January 7, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 7pm

Author reading with Murder Mystery writer, Paulette McCarthy and Local Historian/Journalist Daryl Ashby.

78 Wharf St. Gallery

Free admission


Join us for an evening with authors Paulette McCarthy and Daryl Ashby.


Paulette McCarthy started writing her book, a murder mystery, called The Final Hours of John Doe, in 2014. It was shortly after her father’s funeral and she was left with feelings about “things that were left unsaid, things that you wanted to ask but never got answers to.” She jotted down a couple of lines and by the time she reached her 10th page she knew she had a book on her hands.


The book follows an investigator with an imperfect history who is called to a mysterious death in a snowy field off the Ottawa beltway, bringing her “face to face” with her past.“It’s trying to find out who is John Doe and how did he come to be in that field and how did this John Doe have a little tiny piece of her past?”


McCarthy said.“Then there’s a race to get it tidied up without revealing what she did. It unfolds from there.”


McCarthy, in addition to sharing the discovery of a partially covered and dismembered body in the dead of winter in a field off the Ottawa beltway, will be collecting everyone’s favorite murder weapon suggestions and writing short stories on the spot to demonstrate how murder weapons could be featured in the most delicious ways.



Daryl Ashby, has developed a reputation for searching out subjects poorly analyzed or scarcely recorded, capturing unnoticed details that could possibly change public perception, as well as the implausible landscapes that our minds conveniently map.


As a local historian and investigative journalist, he takes great pride insuring his work is as accurate as physically possible cutting no corners when it comes to digging at the truth, refusing to shelter those who warrant exposure from their past no matter what the risk.


Ashby will be at the helm of a slide presentation of insights into one of the most shadowy Art Williams, second world war hero turned drug king pin who created a criminal empire to take full advantage of a largely unrecognized illicit synthetic drug trade.


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