“This is my antique Underwood typewriter, a genuine piece of family history. My grandfather, Len Wheeler, started Scouting in Central Ontario after WWI using this typewriter. My father, Harold Wheeler, continued his father’s work on this machine as well as following his own career in the OPP. I followed the tradition and started my writing career on this typewriter.”
Book #5 in the Farran Mackenzie series is on the way–set to launch in September 2017. Below is an advance peek at the newly designed cover and a preview of the storyline:
All My Worldly Goods
The Seaway Valley’s Queen of Crime returns with a sweeping tale of generational secrets and murder.
When Farran Mackenzie begins a genealogical search into her grandmother Evian’s past, she finds more questions than answers buried in a murky chapter of Canadian history: the British Home Children. A visit from an unexpected family connection shines a new light on Evian’s sudden death in the 1950s, suggesting a disturbing truth. When death arrives on the doorstep, Farran must use all her research skills to piece the past together—from the streets of WWI England, to rural post-war Ontario, to Depression-era Lost Villages and the origins of the St. Lawrence Seaway—before murder strikes again in real time.
September 28th, 2016
North Country Public Radio
Brockville artists, cultural and civic leaders gather to hoist the “Culture Days” flag outside City Hall this week. Photo: Todd Moe
October 1st, 2015
My tribute to the original North Channel Bridge, published by the City of Cornwall on http://www.choosecornwall.ca:
September 19, 2015
Great interview hosted by fellow author Melanie Robertson-King on her blog Celtic Connexions. Thanks, Melanie!
Cornwall Seaway News, November 17 2014
For Immediate Release
November 4, 2014
Seaway Author Pens “Lost Villages” Article for The Canadian Encyclopedia
(Seaway Valley/Brockville): Seaway and Lost Villages mystery author Maggie Wheeler recently turned her focus on history to more peaceful purposes: writing the history of the Lost Villages for The Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada’s authoritative source for all things Canadian.
“When Historica Canada first asked me if I would consider filling this gap in their publication,” explains Wheeler, “I jumped at the chance. With my mystery novels, I work with the Seaway history, but I have 300 pages in which to let my imagination run wild. This encyclopedia article couldn’t have been more different.”
The Lost Villages were nine Canadian communities on the shore of the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall, Ontario and Morrisburg, Ontario that were eradicated by the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project in the late 1950s. Over half a century since they disappeared from the landscape, the Lost Villages continue to fascinate Canadian history fans—including being the framework for Wheeler’s popular Farran Mackenzie Lost Villages mystery series.
“The remarkable story of the Lost Villages has consequences that continue to be felt to this day in many ways,” says Anthony Wilson-Smith, President of Historica Canada. “It’s a story that should be known by all Canadians, and Maggie Wheeler, with her great history and writing credentials on this topic, is clearly the ideal person to tell it.”
“I’ve always worked carefully with the Lost Villages history in my books to assure its accuracy,” says Wheeler, whose mystery fiction has been used to teach English and history in eastern Ontario schools for over a decade. “However, writing this article with the required precision was working on a whole new level for me. It felt like literary surgery!”
The article is among 19,000 others focused on Canada and Canadiana at The Canadian Encyclopedia web site http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.
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