About the Author


Lisa Pearl Pugh was born and raised in 100 Mile House and the 108 Mile Ranch.  In 1997, her love of history and the past earned her a Degree in Archaeology from SFU.  A few years later, she found her love of teaching, with a Degree in Education from UNBC.  After teaching for many years on the Sunshine Coast, Lisa moved back home to the 108 Mile Ranch to teach and raise her two boys.  Once home, Lisa also served her community for three years by becoming a Community Coroner with the BC Coroner’s Service.


Lisa was first introduced to the story of the McVees during her university years while working as a tour guide at the 108 Heritage Site.  Later on, the story became an engaging backdrop that never failed to absorb and enthral her students who wrote their own versions of how the murders took place.  

Lisa is proud to be Metis and is a member of the B.C. Metis Nation.  She has always endeavoured to inform others about Metis culture, and purposefully included a Metis character this novel.  Her great grandfather was Leonide Gauthier, and her great, great, great uncle was Jean Baptiste Lagimodiere Jr., better known as La Prairie. Since childhood, Barkerville has also held a special place in Lisa’s heart, and every summer she travels to that Gold Rush town to relive the past.      

Hotel From Hell video   (music credit: Stolen Dance by Milky Chance 2013)