Sheilla Jones is an award-winning Canadian journalist with an advanced degree in theoretical physics. It’s no surprise, then, that her literary interests lie in popular science and Canadian politics. Or that investigative journalism should lead to murder mysteries.
For two decades, Sheilla has been reviewing the writings of scientists such as Stephen Hawking, Edward O. Wilson, Lee Smolin, Brian Greene, Lisa Randall, Leonard Susskind, Martin Rees and Steven Weinberg. She's also offered her insights on popular science books by such authors as John Polkinghorne, John Rigden and William Byers.
In politics, it's reviews of books by Paul Wells, Michael Harris, Tom Flanagan, Kevin Page and more.
The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Noah Richler, Winnipeg Free Press, October 29, 2016
Recent Reviews: by Margot Lee Shetterly, Winnipeg Free Press, September 24, 2016
by Janna Levin, Winnipeg Free Press, April 23, 2016
Above: Sheilla holds a rare 30th Anniversary Edition of Sir Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica,Rare Books Collection, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge.
Creating a mystery series
By Sheilla Jones
The idea for the “Blood & Fire” murder mystery series was born of a collision of ideas: my on-going search for a mystery premise that is new and fresh, and husband Jim’s discovery that his great-great grandmother was the first matron of the Salvation Army’s Rescue Home for fallen women in 1896 Helena, Montana. It was the proverbial “aha!” moment. What better place for a strong female “detective” than managing a house full of prostitutes, drunks and outlaws... Read more
Did you know that the Salvation Army had its own international detective agency? Learn more about Mrs. Booth's Bureau of Enquiry, opening in 1885 in Hackney, London.
Much of what people know about the colourful history of the Salvation Army is shaped by George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 play Major Barbara and the 1941 movie based on that play, or by the 1983 British television sit-com Hallelujah! starring the inimitable Thora Hird. But there is so much more.
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Alexander Unzicker & Sheilla Jones
Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2013
Thomas Allen Publishers, Toronto, 2008
Oxford University Press, New York, 2008
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