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.