Was it Really Murder? 


            Big crime comes to a town too small to merit even that title. Residents of the loose-knit coastal community, Echo Bay, are confronted with the same matters as the world at large; drugs, mental health, racial friction, sexism, you name it.But everyone signs on to the codewhether you like them or not, you always help someone in need. 

            When local prawn checker, Tim Connolly, doesn’t show up for a dinner date with his girlfriend Kit Sampson, no-one is too concerned. But when a body is found washed up on an islet by young boaters, the discovery fragments the community into a tumult of distrust and suspicion. And then the RCMP come calling. 

            Far from the structures created to monitor and regulate larger populations, these people are resourceful, tough and sometimes merciless. If something needs to be cleaned up, they clean it up. They gossip, embellish, draw conclusions and take action, sometimes disaster results, and sometimes a fitting outcome.  

            The glorious beauty of the Broughton Archipelago, with Echo Bay at the heart of the inlets and islands provides the background for these colourful characters who ‘rub along’but can take justice into their own hands when one of their own breaks the social contract. 


Yvonne Maximchuk is still exploring the Broughton Archipelago in her sixteen foot speedboat, SeaRose, from her off-grid home on Gilford Island, still learning the secret world of islands and inlets from which she draws her inspiration. She is a life-long working artist in acrylic, watercolour, drawing media, and clay and author of a memoir, Drawn To Sea (Caitlin Press, 2013), colouring book, Colour the British Columbia Coast (Harbour Publishing, 2016) and co-author with Bill Proctor of  coastal classics Full Moon Flood Tide (2003) and Tide Rips and Back Eddies (2015, both Harbour Publishing) 

Murder Rides a Gale Force Wind - Yvonne Maximchuk