Lucky Strike

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Dundurn, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Lucky Strike is a light-hearted laugh-out-loud mystery with a cast of characters who epitomize life Down East. Eric Spratt, a conservative accountant from Toronto, is forced to flee to the remote Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and there, become Charles Trenchant, reclusive writer. He knows that anonymity and discretion are the only weapons he has to protect himself from the retribution of the Mafia dons whom he helped to send to jail. Surely, fifty years of a quiet, unassuming existence would prepare him for the life that he must now lead. However, the steamroller hospitality of the rambunctious locals overwhelms any hope that Charles has to keep his profile lower than low. Within days he is embroiled in their nefarious doings and wild antics. The resident rector, Father Donald Peasgood, and his redoubtable sister drag a reluctant Charles into the fold, while his disreputable next-door neighbor involves him in a scheme to burn down the house for the insurance money. Despite his best intentions to remain aloof, Charles lurches from crisis to crisis as this rollicking tale hurtles like a runaway train to its inevitable disastrous climax. When one very unpleasant lady ends up dead, and Charles is the prime suspect, it looks like the only way he can save himself is to flee the humble sanctuary and the open-hearted people he has come to love on the Eastern Shore. Lucky Strike is as full of fun as a Cape Breton kitchen party and as refreshing as a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.


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A man moves from Toronto to a remote village on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia under a new identity from the witness protection program. He is supposed to maintain a low profile but gets pulled into the lives of others in the small community. The story is rather madcap and fun to read. Read full review

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty

Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter TwentyOne
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyThree

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About the author (2007)

Pat Wilson and Kris Wood, authors of Lucky Strike, have been friends for over thirty years. Pat and Kris have co-authored several short stories for mystery collections by the Ladies Killing Circle, and two full-length books on Maritime subjects.

Kris Wood is a Certified Gerontologist, as well as an instructor in the Art of Movement. She is well-known for her easy speaking style and her genuine interest in women’s issues. She is an Associate Director of On-Target Training and Executive Director of Cross Track, both businesses which operate internationally in the training field. Kris was born and educated in Britain. In 1967, she moved to Toronto. In 1996, Kris and her husband moved to Nova Scotia.

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