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The Bishop's Pawn
Lurid gossip surrounds the distinguished barrister Dick Dougherty who fled to Toronto from New York in 1838 with his two wards. But calumny mixes with politics, and a fiery sermon by Bishop John Strachan incites his murder. Dougherty is found dead in an alley with a note pinned to his back, scrawled with the word, “Sodomite.” Marc Edwards, Dick’s dear friend, travels to Ne ...more
Published February 9th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
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Oct 29, 2017 LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions) rated it liked it
This is set primarily in Toronto in 1839, although some of the characters take a brief trip to New York City later on. At the start of the book we meet Dick Dougherty, a massively overweight man who was once a lawyer in New York City but who, after some vague and mysterious trouble, was able to relocate to Toronto. Since then, he’s been taking care of his two wards, Brodie and Celia, and slowly taking control of his life again. A recent courtroom success has inspired him to apply for admission t ...more
HEADING: Nuance and Complexity
The Bishop’s Pawn is a positive step forward in the Don Gutteridge history-mystery canon. Within this incandescently plotted story, amid the usual Gutteridge twists and intricacies, is an intriguing portrait of the politics surrounding the Toronto Tories response to Lord Durham’s Report of 1839. A core Canadian issue, so how does Tammany Hall fit in? Raising his own bar yet higher, Gutteridge fuses the Canadian and American scenes thematically and geographically.. W ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed my return to the Toronto of 1838-39. Gutteridge continues to develop Marc Edward's character, showing us how the young man is maturing within the community and his relationships. Cobb continues to mature as well, watching and learning from Marc. The gentle insertion of the importance of women in the lives of the main characters and in the young city is appreciated. Since I read this novel on Kindle, I took advantage of the Dictionary.com links and improved my vocabulary. A g ...more
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 Western University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is the author of twenty-two novels. including the twelve-volume Marc Edwards mystery series. Don is also an accomplished poet and has published twen ...more
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