Last Song Sung


A musical cold case has Cullen and Cobb back on the beat.

On February 28, 1965, a young singer named Ellie Foster stepped into the alley behind The Depression, a Calgary folk club where she shared the bill with Joni Anderson, later to become famous as Joni Mitchell. During a cigarette break in the back alley, Ellie was forced into a car and the musicians with her were shot and killed. The investigation that followed turned up no sign of the kidnappers, and Ellie Foster was never seen again.

Now, more than fifty years after the singer’s disappearance, Ellie’s granddaughter approaches Cullen and Cobb to try to find out what happened to her grandmother. The search for the truth about Ellie Foster takes the two investigators straight into the past. They find themselves investigating a failed political assassination and discover that there are those who will stop at nothing, even half a century later, to ensure that certain secrets remain untold.


David A. Poulsen is a brilliant storyteller and observer … Last Song Sung is destined to go to number 1 with a bullet.

Ron MacLean, host, Hockey Night in Canada and Rogers Hometown Hockey

Brims with nostalgia for a fondly remembered era set forth in a relaxed, amiable style.

Kirkus Reviews

Very well researched—brought tears to my eyes reading about my old haunts and old friends no longer with us … kind of brought them back to life for me.

Amos Garrett, International Blues/Jazz Recording Artist

Fans of detecting duos who don’t know Cullen and Cobb need to make their acquaintance immediately.


This tense, suspenseful story has plenty of humor and offers vivid glimpses into Canadian music history.

Publishers Weekly

Fans of The Sixties folk music era will be intrigued by David A. Poulsen’s latest Cullen and Cobb mystery.

Ottawa Review of Books

Last Song Sung is plot driven, compassionate storytelling.

The Bay Observer

A great Canadian set read with a great sense of a misunderstood city.

The Book Trail

About the Author

David A. Poulsen

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014
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David A. Poulsen

David A. Poulsen has been a broadcaster, teacher, football coach, and — most of all — a writer. He is the author of more than twenty-five books, including the first three books in the Cullen and Cobb Mystery series. He lives on a ranch in the Alberta foothills near Calgary.