Judy Toews. Photo submitted

Nelson mystery novelist launches book Sept. 16

Judy Toews is releasing her second novel

Submitted by the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival

Many readers wonder how novelists come by the stories they tell. When the novel you can’t put down is set right in your hometown, that curiosity is particularly understandable.

Luckily, curious book lovers will have the chance ask author Judy Toews about the story and the setting at the book launch for her new mystery novel Lucky Jack Road on Sept. 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Touchstones Nelson, Museum of Art and History.

“Nelson is home for me, and the perfect place to set a mystery series. Historical, but ever-changing. Laid back, but edgy,” says Toews. “And to launch another book at Touchstones – in my favourite building in town – well, that’s the icing on the cake.”

The first novel in the Stella Mosconi mystery series, Give Out Creek, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished Crime Novel and the 2019 Lefty Award for Best Debut Mystery Novel. Also set in Nelson, Give Out Creek introduced the character of Stella Mosconi, reporter and part-time sleuth, whose nose for a story often leads her into sketchy situations.

In Lucky Jack Road, the discovery of a body below the Pulpit Rock lookout will feel close to home for readers. Iona Whishaw, author of the popular Lane Winslow Mystery series, describes Lucky Jack Road as “Intricately plotted, razor-sharp tension, an absolute delight!” The Stella Mosconi mysteries are published by Mosaic Press.

Attendance at the launch is free but registration is required due to COVID-19 restrictions. Call Touchstones at 250-352-9813, extension 460 to reserve a spot. Bring your questions—and solve the mystery of the Nelson novelist.


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