What carries the novel is not only the excellent prose and the page-turning suspense, but also the extensive historical research that Haldane, who worked in PEI [Prince Edward Island] for several years, has done to recreate the island’s society in the run-up to its entry into Confederation.
Ian Thomas Shaw – The Ottawa Review of Books
Some reviews of The Devil’s Making the first Chad Hobbes mystery.
An absolutely worthy winner. … Haldane makes the reader feel as if they’ve been dropped into the daily lives of those living in 1869-era Victoria, and refuses to shy away from the truth in favor of a more politically correct approach to historical fiction.
[Sean Haldane] is a major talent. ‘The Devil’s Making’ combines Canadian history, solid crime plotting and a real sense of native-Canadian social history into a stunning tale of greed, deceit and murder. … Beautifully plotted and written, this is a terrific debut that promises greater works to come.
Haldane’s first mystery, evocative and elegantly written, is a deeply philosophical look at a relatively unknown historical period.