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The Third Riel Conspiracy

by Stephen Legault

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It is the spring of 1885 and the Northwest Rebellion has broken out. Amid the chaos of the Battle of Batoche, a grisly act leaves Reuben Wake dead. A Metis man is arrested for the crime, but he claims innocence. When Durrant Wallace, sergeant in the North West Mounted Police, begins his own investigation into the man’s possible motives, he learns there were many who wanted Wake dead. What Durrant uncovers is a series of covert conspiracies surrounding Metis leader and prophet Louis Riel. And, during the week-long intermission in Riel’s trial, he sets a trap to find Wake’s true killer.

The Third Riel Conspiracy is the second book in the Durrant Wallace Mysteries, a series of historical murder mysteries set during pivotal events in western Canada’s history.

About the Author

Stephen Legault has been a social and political activist for almost twenty years. He has founded or co-founded four conservation organizations, including a Canadian conservation group (Wildcanada.net) and has worked with various groups and associations across North America. He also has written for numerous magazines and journals on the subjects of activism and conservation. Currently he is helping ethically driven businesses create consumer activists around the issues of climate change, wilderness, waste and fair trade. He lives in Victoria, BC Canada.

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Legault is proving himself to be a writer with an ability to create increasingly complex story lines while at the same time taking readers deep into the history, politics and culture of the time, without sacrificing story. —Rocky Mountain Outlook


It is not easy for an author to blend fictional characters into historical fact, but Legault manages it very well . . . He has created a believable man for his time, a passionate believer in justice who will go to great lengths to ensure it. —Star Phoenix


A slick whodunit . . . It’s Legault’s excellent research that makes this novel work. Think Canadian history is dull? Think again. —The Globe and Mail


Stephen Legault tells about the story behind the story, and why The Third Riel Conspiracy was one of the hardest books he's ever written. Read the full piece from the Rocky Mountain Outlook


Stephen Legault has proven himself to be one of the most versatile writers currently working in Canadian crime fiction . . . [The Third Riel Conspiracy] offers sharp, uniquely West Coast perspective on some of the most important moments in early Canadian history. —National Post


A thoroughly researched history mystery with tension, fine storytelling, and a focus on some of the defining moments of Canada’s story, holding a mirror to the hardened reality that Canada’s political chicanery has deep roots into our national soul. —The Hamilton Spectator

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The Third Riel Conspiracy

The Third Riel Conspiracy is the second in the Durrant Wallace mystery series. In this installment, NWMP Sergeant Durrant Wallace investigates the murder of a man during the Battle of Batoche. During the investigation, Wallace uncovers two plots that are taking place: one to kill Louis Riel before his trial begins and another to help Louis Riel escape back to the United States. With the help of his three friends, Wallace works to solve the crime and unravel the plots involving Louis Riel.

Legault is the author of seven books including the Cole Blackwater mystery series.

Caution: Use of the word “Indian” and “half-breed” in a historical context.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2013-2014.

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