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When I was teaching I mentored a student teacher of First Nations heritage. One day he sat down on a chair and gathered the students around him on the floor to listen. And then he proceeded to blow the lesson. He was doing everything wrong, and I wondered what I was going to tell him when the kids started twitching after about three minutes.

Twenty minutes later the lesson was done and not one child had moved. I started to wonder what I could learn from this guy; I still don’t know how he did it. Reading Martin Crosbie is like that. Storytelling is an art, and sometimes it’s difficult to figure out why it’s so good.

For example, in The Dead List there is almost no action for the first third of the story. A body is found, a rookie RCMP officer goes out on a limb and says it’s murder. And then they can’t find any evidence. Nothing happens for a long time.

And the reader doesn’t care. We are so engrossed in the interplay of the characters, so interested in finding out what awful background John Drake is trying to escape from, that we just want to keep reading.

Disclaimer: I am from a small town in British Columbia. I have driven through Hope – the setting for this story – numerous times on my way to and from the Interior, and I thought it a pleasant little place. I have eaten a wonderful breakfast at the Home Restaurant, just like Drake does. And I had no idea that any place like Cobalt Street existed (and it’s probably fictional), although every town has an area like that. The evocative descriptions of the decrepit houses and the quirky characters that strike so close to home kept me entertained as the investigation stalled. Learning about Drake – a wonderful, complex character – right down to his favourite pizza, (sorry, no spoilers) engaged me more than car chases and fistfights.

And then, once Crosbie has trickled enough information to us about our mystery detective, the clues to the murder start adding up and the action begins; we’re off on the next ride. The plotline is nicely complicated, the personalities interact with increasing vigour and we are rewarded for our patience with a crackerjack of a murder mystery.

The first time through, I read this story in one sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommended for mystery fans and those who appreciate a good novel. Five stars out of five.

 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


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Mind of the Beast

Brian and Juliet Freyermuth


As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Alan Bradley


Raven's Wing

Shawna Reppert


Hooligans

Chaz Fenwick


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
 


 
Erik Kort


 
(Short Story)

Aine Greaney


Mysteries of Shetland

Anne Cleeves


Ravensblood

Shawna Reppert


The Cold Forever

Dmitry Pavlovsky


Ava's Man

Rick Bragg


Ava's Man

Rick Bragg


The Best Laid Plans

Terry Fallis

 

 

Wordscapist: the Myth

Arpan Panicker


Murder and Mendelssohn
Kerry Greenwood

Drawing Conclusions
Donna Leon

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
Alexander McCall Smith

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches
Alan Bradley


The Commons Book 1

The Journeyman
Michael Alan Peck


At War With Satan
Steff Metal

Phobos: Mayan Fear
Steve Alten

Guystuff
Linton Robinson

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

You Can't Get There From Here
Gayle Forman

Psychic Warrior
T. D. McKinnon

Forager
Peter R. Stone

Butterman (Time Travel) Inc.
PK Hrezo

Winter Fire
Laurie Dubay 

Canadian Pie
Will Ferguson 

Bertie Plays the Blues
Alexander McCall Smith

Miss Timmins' School for Girls
Nayana Currimbhoy

Xenophobia
Peter Cawdron

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
Enid Shomer

The Importance of Being Seven
Alexander McCall Smith

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic
Meghan Ciana Doidge

Unnatural Habits
A Phryne Fisher Mystery

Kerry Greenwood

Strays
Book I of The Glaring Chronicles

Matthew Krause

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Richard C. Morais

The Crooked House
John Longeway

Eye Candy
by
Ryan Schneider

Season of the Harvest
Michael R. Hicks

Chronicles of Trellah Book I:
The Perpetual Rain

T. S. Graham


The Casual Vacancy
J. K. Rowling
Alexander McCall Smith
Charlotte Henley Babb

David Litwack 
G. T. Denny
John Patrick Gallagher
Cas Peace
Steve Umstead
L.M.Dewalt
J.W.Bacarro
Mark Everett Stone