A retired police detective tells a story from his family history. On a cold winter morning in 1873, a crowd gathers on the shore of a Nova Scotia fishing village. A stormy sea has thrown a ship onto the rocks. The villagers work bravely to save the ship’s crew, but many die. When young Will Murdoch and the local priest examine the bodies, they discover gold and diamonds. They suspect that the shipwreck was not responsible for all of the deaths. With the priest’s help, Will—who grows up to be a famous detective—solves his first mystery. This novella is a quick and easy read for people on the go.
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A nice story simply told
I found this author through GoodReads after finishing a novella by one of my favorite story tellers, Louise Penny. This is a short story, just a small sample of Maureen Jennings' writing. While her style is deceptively simple and clean, it is surprisingly rich and deep. In just a few quick pages, she managed to introduce three major story lines that I want to learn more about. How wonderful to learn that she is a prolific writer!