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Arctic Blue Death: A Meg Harris Mystery (Meg Harris Mysteries #4)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Short-listed for the 2010 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel

The sparsely populated Arctic is no stranger to murder. The fourth in the Meg Harris series follows Meg’s adventures into the Candian Arctic as she searches for the truth about the disappearance of her father when she was a child. Many years ago, her father’s plane had gone missing in the Arctic and he was
ebook, 360 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Napoleon and Co (first published January 1st 2009)
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I'm sorry that there are 2 books which I have not yet read in between the first one (Death's Golden Whisper) and this one, since there are obviously intervening mysteries and adventures to which there are some references. However, this one deals primarily with Inuit art, and the world of galleries and dealers, and counterfeit sculptures and prints, with related deaths and murders, with much of the story taking place in Nunavut, so it can stand alone. There is also a new story of Meg's father and ...more
Different for sure and I'll review later! OK - I enjoyed reading this book but I didn't find it a quick read or that it was asking me to keep reading long past my bedtime although there were quite a few times that I had to read just one more chapter to try to find out what happens next. This book has quite a unique and interesting main plot and sub plots that are actually relevant to the story, some very interesting and well developed characters, various police officers who actually acted human ...more
Val Sanford
I'm fascinated by the wilderness life and sorrowed by the plight of first peoples and their struggle to retain their culture and their livelihoods. Besides, who could remain stoic about a standard poodle.
So I really liked the mystery part of this book. It kept me guessing right up to the end and when revealed, it was a nice and plausible surprise. I also really liked the details of the Inuit art scene, both historic and current.

What kept my rating for this book down, and what will probably (but not definitely) keep me from reading any further in the series is the dialogue. Too many of the characters spoke the same way, stilted and unnatural, and I kept getting pulled from the book to think of o
Pamela Beason
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. I was a bit frustrated in the beginning because the story took a long time to move to the Arctic. Once there, I would have liked to explore a bit more of the scenery and culture, too, but all in all it was a nice diversion to an unusual location for a mystery. I'm definitely going to read all of Harlick's Meg Harris mysteries.
The setting of this book, the arctic circle, was fascinating and well described. The mystery, which involved a question of parentage and revolved around Inuit art, was complicated enough to keep the reader guessing. However, the writing -- particularly the dialog -- was so clunky that it disrupted the flow of the book.
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Called "One of the brightest new voices in the mystery business" by the Ottawa Citizen, R.J. Harlick is a Canadian writer, who bides her time between her home in Ottawa and log cabin in West Quebec. Her Meg Harris mystery series is set in the Canadian wilderness with an underlying native theme.

The fourth book in the series, Arctic Blue Death, was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis Best Novel award.
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Other Books in the Series

Meg Harris Mysteries (7 books)
  • Death's Golden Whisper: A Meg Harris Mystery
  • Red Ice for a Shroud: A Meg Harris Mystery
  • The River Runs Orange: A Meg Harris Mystery
  • A Green Place for Dying: A Meg Harris Mystery
  • Silver Totem of Shame: A Meg Harris Mystery
  • A Cold White Fear: A Meg Harris mystery

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