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Murder by the book at Dr. Charles Best
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Coquitlam Now - December 1, 2006 pg. 22
By Simone Blais
High school conjures up many images -- homework, athletics, exams and uncomfortable chairs.

But Dr. Charles Best Secondary teacher David Mushens wants to add murder to that list -- for mystery fans at least.

Mushens' debut novel, Deadly Lessons, features a murder mystery in the world he knows best, a high school, which also served as the location for his book launch party Thursday.

Written under the pen name David Russell, Deadly Lessons introduces Winston Patrick, a disgruntled lawyer turned teacher, whose life in the courtroom catches up with his new life in the classroom.

One of his colleagues is accused of murdering a student with family connections reaching as high as the prime minister's office. Patrick's defence of his colleague could cause an international incident -- if it doesn't cost his own life first.

Mushens launched his novel at Dr. Charles Best Secondary on Nov. 30, with a reading, party and signing hosted by Best teacher- librarian Judith Comfort.

Mushens has been a freelance writer for a variety of publications, including Maclean's, The Vancouver Sun, The Province, The Tyee and The NOW.

For more information about this local teacher's writings, check out www.davidrussellwrites.com.