TRENDING TOPIC: True crime, cold cases, society murders, and traumatic childhood narratives are topics that are on an upswing. This book will appeal to fans of The Billionaire Murders; Run, Hide, Repeat; Say Nothing; The Massey Murder; Netflix hits like The Keepers and Jinx; podcasts like Serial and Somebody Knows Something; and Sarah Polley’s documentary, Stories We Tell.
HIGH PROFILE: An in-depth look at upper-class Canadian-Anglo society.
ENTHRALLING: The author is investigating the murder right alongside the reader, making for an enthralling read.
OTPB: Publishing in original trade.
One of The Globe and Mail’s “Five new thrillers to warm up your autumn weekends”
Praise for Murder in the Family:
“Murder in the Family hit all the high notes: a dogged investigation, a true murder mystery, and a sense of time and place that only someone who lived it—Jeff Blackstock—could achieve. A page-turner that keeps you guessing to the very end.”
—Kevin Donovan, author of The Billionaire Murders
“I don’t know which shocked me most in Jeff Blackstock’s account of his mother’s mysterious death: the cold blooded actions of his father, or the deafening silence of the Canadian diplomatic service. He writes in a measured tone without anger or blame, which makes the story all the more chilling.”
—Carol Hay, Writer/Producer Frankie Drake, Murdoch Mysteries
“This fascinating book provides captivating insight into family dysfunction in the aftermath of a mysterious death, likely a murder. It answers that oft-posed question, ‘What were they thinking?’ with a compelling portrait of family members in denial—until they weren’t.”
—Ann Brocklehurst, author of Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich
“In this intriguing book, Jeff Blackstock relates the tragic events that led to his mother’s death and later the devastating conclusion that his father, George, was responsible. With his superficial charm, lack of empathy or remorse, and ability to lie convincingly, George demonstrated the classic core features of a criminal psychopath. A great read.”
—Dr. John M.W. Bradford, internationally renowned forensic psychiatrist, recognized for his work on the Bernardo, Pickton, and Russell Williams murder cases
“In [Murder in the Family], Blackstock, a 69-year-old retired Canadian diplomat, presents—in the meticulous language of his profession—a convincing account of how and why his mother died…. [He] lays out facts but leaves the conclusion unspoken.”
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