Cornwall, Ontario – Dozens of people crowded into Carrot N’ Dates on Pitt St. for the book signing release of Ginette Guy Mayer’s newest work “A Peculiar Case,” a novel based in Cornwall, on Saturday March 25th.
What does a 1548 Prayer Book reputed to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots and a shoot-out on Water Street with Fenians have to do with Cornwall? A lot once Francois Lefebvre Private Investigator (aka Elizabeth Grant) becomes involved in the case.
Set in Cornwall during the 1930s, local historian and author Ginette Guy Mayer, observed that “women have been understated in our historical narrative.” Neatly undermining this oversight, Mayer makes both the heroine, Elizabeth Grant and the protagonist Josephine Smith the central characters in this mystery.
Loosely based on an actual case tried in Morrisburg, Mayer makes this unsolved case the centre of this mystery. A winding tale that takes the reader from Cornwall to Ottawa, Philadelphia and London, with a final stop at Fullerton’s Tea Room, where Elizabeth and her friend Mary are found discussing the case and the creation of an arts association. (could this be Mary Mack, the subject of the author’s first book?)
The book is an engaging read for anyone who likes a mystery and local history. As a bonus the reader is treated to twelve photographs and maps of historic downtown Cornwall, from Elizabeth Grant’s Photo Album.
The book is available for $10 at Red Cart Books, 812 Pitt St; may be download or purchased by logging onto Amazon and keying in the author’ name or emailing: www.ginetteguymayer.com.