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Beautiful Lie the Dead: An Inspector Green Mystery (Inspector Green Mystery #8)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Inspector Green explores a web of betrayal and deceit. In the dead of night, the phone rings in the missing persons unit of the Ottawa Police. A brutal blizzard is howling, and a wealthy social activist has not heard from his fiance in over twenty-four hours. Friends, family and police are mobilized to search the snowbound city. He comes to believe that his partner is flee ...more
ebook, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Napoleon and Co (first published January 1st 2010)
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Oct 28, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends and family, mystery lovers
I just finished Beautiful Lie the Dead.
Now I have to go and get all of the other Inspector Green mysteries in the series.

All of the characters are fully fleshed out, and their inner lives are referenced throughout just enough to pique my curiosity about what they may have experienced in previous Inspector Green novels, but not so much to distract from the main plot. Nicely done.

The descriptions of Ottawa in winter are fantastic as well. As an Ottawa resident, I am looking for the familiar, but
Alison C
Beautiful Lie the Dead is the eighth Inspector Green book by Barbara Fradkin. When a young woman, shortly to marry, goes missing and then the body of a woman is found in an Ottawa snowbank, it takes a little while for the police to discover that the dead woman is not the missing one, but the two are nevertheless linked. Why did the bride disappear, first to Montreal and then apparently off the face of the earth? Inspector Green must travel to Montreal for the answers, which appear to lie buried ...more
Sep 08, 2013 M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I've read too many books similar to this one, but I just couldn't become engaged with any of the characters. The opening grabbed me immediately.......... but it all too soon dissolved.
The story was pretty well devised but none of the characters populating this novel shone with any singularity.
Feb 17, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a comfortably Canadian story, especially if you know Ottawa at all, and it fitted the time I read it as snow storms were battering all of eastern Canada. I have not read any of the other Inspector Green stories but you're given enough background to be going on with but not so much as sometimes inundates you. I really liked the fact that the book starts with the Inspector's daughter seeing the missing woman but not saying anything because she wasn't completely sure and was it importa ...more
Dorothyanne Brown
Barbara Fradkin is a shamelessly local author, writing about Canadian scenes and stories and for that alone, I like her. Too often Canadian writing is hidden in other locations to appeal more to the American market, or written by new immigrants about the land they left. I don't understand it, when Canada is so interesting in its own right. That said, some of the local colour gets in the way of the story. I don't need to know the actual view from the window of a specific deli to get the picture.. ...more
Alexander Inglis
It's not just the frozen north: Canada is home to an embarrassingly rich roster of crime and mystery writers of whom Barbara Fradkin numbers among the very best (and sadly less well known than her talent demonstrates). Born and educated in Montreal, after spending some time in Toronto she settled in Ottawa where she raised a family and spent 25 years as a child psychologist. Her Inspector Michael Green of the Ottawa Police, has been solving homicides for a decade; this latest outing, the eighth, ...more
First one I've read in this series, but it is obvious that there are others that precede and follow it, given the details of characters' backstories. On its own, it works well enough as a traditional murder mystery. No sex, no violence, kind of nice for a change. Reasonably believable, though the whole plot moves quickly both in few pages and in the characters' timeline. Just light detective reading.
Shonna Froebel
Jun 08, 2015 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian, mystery
This is the second book in the Inspector Green series that I've read (This Thing of Darkness is the other one). They are very well done and involve Green's personal life as well as his work life. Set in Ottawa, they evoke the flavour of the city. This is a winter novel, with snow a key part of the plot.
When a young woman vanishes less than a month before her wedding, there is uncertainty as to whether there is foul play. Bodies are discovered, trails are followed, and leads go back decades to e
Frederick Abeysundera
I have enjoyed all the books Barbara Fradkin has written. The character, Inspector Green, is well-developed and realistic. He has strengths and weaknesses. The plot is interesting and realistic. Very good reading.7
Jan 18, 2016 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thankfully, Cdn. authored books are nothing like their television show counter-parts! This was my first Barbara Fradkin novel; it was an enjoyable, fast read, without a hint of corn between the covers.
Sep 18, 2015 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this series gets better and better and you find yourself fully involved with the characters. I shall be really sorry when I have read them all.
Apr 28, 2014 Philip rated it really liked it
Excellent! Couldn't stop reading until I finished it away past bedtime! More when I wake up!
Apr 26, 2012 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent police procedural that takes place in Ottawa with stops in Montreal and smaller Canadian towns as Inspector Green marshalls the members of the Major Case Squad to locate a woman missing, but feared dead, only to discover the relationship between her fiance, the rich mother, the man’s long dead father, and a woman, later identified as Lise Grevelle, found dead on the street who had known the missing woman.

To say any more would turn this into a spoiler. Very enjoyable, well written, susp
Jun 25, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a series that I was not familiar with but greatly enjoyed. Liked the Ottawa background and the foray into Quebec. I did find I 'got' the secret just before the protagonist did. I felt a lot of sadness for the murder victim, something I find can overlooked in murder mysteries. Often the victim serves only as a catalyst for the action, here I saw her as a very sad person dead long before she should have been.
Jan 22, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Doug C
Shelves: mystery, canadian, fiction
Good, eh. A Canadian mystery novel, set in Ottawa, so it was fun to read because it was a familiar setting. Good pacing, figured out ending half way through but still fun to read on a windy rainy Sunday.
Jul 06, 2013 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time for this author. I'll read the rest of the series. And soon. Excellent progression of plot and character development. Loved it.
Victoria Shepherd
I had very high hopes for this novel due to its unashamedly Canadian setting, but found the story plodding and the ending predictable.
Linda Kuno
Apr 28, 2012 Linda Kuno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story with many twists. Looking forward to her next book.
Maureen Coyne
Jun 20, 2013 Maureen Coyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new favorite author.
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Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie), an award-winning Canadian mystery writer, was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Ottawa, where she earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is the author of ten mystery novels featuring the exasperating, quixotic Ottawa Police Inspector Michael Green, and she has just released FIRE IN THE STARS, the f ...more
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