Inspector Stride Mysteries


In St. Johnís in May 1947, a woman is brutally murdered in her bath. In the same neighbourhood, in 1943, a young American soldier was also murdered, a crime that was never solved. Two murders, four years apart. One killer or two? Inspector Eric Stride of the Newfoundland Constabulary uncovers a complex web of evidence and circumstance, following a trail that goes back more than twenty years. Along the way, Stride finds that his own life is in danger.

The first novel in the Inspector Stride Mystery series, Undertow is set in St. Johnís against the backdrop of wartime and post-war Newfoundland, in a time of social and political upheaval.

Undertow was shortlisted by the Crime Writers of Canada for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The novel has been sold to publishers in Holland and Spain.


St. Johnís, Newfoundland, 1947. Samuel Rossiter is dead. His body is found in a laneway by a police constable late on an August Monday night. Rossiterís death appears to have been the result of an unfortunate accident. But Inspector Eric Stride of the Newfoundland Constabulary isnít convinced. And who is Samuel Rossiter? An impoverished old man living out his time in a boarding house in St. Johnís? Or something else? To find the answers, Stride follows a trail of evidence and circumstance that goes back more than three decades. And at the end of that trail, he finds himself caught up in a complex story of privilege, wealth, and personal tragedy.

The second novel in the Inspector Stride Mystery series, The Rossiter File will be available in April of 2005.

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