Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Turncoat (Marc Edwards Mystery, #1)” as Want to Read:
Turncoat (Marc Edwards Mystery, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Turncoat (Marc Edwards Mystery #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
It’s 1836 and Ensign Marc Edwards, of His Majesty’s 24th Regiment of Foot, is eager for some adventure and intrigue. Unfortunately he’s been posted to the colonial backwater of Toronto, Upper Canada, and at first glance there doesn’t seem to be much chance for that sort of action. But Marc soon learns that the local population is openly chafing under British Rule, and the ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Touchstone (first published April 8th 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Turncoat, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Turncoat

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryLife of Pi by Yann MartelThe Book of Negroes by Lawrence HillThe English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Canadian Fiction
428th out of 651 books — 470 voters
Still Life by Louise PennyA Fatal Grace by Louise PennyDéjà Dead by Kathy ReichsThe Cruelest Month by Louise PennyBury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Mysteries/Suspense/Thrillers Set in Canada
94th out of 129 books — 106 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 183)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
May 26, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Win

We meet Ensign Marc Edwards of the His Majesty’s 24th Regiment of Foot in 1836 who is assigned to newly named Toronto formerly called York in Upper Canada.

It appears to be quiet and of little adventure. But he is assigned to investigate a possible murder in a small town of a Crown agent.

He soon realizes that the people are in arms over British Rule as their unrest among the people from radicals, Reformers, Yankees and smugglers. Everyone seems to have a hidden agenda and no one can
May 01, 2015 Macha rated it liked it
3 and a half stars. set in the Cobourg area of Upper Canada, before the Rebellion of 1837. first of a long mystery series. an engaging detective whose sympathies are increasingly with the ordinary people rather than the upper-class English class to which he belongs, an exciting time in history, but somehow the book - worthy though it is - never really takes fire.
Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
An interesting tale of life in Upper Canada around the time of the rebellion of 1837. Trouble is brewing in both Upper and Lower Canada over governments that are ignoring the will of the elected representatives to line their own pockets. A Tory informant is dead and his contact in Toronto suspects murder. He sends a young military officer to investigate. Marc, soon finds evidence which supports the case for murder, but not the motive. As his investigations continue he can see why the farmers hav ...more
Frank D
Aug 03, 2011 Frank D rated it liked it
Interesting setting of a mystery in Upper Canada, Ontario before Canada got it's independence. A newly commissioned ensign is sent to investigate a mysterious death in a small town near Toronto. The town is full of different factions supporting the crown, individual rights, independence, or annexation by the United States. Time frame 1836 . Overall interesting since I know little about Canada's history. On the other hand the mystery is a bit tepid and the characters are clumsily drawn. I can't s ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Harold rated it it was ok
Lacks snap, crackle and pop.
Oct 04, 2011 Thalia rated it liked it
Probably worth more than three stars but I can't put four. I liked the history (although I tyhtink it could have used a little more explanation) and the mystery was good but not spell binding. Really, what makes it middling for me is the characters. Our hero was, well, rather blah. Rather two dimensional. I'll likely give this series another go because there's promise there....
Dec 07, 2012 Fran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The historical aspect of this book was enjoyable for me--learning about the times: the relationship to England and the country to the south and the impact on the political situation. The writing was pleasant. I wanted to keep reading although it did not grab me the way Dubious Allegiance did.
Feb 20, 2012 Glenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Marc Edwards mystery series, written by my former Faculty of Education English professor. Set in Upper Canada in the early 18th century, Don Gutteridge brings his characters and the period to life. Great historical fiction.
Jan 06, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
This was an easy read but entertaining. It made me curious enough to want to try some more in the series - when I want something light. Hopefully the subsequent books in the series have better editing. I found the mistakes annoying.
May 15, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good Canadian Historical Mystery. Gutteridge, an academic who in retirement turned to mystery writing has a very fine had on the times and tenor of pre-confederation Upper Canada.
Really enjoyed this - it's a place and historical period I'm interested in, and besides spinning an enjoyable yarn, the author successfully evoked a Canadian winter for me.
Aug 09, 2013 Real rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the extra historical details about the time period in the story.
Aug 25, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
A very well written and enjoyable book.
Dec 05, 2010 Nicole marked it as to-read
cbcreads 2010 book
Sue marked it as to-read
Jan 29, 2016
Brad marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2016
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson marked it as to-read
Jan 07, 2016
Maureen Dennison
Maureen Dennison rated it really liked it
Jan 04, 2016
Yvonne marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2015
Chelsea marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2015
Margaret marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2015
Asteropê marked it as to-read
Feb 05, 2016
65hornsbygmail.Com rated it it was amazing
Dec 14, 2015
Marnie rated it really liked it
Oct 31, 2015
Andrew rated it liked it
Oct 14, 2015
Gayle rated it liked it
Oct 03, 2015
Susan marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2015
Eve-Lynn Swan
Eve-Lynn Swan rated it liked it
Sep 24, 2015
Cyber rated it it was amazing
Sep 06, 2015
Julie marked it as to-read
Aug 28, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Chilling Thrillers: TURNCOAT by Don Gutteridge 4 17 Aug 17, 2012 06:04AM  
Don Gutteridge was born in Sarnia and raised in the nearby village of Point Edward. He taught High School English for seven years, later becoming a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, where he is now Professor Emeritus. The author of fifteen novels, Don is also an accomplished poet and has published sixteen books of poetry. In 1972 he won the UWO President's ...more
More about Don Gutteridge...

Other Books in the Series

Marc Edwards Mystery (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Solemn Vows (Marc Edwards Mystery, #2)
  • Vital Secrets (Marc Edwards Mystery, #3)
  • Dubious Allegiance (Marc Edwards Mystery, #4)
  • Bloody Relations (Marc Edwards Mystery, #5)
  • Death of a Patriot  (Marc Edwards Mystery, #6)
  • The Bishop's Pawn (Marc Edwards Mystery, #7)
  • Desperate Acts (Marc Edwards Mystery, #8)
  • Unholy Alliance (Marc Edwards Mystery, #9)
  • Minor Corruption (Marc Edwards Mystery, #10)
  • Governing Passion (Marc Edwards Mystery, #11)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »