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Elderly Sleuths, Retirement Romance, Senior Sleuth Cozy, Cozy Crime Solving, Drug Smuggling, COVID-19 Pandemic, Lake Huron

by Norman Reed Paterson

In this, his third mystery novel, Norman Paterson’s talent is in full sail, taking us into a harbour that should be safe, a luxurious retirement community in Sothern Georgian Bay. But it is 2020. Ted, a resident of long, worldly experience, discovers a murdered body along a walking trail. With his friend Beth, these amateur detectives travel the shores of Georgian Bay and nearby Michigan, discovering international drug smuggling and love in old age. Then the sudden lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is real life story telling, full of heart, humour, danger and universal consequences.

"A uniquely delightful read with adventurous old people who have learned to carry the weight of life more lightly."

—Dorris Heffron, author of City Wolves and other novels.

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An Internationally renowned geophysicist, in retirement, Norman Paterson writes books. Mining Geophysics: A Canadian Story, Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) 2019. Mystery novels Finding Mildred, 2015, The Case of Mary Rose,2017. He wrote Amateurs while living in a retirement residence in Collingwood, Ontario, 2018-2020. He now lives in a nearby country property (Little Creek Wolf Range) where he writes, swims and hikes the trails, with novelist Dorris Heffron. He is 95 in 2021.


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