When young, unlucky Wendy Li finds herself floating above the trees and buildings of her home town Winnipeg, she immediately suspects she's been murdered by her husband's jealous ex-lover, Evelyn. But no one is aware of Wendy's spirit drifting over the city, longing to settle the unfinished business of her life. The citizens of Winnipeg are embroiled in controversy over the construction of a new casino. Wendy's psychic mother-in-law can't see a thing; her superstitious sister-in-law is afraid of ghosts; and her beloved husband is too stupid to realize what's going on—or is he? Meanwhile, the detective down the street seems more intent on attracting his own wife's attention than on seeking justice. As Wendy watches from above, she begins to fear that Evelyn will get away with murder, and that no one will remember to water the garden.
Catherine Hunter teaches English at the University of Winnipeg. In addition to her previous thrillers, Where Shadows Burn and The Dead of Midnight (Ravenstone Press), she has published one spoken word CD, Rush Hour, and three collections of poetry, Necessary Crimes, Lunar Wake, and Latent Heat, for which she received the Manitoba Book of the Year award.
“This is an elegant little novel built on the Chinese legend that those who die violently remain in spirit in the place of death until their life's business is completed. In Wendy Li's case, that means drifting about Winnipeg attempting to prove that her husband's mistress, Evelyn, murdered her.
But being a ghost is more difficult than one suspects. Wendy's husband, Alika, seems too deadened with grief to realize she's about. Alika's mother, a psychic, seems suddenly blind, and his sister is afraid of spirits. The detective investigating the crime has problems of his own, and Wendy fears that she will end up as a cold case, drifting about Portage and Main for eternity. Then there's a question about just what did happen. How much does a ghost know? Is what she thinks is the truth actually the truth?
In the First Early Days of My Death proves to be well written and clever, as Wendy and her former family move through the parallel worlds of her death and their lives.”
—The Globe & Mail