About the Book
It's 1998, and the Town of Beaverly is home to Canada's deepest but least exploited sinkhole. For years, Mayor Conrad Lemon's efforts to transform it into a tourist attraction have been unsuccessful, as have most of his plans to put Beaverly on the map. When an emergency thrusts Beaverly in the spotlight, Mayor Lemon is determined to make the most of it... no matter what. At his side (against her will) is Jemima MacNaught, assistant editor of The Beaverly Modicum, who finds herself forced to choose between loyalty to her profession and her town, though she's not sure she wants to stick with either.
With A Hole in the Ground, longtime Québec humor columnist and broadcaster Ross Murray has written a novel that's a tribute to small towns, small newspapers and the people who keep them running, through holes and high water.
"A Hole in the Ground will have readers giggling from beginning to end. Each page is a treasure trove of literary gems and hidden jokes; it's that wonderfully satisfying, woefully rare kind of book that continually rewards the attentive reader." - Life in Quebec Magazine
"While there is a fully developed plot line, I'd say that the primary reasons for undertaking A Hole in the Ground are to enjoy the interactions among the characters expressed in such an amusing way and to revel in the peculiarities of the Canadian small town."
Journalist, humorist, catalyst, pharmacist. All those things except the last one. And maybe the second-last one too. My weekly newspaper column has appeared in The Sherbrooke Record since 2004, which is far too long. I also contribute regularly to CBC Radio's "Breakaway." There's other stuff too, but you've heard enough.