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Seaweed on the Street (Silas Seaweed Mystery #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  65 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Pretensions, conspiracy, lies all play a part in this riveting book that kicks off TouchWood Editions new mystery series featuring Coast Salish investigator Silas Seaweed. A billionaire s daughter with an unsavoury past has mysteriously disap
ebook, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Touchwood Editions (first published May 1st 2005)
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Jul 06, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seaweed on the Street was a pleasant surprise. Silas Seaweed, a Victoria policeman and Salish Indian, is a combination of Travis McGee and Joe Leaphorn. Seaweed is what is known as a 'neighborhood' cop, working from a small office in downtown Victoria, B.C. His district is peopled by prostitutes, druggies and pimps, besides the normal people who live and work there. He has been a police officer for 20+ years and is a bit of a cynic, but also a man with a big heart. He is asked by a lawyer for a ...more
Diane Anderson
A friend loaned this book to me as I live in Victoria and was interested in a mystery set locally.
I enjoyed the book and it was an easy read.
A couple of observations:
1] The character of Sarah Williams, fashionista that she is, would NEVER, EVER wear white pumps after Labour Day.
2] German Shepherd Dogs with YELLOW eyes????!!!!! Uh uh. GSDs have brown eyes. Weimeraners have yellow eyes.
3] Saguaro cacti near Reno? No. They have a very small range, southern Arizona and a little bit in Mexico and s.e
Sep 10, 2013 GateGypsy rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. I have to admit, I decided to read it because it was set in Victoria and written by a man the same age as my father. Once I started, though, I kept reading because I wanted Silas to tell me more about his culture. Those passages about Coast Salish magic were my favourites in the whole book.

I still feel kindof lukewarm on Silas, himself. A self-professed womaniser with a soft spot for hookers? And by "soft spot" I mean has a personal revenge vendetta against the pimp
I absolutely hated how you never heard the thoughts of Silas. When he made a discovery I couldn't play along because I didn't know what he was trying to find out. In my opinion that dragged the whole book down it would've been great if I knew what the detective was trying to figure out! Big mistake on Stanley's part. other than that is was... weird. I didn't know how old he was until chapter 15 (there are 18) and I know there is a second book but I have no idea if it is just another one of his a ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Amberlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Canadian mystery alert! Silas Seaweed, Coast Salish street cop in Victoria, British Columbia, follows the single cop/private eye mystery formula. A bachelor, with no/bad love life, solves mysteries in a crappy/old car and has several distinguishing characteristics which set him/her apart from the next single cop/private eye formula mystery. In this case Silas is closely connected to his aboriginal roots and Salish mythology and religion is woven deftly into all of his mysteries. Stanley Evans, w ...more
A friend loaned me her book. It took a while for me to get going with this book but when I did get further into it I liked it.

Its a boi different from the mystery books and police proceduals I do read but this book was well written. I will look for the next book in the series. Maybe my friend has already read it and will lend it to me.
Val Sanford
I REALLY wanted to fall in love with this character and this series, but it just fell flat for me. The mystery too manufactured and the character a little cliche. I enjoyed the interweaving of Salish tribal mythology and story. Might try the next in the series to see if Seaweed grows on me.
Carol Harrison
I enjoyed the other Seaweed books more than this one--seemed a little far-fetched. Seaweed seemed to have too much time on his hands, and unlimited funding for travel, plus he survived major injuries without much recovery time. But I think this book is the first of the series, so the author obviously got better with practice!
Jan 12, 2014 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot is one that is used a lot; the setting is Victoria BC; the characters, for the most part, are Canadian. As an American I wanted to read a Canadian author to see if there were a different approach to a similar plot. My conclusion: not really. This is a book I classify as a "Beach read"--not outstanding but entertaining.
Dec 30, 2013 Philip rated it really liked it
This is a slightly different mystery read and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit confusing at times trying to keep track of the many characters and the seemingly duplicates in Nevada and Hornby Island until Silas revealed the whole mystery. I guessed who the murderer was well before Silas identified him and the motive was pretty obvious but the mechanics sure were a mystery right to the end. The ending was solid, spectacular and appropriate. Oh and I wonder how far the "Treasure Island" got on th ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series about SilasmSeaweed, a Victoria cop with unconventional crime solving methods. Interwoeven are storis of native meths and traditions. The story is written in the old "gumshoe" style. Silas is like able, and this story was complicated enough that it was not easy to figure out "who done it"! I will definitely read the next one in the series.
Aug 12, 2013 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always on the lookout for new Canadian writers and this detective story with its background in First Nation stories and rituals promised more than it actually delivered for me.
Cory Newman
Aug 06, 2011 Cory Newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I discovered these Silas Seaweed books. All 3 are definitely worth reading.

Great cop stories mixed with coast salish mythology.
Oct 10, 2011 Betty-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Nations maverick detective on the mean streets of Victoria BC - what's not to love?
Stephen Legault
I'm currently reading this book set in Victoria, BC
Jan 24, 2010 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Tony Hillerman
A fun detective story set in the pacific northwest.
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Now a full-time writer, Stanley Evans has been a soldier, a surveyor, and deep-sea fisherman. He was born in England, immigrated to Canada in 1954 and currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia. He began his career by writing articles for newspapers and magazines, has written two plays that were produced at the Arts Club in Vancouver and is now an aspiring author.

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