“Skeleton” chosen by The Globe and Mail as a top Canadian Thriller
Shelby Sutcliffe - a major player in “Serpentine” was modelled on a real life Shelby - Shelby Monica Maguire. Shelby Maguire appeared to have it all together. She was a highly qualified counsellor, working to help those afflicted with debilitating mental conditions.
Sadly, on March 16, 2018 Shelby committed suicide. She was 26. No one knows what led to this tragedy, but it has greatly impacted her parents and many others - including Peter Parkin.
The special limited edition of Skeleton pictured above honours the real Shelby. 12 copies were auctioned off for charity at a silent auction held by Toronto Distress Centres on Nov. 17, 2018.
In addition, Peter donated half of the royalties from all book sales of Serpentine from July 1st, 2018 to Dec. 31st, 2019, to the Distress Centres.
Thank you to our publisher, Sands Press for their compassionate and generous response to this tragic event.
Margaret Cannon is a seasoned book reviewer specialising in crime and mystery fiction. She has been reviewing books for the Globe and Mail for 20 years, and her reviews can also be found in a variety of other publications such as the popular “Goodreads” web site. In the Globe and Mail article below she has chosen 7 Canadian thrillers as the best for your summer reading.
In August 2018, Peter Parkin and Alison Darby were the guests of honour at a meeting of the Assiniboia Book Club in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan.
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