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Turncoat (Marc Edwards Mystery #1)

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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
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Published July 13th 2010 by Touchstone (first published April 8th 2003)
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Marissa
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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
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Macha
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
Harold
Aug 01, 2014 Harold rated it it was ok
Lacks snap, crackle and pop.
Thalia
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....
Fran
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.
Glenna
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.
Angela
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.
Peter
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.
Surreysmum
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.
Real
Aug 09, 2013 Real rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the extra historical details about the time period in the story.
Sandra
Aug 25, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it
A very well written and enjoyable book.
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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
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