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.
Kim Moritsugu's latest novel, The Glenwood Treasure (Dundurn), shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel award, is a literary mystery that updates and honours the traditions of such suspense classics as Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar and Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca. Moritsugu is also the author of the two works of literary fiction, the novels Looks Perfect (shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award), and Old Flames, and she teaches creative writing at Toronto's Humber School for Writers.
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.
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.
Kim Moritsugu is a witty social observer who deftly blends mystery with a comedy of manners in The Glenwood Treasure.
(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.
Moritsugu has written an accomplished mystery.
Kim Moritsugu's new novel is an intriguing mystery.