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This Thing of Darkness: An Inspector Green Mystery (Inspector Green Mystery #7)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In the seventh book in the acclaimed Inspector Green series, an old man is found beaten to death on a street corner in Ottawa’s Byward Market. Initially, the killing appears to be a mugging gone wrong. However, the mystery deepens when the victim is identified as Dr. Samuel Rosenthal, a retired psychiatrist with a contentious approach to life and treatment. Green discovers ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Napoleon and Co (first published January 1st 2009)
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Apr 16, 2014 Philip rated it it was ok
Well?? I am finding it difficult to rate and review this book. There really isn't much wrong with the book and it probably should be worth more than 2 stars but it definitely is not one of the better books in the series. I find it hard to pinpoint why I am not really high on this book because it has plenty of action, a reasonable mystery that wasn't too obvious or easily solved and some new characters that are adequately fleshed out as much as is needed by the story. Perhaps the psychological st ...more
Alison C
This Thing of Darkness, by Barbara Fradkin, begins with the death by beating of an elderly man in a very unsavory part of Ottawa, an area that by day is home to tourist shops and the visitors to whom they cater and by night is the province of prostitutes, gangs and the homeless. Inspector Michael Green is called in, but as an administrator he has to leave the day-to-day running of the investigation to his new officer, Marie Claire Levesque. At first they think the man was one of the many unfortu ...more
Oct 31, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: probably only established Inspector Green fans
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Globe and Mail
* * 1/2

It's probably a bad sign when you hear about an interesting-sounding book, put it on the to-read list, eagerly snap it up later at the bookstore, then, when you're ready to read it a few months later, you read the back and think "Hmmm... this is less interesting than I thought it would be."

That is what happened with This Thing of Darkness. I was first interested by the setting (I have a soft spot for mysteries set in Ottawa) and the plot sounded okay when I first read about it. The cover
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Dec 23, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is part of a series of novels featuring Inspector Green of the Ottawa police, but the first one that I've read. The story starts with the discovery of the body of an elderly man, beaten brutally to death.
At first police suspect a mugging that got too violent, as the body seems stripped of valuables, down to the shoes. When the victim is identified as a retired psychiatrist whose work was considered controversial, more scenarios look possible.
There are recent changes to his will that may hav
Dec 19, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Canadian author I've never read before. This is the 7th in Fradkin's Inspector Green series and initially deals with the violent murder of a retired psychiatrist. Along the way to the conclusion we deal with Somali refugees, gangs, homelessness, societal status, and the mental problems that often connect to these as well as time consuming jobs and their efect on family life - oh, yes, and office politics and its effect on the way work is done. All that in 300 pages. It was fascinating an ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Tessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting book in this Green series.
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Jun 20, 2013 Maureen Coyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the Byward Market in Ottawa. Well written.
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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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