Catherine Macdonald worked as an archivist and completed an M.A. in western Canadian history, then opened a consulting business to market her historical skills. She built a career on painstaking research and excellent writing that garnered awards. And then one morning she woke up with an idea for a mystery. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Put on the Armour of Light
2016 Manitoba Book Awardsâ€™ Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction â€” Winner
Secrets are lurking behind the proper exteriors of Winnipegâ€™s turn-of-the-century houses.
In June 1899, the Reverend Charles Lauchlanâ€™s industrious life as a young Presbyterian minister is knocked off the rails when he learns that his former university roommate has been arrested on murder charges.
The chief of police says itâ€™s an open-and-shut case, but Sergeant Setter â€” labelled as a misfit by his fellow officers â€” disagrees. Lauchlan and Setter become uneasy allies in a search that takes them from the sleaziest bars to the most sumptuous drawing rooms of turn-of-the-century Winnipeg. On the way, Lauchlan uses his pastoral skills in ways never anticipated in the seminary. As time runs out he must risk everything, even his heart, in order to find the real killer.
â€¦a book well worth reading.
The strength of Macdonaldâ€™s novel is in the social milieu â€¦ if you like murder mysteries, youâ€™ll have a fine time with [Put on the Armour of Light].
...an engaging read.
In this exuberant patchwork quilt of 1899 Winnipeg, a number of painful truths bubble to the surface as Lauchlan uncovers the real culprit.