Eccentric slacker that he is, Jake Lydon wants nothing more in his retirement than to do nothing...

with a beer in his hand. Unfortunately, his dreams of enjoying an endless summer either at his hovel-by-the-lake in cottage country or his place in the sunny south keep getting murder.     

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In Bushwhacked, the 3rd Jake Lydon mystery, we find our “hero” looking forward to a laid-back summer after a sh*tstorm of a winter in the Caribbean, (as chronicled in Machete). His dream of a little gardening, a little writing, and a lot of over-refreshment around his hovel-by-the-lake in cottage country is shattered by a ruthless developer intent of seizing Jake’s prime real estate and hundreds of acres around him.

To no one’s surprise, Jake holds out, incurring the wrath of the entire community (except Carl, his laconic neighbour). As Jake digs into the shady motivations of all the players involved, he must face escalating acts of vandalism that turn to violence and, finally, to attempted murder.

And then there’s that pesky matter of two dead politicians – one opposed and one supporting Edgewater Estates.


Were their deaths accidental as the police concluded? Or were they bushwhacked?

Jake has only one option: to put that beer down and figure it all out before things get even uglier. 

Irreverent, inventive, and funny as hell, Bushwhacked, - like the first two Jake Lydon mysteries - is squarely aimed at a boomer audience – or anybody else  - who  just may want a change from a steady diet of grim noir detective novels.

WARNING – Contains a surprising number of potty-mouth words.


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