Murder on The Canadian

Eric Wilson's classic children's novel is about a young sleuth racing the clock to solve a murder aboard a sleek new train known as The Canadian.

Eric Wilson

There's been a murder on the brand new train called "The Canadian" and Tom Austen knows it's up to him to solve it. But when he starts talking to his fellow passengers, he realizes that everyone is a suspect. Tom realizes he's hot on the trail when the killer tries to confront him. Can Tom solve the mystery before it's too late?

Murder on The Canadian is for readers ages 8 and up.

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From the book

The package was ticking.

A bomb. Yes, Tom was sure it must be a bomb. He studied the plain brown paper, then leaned his head close.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Frightened, Tom looked around the crowded railway station. What to do? If he yelled "Bomb!" it might cause a panic, a rush to the doors in which women and children would be crushed underfoot.

Again, Tom studied the package which had appeared mysteriously beside his suitcase minutes ago when he'd gone to the washroom. It looked innocent, but the ticking meant it was deadly.

From Murder on The Canadian by Eric Wilson ©1976. Published by HarperCollins Canada.

Author interviews

Shelagh Rogers interviews Canadian children's authors Eric Wilson and Monica Hughes (1996)