Books by Our Members

A BODY IN THE SACRISTY by Alan Kemister (Phil Yeats)

The discovery of a baby girl’s body in the sacristy of St. George’s Anglican Church introduces Simon Goodyear to his new job as police detective in Barrettsport, Nova Scotia. In this, his first case, he struggles to determine who she was and how her body ended up in a sealed cabinet. During the investigation, the church secretary provides Simon with important lessons on the political and social structure of his new hometown. He discovers that the quirky nature of the town and its most prominent citizens are key factors leading to the puzzle’s solution.

Available at Amazon

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WAIT AND SEE by Tom Robson

Available at Amazon

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WOLVES DON’T KNOCK by Cathy MacKenzie

(A psychological drama told from the point of view of twenty-two-year-old Miranda and her mother, Sharon, with a blend of thriller, suspense, mystery, romance, family relationships)

Available at Amazon (or locally from the author or at Carrefour Atlantique, Historic Properties, downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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LAST LULLABY by Alice Walsh. Available at Amazon

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A fictionalized account of a descent into a nervous breakdown and hopefully a return, complete with the devil, demons, nudity and a guest appearance by God.



TWO EYES OPEN: The second anthology published by MacKenzie Publishing. A mix of 16 short stories by 16 authors. 18+. Not “horrific horror”…more like intrigue, mystery, thriller. Just a “good read.”  Purchase from Cathy MacKenzie or  on Amazon.

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OUT OF THE CAVE: 21 stories by 21 authors (suitable for youth 13+), including stories by Tom Robson and Phil Yeats (writing as Alan Kemister). The book is available in print and ebook at Amazon and ebook on Smashwords

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Written While I Still Remember by Tom Robson

Amazon      Smashwords

A history of the times, as well as a personal portrait composed during the last thirty years. This is a collection of sometimes true stories and poems that can be enjoyed by anyone.





Silly Animals ABC by Manon Boudreau


Explore the alphabet with the likes of Sophie the sneezing skunk who loves the sun, Theodore the turkey who drinks tea on Tuesdays and many more. Letters are explored with the help of silly animals engaging in unusual hobbies, fashion choices, attitudes, friends or favorite foods. Sure to make you and your little one smile. This book is beautifully illustrated and entertaining.


Baby Loves Bath Time by Manon Boudreau


There is no better place than the bathtub to wind down after baby’s day. Follow baby as she splishes, splashes, pours and laughs and even gets washed in the process. BABY LOVES BATH TIME is a simple, sweet short book created with babies and young children in mind.

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The Roar of the Sea by Frank Leaman


Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage is brought to life in the story of an adventurer who traveled the world on an epic solo voyage in a 23-foot sailboat in the 1930s. With only his dog, Togo, as a companion, Captain William Crowell overcame the challenges of an unforgiving ocean.

Decades later, his grandson Frank Leaman helped him tell the story of his travels. The Roar of the Sea explores not only his family’s history, but also Nova Scotia’s seafaring heritage. After the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax included Captain Crowell’s solo voyage as part of its permanent Days of Sail exhibit, Frank continued to gather Crowell family history and dig deeper into his grandfather’s life. Together with Allison Lawlor, Frank has created a story that weaves Captain Crowell’s life into his family’s Loyalist roots and personal reflections. The resulting book stands as one grandson’s loving tribute to his grandfather – a daring mariner who saw the end of a golden era of wooden ships and iron men.






There are several “sappy” stories mixed in with these 18 short stories (mainly for women), but the rest are the author’s usual dark, twisty stories. The stories include women seeking revenge against their lovers; a “vitch” who has proclaimed herself judge, jury and executioner; a young woman afraid of her scars; a dying woman’s last wish; a family secret so great it could destroy the individuals involved; and a man running away from his death.

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The Dragon Party by Cathy MacKenzie

Dragons love to party. Sir Clellan, the master dragon, invites a group of children to join him for a day of fun. The children discover more than they had expected.

The images are bright and colourful, a perfect accompaniment to the wacky and whimsical stanzas of this rhyming poem. Book will delight children, young and old.






Ghosts in the Attic by Cathy MacKenzie

What are the noises Taylor and Granny hear in the attic? Is it a ghost? Or is it something else? Sweet illustrations by Benjamin Kong will capture a child’s zon