Seal Books, mm pb, 393 p.
Detective John Cardinal series, Book 2
When the dismembered corpse of an American tourist turns up half-eaten by bears near Algonquin Bay, Detective John Cardinal is assigned to the case. Without a solid lead, and with the RCMP and CSIS involved, Cardinal is forced to band together with his nemesis, Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave, to untangle the deceit and cover-ups surrounding the case. Then a well-respected local woman is found frozen under a glaze of ice in the woods, and Cardinal realizes that the two very different murders may well be connected.A mystery was a great choice to read during the chaotic days just before and after moving day, and this proved to be a good one. When I got into bed each night it was engaging enough to distract me from all the boxes and the countless things I still needed to do, but also fun and easy to read since I doubt I would’ve been able to handle anything too deep at the time.
Working closely with his trusted colleague, Detective Lise Delorme, to whom he feels a dangerous attraction, Cardinal fights his emotions and a relentless ice storm only to uncover a knot of lies and conspiracies that go back more than thirty years and extend to the highest reaches of Canadian intelligence.
I’d really enjoyed the first book in the series, Forty Words for Sorrow, when I read it a couple of years ago, and The Delicate Storm didn’t disappoint. It was nice to revisit Algonquin Bay and to catch up with Detectives Cardinal and Delorme, along with some of the other characters that are a part of their lives, both old and new.
I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying that I didn’t know anything about the October Crisis that took place in Quebec in 1970 and so found it interesting to read a little bit about this event in Canadian history, when it was referred to in the story. The author has changed names and tweaked some details, but apparently he relates the incident quite accurately, so says Peter Rozovsky of Detectives Beyond Borders.
I’ll definitely be continuing with the series and getting the third book, Black Fly Season, when I’m next in Canada.
Final verdict: Likeable characters and so far a very enjoyable series.
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First sentence: First came the warmth.
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My Rating: 4/5
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