Local author releases new mystery series
Whether it’s from bureaucrats or trophy hunters or murder, Banff National Park Warden Jenny Willson will go to any length to protect her park
Full Curl by Dave Butler
Loosely inspired by an investigation in which the author was involved when he worked as a national park warden in Banff, this first instalment in the Jenny Willson Mystery Series is set in the spectacular western mountain landscapes of B.C. and Alberta, and around the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
Jenny Willson is a hard-edged, caustic-witted warden from Banff National Park who considers poachers and ladder-climbing bureaucrats equally repulsive and worthy of the same painful fate. When Willson discovers animals disappearing from Canada’s mountain parks, she begins a complex investigation that follows a trail of deceit, distraction, and murder. With a growing list of victims, Willson finds herself in a race for justice that criss-crosses the Canada-U.S. border and pushes her to a place from which she might not return.
“Meticulously researched and beautifully rendered; Full Curl is a gripping tale of greed and excess… I’d follow Jenny Willson anywhere,” said Angie Abdou, author of Between.
“Park Warden Jenny Willson is a modern heroine — tough, smart, irreverent and tenacious…Butler breathes life and beauty into the western landscape, making this the perfect setting for a spiralling tale of subterfuge and murder in Canada’s remote wilderness,” said Brenda Chapman, author of the Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery series.
“An intricate, full-throttle thriller told with passion and authenticity. Park Ranger Jenny Willson is a smart, tenacious hero for our times,” added Barbara Fradkin, author of The Amanda Doucette Mysteries.
Dave Butler is a forester and biologist living in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. Dave is Director of Sustainability at Canadian Mountain Holidays, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow. He lives in Cranbrook.
Full Curl is available at Cranbrook’s Lotus Books.