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Once Upon a Time: An Inspector Green Mystery (Inspector Green Mystery #2)

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When an old man dies a seemingly natural death in a parking lot, only Inspector Michael Green finds it suspicious. Something about the closed case has caught his eye - why did the victim have a mysterious gash on his head, inflicted around the time of his death? Talking to the man's family only increases Green's curiosity. They are obviously hiding something about the old ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Napolean and Co (first published January 1st 2001)
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Alison C
Once Upon A Time is the second in the Inspector Green series by Barbara Fradkin. When an old man dies in a hospital parking lot, apparently of hypothermia, the Ottawa authorities are content to declare it a "natural death" and to leave it at that. Something doesn't look right to Inspector Mike Green, however, and he decides to investigate on his own time, with the help of Sergeant Sullivan of course. Together, they learn some unsavory details about the dead man, but it's only when another old ma ...more
Time passes, everyone ages, and the past blurs. Except that some parts of the past remain clear forever. Canada has made mistakes in its past and those mistakes rise up and hit back. I appreciate a story about well known historical events cast in Canadian terms as this one is. There are many Canadians who have grown up in the shadow of the Holocaust and what makes it worse for many is the knowledge that there are/were Nazis who entered Canada with the knowledge of the government, people who suff ...more
Barbara Fradkin – 2nd in series (Canadian – police procedural)
When an old man dies a seemingly natural death, only Inspector Michael Green finds it suspicious. Talking to the man's family only increases Green's curiosity. A search of his house turns up an old tool box with a hidden compartment containing a German ID card from World War II. Gradually, suspects emerge, including members of the man's own family. But even Green, with all his experience, could never have imagined
I really liked this book and I think I liked it even more than "Do or Die" - the first in this series. I know I got to like Mike Green a lot more in this book than in the first and I think his wife, Sharon, is quite a nice character even with, IMHO, a too small but very important part in solving the mystery. The ending kind of caught me by surprise although I should have been able to guess it sooner as enough clues were provided and I did very much like Green's humane resolution even though it w ...more
couldn't put it down

What a good story - it was quite difficult to fathom who the murderer was but it all came together in the end. I like that it's also about inspector green and his family but not distractingly so. Highly recommend.
Susan Earle
The first Barbara Fradkin I had read was her latest, Whispers of Legends. I really enjoyed it and decided to start at the beginning of her series. This second was just amazing. Inspector Green is the only one sees murder when the body of an old man is found in a hospital parking lot. The verdict is natural causes, but Green has suspicions that there is more to this death. His investigations unearth long-held secrets and a truth that hits closer to home for Green than he might ever have imagined. ...more
A really good read on a distressing subject well written and keeping one guessing until the end. I will read more of this author.
Rej Jereca
i like the twist though i find the story pace slow it still is a good read.
A historical mystery that is as much about untangling that past as it is about the present. Don't expect your typical thriller. The author - wait, I mean the main character, Inspector Green - has a wonderfully trenchant attitude to his life that makes him believable and, to me, an attractive narrator, though the many other characters (it's a large cast) lack the room for much detailed development.
Enjoyed this book as I live in the area where it is set. Book started off a little slow but once into it ...was a very good read.
Maureen Coyne
Intriguing and satisfying.
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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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  • Mist Walker (Inspector Green Mystery, #3)
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  • Beautiful Lie the Dead (Inspector Green Mystery, #8)
  • The Whisper of Legends (Inspector Green Mystery, #9)
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