Professor Emeritus writes murder mystery series
Monday, October 25, 2010
When Education Professor Emeritus Don Gutteridge began to write his Marc Edmunds mystery series, it was for his own interest and with a view to entertaining friends from his bridge club. Don typed them on his computer, printed out about 12 copies and took them to Staples for binding. His friends enjoyed them so much that they encouraged him to submit them for publication. Don is glad they did - the series was originally published by McLellend & Stewart in 2003 and seven years later it is being republished by Simon and Schuster, with the first of series, Turncoat, already in print.
Don graduated from Western with an Honours B.A. in English and a B.Ed. from the Faculty of Education before teaching high-school English for many years. He later returned to the Faculty of Education as a Professor of English Methods. Don combined his fascination with Canadian history with his love of detective novels in Turncoat, which follows the adventures of a young ensign who is sent from Fort York in Toronto to a hamlet near Cobourg to solve a murder mystery. Beginning in 1836, the series is true to the historical and political details of the day.