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

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Limited time offer. 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 ...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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
Shonna Froebel
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
Excellent! Couldn't stop reading until I finished it away past bedtime! More when I wake up!
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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: Doug C
Shelves: canadian, fiction, mystery
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.
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
Amazing story with many twists. Looking forward to her next book.
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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. She also writes a series of short novels for those ...more
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