|Ann Walsh - Cariboo Author|
New Printing From Dundurn Press
ABOUT WRITING MOSES, ME AND MURDER!
“Moses…” was my ‘left over’ book. While researching Your Time, My Time, my first book, I came across the story of Charles Blessing and his oddly shaped gold nugget.
Charles disappeared on his way into Barkervillle, in 1867. He came, as did many visitors to British Columbia, to search for gold. Barkerville was the heart of the gold fields, and at the time Charles set out on his journey, it was the largest town in the province. This was too good a story to leave sitting in the history books, so I researched it thoroughly and wrote about it in Moses, Me and Murder!
Charles’ friendship with Moses, a barber, and his disappearance on the Cariboo Road are well known stories in Barkerville’s history. When I wrote the tale, I added a fictional character, Ted, who helps Moses and the local constabulary, bring Charles’ murderer to justice.
I have told the story of Charles, Moses and Ted in many classrooms across BC, and I always enjoy sharing this bit of our history with students. Charles’ grave is well marked on the road into Barkerville, and many of the students who visit Barkerville tell me they stop by and pay their respects. As do I.