Little Free Library in Prince Edward County

Cressy Lakeside Books and the Prince Edward County Library system have joined forces to install a ‘little library’ at the Milford branch of the PEC library. Our shared goal is to promote reading and to make the enjoyment of books easy and convenient for visitors and County residents alike.

The little library is open 24-7, and everybody is welcome to avail themselves of its contents. The books are free, and don’t need to be returned. You don’t need a library card – but we do encourage people to show their support and get a library card with the Prince Edward County Library system. There’s no charge, and it allows you to take advantage of all the books, periodicals, and DVD’s the library offers.

We’ll be adding a second library at the Ameliasburgh branch later this summer. These two are a pilot project: we hope to expand it next year, based on comments we get about how to improve the idea.

If you have books that you’d like to donate books to this project, please give them to PEC Library staff. They’ll store them and restock the libraries as needed.


A Murder of Crowes praised by readers

Laurie Scott’s new mystery A Murder of Crowes is here and early reviews are glowing!

“This novel held my complete attention. I didn’t want to put it down,” says Jaime G.

The new work follows Lilly Mullaly to the Adirondacks where her seclusion is broken by the mystery surrounding the estate of Albert Crowe and his family’s deadly contest for inheritance. Read more…

A Murder of Crowes is “Clever,” says Shelley T., and has “plot twists I couldn’t imagine. I highly recommend!” says Carol C.

Find Laurie Scott’s A Murder of Crowes at bookstores and online.

New releases from Laurie Scott & J.D. Carpenter

Stay tuned and watch for copies of Laurie Scott’s Murder of Crowes this October. This novel is the sequel In Like a Lion, following writer Lily Mullaly to the Adirondacks where she uncovers a series of mysterious deaths and family secrets in the Crowe family.

This is the second sequel released from Cressy Lakeside Books. Also released this year is J.D. Carpenter’s Lake Pirates in which Joe Horn’s seemingly bucolic house sitting gig on Little Hat Island takes an unexpected turn and the reporter must delve into an unsolved murder, risking his own life.

Prince Edward County Young Authors Writing Contest


Writers 25 and under invited to submit a previously unpublished piece of writing (500 – 3000 words).

Prince Edward County residents only.

No limitation on style, format, or subject matter.

Email submissions to with the subject line “Writing contest”. Be sure to include your name, age,  and contact information.   Submissions can be PDF or Word document. If you need help formatting your document please contact

$250 prize awarded by Cressy Lakeside Books. The winning piece will be posted on the Cressy Lakeside Books website.

Submission deadline : Saturday, October 10 2020. Prize will be awarded during Ontario Public Library Week, 2020 (October 18 – 24)

Peter Blendell author interview with PEC Library

logo-library-1B-2015This week, Peter Blendell answered Liz Zylstra at the Prince Edward County Library & Archives in an interview with local authors about what they’re writing, reading and their recommendations.

PECLibrary: What are you reading?

PB: I’m reading ‘Polar Vortex’, by Shani Mootoo, as well as the manuscripts for some upcoming books by Cressy Lakeside Books authors. ‘The Sevens’ is the working title of a project by Shelagh Mathers. Crown Attorney Augie de Graaf is back in action, and there is lots of action as she investigates a murder at a lab, here in the county. ‘A Murder of Crowes’, bu Laurie Scott, also features the return of a popular character. Lily Mullaly ( the wrongly convicted writer from ‘In Like A Lion’) becomes involved in the job of exposing a tangled family history. Both great characters and Cressy looks forward to releasing these titles, hopefully later this year.

PEC Library: What are your working on?

PB: I’ve just finished my latest project, ’Three Novellas’, and am slowly getting the next novel off the ground. Stay tuned.

PECLibrary: What are you recommending?

PB: I recommend ’The Lake Pirates’, by J.D. Carpenter. It also involves the return of a popular character — newspaperman Joe Horn — and tells the story of Joe’s working visit to an island (in the County) and his suspicions that a murder took place there in the past. Great read — it will be released by Cressy sometime in May.

County Writers: Peter Blendell

Blackwater Bluff launch date announced!

Blackwater Bluff Cover ArtWriting as S.M. Hurley, local author Shelagh Mathers has written an exciting, county-based mystery, Blackwater Bluff. Help us celebrate the launch of Shelagh’s first novel, Blackwater Bluff this June in beautiful Prince Edward County. Listen for familiar landmarks and enjoy some light refreshments. Meet the author and purchase your copy at the event.

Sunday, June 10 from 2-3:30pm at Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross St. Picton.



County Wave launch this weekend

The County Wave anthology launches this weekend — Mother’s Day — at the Old Town Hall in Picton. Drop by between 2-5pm for refreshments and readings by:

Rebecca House
Buffy Carruthers
Ken Murray
Elis Ziegler
Yvonne Voulgaris

Bring your mom! Help us celebrate this great initiative by Cressy Lakeside Books, meet the authors, and pick up your copy of 21 stories by local writers.