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Fiction Horror

Found: A Body

by (author) Betsy Struthers

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Nov 1992
Horror, Psychological, General
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    Nov 1992
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Short-listed for the 1992 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
Bookstore clerk Rosalie Cairns was the one who found the body at the edge of the river; why did that make her a suspect?
As the quiet town is rocketed by a series of murders, neighbour distrusts neighbour, and the bookstore, once her refuge, is the centre of intrigue. The evidence against her husband mounts, and Rosalie is forced to join the dangerous hunt for the killer.
Not just a slick and hard-boiled mystery, this is a rich study of characters reacting to unexpected horror, and a look into the depths of small town life.

About the author

Betsy Struthers has published eight books of poetry, including Still (Black Moss Press), winner of the 2004 Pat Lowther Memorial Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and three novels as well as co-editing an anthology of essays about teaching poetry. Her first book of short stories, Relay: Short Fictions, was also published by Black Moss Press.Struthers received the Silver Medal as runner-up for the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award in 1994 and was short-listed for the Arthur Ellis Best First Novel Award in 1993 and the CBC Literary Awards in 2006. A past president of the League of Canadian Poets, she has read her work from coast to coast in Canada, in Australia, and in North Carolina, including the Sleeping Giant Literary Festival in Thunder Bay, the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival in Cobalt, Ontario, and the Labrador Creative Arts Festival in Happy Valley/Goose Bay. Her poems and fiction have been published in many anthologies (most recently, In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry and Going Top Shelf: An Anthology of Canadian Hockey Poetry) and literary journals; she has taught workshops in both poetry and fiction to students of all ages from kindergarten to adults. Resident in Peterborough since 1977, Struthers works as a freelance editor of academic texts.

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  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel

Editorial Reviews

Women's bodies and women's lives haunt this novel--some survive, some don't. Found: A Body is an intelligent, adult mystery that should attract a wider readership than just fans of the genre. Though they should read it too.

Miriam Jones

[Struthers] has assembled an interesting cast of characters to play out the complex and ingenious mystery. 

The Toronto Star

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