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The Glenwood Treasure

by (author) Kim Moritsugu

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2003
Family Life, Literary, General
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Short-listed for the 2004 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel
After her marriage breaks down, shy schoolteacher Blithe Morrison takes refuge for the summer with her parents in the affluent Toronto neighbourhood of Rose Park. Blithe’s return home evokes memories of her lifelong sibling war with Noel, her golden-boy older brother, now a diplomat posted in England. But when Blithe befriends a lonely 11-year-old girl and takes on a local history project, she uncovers truths about a long-rumoured buried treasure that forever alter her perceptions of her family, her friends, and herself.
Historic homes, ravines, and family secrets all figure in The Glenwood Treasure, a curl-up-and-enjoy novel that updates the traditions of such suspense classics as Josephine Tey’s Brat Farrar and Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca.

About the author

Kim Moritsugu was born in Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. She holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto, and worked for several years in a corporate setting before turning to the writing of fiction. She has taken hundreds of dance classes in her lifetime, and sometimes teaches hip-hop dance to children. She has written for CBC Radio, the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, and other publications.

Moritsugu's first novel, Looks Perfect (Goose Lane Editions, 1996), was shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. Books in Canada called it `highly entertaining -- a romantic comedy with an edge` and the Toronto Star found its lead character `one of the most appealing heroines in current Canadian fiction`. Since then she has written three more novels. Kim Moritsugu lives in Toronto and, besides her own writing, also teaches creative writing at the Humber School for Writers.

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  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel

Editorial Reviews

Kim Moritsugu's novel resembles one of the old houses that it has as its setting: at first, one thinks it needs work, repairs, stripping of finishes, but by the end, the house is treasured for its fine bones.

Canadian Literature

If, long ago, you loved the Nancy Drew mysteries, you will enjoy this book, with its posh homes, men with strange eyes, and its distracted parents -a good book for a young woman starting to dip into adult literature.

The National Post

Kim Moritsugu is a witty social observer who deftly blends mystery with a comedy of manners in The Glenwood Treasure.

Toronto Star

Kim Moritsugu's new novel is an intriguing mystery.

Toronto Sun

Moritsugu has written an accomplished mystery.

Globe and Mail

(Moritsugu) is a good writer with an appealing central character and a story to tell that will awaken the inner girl in all of us.

National Post

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