The year is 1836 and Ensign Marc Edwards of His Majesty's 24th Regiment of Foot is eager to see some action.
Unfortunately he's been posted to the colonial backwater of Toronto, Upper Canada, where there doesn't seem to be much chance for glory. But the local population is openly chafing under British rule and the surrounding countryside turns out to be a seething hotbed of radicals, Reformers, Yankees, and smugglers.
Ensign Edwards is given his very first assignment: to investigate the mysterious in the small town of Crawford's Corners, wading into rumours of sedition and secret societies. Seduced by one farmer's wife, and entranced by another who is just a little too close to the murder, Edwards find his investigative skills and loyalty to the Crown put to the test.
Fast-paced and addictive, turncoat is the first navel in Don Gutteridge's Marc Edwards mystery series.