Friday, September 23, 2022

Book Launch

Legendary Cumberland Author Kim Bannerman’s newest series Circus Salmagundi Mysteries launches with three new novels: Truly The Devil’s Work, The Vengeful Dead, and The Sea Will Have.

Join us at the Cumberland Museum & Archives for the launch party and hear Kim read from and speak about the Circus Salmagundi Mysteries, Friday, September 23, 2022. Doors open at 7 pm, books will be available for purchase, and Kim will be around after her talk to sign your personal copy.

Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus?

The Great Wars is over, and the Spanish Flu has ended; now’s your chance – the rag-tag crew of the Circus Salmagundi awaits.

About the Series
The Series is set in the landscape of Vancouver Island communities of Esquimalt, Union Bay, Nanaimo and the waters in between following the Great War and the Spanish Flu pandemic, a time of great unpredictability, instability, and grief. 

The series protagonist Miss Rose Ivy takes the leap and plunges into the depths of adventure; accused of murder; the mystery continues with stolen artefacts, bitter rivalries, lies and deceit… A collection of diverse, compelling, and highly-flawed cast of characters provide invaluable support to Rose as she navigates the challenges placed before her in each fantastic tale.

When asked about the inspiration behind the series setting Kim responds; “The history of British Columbia in the late-1800s and early-1900s is rocky, gritty, and tumultuous, with people from all over the world thrown together, either searching for opportunity or trying to escape their past (and certainly, some with nefarious reasons). There’s a lot of possibility there for vibrant storytelling.”

About Kim
When she isn’t tromping through the woods or swimming in the lake, Kim Bannerman writes novels, short stories, podcasts and screenplays from her home in Cumberland, BC. Her work has appeared in anthologies like She’s Shameless (Tightrope Books, 2009), Girl at the End of the World (FoxSpirit Press, 2014), In the Company of Animals (Nimbus Press, 2014), and When Birds Are Near (Cornell University Press, 2020). She is the author of nine novels, including the historical mystery novel Bucket of Blood and The Tattooed Wolf’s modern fairytale. Together with her husband, Shawn Pigott, she runs Fox&Bee Studio, a video production company based in Cumberland, BC.


Media Contact:
Rosslyn Shipp, 250.336.2445,
Kim Bannerman, 250.650.0509,

Can’t make this event?  Laughing Oyster Books in Courtenay will be hosting a book signing there on Thursday, September 29, from 3 pm to 5 pm.


Friday September 23, 2022


Doors Open at 7 pm


Cumberland Museum & Archives


No advanced tickets required, admission is free