Deverell, McWhirter charm audience

December 11, 2016

Who needs to do drugs when you could be reading a murder mystery instead?

When I die I hope it is a half second after I have finished reading a good murder mystery.

Get the picture? I love to read murder mysteries.

On the top of my list are Shirley Rousseau Murphy, in which the author almost has the reader convinced that cats can talk as well as serve as snitches for the police;
Agatha Christie, for whom I felt waves of joy when I was in Torquay, England two summers ago where I discovered her mansion is open to the public and I combed through it; Daniel Craig (is that is correct name?) who is the author of the Longmire series because it takes place in beautiful Wyoming through which I have had the pleasure of driving through several times and in which the main characters are men who ooze sexiness; the Edinburgh, Scottish who writer who pens the Rebus series because how could such a dysfunctional character solve murders so well; the Cadfael series because the author who oozes the aura of a top notch psychic ( I have seen photos)has hooked me into the life of a monk whose is herbalist so well that my interest in the murder is secondary; and William Deverell who lives half-time on the Penders Islands next door to Salt Spring Island, BC where I lived for 16 years and makes me guffaw with laughter or at least roll my eyes in derision each time I read one of his murder mysteries.

Read on:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Deverell, McWhirter charm audience

by Tanya Lester

In Salt Spring’s post Texada clearcutting era, William Deverell’s latest novel, April Fool, has the potential to elicit resounding belly laughs across the island.

Pender-based author Deverell told the 40-member audience at the Theatre Alive reading on Saturday that viewing Mort Ransen’s Ah, the Money, the Money, the Money film about the Texada logging controversy was an inspiration for April Fool.

Deverell read an excerpt from his bestselling book about an alcoholic lawyer who escapes Toronto to grow vegetables on “Garibaldi Island”.

It described how one morning the lawyer’s friend Stony, who is always trailed by his pet dog named Dog, leads him to a recently constructed tree house high in a location about to be clearcut. The crew of Gulf Sustainable Logging is standing idly by.

The protagonist discovers his wife is among the “12 bodies” occupying the tree house. Among her co-conspirators is an island poet, who has finally published his first book, entitled Liquor Balls.

When asked how he researched his novel, Deverell replied that he lives on the Gulf Islands and does not have to “research” characters like Stony and Dog.

Sharing the evening at All Saints was Geroge McWhirter, a poet and fiction writer. His wit rivalled Deverell’s although it did not cut so close to home for the audience. McWhirter is an expressive reader who sets his poetry outdoors. He is inspired by anything from a donkey to the beach Bo Derek ran on during the making of the movie called 10.

His vivid descriptions include an eagle devouring a rabbit being “like a fur coast on a hamburger” — a wonderful meld of humour with brilliance. McWhirter is also well enough along to break poetic rules. “You know they say you don’t tell everything in poetry,” he said. “Well, sometimes you do.” Then he launched into a poem with many twists and turns as someone only does when confident enough to make all the twists and turns work.

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Tanya is a psychic reader, fulltime housesitter and a reiki master. Her web site is She can be reached directly at or call 250-538-0086.

Her books are Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Friends I Never Knew, Dreams & Tricksters and Women Rights/Writes.


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