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Murder at the Mendel: A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #2)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  291 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
As a child Joanne was friends with Sally Love and her parents, but the friendship languished after Sally’s father died and she moved away, eventually becoming a very controversial artist. When the Mendel Gallery opens an exhibition of Sally’s work, Joanne is eager to attend and to renew their friendship. But it’s not so easy being Sally’s friend anymore, and soon Joanne fi ...more
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Published May 17th 2011 by McClelland & Stewart (first published April 8th 2000)
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Dec 15, 2015 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We know when we are in the hands of a quality author. Gail Bowen draws us in instantly. I feel déjà-vu about the toddler. I believe I read volume III long ago but didn’t dig it. I was unaware it belonged with a series; accustomed to single-story gothic mysteries. I tried the opener this year and loved it. “Murder At The Mendel”, though violent and grotesque, was an impressively well-layered mystery that revved into a pounding pace. Much more profoundly than the Mother and Grandmother of Gail’s f ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Dale rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Review of the Audiobook

Published in 2012 by Post Hypnotic Press
Originally published in 1991
Read by Lisa Bunting
Duration: 6 hours, 33 minutes

Gail Bowen's Joanne Kilbourn character carries on into her second book. Life has changed for her - she has moved her family to Saskatoon in Saskatchewan to be close to her daughter in college and to teach at the same university.

The local art center was called the Mendel (I say was because it has since been slated to close and move to a new locat
This was a disappointment after I enjoyed the first book in the series so much. I think it was all the extremist women's groups and the shock art neither of which are very interesting to me. One of the characters had a Lolita past too which was very distasteful and so was the reason for a blackmail scheme. Very few of the characters were interesting people - they were self-centered or weak or grasping or unhinged.

I don't know that I'll read the next in the series.
Joanne Kilbourn seems a nice enough sort, the widowed mother of three, currently teaching at U. of Saskatchewan in Regina. She grew up with a girl her own age, Sally Love, whose mother, Nina, Joanne idolises.Sally is an artist like her father and she has a new exhibit of work on show, an exhibit that includes a fresco showing human penises. What makes it even more controversial is that they are supposedly penises belonging to men with whom Sally has shared sex. Saskatoon citizens are not pleased ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Holly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book as part of one of those 2015 reading challenges--read a book set where you live. This was the only book that came up in my search. Also, I remember having read Gail Bowen when I lived in Regina, though looking back, it must have been the first book in the series since that was the only one published before I moved away.

This was truly just okay. Not terrible, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to read it. The thing about the book is that I chose to read it since it w
Apr 13, 2015 Kc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2011 Elsje rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2008
De docente Joanne Kilbourn is onlangs met haar kinderen verhuisd naar een andere stad om daar haar verwoeste leven weer een beetje op orde te krijgen. Ze heeft nog niet zolang daarvoor haar man verloren en daarna een aanslag op haar leven ternauwernood overleefd. in deze nieuwe omgeving lijkt haar leven zich eindelijk weer in rustiger vaarwater te gaan begeven.

Dan komt het meisje waarmee ze is opgegroeid, Sally Love, weer in haar leven. Zij is kunstenares geworden en zal in deze stad de opening
Monica Willyard
I liked the first book in this series, so this one was a real disappointment. The plot was well-written, and the author does a good job with character development. However, the author's bias against conservative people wove through almost every page in the book. She painted people who disagree with public displays of and funding for pornographic art as mean-spirited, mindless sheep with no ability to think for themselves and no right to express an opinion. In both the first and second books, she ...more
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Feb 27, 2016 Colleendearborn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanne and her kids move to a new city in Canada, and she reconnects with significant friends from her childhood. Again, reminded me of Mary Higgins Clark. Enjoyed story and audio-reader, Lisa Bunting.
David W.
Again another well structured book. As with the first book there were no major nail bitters but think that is what I liked about it.

Thanx to my brother Dan for introducing me to this writer.
Mar 02, 2015 Vionna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plot is good in this book about a murder of a young artist, a very close friend of Joanna Kilbourn. Her characters are also well formed.
Meg Lynch
I enjoy her writing very much -- I would have rated it more highly but I figured it out earlier than I would have liked.
Jun 18, 2016 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, because I like the main character, but it was a little predictable.
Without giving too much away, I question the assumption made at the Love cottage based on abilities or should I say disabilities ....
Melanie Reid
I was bored reading the first few chapters, and then I began to enjoy it. There was some things that annoyed me though, and likely won't read any more of her books. I hate finding spelling and/or grammar errors in books, and this one has a few. And who the heck hangs their laundry outside in the middle of winter - in Saskatchewan! I don't know why, but reading about that really annoyed me because, seriously, your laundry would be frozen.
Dec 15, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Familiarity with the characters and Bowen's style of writing, coupled with building suspense in the storyline, meant I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than Deadly Appearances, the first book in the Joanne Kilbourn series.
Jun 26, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I am reading a composite edition, "The early investigations of Joanne Kilbourn" (books 1-3), which does not seem to be available on GR.)
Andrea Harris
This is not my favourite book in the series, although I enjoyed it. There are some amusing artsy bits, but the plot is too contrived.
Sue Davis
Aug 09, 2009 Sue Davis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Saskatoon college professor solves murder of artist who paints penises of the men she slept with.
Jan 31, 2010 Eunira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this one as much as Deadly Apperances, but will read other books by her.
Nov 17, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good little mystery read. I liked it better than the first one I think.
Mar 05, 2010 Linjea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
een detective, dus snel uitgelezen. Aardig plot, maar wel overduidelijk
Jun 11, 2011 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not very good. Won't read anymore by her. Hard to keep my interest.
Sep 01, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-mystery
Read in Cuba, her worst, would not recommend
Another Gail Bowen book that I am enjoying.
May 02, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Kilbourn - Cozy type mystery
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Gail Dianne Bowen (née Bartholomew) is a Canadian playwright and writer of mystery novels. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Bowen was educated at the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and the University of Saskatchewan. She subsequently taught English in Saskatchewan, and is currently a professor of English at First Nations University of Canada. Bowen's mystery novels feature Joanne Kilbo ...more
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A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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