December 25th 2021
Let me set the scene:
Dashiell, a handsome (and he knows it), jaguar-spotted, green-eyed Bengal cat, is curled on a slip-covered sofa across from me, waiting for me to finish this brief essay and continue our walk. He is a fearless hiker and likes posing on mountain ledges in the nearby Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
We are in a log cabin, Dashiell and I. It’s my writing studio, and it’s serenaded — seasonally — by songbirds and a gurgling stream and the crackling of wood in my fire. Not to mention the frequent drumming of West Coast rain. Towering firs and cedars surround the cabin, hopefully pumping out enough oxygen to offset the carbon footprint of my not-quite-smokeless Jötul.
November 13th 2021
These three novels have been reprinted by ECWPress, and are now available in bookstores, on Audible.com and in ebook format on all platforms.
Kill All the Judges and Snow Job were finalists for the Leacock Award and I'll See You in My Dreams was afinalist for the Beat Canadian Crime Novel Award
Review clips below
July 11th 2021
"Summer mysteries from ECWPress: William Deverell returns with another Arthur Beauchamp legal thriller: Timely! Nail-biting courtroom finish!"
April 25th 2021
Click below for a YouTube version of that cocktail hour launch: including my chat about the novel, readings of three passages, a lovely musical interlude by guitar virtuoso Lester Quitzau, a question-and-answer, and some mingling of friends.
March 26th 2021
David Suzuki, scientist, broadcaster, author, activist. and a founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, has some thoughtful words to say about Stung and about the wilful blindness we as a species suffer over the global climate crisis:
"The great boast of our species is that we are intelligent yet we seem unable to deal with the facts of environmental degradation. Bill Deverell’s Stung provides a powerful insight into why. Read this book and find out!"
In an email to me, he continued:
January 30th 2021
Breaking news for Beauchamp fans:
I have just inked a contract with my aggressive, proudly Canadian (and obviously shrewd) publisher, ECWPress, to publish in print, online, and audio formats the three Arthur Beauchamp novels that have languished for the last few years in that infernal region known as books-out-of-print.
Kill All the Judges, Snow Job, and I'll See You in My Dreams will appear on bookstore shelves by early autumn, 2021, and, when added to my March release, Stung, will complete the Beauchamp saga to date. (Another is in the oven.)
December 26th 2020
A twenty-minute uphill climb from our home rewards with this view of the Salish Sea and the Gulf Islands, with an arbutus tree hogging the stage.read more →
November 18th 2020
Arthur Beauchamp takes on the most explosive trial of his career: the defence of seven boisterous environmentalists accused of sabotaging a plant in Ontario that pumps out a pesticide that has led to the mass deaths of honeybees. The story zigzags between Toronto, where the trial takes place, and Arthur's West Coast island home where he finds himself arrested for fighting his own environmental cause: the threatened destruction of a popular park. The Toronto trial concludes with a tense, hang-by-the-fingernails jury verdict. The story is told from points of view of Arthur and a vibrant young woman activist and a tough, cynical OPP Inspector. Throughout, Arthur struggles to save his marriage.read more →
November 17th 2020
"A bitingly funny whodunit." Maclean's
"Kill All the Lawyers is clever, amusing, laced with black humour and viciously accurate depictions of lawyers and judges." Toronto Star.
And a 2020 review squib from the New York Journal of Books:
“Filled with biting wit and smart dialogue, with a twist of an ending the diehard mystery reader won’t see coming—and an epilogue featuring the most ironic surprise of all.”
Here's a thoughtful review by the late, great Robin Skelton, one of Canada's foremost poets and teachers of literature: