“Merry’s breath caught when she saw the reflection in the freezer’s glass. The woman the man had flirted with was not who she remembered herself to be.”

Merry Bell needed to get out of Vancouver. Fast.

Returning to her home town of Livingsky, Saskatchewan was a desperate step. Living with plenty of secrets, but no money, friends, or place to live during a prairie winter, all while trying to start her own PI business proves to be more of a challenge than she imagined. With a first case that quickly turns more dangerous than it first appeared, Merry must deal with a dodgy client, the murder of the surgeon who performed her gender affirming surgery, and more than one mysterious stranger.

As Merry struggles to start over in her hometown, she not only has to unwind a mystery which imperils Livingsky’s most powerful people, but must face a past she’d rather leave behind.



Early Praise for Livingsky:

“Deadly mischief mixes with clever crime solving in Livingsky, Saskatchewan, as Merry Bell begins her new career as a private investigator—and her new life as a woman. In this delightful series debut from Anthony Bidulka, suspects abound, with plot twists at every turn, all of it told with compassion, insight, and a generous dash of humor. You’ll love it.”

— Michael Craft, author of the Dante & Jazz mysteries


Read Chapter One