Victoria

Victoria: After the Gold Rush

Solve a puzzle and explore the provincial capital on the first B.C. edition of Canmore, Alberta–based Uncorked Experiences’ Mystery Towns Tours. Players follow clues through the city to find a villain–and maybe even treasure. Sent via text or app on a smartphone, each clue leads to a different location where participants have to find a hidden word or solve a puzzle, then text the correct answer back to receive the next tip. $79 per team

Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles: 100 Perennials, Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Canadian Gardens

Ornamental EdiblesSome gardeners choose plants that look beautiful. Others prefer ones that taste good. This guide combines both, plus tips on how to grow them, when they ripen and what they taste like. Author Mike Lascelle has written two previous books, has a regular column in the Maple Ridge News and is nursery department manager at Amsterdam Greenhouses & Garden Centre in Pitt Meadows. Douglas & McIntyre 228 pages, paperback, $24.95 

A Matter of Confidence: The Inside Story of the Political Battle for BC

A Matter of ConfidenceWhy did Gordon Campbell spring a harmonized sales tax on British Columbians? How did the Christy Clark government overlook voters’ concerns about housing affordability? Who are the John Horgan whisperers? Based on interviews with 70 insiders, including Clark and Horgan, veteran legislative reporters Rob Shaw of the Vancouver Sun and Richard Zussman of Global News reveal why members of the B.C. government from 2009 to 2017 made the decisions they did. Addictive reading for political junkies and useful for anyone interested in what goes on behind the scenes in government. Heritage House 336 pages, paperback, $22.95