FICTION

David Beasley's novels are fast-moving with well-defined characters. He has written
historical novels, novellas on love, detective stories and society novels as well as one
metaphysical novel. His historical novel, Sarah's Journey, about an escaped slave who
comes to Simcoe, Upper Canada, is extremely popular and praised widely by reviewers.

 

 
 

HISTORICAL FICTION

'Violet's Flight', 'Sarah's Journey' and 'Chocolate for the poor' are novels
based on actual places, people and events.


 

 
 

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Violet's Flight
or Kahbia

Author: David Beasley
ISBN: 978-0-915317-25-7
PRICE: $20.00 Cdn & US

Japanese Armies invaded an almost defenseless Burma in 1942, sending tens of thousands fleeing over the mountains to India. They ruled the remaining Burmese, whom they boasted of liberating from British rule, with arrogance and brutality. Violet's Flight narrates the experiences of a young Anglo-Burmese girl and her relatives growing up happily under the British and their ordeal either escaping the Japanese or living under the occupation or fighting in the resistance.

The battles won by the allied armies coming out of India to retake Burma in 1944-45 are seen through the eyes of Japanese officers, who watch their armies suffer in their turn the agonies of defeat in war. The seeds of fascism sown by Aung San and his Burma Independence Army by joining the Japanese invasion, until disenchanted, grew like a weed, which poisoned Burmese society against Anglo-Burmese and other ethnic Burmans—strangling its bloom with an iron-fisted dictatorship.

 

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Sarah's Journey
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: IS 0-915317-14-1
PRICE: $25.00 Cdn & US

Born a slave in 1790 in the Virginia Panhandle Sarah, a beautiful woman, marries a supposedly free Negro, Lewis, whom she hopes will earn her freedom. Her husband is taken back to Kentucky from where he escaped and Sarah is sold to a neighbour who mistreats her. She is forced to escape with her three youngest children through the Ohio wilderness and arrives in Simcoe, Upper Canada in 1822. She keeps house for a young Scotsman, Duncan Campbell, by whom she has a son. As Simcoe grows from a village to a prosperous town under Campbell's leadership, Sarah and her children flourish as does the growing black community of escaped slaves. Her son-in-law, George Smith or the Black Pimpernel, who helps her older black children escape to Canada, carries on his work for the Underground from Simcoe. Faced with many challenges, including American invasion and the reintroduction of slavery at the time of the Canadian rebellion, Sarah Lewis shows courage and resourcefulness.

Sarah's Journey is not just escape to freedom but an adventurous passage through life. Her son by Duncan Campbell, hides his background and becomes one of the richest men in New York City; his untimely death leads to the discovery of his mother's story.

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Chocolate for the poor: A story of rape in 1805
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 0-915317-04-4
PRICE: $13.95 Cdn & US

Rape and wife and child abuse are common news today. Their distressing frequency makes us question the safeguards and the very nature of our society. Where have we gone wrong? Yet these crimes have always been present in civilized societies. Chocolate for the poor is a fictionalized account of an actual event from 1805. Ephraim Wheeler, an unemployed labourer, raped his 13 year old daughter in the Berkshire Mountain community of Massachusetts. His trial and the reactions of his family, friends, and the authorities to this rarely revealed violation bring out the political divisions and varying attitudes of different segments of the society. By looking back to a simpler community struggling with the issue of rape, we are able to see the crime in the round and judge the actions of the protagonists from the perspective of our experience.

"Beasley takes the reader on a search for justice, both for the victim and the offender. The journey is not pleasant and the paths it takes bear striking resemblances to the crossroads we face today when dealing with such crimes."  Brantford Expositor.

"The political intrigues are brought to life vividly.... Beasley allows us to see, and more importantly to feel, some of the forces that enmesh a man only too easily and drive him to acts otherwise incomprehensible." Hamilton Spectator

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Aspects of love
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 0-915317-11-7
PRICE: $14.95 Cdn & US

Three novellas explore the emotional and sexual relationships that can entrap, consume, frustrate and preserve the human spirit. "Helen" is an intensely erotic story of the love between a young man and an older woman. "Caravetti" deals with romantic love as against married love by contrasting love in Paris to love in a highly structured Spanish society, in which duty to family and the opportunism of purchased love reflect the ageless choice. "Adam" pursues the mental relationship between a homosexual and a heterosexual man in unrequited love, and the frustrations of both men in dealing with sexual attraction within the dictates of society.

 

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Hamilton Romance: A Hamilton-Toronto Nexus
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 0-915317-05-2
PRICE: $14.95 Cdn & US

A novel portraying the year in Canadian society after WW II. It is V.E. Day in Hamilton. The narrator runs into his ice hockey hero before the war and introduces him to Hamilton society with romantic consequences. "It gives the reader insight into the maturing process through the first person narrative of law student Tom Davis as he gropes his way to adulthood during the years immediately following the end of the Second World War. The book also bears witness to the unchanging nature of human frailty and the complexities of love, lust and hate." Brantford Expositor.

"A good read... funny and sad, just like life itself, as it traces the tale of young love...when everything seemed so different, yet things weren't really different".. Stony Creek News.

 

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That other God
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN:0-945317-02-8
PRICE: $5.00 Cdn & US

In Vienna, Austria, after WW II, an American poet and mystic sets out with single minded determination to unite the peoples of the earth through meditation, telepathy, and the collective subconscious to bring them to the knowledge of the one true God of humanity. He finds unlikely help from an English artist, a Turkish dervish and an Austrian bureaucrat. For a time, the mystic and his friends succeed, and the world knows peace and spiritual joy until the failings of human nature undo the promise. As the story unfolds, the reader is challenged to question what lies at the core of the spiritual degeneration of our time. "This is a compelling book, a cry for peace at a time of widespread anarchy and unfettered violence...really interesting and exciting." .. Brantford Expositor. "The gripping style, detailed observation, poetic images. This book must be read!"--Peter Rankin, N.Y.C.; "Saving values lie deep within the human spirit which can lead to the salvation of the world."--Human Quest.

Click here to view an essay about That other God, written by David Beasley

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Pagan Summer
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 0-915317-07-9
PRICE: $14.95 Cdn & US

When Canadian students are entrained from the East to work as caddies, bellhops, waitresses, drivers, cabin girls etc. in a resort in the Canadian Rocky Mountains for the summer, and the rich guests are looking for entertainment, there is bound to be sexual combustion. Bellhop D'Arcy Morgan, full-blooded Canadian boy, responds to the needs of his guests as does a host of others in this rambunctious and funny tale of life as it has been lived summer after summer for over a century in a North-American paradise.

 

 

 

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The Jenny:
A New York Library Detective Novel

Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN:0-915317-03-6
PRICE: $9.95 Cdn & US

"Billing it as 'the largest recovery of rare postage stamps in US history,' the F.B.I. has finally announced the results of its extensive search for the 153 U.S. stamps stolen from the New York Public Library." Linn's Stamp News. Library detective, Rudyard Mack, with the help of an outspoken library union leader named Arbuthnott Vine leads us through the corridors of power in one of the country's showplaces. We see its "upstairs/downstairs" reflecting the life of New York City surrounding it like a rough sea about a lighthouse. Mack's tenacious pursuit of the 'Inverted Jenny', the 24 cent 1918 airmail stamp in which the airplane was printed upside down, combines with his subconscious pursuit of love to lead him to the mastermind behind the theft.

"An entertaining book based on the famous 24 cent US airmail invert. One you would enjoy on a rainy afternoon." --Global Stamp News

"An unexpected romance, in a nice little subplot. But the unraveling of a master plot is still the main focus and the solution is as surprising as it is ingenious." -- Simcoe Reformer

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The Grand Conspiracy:
A New York Library Mystery

Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 0-915317-06-0
PRICE: $14.95 Cdn & US

Rudyard Mack, detective at the New York Library, investigates the political kidnapping of his girlfriend, Arbuthnott Vine, Library Union leader, who was planning a union action against City Hall. It leads him to the heart of a global conspiracy.

"Remarkably topical in present day North America... it's solidly written. Once you get into it, you won't want to put it down." Stoney Creek News.

"An intelligent yet gritty gumshoe mystery set in the heart of the Big Apple (it) delves into the underworld of unions, city politics, pay offs and international conspiracy.... an enjoyable read and food for thought." Writers Quarterly.

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Overworld, Underworld:
A New York Library Mystery

Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 978-0-915317-37-0
PRICE: $15.00 Cdn & US

Rudyard Mack, New York Library detective, comes out of retirement to solve a cold case—a woman murdered in the library stacks—and finds it is connected to big banking, Israeli and other secret services, and operatives in the United Nations. He is helped by his girl friend, Arbuthnott Vine, retired librarian, to track down agents in drug and weapons smuggling and money-laundering, which leads them to men of wealth and power, who run shadow governments more influential than the real governments.
OVERWORLD/UNDERWORLD follows the two library detective novels featuring Mack and Vine: THE JENNY and THE GRAND CONSPIRACY.

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Canoe Trip:
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN:0-915317-21-4
PRICE: $15.00 Cdn & US

Tim persuades his big brother Chuck to go on a canoe trip down the Saugeen River in Ontario. They have to paddle through rapids and overcome the dangers of the river. In the forest and in the towns along the way they have many great adventures. Whether they are chased by moose, trapped by bears, harried by steers, mistakenly jailed, frustrated by big yachts and a madman in a motorboat, overturned in dangerous rapids. or entranced by the stories of a hunter and an Indian chief, the boys cannot be deterred from their goal of pursuing the river to its mouth. They learn to appreciate nature and to love the wild animals who live around them. And they cherish the friendships they make along the way. Through it all, despite disagreements, they learn to respect each other and grow closer as brothers and friends.

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Hypocrites:
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN:978-0-915317-47-9
PRICE: $12.00 Cdn & US

A Collection of short stories...
Ontario, London, Ibiza, France, Sausalito

  • A Church minister falls out of favour with the social powers in his community.
  • A boy deciding to burn down his school comes from an unloving background.
  • A businessman discovers his humanity after he plants a bomb on a plane.
  • Female companionship rescues a young man from the loneliness of London.
  • A well-run tavern falls into disorder when the proprietor's wife takes a day off.
  • A salesman's ambitions crumble when he comforts his life with two mistresses.
  • Good District Managers enjoy hunting down and intimidating their salesmen.
  • A flamenco-playing Don Juan has concern only for his failing charms.
  • The mind plays a tragic trick on an imaginative writer in the waters off Ibiza.
  • In France a young man seduces a willing French housewife grâce au mari.
  • A mother searches for her daughter and grandson feared kidnapped at sea.
  • The American novelist Wolfe becomes a great playwright on the German stage.
  • An image of the bohemian paradise of ages-old Ibiza Island rises from the past.

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THE CASE OF THE VANISHING PRAIRIE:
Author: John Parr
ISBN: 978-0-915317-47-3
PRICE: $12.00 Cdn & US

Western, Mystery, Comedy

The Case of the Vanishing Prairie is a comic addition to the classic Sherlock Holmes detective tales. Dr. Watson, long-time companion of Sherlock Holmes, leaves the renowned super sleuth to strike out on his own. Seeking a quiet life in the Old West, he finds himself engulfed in a series of comic disasters. After a bank robbery wipes out his retirement nest egg, Watson has to seek employment—as a personal veterinarian to the area's leading rancher (also its leading rustler, as it turns out).

Watson's new career starts rather badly when he inadvertently drives a prize bull off the ranch. But Watson manages to overcome his embarrassment because he is smitten by the rancher's gorgeous niece. And to woo her away from straight shooter Wyatt Wayne, he decides to impress her by becoming a master sleuth himself.

Who robbed the bank, who is causing cowboys to disappear, and who or what is causing sizeable neck bites among the locals? Can Watson, without Holmes's expert guidance, solve all this just by himself? And who is this Old Timer who turns up mysteriously?

Author John Parr, literary critic, lives in Winnipeg with his cat Daisy.
He wrote Jim Tweed, a novel about a boy coming of age in the Winnipeg of the 1940s.

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Spiral:
Author: David R. Beasley
ISBN: 978-0-915317-8
PRICE: $12.00 Cdn & US

The decline of a prominent family owing to alcoholism and impoverishment in Hamilton Canada in the early 1850s leads to threats of suicide in 1873 when a young girl is denied her inheritance. The story is set against problems imperiling the city such as crime, cholera, financial collapse and legal malfeasance. The courage and reliability of another member of the family help rescue its reputation and contribute to the restoration of the city's prosperity.
Figures from the city's past walk its streets, inhabit its taverns, fall in love and contrive criminal enterprises to bring it to life once more.

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