Special book reading in Hope

Former RCMP Staff Sgt. Ed Hill returns to talk about his new book

Former Hope RCMP Staff Sgt. Ed Hill will be in Hope on Feb. 6 for a special book reading and signing at the arts gallery.

A familiar face is returning to Hope in February for a special book reading.

From the spring of 1993 to the fall of 1997, Staff Sgt. Ed Hill was in charge of the Hope RCMP detachment. He and his wife Joy, like so many RCMP families, were a part of the community in many ways. In 1997, Hill was transferred to Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, where he spent his last six years in the force before retiring.

Hill has been a professional artist for almost 30 years and his works are on display at the Hope Arts Gallery, located at 349 Fort St. He has also written a book of true short stories, titled Busted, about his family’s experiences in the RCMP over his 34-year career, including one from Hope.

Join Hill on Vancouver’s seedy streets in a dangerous undercover murder investigation. Learn why he had to arrest his own son, Bryson, and put him in jail.

Ever heard of the Marijuana Detector? Hill used one to bust a dealer in Cloverdale – not far from where, as a rookie cop, he almost blew himself up in a residential backyard.

You might also be surprised to learn of Hill’s major investigation into Second World War ordinance on the Sunshine Coast. It shut down the entire Howe Sound Pulp and Paper mill in 1991.

Hill’s stories in Busted confirm that police work, like life, is unpredictable.

He will be at the Hope Arts Gallery on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. for a special book reading and signing.

Hope Arts Gallery re-opens for 2015 on Feb. 1.