Kinky sex with drug addled teens! Rampant homosexuality! And tales from the old Don Mills Shopping Centre! What more could you ask for in a book. Well, plenty, like a better plot or more rounded characters… but this murder mystery from 1975 is entertaining nonetheless. If you live in Don Mills.
I’m not really sure who Garner expected the audience for this book to be, but if you live around here, it’s got plenty of stuff to keep you turning the pages. Gripping descriptions of one characters commute across Lawrence, down Leslie, and across Eglinton, for example, or descriptions of every place to eat in the mall. Although I didn’t live in Don Mills at the time, I suspect Garner’s attention to minute detail means it’s a pretty accurate physical description of Don Mills in the 70’s.
‘The inspector got out of the car in the Don Mills Centre parking lot, and watched the car as it swung south into the Don Mills Road traffic. Then he walked into the shopping centre itself and into the Diana’s Coach n’ Four, a nice little restaurant run by an old friend of his, George Boukydis, who had expanded his father’s Diana Sweets restaurants from downtown into several suburban shopping centers. George owned another place in the Don Mills Centre, called Diana’s Artifactory, which the inspector though might be some sort of fancy pub, though he never visited it.’
Sadly this book is not available in the Toronto library system, so you’ll have to order one from a second hand bookseller if you want to know the rest of this tawdry tale. I got mine on Ebay, they can usually be found for between 6 and 12 bucks. Enjoy! And I won’t tell you whodunnit.