Review: On the Head of the Pin by Janet Kellough

Friday Feb 26 2010
by Whodunit

With the exception of Allan Levine’s series about turn-of-the-century Winnipeg, it is hard to think of any crime fiction set in Canada’s rich historical past.  ON THE HEAD OF A PIN by Janet Kellough is therefore doubly welcome, since it is firmly historical and also extremely well-done. The scene is Upper Canada immediately after the Rebellion of 1837, a time of enormous turmoil and paranoia.  The detective is Thaddeus Lewis, an itinerant Methodist Episcopal preacher, a real-life figure who wrote an autobiography in 1865 on which the author draws.  Lewis has the historical detail well under control, and her ambiance is at least credible.   This is a “good  ‘un,” highly recommended.

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