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No Straight Thing

by F. Nelson Smith


April 4, 2018

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"Ultimately heartwarming despite its macabre circumstances, No Straight Thing is an engrossing historical mystery." - Clarion, Foreword Reviews

"With its vivid atmosphere and unforgettable characters, No Straight Thing is a treat for fans of suspenseful historical fiction."

- BlueInk Reviews, Starred

Depression Era Alberta is miserable and cruel, but WWI vet, Fergus Muir and his father are getting by. Plagued by guilt and memories of war, Fergus goes through life detached and cynical until he meets a young girl, Cat Perkins, who is the spitting image of his late wife. 

Cat watches helplessly as her family disintegrates. Everyone she cares for is vanishing before her eyes, leaving her all alone. When Cat gets into trouble, Fergus is driven to explore the shadier side of their small town, uncover vagrancy, violence, and hypocrisy, to find the person responsible for the murder of a man he owes his very life to.

If Fergus travels the path to help Cat and himself, he must face his darkest nightmares head on. Can loyalty overcome the corrupting power of guilt?

About the Author

F. Nelson Smith spent her career submerged in the numbers, working as a Certified Management Accountant. She now lives in Red Deer, Alberta, drowning in words, writing mystery novels. No Straight Thing is her debut from Bear Hill Publishing.

For more information on the author go to fnelsonsmith.com

Specs and Details

Title: No Straight Thing

Format: paperback, hardcover

Dimensions: 300 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in., 99K words

Published: April 4, 2018

Publisher: Bear Hill Publishing

Language: English


The following ISBNs are associated with this title: 

ISBN (ebook) 978-1-7750741-1-3

ISBN (hardcover) 978-1-7750741-2-0

ISBN (paperback) 978-1-7750741-0-6