This is Pat Capponi’s world. No tourist on the mean streets ofToronto’s once prosperous Parkdale neighbourhood, Capponi—a psychiatricsurvivor who has chronicled her experiences in several bestselling non-fictiontitles—has lived there. Now, in this compelling debut novel, Capponi turns herauthentic voice and imagination to a gripping murder mystery.
Dana Leoni is Capponi’s heroine, a traumatized woman who hasretreated from life to a rough rooming house. Surrounded by the marginalized andthe mad, she is devastated when one of her housemates turns up dead. When,despite the disappearance of another neighbourhood woman, the police reach adead end, Dana and her rag-tag posse of housemates—inspired by the novels ofJanet Evanovich—decide to go detective and take matters into their own hands.The result is a terrific mystery read, peopled with authentic characters andevocative in its gritty portrayal of a world few of us know. Infused withcompassion and wit, Last Stop Sunnyside marks the beginning of abound-for-bestseller series.