“The Cake was Smokin'”

Hey, our book launch hit the society page of the Ottawa Citizen today: very cool! (This is me with that killin’ cake.) Thanks to Caroline Phillips for dropping by to cover it!



The cake really took the cake at Wednesday’s book launch of The Poisoned Pawn, the second in author Peggy Blair’s Inspector Ramirez crime fiction series published by Penguin Canada.

The stunning dessert came from Kate Green Cakes near Kemptville. It resembled a cigar box with Cuban Montecristo stogies made from modelling chocolate.

The well-attended launch party, held at Orange Art Gallery in Hintonburg, offered up Cuban drinks, food and live music, in keeping with the book’s Havana theme.

Historian and journalist Mark Bourrie and Ottawa Fire Chief John deHooge were among the attendees seen getting their copies signed by Blair, a former lawyer-turned real estate agent and writer. Also sighted was CBC Radio book panel member Ann Archer, who enjoyed Blair’s debut mystery, The Beggar’s Opera.

A celebration isn’t complete in this town unless there’s an appearance from our everywhere man, Mayor Jim Watson. He dropped in, as promised.

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