Special to the Star
It's September 1923 and Detective D.B. Murphy has inherited Owen Sound's biggest bootlegging operation. Someone is stealing the proceeds, and D.B.'s efforts to discover the identity of the crook sets him on his biggest case ever! Bank robbery, hijacking and murder are the order of the day when D.B. runs afoul of criminals from Owen Sound and Southampton to the ultimate playground of the well-to-do, Mackinac Island.
The Devil's Chautauqua
It's August of 1925 and Owen Sound is locked in the grip of a relentless heatwave. The arrival of the Chautauqua-the annual travelling extravaganza of music, lectures, dance and even a psychic-is imminent. Detective D.B. Murphy receives a pre-dawn telephone call from his friend High Constable "Oddball" Scott, who is at the scene of a ritualistic killing in a downtown alley. With nothing better to do, D.B. takes the case, but soon finds his hands full as the Chautauqua's mysterious Count Luke Von Blankstein and his hulking henchman Adair, as well as a local ring of shoplifters, put Owen Sound's number one detective through his paces.
It's September 8, 1926 and both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are in Owen Sound campaigning for the upcoming federal election. As Mackenzie King and Arthur Meighan prepare to woo the voters with their speeches, local Detective D.B. Murphy finds himself in the worst predicament yet. He's being framed and the body count is increasing. What to do? In this thrilling, fast-paced adventure, Owen Sound is revealed to be a hotbed of political and criminal activity, not the backwater the visitors expect.
Horseshoe to Gumshoe
This omnibus includes the original D.B. Murphy short story, "From Horseshoe to Gumshoe", as well as the first two (out of print) novels: Gas Head Willy and The Lost Tire Gang, plus the third installment in the D.B. Murphy detective series, the Thimblerig.