Grizzly Lies: A Mystery Novel


267 pages
ISBN 1-894549-41-4
DDC C813'.6





Reviewed by Beryl Hamilton

Beryl Hamilton is a freelance writer in Thunder Bay who specializes in
home gardening.


Eileen Coughlan is a Calgary-based author and teacher. In this novel, a
woman named Hellie MacConnell abandons her fiancé at the altar in
Toronto and flees to Banff with a guilty conscience. A web of events
unfolds as she quickly falls in love with the area’s peace and quiet,
beautiful natural surroundings, and charming small-town legends. Hellie
discovers an uncle, “Doc Rivard,” a respected Banff native, and his
eccentric friend, Arthur, who has an unusual attachment to bears.

The plot accelerates when a murder takes place and Arthur, together
with young millionaire from Texas with an interest in big-game hunting,
becomes embroiled in the crime. The story roars along with lots of
intrigue and twists and turns, including tales of ivory poaching in
Tanzania and illegal hunting in Alberta.

The characters in Grizzly Lies are well defined, and the reader is left
with a vivid impression of Banff. We also learn why Hellie MacConnell
left her fiancé at the altar in Toronto.


Coughlan, Eileen., “Grizzly Lies: A Mystery Novel,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 22, 2024,