Peterborough poet Betsy Struthers has published eight books of poetry and three novels, including the poetry volume Saying So Out Loud, and the novel Found: A Body. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals in Canada, the U.S.A. and Australia. She is active in the League of Canadian Poets, serving as coordinator of the Feminist Caucus.
Found: A Body
Short-listed for the 1992 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel
Bookstore clerk Rosalie Cairns was the one who found the body at the edge of the river; why did that make her a suspect?
As the quiet town is rocketed by a series of murders, neighbour distrusts neighbour, and the bookstore, once her refuge, is the centre of intrigue. The evidence against her husband mounts, and Rosalie is forced to join the dangerous hunt for the killer.
Not just a slick and hard-boiled mystery, this is a rich study of characters reacting to unexpected horror, and a look into the depths of small town life.
[Struthers] has assembled an interesting cast of characters to play out the complex and ingenious mystery.
Women's bodies and women's lives haunt this novel--some survive, some don't. Found: A Body is an intelligent, adult mystery that should attract a wider readership than just fans of the genre. Though they should read it too.