by Myrna L. Petersen
Was it murder? When a sudden death in Saskatchewan exhibited the slightest signs of foul play in the 1930’s, investigators turned to one person who consistently demonstrated insight and uncanny ability to correctly determine causes of death. The fact that Dr. Frances McGill was a woman may have concerned some in the beginning, but it made no difference to those who wanted an accurate answer to the question “was it murder?” 

This non-fiction work by Myrna Petersen is a fascinating look at the incredible career of a woman who was one of the first known Canadian female pathologists, and rose in prominence to become “one of Canada’s leading criminologists.” Among her many achievements, Dr. Frances McGill helped establish the first R.C.M.P. crime lab in Regina, Saskatchewan and taught forensic medicine at the R.C.M.P. training depot. She was the first woman appointed “Honourary Surgeon to the RCMP” and is listed among the 54 innovators named to the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame.

This is the story of her career, which spanned over 5 decades and includes several Saskatchewan pathological cases which she named. Published by Ideation Entertainment (2005) with support from The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation.
ISBN 0-9738893-0-6

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