New whodunit read for mystery lovers

Add some sleuthing to your summer by picking up the latest new crime novel from the Townships Expressions collection, Townshippers’ Association’s initiative to promote local writers, artists and showcase unique works from and about the region.

“Legacy” is the first in the mysteries series featuring Detective Inspector Colin McDermott of the London Metropolitan Police, from notable crime reviewer and Townships author Jim Napier.

In this thrilling classic British whodunit, Inspector McDermott is assigned to track down the identity of a woman killed in London traffic who was not carrying any identification. He soon discovers her dual identity, concealing a very private life, and a trail that leads back to McDermott’s own Alma Mater, leaving the detective to determine whether her death was an accident or murder – and whether an old friend and mentor is involved.

With over five hundred reviews, interviews, and articles about crime writers under his belt, Napier turned to writing full-time after teaching crime fiction and creative writing for nearly 20 years.  Legacy is the first novel in the McDermott series, featuring detectives who are as curious as the suspects they’re investigating; the second, Ridley’s War, is nearing completion.

Autographed copies of Legacy can be picked up for $27 from the Townships Expressions boutique either in person from either of Townshippers’ offices – Sherbrooke at 257 Queen. and Lac-Brome at 584 Knowlton Rd – or online at

Featuring more than 100 unique works, Expressions provides a way for people interested in Townships arts, culture and history buy works unique to this region. It also gives local English-speaking artists greater visibility and a means to sell their works, including books, music and small graphic arts items such as cards, postcards, and prints. Purchasing from the Expressions collections directly supports local artists and, in turn, our English-language culture.  

To learn more about Jim Napier visit

Deadline: 2017 Enabling Accessibility Fund

Businesses and organizations looking to improve accessibility or make their environment safer for people with disabilities have until July 26 to apply for grants through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF).

For selected applications, the EAF is able to offer 65 percent of total project costs, up to a maximum of $50,000, for renovation, construction and/or retrofit activities which help remove barriers to accessibility.

Eligible applicants include businesses with up to 99 full-time equivalent employees, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities with a population under 125,000 as per census data, and Indigenous organizations.

Two funding streams are available, the Workplace Accessibility Stream and the Community Accessibility Stream.

To learn more about the EAF, the funding streams and application process, visit or contact your local Service Canada office 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).

Completed applications and all required documents, including the Standard Grant Application for Funding form from Service Canada, must be submitted by July 26, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (PST) either by email at: [email protected] or by mail to: EAF Submissions, Mailstop: 402, National Grants & Contributions Delivery Center (ESDC), 140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV. 4th Floor, Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9.

For more on Townshippers’ Association and our activities, keep reading this weekly column in The Record and visit our website You can also follow us on Twitter @Townshippers and Connect with Townshippers’ offices in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717, toll-free: 1-866-566-5717, or Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd, 450-242-4421, toll-free: 1-877-242-4421.

Published: Keeping in Touch column, Sherbrooke Record, Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Photo Credit: Townshippers’ Association

Photo Caption: Townships based author and notable crime reviewer Jim Napier (left) adds his latest novel, Legacy, to the Townships Expressions collection with Townshippers’ Resource Adaptation Coordinator, Kyl Chhatwal.

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