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By the Time You Read This (John Cardinal and Lise Delorme Mystery #4)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  728 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Detective John Cardinal is on the hunt for an ingenious killer even as he mourns his own wife’s tragic death in this thriller of heart-stopping suspenseAutumn has arrived in Algonquin Bay, and with it an unusual spate of suicides. The most shocking victim yet is Detective John Cardinal’s wife, who has finally succumbed to her battle with manic depression. As Cardinal takes...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by Random House Canada (first published 2006)
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Arlene Richards
Giles Blunt is considered one of the best mystery writers in Canada. How come this is his first book I have read of his? It did not read like part of a series but more like a stand alone novel with a tragic twist.I am anxious to read more of the "John Cardinal Mystery" series but I am also concerned that I might be disappointed.
Ellen Keim
This is the fourth book in Giles Blunt's John Cardinal and Lise Delorme series. So far none of the subsequent books have topped the first one, Forty Words for Sorrow, but that doesn't mean that I haven't enjoyed them. I would recommend them for the fine writing alone!

It's unfortunate that the reader knows going in (thanks to the book description) that John's wife dies in this novel because I think it would have been better if it had been a surprise. Although his wife's death is not entirely unex...more
PROTAGONIST: John Cardinal, homicide detective
SETTING: Algonquin Bay
SERIES: #4 of 4
RATING: 3.75

Live has never been easy for Catherine Cardinal. A brilliant and passionate photographer, she has spent decades dealing with bipolar disorder. Several times, she has been hospitalized as she entered a manic phase of her disease. Throughout all of her illnesses, her husband, police detective John Cardinal, has stood stalwartly by her side. Truly, he is a living embodiment of the marriage vow, to stay to...more
Sep 01, 2008 rabbitprincess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all mystery fans
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: previous experience
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Even knowing the "who" about 40-odd% in did not reduce the climbing tension in this smoothly written Canadian police procedural. Blunt weaves a compelling story of murder, abuse of power, love and hate.

Detective John Cardinal's wife has suffered with clinical depression, and bi-polar disease for all of their married life. She is an award winning photographer, brilliant in composition. And, surely her disease is pretty much under control with a caring psychiatrist, one that combines drug therapy...more
A fine 4th novel in the series of police procedurals featuring Detective John Cardinal, which are set in the fictitious town of Algonquin Bay in rural Ontario. In this tale, Cardinal's wife dies from an apparent suicidal jump from the roof of a building where she was doing a photographic session. While John deals with his grief and tries to come to terms with the sad outcome of his wife's bipolar illness, his team investigates a cold case of child pornography and child abuse. Blunt's development...more
Carla Gunn
I keep picking up more 'literary' novels this summer and then putting them down and grabbing Giles Blunt's murder mysteries instead. This is the fourth book in his John Cardinal series and it is as fabulous as the other three. In particular, Blunt's description of loss and mourning in this one is as literary as anything I've read. Blunt grew up in North Bay, Ontario (and now - after many years in N.Y. writing scripts for tv crime series - is based in Toronto) and can he set a frigidly cold scene...more
Lukasz Pruski
It would be quite hard to summarize the plot of Giles Blunt's "By the Time You Read This" in any depth without spoiling it. So here's just the beginning premise. Detective John Cardinal suffers a major personal tragedy and is on leave. He is trying, semi-privately, to find proof of foul play in a case that has been ruled an accident. His departmental colleague, detective Lisa Delorme is handling a gruesome child pornography case. I understand this is Mr. Blunt's fourth book in the Cardinal/Delor...more
Wieder steht der Ermittler aus dem kanadischen Algonquin Bay John Cardinal im Mittelpunkt eines Romans vno Giles Blunt. Dieses Mal ist er ganz besonders stark betroffen, ist das Opfer doch seine Frau. Als mansich-depressiv war sie seit Jahren in Behandlung, und dennoch will Cardinal nicht an den Freitod seiner Frau glauben. Da der Fall von der Polizei unter dem Titel Suizid bereits zu den Akten gelegt wurde, macht er sich in seiner Freizeit auf die Suche um seinen Verdacht zu bestätigen. Während...more
Great Read --I really enjoyed this book and I think it came close to, but didn't surpass, "Black Fly Season" as a mystery/suspense/Police Procedural or whatever you have novel. The first part and Cardinal's investigation was pretty dark but Delorme's case kinda lightened things up a bit. I think it was obvious that both cases would connect and there weren't many unexpected twists but, at the same time, I think the method of Catherine's death came as a bit of a surprise. I was glad to see the red...more
John Cardinal is a detective in the small police force, in Algonquin Bay, Ontario a small rural town in Canada. The local mayor keeps reporting his wife missing, when everybody else in town knows exactly what she's up to. Rather than just try to convince the poor delusional husband what's really going on, Cardinal is sitting in a car, with the mayor, outside the local motel, when there's a call over the radio about a body.

As Cardinal pulls up outside the location, a part of him is wondering abou...more
Auf dem Umschlag wird dieser Fall als Cardinals härtester angepriesen - dies (und sein persönlichster) ist er sicherlich, denn Cardinal ermittelt rund um den Tod seiner Ehefrau. Natürlich tut er das auf eigene Faust, da er "Urlaub" hat, um den allzu plötzlichen Verlust überhaupt erst zu begreifen... [Kleine Anmerkung: Suspendiert, wie die Inhaltsangabe auf dem Umschlag verkündet, ist er allerdings nicht.]
Cardinal kann einfach nicht glauben, dass seine Frau ihm einen Selbstmord angetan hat. Einer...more
Jan 18, 2013 t.A rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of crime and suspense
Shelves: series, home-library
I've just finished reading this book. I made a point of staying up all night because it was one of those books I didn't want to put down, and how sad it was when the story was over.

Unfortunately I found this book before any of the others in the series, but it felt like a stand-alone story. I didn't feel as if I'd started watching a movie halfway through, lost and unattached to the characters. I got to know the people in the story. I got to like a few, and hate a few more. The language used in th...more
I felt that the book kept a good balance between the two central crimes. John Cardinal, wrapped in grief over the apparent suicide of his wife, has the dark and introspective journey of piecing together his wife's last moments. Lise Delorme has the equally dark task of finding a sex offender. If the book had been wholly dedicated to the former, I think I would have been overwhelmed by the pain of it. But the latter crime, the sex crime, had a "let's nail that bastard!" quality that kept the book...more
Stacy Alesi's
Detective John Cardinal (Blackfly Season) is back, and this time it's personal. His wife, Catherine, who has been hospitalized on and off for depression for years, has seemingly leapt off of a roof to her death. She left a note and the coroner and police department rule it a suicide, and her psychiatrist, Dr. Frederick Bell, concurs. Cardinal starts having some doubts when disturbing notes arrive at his home, but he quickly realizes that he is the only one with doubts. Fellow police officer Lise...more
Sarah B.
Oh, so good. In this book, a detective (whom might will know if you knew this was a series when you picked it up, which I didn't) loses his wife to suicide, then goes a little too far in investigating her death (which is not an open case) and insisting that her death was actually a murder. I loved the setting, the passing of the trees from fall into winter, and I loved the main character teetering on the brink of a breakdown as he tries to understand why his wife finally did what she seemed to b...more
Really good. Detective John Cardinal does not believe that his wife Catherine has committed suicide even though there's a note. All evidence indicates it's a cut and dried suicide/jumper. Half the story is spent on Catherine's suicide and related issues. The other half (both stories intertwined) is his coworker Sargeant Lise Delorme's case of child abuse and pornography which John is assigned to help out on. He is not supposed to be doing any investigating on his wife's case - "there is no case,...more
Again, a quintessentially Canadian book.

Having known manic depressives and having been close to people who attempted suicide Blunt nails MY experience of loving and wanting (usually unsuccessfully) to help such people.

I also appreciate the way in which Blunt handles truly horrific crimes without inviting his readers to indulge in voyeurism in the guise of disapproval.
John Cardinal's wife has committed suicide after being hospitalized for manic depression a number of times. When Cardinal, a police detective, receives a cruel note regarding her death he is determined to find her killer. Everyone believes it is a suicide. She has even left a note in what is indisputably her handwriting. Cardinal must investigate her death on his own. Who out of his past could want this kind of revenge?

Delorme, his colleague, is totally engrossed in a sex crimes case which the T...more
Shonna Froebel
This is a Detective John Cardinal mystery, set in Algonquin Bay, a small city in Ontario. While John's wife Catherine has battled depression for years, even being hospitalized a couple of times, it comes as a complete shock to him when she kills herself. He can't believe she would actually do it, but everyone else does. As he looks deeper into her motivation, he finds some things that don't make sense to him. He also gets hateful notes in the mail about Catherine's death and begins to suspect so...more
Huh, I see this is #4 in a series and I am pleased to announce that as I read it, I had no idea. Not only was it a good mystery/suspense read but it felt like a stand alone. Yay!

This was well written with two developing plots lines. One revolves around the suicide of a detective's wife and the fiendish and evil uses psycho therapy can be put to, the other is about catching a child pornographer and pedophile. Sometimes I found these topics hard to read about but I must say I greatly appreciated...more
Cardinal’s wife committed suicide and he suspects that it may be a case of murder. It’s another very good novel.
Al-lison D-avis
Fantastic read for those of you who enjoy reading crime! The author is Canadian as well! Bonus!
well written, above average for murder mystery genre
Fourth Book of the John Cardinal Mystery Series.

John Cardinal wife whom suffers from depression commits suicide or at least that what it appears to be to everybody but Cardinal whom starts to investigate on his own. There is other sub plot within the book and it comes together very nicely in the end.

This book was a very satisfying read and truly Canadian as the story takes place in Algonquin Bay and references some Ontario points of interest. I will be definitely be on the hunt for the other b...more
Kenneth Fredette
This was a good read, even though it is semi noir. The bad guy gets caught in both cases. Cardinal's wife was killed and he had to prove it, and Delorme had to find a pedophile. I guess American writers see so many bad things that they are drawn to the good guy wins. But in either case Cardinal's wife of over 30 years was killed and the little girl who was abused was saved in the last minute committing suicide. Which was what this book was all about suicide.
J.H.  Gordon
This was my first time reading Giles Blunt's John Cardinal mystery series, and I enjoyed this novel. The characters are well-drawn and plausible, and, althought I figured out the murderer fairly early, I was compelled to keep reading by a desire to find out how Cardinal would prove his case and apprehend the killer. The setting in small-town Ontario during late autumn adds to the sombre mood of this novel. Well done! I will read more by this author.
Cheryl Andrews
I’m not much of a ‘who done it’ fan, and so far this read has done nothing to change my mind. I’m at page 66 of 308 and already think I know who killed her and why – sorely hoping to be surprised!

Neither do I usually write in the margins, especially of a hardcover, but find myself compelled. For example, at page 10, "When she returned to the table, Shane asked her if she needed to lie down, ..." My margin note: "In a pub?"

John Mills
I'm sorry to see Catherine exit, especially in this manner. Another gripping story in the series. Blunt's prose is extraordinary and his plots are page turners. I would recommend you read from Forty Words for Sorrow but this is a fine stand alone story as well.
Chi Dubinski
In this Canadian mystery, Detective John Cardinal is grieving over his wife’s apparent suicide. Then he starts getting nasty notes about her death. Was she murdered? Cardinal’s partner is pursuing a child pornographer who may be posting photos of a local child on the web. Vivid characters, a unique setting, and a page-turner of a plot combine for a suspenseful read from this award winning author.
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Giles Blunt (born 1952 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, Cold Eye, was a psychological thriller set in the New York art world, which was made into the French movie Les Couleurs du diable (Allain Jessua, 1997).

He is also the author of the John Cardinal novels, set in the small town of Algonquin Bay, in Northern Ontario. Blunt grew up in North Bay, and Al...more
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