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On Tuesday, June 13, starting at 19:00, John Kalbfleisch will join the Reginald J. P. Dawson Library’s 50th anniversary celebrations by launching his latest book, A Stain Upon the Land. It is a historical murder mystery set mainly in Montreal. Come meet the author. He will read from his book and be happy to sign your copy!

When a shotgun blast ripped into an unsuspecting Robert Watson in 1827, it not only horrified the bustling city of Montreal but also launched a mystery that endures to this day: who killed Watson, and why? Blending fact and fiction, A Stain Upon the Land is a tale of intrigue, passion and violence that ranges from the Highlands of Scotland to the back woods of Glengarry County, from the War of 1812 to a cholera epidemic that scourged Montreal in 1832. The novel follows the fortunes of a young woman and the two men who love her – and not all of them can survive. Though several people had reason enough to want Watson dead, no one was ever punished for the dreadful crime. But as this gripping reconstruction shows, murder will out, even if nearly two centuries later.

John Kalbfleisch is also the author of Le cadeau royal: histoire de la ville de Mont-Royal / Royal gift : a history of Town Mount Royal.

Registration at the desk or at 514 734-2967.

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