If you enjoy action-packed stories brimming with drama, I’d like to present my novel, Stony Point. A title from Inanna Publications, it will appear in fall 2014.
In 1903, Lucille Reilly arrives in Stony Point. A coal-mining town in the Crowsnest Pass, it lies just a few miles west of Frank, the Alberta town devastated in a landslide only a few weeks previously. A pioneering newspaperwoman, she has come in search of her sister’s beloved husband, a fellow journalist who has disappeared. Lucille has promised grieving Lottie that she won’t return to Winnipeg until she learns what became of Stanley Birch.
She begins to ask awkward questions, such as why a second man has also vanished. She also demands to know why the local Mounted Policeman has failed to properly investigate the disappearances, and what the hotelkeeper knows about two murders. Her worst enemy, the wife of the coal mine owner, is the only person who can help her. Soon her investigation becomes entwined with the struggle in the town, where coal miners argue over whether or not to organize. Stony Point may appear a flyspeck on a map, but here Lucille must survive a bitter labour dispute, a fire and a riot. She needs all her resources to uncover the truth in Stony Point.
S. Noël McKay