Keith Weaver

Keith Weaver was born in Lindsay and raised in Coboconk, but now live in Toronto. His novel, Balsam Sirens, takes place at Balsam Lake.

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For Mark Whelan, Private Investigator, it all begins in a sombre but entirely unremarkable way: a visit to the morgue to provide moral support to a client as he formally identifies his brother. But Whelan’s interest is piqued by a link between the victim’s death and Whelan’s own youth and by signs that the death is the result of something darker than the “accident” being suggested by the police. The appearance of a mysterious message from the dead man, the discovery that his apartment had been burgled, and an attempt on Whelan’s life prove that something else, something very valuable, is in play. Then the bodies begin to pile up. Balsam Sirens tells the story of a private investigator who takes on a case that appears routine, but who is soon swept to the edge of a psychological abyss by the abduction of his wife. Whelan, a PI colleague, and an unlikely ally – a fearless bush pilot called Kate – drive the action forward to a gun battle and a surprising outcome.

An Uncompromising Place
Recipe Cops
Balsam Sirens

Linwood Barclay

During his teen years, author Linwood Barclay lived at Green Acres Trailer Park in Bobcaygeon. He writes about the experience in his memoir, Last Resort.

Last Resort

Other works:

Parting Shot
The Twenty-Three
Far From True
No Time for Goodbye
Broken Promise
Fear the Worst
Trust Your Eyes
Final Assignment
Never Look Away
Too Close to Home
Never Saw It Coming
The Accident
Bad Move
No Safe House

Stewart, Walter

Journalist and author Walter Stewart (1931-2004) lived in the Fenelon Falls area. His books, “Right Church, Wrong Pew” and “Hole in One” are published by HarperCollins, small town murder mysteries set in Kawartha Lakes.

Right Church, Wrong Pew
Hole in One
The Life and Political Times of Tommy Douglas
Too Big to Fail: Olympia & York: The story behind the headlines

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Carew, Edna

Edna Carew is the author of the Lydia Clarke mysteries.

Life’s Disruptions
Duty Calls
Circle of Life
Circle of Life 2
Ethical Matters
Lydia Clarke M.D.
Life’s Chances Are…

Edna Carew’s books are available for borrowing at the Kawartha Lakes Public Library.