Murderous Nature

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The detective who lives in my head (she refuses to believe she’s fictional) often tells her work-partner Lorne that animals can be killers. Real-life animals seem to agree with her.

In 2013, in Belarus, a 60-year-old ex-serviceman died of blood loss after being attacked by a beaver. The man was bitten multiple times by the rodent, which sliced an artery with its sharp teeth. It has been suggested that the man was trying to catch the beaver to have his photo taken with it.

In 2009 Taylor Mitchell, a Canadian folk singer, was attacked and killed by three coyotes, the only recorded adult person to have been killed by this species.

The cougar is a deadly animal, with nearly 40% of all attacks by this big cat occurring in British Columbia. Cougars stalk their prey on huge, silent paws and then attack in a whisper-quiet rush of death. Playing dead only results in — death.

Bears, black, polar and grizzlies, will all attack and maul if they feel threatened, if a mother bear has cubs nearby, or just because they feel like being an ass. Common wisdom says to keep all food out of sniff-range, don’t walk in the woods silently or alone and never, ever underestimate them. They have been known to break into and destroy cars, trucks, even camps.

And as Anais will tell you, hitting a moose or deer is still the number one animal-caused death here in Northern Ontario. They can charge when feeling cornered, or during mating season, or if they’re just generally feeling harassed. In addition to the males having don’t-screw-with-me antlers, the females kick out with either their rear or front legs. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of those hooves!

In short, animals can be assholes and will kill you. So if you go into the woods today, better have life insurance!

Word For Wednesday~Crime Version


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Neither murder nor an innocent homicide but rather the unlawful taking of human life without premeditation or malice with forethought. “Voluntary” and “involuntary” indicate whether or not the killing was intended. Taking a human life during the heat of passion, even though there was an intent to kill, is considered voluntary manslaughter. The taking of a life without the intent to kill is considered involuntary manslaughter.

And now you know!

Did You Know? ~ Warrant

In today’s installment of “Did You Know?”, we’ll take a brief look at the definition of a warrant.

A warrant is a writ (a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction) issued by an authorized magistrate to an officer, requiring the officer to arrest the offender or named suspect, and bring them before a proper magistrate to be dealt with according to the law. 


Now you know!

A Heist Story In Disguise

I had a bit of a “why didn’t I think of that!” moment recently when I read the following words from the pen of Olivia Rutigliano over at CrimeReads.

“…an outsider with no formal power who deliberately connives to swipe Christmas from those who celebrate it, precisely because it bothers him that they do. A crotchety hermit who lives alone on a mountain that overlooks a village, that happily celebrates Christmas annually. He watches them celebrate, year after year, until he figures that if he steals everything from them, they won’t be able to celebrate. But when he makes off with all their decorations, presents, and foodstuffs…”

Sounds like a bit of a twist on your typical heist tale, right? The burglar is methodical and detail-oriented, stealing everything in sight and lying to a child when he’s caught red-handed. He’d fit right in with Danny Ocean’s crew. He’s got a loyal side-kick, motives that seem reasonable to him and in the end, is redeemed by forgiveness, joy and humility.

So what’s the title of this great heist tale?

“How The Grinch Stole Christmas” by Ted Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss.



Show Me Your Ways!


I enjoyed this book, not only for its anecdotal feel but the tips and suggestions for living lighter on the land.

We all need to leave less of a carbon footprint, but often, many of us have no idea just how to do that. The author provides suggestions for reducing one’s trash, being less reliant on plastic-based food preservation items (which is tough!) and how to think about the places we live in.
She also gives up intimate glimpses of her own life and how she changed her way of thinking so that she could be a positive role model for her grandchildren. She talks about cows, knowing her steak, and his dad. She talks about having a closer relationship with the trees that surround her home, and how intense the dark is out in the bush. She discusses the folly of expecting to be able to eat watermelon in January as well, something I didn’t give thought to until I read this book.

There are wonderful photos of the wild animals that visit her, drool-worthy recipes (many with photos) and guidance on how and why to cut white sugar out of our diets. There are so many pearls of wisdom, but this is one of my favourite lines,
“Change scares the shit out of people”

So true. So read this book, and the changes we all need to make in our lives will be less scary. You can find it where most books are sold.

City Of The Lost Review


This is a great book, very addictive. I’ve been waiting a while to start this series and now that #1 is under my belt, I can’t wait to get on with the rest of it.
The characters are memorable, real and some of them maddening. The setting is so well drawn I could almost smell the forest that surrounds them. There is danger here, terror, high emotions that draw the reader in and you don’t want to leave until the last page is turned.
As soon as I finished this one I got #2. This is a binge-worthy read, for sure.