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The second in the DS Henry Stafford Mystery Series

Destiny Dictates is the thrilling second book in the DS Henry Stafford Mystery Series. It immerses the readers in a captivating world where fate intertwines the lives of two individuals from different sides of the law.


Henry Stafford, known for his meticulous approach and uncanny ability to connect the dots, is thrust into a high-stakes investigation involving a series of audacious robberies. When the robberies inch closer to Winchester, and the perpetrator's confidence growing with each daring act, who will Destiny favour in this game of cat-and-mouse?

As events take an unexpected turn, Stafford starts a downward spiral. Will his obsession with solving this case test his relationships with his colleagues and his new family? As Destiny tightens its grip, DS Henry Stafford must confront his own weaknesses while striving to restore order.

In this second instalment of A DS Henry Stafford Mystery Series, the readers are reintroduced to the familiar and captivating cast of characters. This mystery unravels with intricate twists and turns, featuring a brilliant detective and a regular man grappling with personal struggles in his pursuit of happiness. Find out what Destiny has in store for him.

New Release - A DS Henry Stafford Mystery

An Inconvenient Monday

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I love this wholesome mystery! There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the story interesting. The characters are well-developed and believable. I look forward to the next book in the series." -- Goodreads reviewer,

Meet Detective Sergeant Henry Stafford, the unassuming cop who thrives on simple pleasures, like a robust cup of coffee and the promise of a slow Monday in Winchester, Ontario. But when a murder case with a deeply personal connection lands on his desk, his world turns far from ordinary.

The victim is someone Stafford knew, and he's the first to arrive at the scene, where secrets begin to unravel. With a roster of potential suspects, the question lingers: who's the real culprit? And as family secrets come to light, the small-town calm of Chesterville shatters, leading to the unsettling possibility of more violence. Showing unexpected depths Stafford uses both instinct and evidence in the pursuit of justice.

As he navigates the complexities of the investigation, Stafford must also confront the shambles of his personal life. Can things get any worse when his wife runs away with the neighbour, his typewriter is replaced by a computer -- AND someone is making flavoured coffee! Or are those events only opportunities in disguise? The arrival of a single mother and her two children next door ushers in unexpected changes, challenging his penchant for an uncomplicated routine. Can this dedicated officer hold on when his ordinary life is shaken off its foundation?

Set in rural southeastern Ontario in 1984, 'An Inconvenient Monday' is the tale, told with a light touch of humour, of one man's journey back to slow Mondays.


An Elizabeth Grant Mystery Series

Set in 1930s Cornwall, Ontario

Book Cover Title The Gale Author Ginette Guy Mayer
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"An Elizabeth Grant Mystery" is an enthralling book series set in Cornwall, Ontario, during the 1930s. The series revolves around the remarkable protagonist, Elizabeth Grant, a middle-aged widow who takes on the role of a private investigator. With a keen intellect and a knack for solving mysteries, Elizabeth navigates the intricacies of local crime, often unravelling cases that have far-reaching implications.

Elizabeth's tenacity is matched only by her resourcefulness, as she cleverly manages intrigue and conspiracy. Supported by her loyal nephew, Peter, Elizabeth forms an unstoppable team that uncovers hidden truths.

While delving into the depths of each mystery, Elizabeth skillfully balances her personal life, forming new relationships and nurturing existing ones. The series explores the complexities of friendship and family ties, as Elizabeth's determination to solve crimes is complemented by her ability to maintain meaningful connections with those around her.

Through its vivid portrayal of 1930s Cornwall, "An Elizabeth Grant Mystery" immerses readers in a bygone era, capturing the essence of the time with its vivid descriptions and rich historical backdrop. With each instalment, the series offers an intriguing blend of suspense, adventure, and heartwarming moments, leaving readers captivated and eagerly turning the pages, craving more of Elizabeth Grant's thrilling investigations.

Available on Amazon or locally at
Red Cart Books
812 Pitt St, Unit 52, Cornwall 
Lost Villages Museum
Ault Park, Long Sault

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