellers, Chapters, Whodunit, and all three Costco locations.