Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review: Hidden Ontario by Terry Boyle


Hidden Ontario: Secrets from Ontario's Past


I had such a great time reading this book.  It is a series of stories about some of the funniest, oddest and most interesting events.  I was not familiar with any of the stories which I found very surprising considering the amount of reading I do.  
Terry Boyle's writing story is just ripe with description and you can frequently sense that his tongue is in his cheek as he tells some of the most ridiculous true stories from Ontario's history.
I loved the story about the bridge built across Rice Lake.  The lake freezes every winter and all that nasty ice made the bridge so fragile that when British royalty came to visit alternate means of transportation had to be found rather than risk the visitor's life.  When the train reached the other side of the lake, the Prince of Wales hopped back on.  We have the opposite problem here in St. Thomas.  We have a temporary bridge that was put in at Dalewood Dam many, many years ago and just refuse to break so we can get a permanent bridge.  
There were a few interesting murders with very interesting endings.  I rather admired the gentleman of wit who ran a huge mental health facility in Kingston for many years, and quite well, before it was discovered he had no qualifications for the job.
I'm not going to hint at anymore of the tales.  Pick up the book and find out for yourself.