23 June 2010

Whiter Than Snow

No one knew what triggered the Swandyke avalanche that began at exactly 4:10 p.m. on April 20, 1920. It might have been the dynamite charge that was set off at the end of shift on the upper level of the Fourth of July Mine. The miners claimed the blast was too far inside the mountain to be felt on the surface, and besides, they had set off dynamite hundreds, maybe thousands of times before, and nothing bad had happened. Except for that one time when a charge failed to go off and Howard Dolan hit it with his pick when he was mucking out the stope and blew himself and his partner to kingdom come.

Still, who knew how the old mountain took retribution for having its insides clawed out.

Certainly, there was nothing to suggest that the day was different from any other. It started chill and clear

The above is an excerpt from Sandra Dallas' latest book "Whiter Than Snow". If you follow the link you can read a little more of the excerpt. I have been offered a copy of the book to review on my blog and I'll give you a full report after I've read it.


  1. Oh, that is a grabber! I would love to read it.

  2. Thanks! Just reserved my copy at the local library. :-D

  3. Oh dear......how to squeeze a little reading between sewing and canning.

  4. Enjoy your reading, Paula! The excerpt reminded me of "Prayers for sale", her last book (I think). I look forward to your review.
    I loved "Persian Pickles", "Tallgrass" and "Alice's tulips".
    Summer is a great time to enjoy a good book
    ; )

  5. Ha Ha you are going to start doing book reviews too! It sounds like a fabulous book so far.

  6. I'm looking for something to read and I think this hooked me.