Book Bashes With Mayors

It was a week for celebrating the Canadian publication of The Sanibel Sunset Detective Returns.

In Milton on a cold Sunday afternoon, friends and neighbors gathered to launch the novel. Milton mayor Gord Krantz, always a supporter, showed up to give the party a little class–and also to organize a group photo.

Meanwhile, in Toronto on a rain-swept night, old newspaper, magazine, and show biz friends crowded into P.J. O’Brien Irish Pub, not only to celebrate the book’s official Canadian publication, but also to lift one final glass in honor of Brian Vallée, author, broadcaster, and the founder and publisher of West-End Books, the company that publishes the Sanibel novels.

Brian left us too early last July, but West-End Books will live on at least to keep Brian’s books in print and online and also to continue publication of future Sanibel Sunset Detective adventures.

Unexpectedly, former Toronto Mayor David Miller wandered in, introduced himself, and  bought two books. The next day he e-mailed me from Boston to say how much he enjoyed the first novel.

A former mayor who knows how to make an author’s day–and a group of loyal friends who sure know how to make him feel appreciated. It may get better than that, but I can’t imagine how.

So many, many thanks to everyone who came out in Milton and Toronto to launch the new novel. Now it’s on to Florida and more promotions on Sanibel Island!

Want a signed copy of The Sanibel Sunset Detective? E-mail Ron Base at

To order your copy of The Sanibel Sunset Detective Returns on line, click here.


Author of "The Sanibel Sunset Detective" and "The Strange." Ron spends part of the year on Sanibel Island, Florida, where he writes detective novels featuring private eye Tree Callister. When he is not in Florida, he resides outside Toronto, Ontario with his wife, Kathy.

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