Category Archives: Canada

Review: THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan followed up her debut novel THE UNQUIET DEAD with another thought provoking exploration of the complexities of modern policing in THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS. The two main characters are again Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty from Toronto’s Community … Continue reading

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Review: AN AIR THAT KILLS by Margaret Millar

Ron Galloway is a wealthy Canadian businessman who plans a weekend getaway at his lodge with friends but never arrives. The friends – Ralph, Harry, Joe and Bill – eventually raise the alarm about Ron’s absence but it is some … Continue reading

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Review: THE UNQUIET DEAD by Ausma Zehanat Khan

As someone who makes extensive use of her local library’s holds system I’m often in the situation of embarking on a book about which I know nothing. If it’s not by an author I already know, I’ve generally put the … Continue reading

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Review: AMUSE BOUCHE by Anthony Bidulka

After three or four quite harrowing reads in a row I felt the need for something lighter. Not so light as to be completely without a possible murder (heaven forbid) but light enough to hopefully not need my near-empty tissue … Continue reading

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Review: THE GUILTY PLEA by Robert Rotenberg

On the morning Terrance Wyler’s divorce trial is due to start his body is found on the kitchen floor by his four-year old son’s nanny. He has been stabbed seven times and it isn’t long before suspicion turns to Wyler’s … Continue reading

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Review: This Thing of Darkness by Barbara Fradkin

Retired psychiatrist Samuel Rosenthal is beaten to death late one Saturday night in an Ottawa alleyway. Officially the case is being investigated by Sergeant Marie Claire Levesque, new to the Ottawa Police, and she becomes convinced the doctor was killed as part of a … Continue reading

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Review: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Armand Gamache is Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Quebec and acknowledged as a fine policeman. As this book opens however he is on leave, recovering from the physical and emotional scars left by events that we don’t know the … Continue reading

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I’ve (virtually) climbed Mount Logan

I’m prepared to accept that reading 13 books is not quite as rigorous a challenge as climbing the highest mountain in Canada, and I’m sure it was a lot more fun but the stages of the Canadian Book Challenge #4 … Continue reading

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Review: An Ordinary Decent Criminal by Michael Van Rooy

After a strong start I’ve let my completion of the Canadian Book Challenge limp along for the past few months but have finally gotten around to reading the 13th and final book which allows me to (virtually) reach the summit of … Continue reading

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Review: The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

The Brutal Telling is my face-to-face bookclub’s choice this month and I’m also using it as the 12th of 13 books I need to read to complete the Canadian Book Challenge #4. In the fictional Quebec village of Three Pines … Continue reading

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