DNA and a dogged detective

Longtime Alberni reporter Shayne Morrow (left) reveals the pioneering role an RCMP officer played in the early use of DNA when he solved an old case of rape and murder. Reviewed by Kathryn Neilson. FULL STORY

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Queen of the Godforsaken

June 24th, 2015

A writer of novels and picture books, shop and a blogger, rx Mix Hart wrote her first young adult novel Queen of the Godforsaken (Thistledown $14.95) while living in Kelowna with her husband and three children. Queen of the Godforsaken is a classic coming-of-age story. Lydia, the protagonist, moves with her family from the 1980’s urban world of Vancouver to an isolated farmhouse in Batoche, Saskatchewan. Lydia is distraught and appalled by almost everyone around her – her parents, the locals, and the strange land that is so unfamiliar to her. Her father has difficulty finding steady employment and her mother becomes suicidal. They start drinking and fighting. To make things worse, Lydia can’t relate to her classmates. A handsome, hockey-mad farm boy, Brady, and two elderly Francophone neighbours break through her exterior. Lydia learns to adapt by looking after her sister and her parents in their period of self-absorbed neglect. 978-1-771870-63-4

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