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I wanted to race to the end, I was so intrigued by the story and couldn’t wait to see how it ended.  The characters were well portrayed, I enjoyed the crusty & irritable O’Connor, and the intriguing and secretive Natalie. It was a most enjoyable read, please keep writing and I will look forward to future books!

Shar Mc, Vancouver BC

Wonderful! Gripping from start to finish.

J. L. J., Victoria, Canada

The thing I like most is the plotting. Eric Hamilton sets up the situations beautifully; it’s hard not to look at the final line of what might be a crucial chapter!

T.O., London, England

The action scenes are gripping. They just pull you along at a great pace. The book is very evocative of that historic time and I found myself thinking back to the events in my own life that coincided with the events in Paris and Britain.

E.W., Prince Rupert, Canada

A great story and such a surprise ending. I liked the inclusion of Jean Vanier.

B.Y., Vancouver, Canada

I could hardly wait to finish it. Kept my interest throughout and I found it GREAT. I’m sure that everyone who reads it will enjoy it.

L.D., Maui, USA

I couldn’t stop reading. Congratulations on a wonderful book!

C.R., London, Canada

I thought it was a great theory about Diana’s death. Absolutely plausible and, unfortunately, possible. Good follow up at the end.

B.S., Terrace, Canada

I found Paris ’97 to be exciting, factual and very readable. I see it is dedicated to those who believe in peace, which I certainly do. As Joy says in the story, the money spent on armaments would be better spent on feeding hungry people, clothing the destitute and housing the homeless.

P.B., Applecross, Western Australia

Tell me – when are we going to see this book as a movie?

D.M.G., Victoria, Canada

I just finished the book – it’s very good!

C.R., Toronto, Canada

Murder and Mayhem

By Doreen Marion Gee

James Bay Beacon

My heart is pounding and I am trembling with fear as I follow Daniel Plain through one terrifying situation after another. The author holds me captive, luring me into a magical tale of intrigue and suspense. I race through the streets of Paris with every turned page. Paris ‘97 by Eric Wilson is a pure joy to read. He has a clever way of describing the finest details of his characters’ lives so that you are right there smelling those stale cigarette butts and old pizza. Eric’s book is a wild roller coaster ride, throwing out words to hook and electrify the reader.

It goes at lightning speed – at a mere page and a half into the story, we have a villain and a gun. But there are deeper nuances inside the action. And the author’s story is just as engrossing as his novel. He is on a mission to open up the wonderful world of books to us all. This is Wilson’s first book for adults and is definitely not for children. He uses a different last name, Hamilton, to distinguish it from his children’s books under his true name Wilson. So as not to reveal too much, I will only mention that it leaves you thinking about conspiracies and the real dirt behind Princess Diana’s death. A flash of genius is when Wilson actually states grisly facts about some of the players, really leaving you scratching your head! Wilson calls his work ‘historical fiction’, a delicious cocktail of fantasy and reality.

It is a challenge for any writer to pull that off, but Wilson does it with finesse. His research is impeccable and all historical references are absolute fact. In a phone call from Winnipeg, Eric talks passionately about his reasons for writing Paris ‘97. First of all, he wants people to know the Princess that we all loved. Wilson’s book has a strong anti-war message and it deals with Diana’s humanitarian crusade to ban land mines. Paris ‘97 alludes to the evils of war for profit: “Every time a land mine blows off a child’s foot, someone makes a dollar.” Eric is a determined advocate of peace and he is eager to instill these values in his audience. He dedicates his book “with love to my dear wife Flo and to all those who believe in peace”. There are strong themes of forgiveness in his book, another important value to Wilson.

As a James Bay resident, the natural beauty of the area inspires the artist in Eric Wilson. His writing career started when he was a teacher. Wilson wanted to capture the minds of children who did not like reading. So he wrote accessible books just for them with words that entertained and made reading fun. His first novel, published in 1976, Murder on the Canadian, was the beginning of his series about Tom Austen, boy detective. Over his career, Wilson has written twenty-two best-selling mystery novels for children. They have taken off like wildfire and are used in schools right across the country. A hugely successful author, Eric has sold one and a half million books in Canada and another one million around the world. His works have been translated into ten languages. These books teach children about the wonder of Canada. Each of the twenty Tom Austen books takes the reader on a journey to a different part of Canada, teaching them about the geography and history of this great nation. One of his newest, The Emily Carr Mystery, takes place right here in Victoria. Eric Wilson is a dedicated and passionate promoter of literacy.

When I spoke with him, he was in Winnipeg to foster a love of books in schools there. He has traveled across the country and made over two thousand personal appearances in schools to motivate children to read. In 2002, Wilson won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his contributions to literacy and for instilling a love of Canada in his readers. He was voted Author of the Year by the Canadian Booksellers Association in 1992 and won the Arthur Ellis Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Crime Writers of Canada. Eric acknowledges the contribution of his wife: “We are a team. I work very closely with Flo – she is my primary editor and gives me ideas and suggestions.”