Plots: A Robin MacFarland Mystery


a novel by Sky Curtis

284 Pages
September 24, 2018

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Robin MacFarland is a smart, funny, self-deprecating journalist who works for the Home and Garden section of a major Toronto newspaper while she grapples hilariously with her weight, drinking and spirituality. The city news is slow and Robin has been assigned to dig up a real estate development story in cottage country near Huntsville, Ontario. Her editor has given her a long list of potential angles including water pollution, light pollution, traffic congestion, boat traffic, taxes, electricity costs, golf courses, fertilizer, algae blooms, land grants and native rights. Robin and her feisty best friend Cindy, a crime reporter, head north and immediately stumble upon a body mangled by a bear in the forest next to Robin’s cottage. Robin is suspicious that the victim’s death has been disguised to look like an accident, but no one, including her new boyfriend, cop Ralph Creston, believes the person was deliberately murdered.

The plot is anchored by the destruction of wilderness by land developers, but pivots around Robin’s humourous jaunt through middle age , a crucial social issue, and a bizarre murder weapon.

“Robin MacFarland is back in the second mystery of what I hope will be a long series by Sky Curtis. Our heroine is as un-heroine-like as ever, and just as hilarious, clever, and quick to rise to the sexist remarks of a small town police chief or the annoying habits of her class-conscious brother. The baffling mystery will keep you guessing, but the banter between Robin and her newsroom pal, Cindy, will keep you laughing. If you’ve ever spent time at a summer cottage or been bitten by a mosquito, this delightful mystery is for you.”

—Jan Rehner, author of Just Murder and Almost True

“As a big fan of Flush, it was a thrill to become reacquainted with Robin MacFarland in Plots: this crime-solving journalist is as irreverent, clever, and as funny as ever. The dialogue practically crackles. A delightful read.”

—Cathy Slaunwhite, MD, Canadian Forces Veteran

Sky Curtis travelled extensively around Europe after graduating from university and then lived in rural Nova Scotia where she had various poems published in established literary journals and her first play produced by CBC Halifax. After briefly living in England, she then moved to Toronto with her husband and supported her young family by ghost writing high school textbooks, designing educational software, writing magaz,ine articles, teaching, script writing, and creating a syndicated children’s column. Sky now divides her time between living in downtown Toronto, backwoods Nova Scotia and Northern Ontario. She has authored over a dozen books and is passionate about social justice issues and the environment. The first novel in the Robin MacFarland Mystery Series, Flush, was published by Inanna Publications in 2017.


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