Hands Like Clouds When environmental warrior Ira Connaught turns up hanging by the neck from an ancient rain-forest cedar overlooking the wasteland of a clear-cut on Clayoquot Sound, everyone seems content to declare his death a suicide. For reluctant community coroner Elias McCann, Ira’s death looks increasingly like a murder. Published by Dundurn Group Castle Street Mysteries, 2000: 315 pages Read more…. Reviews: Vancouver Sun Mark Zuehlke’s protagonist in Hands Like Clouds is one of the most original I’ve ever encountered in crime fiction. The Mystery Review I was completely swept up by Hands Like...Read More
Month: September 2015
Fun BC Facts for Kids A desert in a pocket, underwater volcanoes, North America’s most endangered mammal, and legendary lake monsters-these are just some of the wild, weird, and wonderful things found in Fun B.C. Facts for Kids. Discover an animal the length of two semi-trailer trucks, catch gold fever in the Fraser Valley, and wander through the earth’s largest remaining ancient coastal rainforest. These pages offer a whole new look at B.C. Publisher: Whitecap Books, 1996: 88 pages. Reviews: Quill & Quire This is a book that is hard to read silently: the reader keeps wanting to ask people within earshot if they knew that more plants and animals live in Vancouver Island rain forest than the Amazon jungle, or that Ripple Rock sank more than 120 ships and smaller boats before it was blown up in 1958. Island Parent Magazine From volcanoes and forest fires to ogopogos and sasquatches, there are enough odd facts in here to keep a carload of kids entertained. Resource Links Fun B.C. Facts for Kids holds a wealth of information about Canada’s most western province.It is sure to be a hit with students studying Canada and for those interested in knowing more about their...Read More
The Gallant Cause In ragged uniforms, with obsolete equipment, hundreds of Canadians fought to the death against a massive army equipped by Hitler and Mussolini. The Gallant Cause chronicles the role Canadian volunteers played as members of the International Brigade fighting against fascism in a land far from home for a cause their government opposed. Excerpt from the book. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Canada, 2007: 303 pages Read more…. Reviews: Esprit de Corps A gracefully written account of war that should be read by every high school kid in every history class across the land. Lewis...Read More
Excerpt From Holding Juno All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter Eight: The Devil Danced Fighting independently with exposed flanks and neither artillery nor tank support was common coin to the paratroops of 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. They and the other battalions that comprised 6th British Airborne Division had managed to achieve every important D-Day mission assigned to them, and on June 7 set to consolidating the positions won. While some Canadian paratroops still wandered lost or purposefully navigated through no man’s land to reach the...Read More
Excerpt From Hands Like Clouds All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter OneDawn came warily, reluctant to brighten the day. The furtive light remained gray and colourless, subdued by the threatening blackness. Rain spiraled down, while a biting wind plucked at the foam-specked waters of Tofino’s sheltered inlets. By mid-morning a heavy veil of fog had crept in from the sea to further the day’s gloominess. The rain and fog enshrouded the ancient forests of Clayoquot Sound’s surrounding slopes, as morning gave way to afternoon. Even...Read More
About the Author
Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle Series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.
In recognition of his contribution to popularizing Canadian history, Mark was awarded the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. In 2007, his For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace won the Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. The Canadian Battle Series Holding Juno captured the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2006. Mark is also an award winning mystery writer, whose popular Elias McCann series has garnered much critical praise in Canada and abroad. Set in storm-swept west Vancouver Island village of Tofino, the series follows the reluctant community coroner Elias McCann. Hands Like Clouds, the debut in this series, won the Crime Writer’s of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for the 2000 Best First Novel and the third instalment, Sweep Lotus, was nominated for the 2004 Arthur Ellis Best Novel. When not writing, this Victoria, British Columbia resident can often be found tinkering around the Fernwood heritage house he shares with partner and fellow writer Frances Backhouse. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, travelling, and cooking.