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Aqua Vitae

Aqua Vitae

A History of the Saloons and Hotel Bars of Victoria, 1851-1917
edition:Paperback
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My debut book. Set in Victoria, BC, Canada, my non-fiction debut book features a collection of saloons and hotels that once existed in Victoria from 1851 to 1917. From murder and suicide to some very pleasant stories, I hope that I have conveyed the fact that our social history is anything but boring.
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Along the E&N

Along the E&N

A Journey Back to the Historic Hotels of Vancouver Island
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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My second book of non-fiction history profiles the history of 32 hotels along the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, from Esquimalt to Courtenay and beyond to Forbes Landing on Vancouver Island. I take the reader back 100 years to a time when steam trains opened up the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Our journey describes part of the journey and the history of the community and the major hotels along the way. The first train leaves May 7, 2019 but advance tickets are available. All Aboard!
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Murder by Milkshake

Murder by Milkshake

An Astonishing True Story of Adultery, Arsenic, and a Charismatic Killer
edition:Paperback

Finalist for Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Prize (BC Book Prizes); Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis Award; City of Vancouver Book Award

When forty-year-old Esther Castellani died a slow and agonizing death in Vancouver in 1965, the official cause was at first undetermined. The day after Esther's funeral, her husband, Rene, packed up his girlfriend, Lolly; his daughter, Jeannine; and Lolly's son, Don, in the company car and took off for Disneyland. If not for the doggedness of the doctor who …

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Live at the Commodore

Live at the Commodore

The Story of Vancouver's Historic Commodore Ballroom
edition:Paperback

WINNER, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award (BC Book Prizes); Community History Award (BC Historical Federation)

Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Commodore Ballroom is one of the best-loved music venues in Canada, if not the world; it's played host to a who's-who of music greats: The Police, The Clash, Blondie, Talking Heads, Nirvana, New York Dolls, U2, and, in more recent years, Lady Gaga, Tom Waits, and the White Stripes. But the Commodore's history extends back to 1930, when …

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The Haunting of Vancouver Island

The Haunting of Vancouver Island

Supernatural Encounters with the Other Side
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
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A compelling investigation into supernatural events and local lore on Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island is known worldwide for its arresting natural beauty, but those who live here know that it is also imbued with a palpable supernatural energy. Researcher Shanon Sinn found his curiosity piqued by stories of mysterious sightings on the island—ghosts, sasquatches, sea serpents—but he was disappointed in the sensational and sometimes disrespectful way they were being retold or revised. Acting …

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Claiming the Land

Claiming the Land

British Columbia and the Making of a New El Dorado
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

This trailblazing history of early British Columbia focuses on a single year, 1858, the year of the Fraser River gold rush — the third great massmigration of gold seekers after the Californian and Australian rushes in search of a new El Dorado. Marshall’s history becomes an adventure, prospecting the rich pay streaks of British Columbia’s “founding” event and the gold fever that gripped populations all along the Pacific Slope. Marshall unsettles many of our most taken-for-granted assum …

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