Beautiful Lie the Dead

Beautiful Lie the Dead (An Inspector Green Mystery) is Barbara Fradkin’s 8th Inspector Green novel. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I first discovered Honour Among Men on the shelf of my local book store (it’s book #5 and I loved it so much I had to track down the first 4 and then work my way forward). I highly recommend her to everyone out there who loves a good mystery. Set in Ottawa, Inspector Michael Green and his band of buddies at the Ottawa Police force never fail to impress with their dedication and determination to solve all the crimes that land on their doorstep on Elgin St. I love how Fradkin injects just the right amount of “Ottawaness” to her books, always revealing something of the city that I find interesting or bang-on in her interpretation of how things are here. She’s the only Ottawa writer who seems to see the city with my eyes, and that amazes me. In this her latest book, Meredith Kennedy and Dr. Brandon Longstreet are planning their wedding when Meredith mysteriously disappears. When a woman’s body is found in a snowbank in Rockcliffe Park everyone is certain that it is Meredith. But it isn’t. And it soon becomes evident that this case is connected to Meredith’s disappearance. A large portion of the book is set in Montreal, making me nostalgic for Schwartz’s smoked meat, and a host of other well drawn bits & pieces of the city that I fondly remember and miss. The book never gets bogged down or boring, and I was definitely sorry when I came to the end. Fradkin deserves way more recognition and accolades than she gets. She is definitely one of Canada’s best mystery writers. My suggestion is that you read all her books, in chronological order just to keep the background info on the characters straight. That aspect alone makes her books well worth reading, never mind the ingriguing mysteries she develops. But if you only had time for one, this is the one. But I bet you won’t be able to stop at just one.

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  1. Bruce Said,

    January 4, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Nice review and I agree heartily :)

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