Yahoo for The Facepainter Murders

Semifinalist in Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books of 2012/mystery

My last book, The Facepainter Murders was a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book of 2012, mystery/thriller. It is available at,, Barnes&Noble and can be ordered through your local bookstore.
Book two in my Dangerous Journeys series

Press Release for No Motive for Murder

Third novel in Virginia Winters’ Dangerous Journeys series released by Write Words Inc., publisher.

Lindsay— Dr. Virginia Winters’ new book, “No Motive for Murder”, just released by Write Words Inc., available online at

Anne McPhail is on holiday in Bermuda, visiting her sister. She stumbles upon a murder in progress and this time, she is more than just a witness, she is a suspect, dealing with a police officer who decides Anne is guilty, and sticks to it in face of the evidence or lack of it. But more is going on than a random murder. Anne is caught in the middle an assassination plot. When she inadvertently upsets the killer’s plan, he turns his attention to her. The risk spreads to her family and friends and then Thomas Beauchamp arrives on Bermuda. When his role is revealed, Anne’s life takes a dangerous turn.

“I’m so pleased to have this novel published by Write Words Inc. of Cambridge, Maryland. Anne’s travels have become a series, Dangerous Journeys.”
“We are very proud to have published No Motive for Murder by Virginia Winters said Arline Chase, publisher.
“We are a small company and choose our books carefully. We only publish work from writers we feel are talented and have a lot to offer.”

Dr. Winters’ two previous novels are:
Murderous Roots
The Facepainter Murders

Both published by Write Words Inc. Arline Chase, publisher, and available at:
Write Words Inc.
Kent Bookstore, Lindsay, Ontario
Other works have appeared online at Pine Tree Mysteries, Six Sentences and the Camroc Press Review, as well as in the Gumshoe Review, and The Other Herald.

She enjoys meeting readers at book-signings, speaking to local groups (at the library, community college, clubs, etc.) about her work, and may be contacted through her website at or by e-mail at

My new e-book: The Facepainter Murders

My new book has been online at and at, but the cover art hasn’t migrated to the initial listing. I thought I would post it here, along with a brief synopsis.

The Facepainter Murders

Anne McPhail, doctor and genealogist, is back visiting friends in Culver’s Mills, Vermont. She finds a murdered, naked man in the lane behind her friend’s home. The corpse is identified as an art thief from Montreal, who has stolen works from the local gallery.

Anne researches the ownership of the paintings back to painter Zedekiah Belknap, a facepainter or itinerant artist of the early nineteenth century, and forward to the actual owner of today.

Someone has killed the thief, and then others in his criminal gang, finally turning his attention to Anne.  She escapes the attempts on her life, discovers the identity of the murderer, and the secrets of the painting he has stolen.

The Canadian Census

Topic : Canada Census –

The Star this morning has a list of recent articles within its pages on the subject of the 2011 census. Many of the arguments in favour of retaining the long-form census in its present form, with the mandatory aspect, come from the folks who depend on its information to design everything from the next red hot gadget to policies governing higher education and hospitals. Young people planning a career can search for information about job prospects and health care managers on the population trends within their area. Do they need more nursery bassinets  or nursing homes?
What about power needs? The Conservatives say the state has no business asking you how many bedrooms are in your house? Do you know a better way to judge the size of a house, and its likely power requirements?

I’ve been an amateur genealogist for some years now. Long enough to have endured the privacy commissioner’s decision, now retracted, to disallow all future access to census data for genealogical purposes. It was to have begun with the 1911 census but both that and the 1916 are available online. At least, the information from the short form is.

At this time genealogy is a popular pastime. Television programs such as Who Do You Think You Are and Ancestors in the Attic have loyal followings. Future genealogists however will find their past locked away in the vaults, even if their ancestors, us, filled out the forms.

Trivial you say? Perhaps. The need for information in all government departments, in industry, in social and educational planning is not. I think it is important that we understand the make-up of our country. In short, how we are doing? The census, in place in all countries in the sphere of the British Empire since 1841, has been the source of reliable information. Why is the government so intent on fixing what isn’t broken?

Oh, and don’t tell us people have complained. Not according to StatsCan, or the privacy commissioner. We know that’s a conservative  American problem, not ours. As usual, Tories pandering to their base support and their heroes across the border.

Facts are so troublesome. No wonder the Tories don’t want us to have access to them. We might understand just how incompetent and ideologically driven they are.

Will I fill out my long form if I get one? Yes indeed. Not because I think the government has chosen the right path, but because I want future information to be as accurate as possible in the circumstances. And that will introduce my bias into their data.