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The Whisper of Legends: An Inspector Green Mystery (Inspector Green Mystery #9)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
An empty canoe washes up on the shore of the Nahanni River — has the river claimed four more lives?

When his teenage daughter goes missing on a summer wilderness canoe trip to the Nahanni River, Inspector Michael Green is forced into unfamiliar territory. Unable to mobilize the local RCMP, he enlists the help of his long-time friend, Staff Sergeant Brian Sullivan, to accom
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Published April 6th 2013 by Dundurn (first published April 30th 2012)
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Lelia Taylor
Feb 22, 2013 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mike Green is a force to be reckoned with on the streets of Ottawa but he’s truly out of his element when he goes in search of his daughter in the vast wilderness surrounding the Nahanni River. He finds himself in this situation when there are signs her small group may be in trouble and, being a cop and a dad, he can’t just sit home and wait for others to rescue them—if rescue is even needed. The man in charge of the local RCMP doesn’t think so and Inspector Green learns that his position in a f ...more
Knappe 3 Sterne

Die Idee war spannend. Ebenso Anfang und Ende. Aber dazwischen zog es sich leider viel zu sehr in die Länge...da fing ich irgendwann an, einiges nur noch querzulesen.
Alison C
In The Whisper of Legends, the ninth in the Inspector Green detective series by Barbara Fradkin, Ottawa police inspector Michael Green finds himself far away from his usual haunts: his teenage daughter Hannah has gone missing while white-river rafting in a remote park in the Yukon, and Green is determined to find her. But the wilderness is vast, and Green has no skills in such an environment, so his friend and police sergeant Brian Sullivan joins him and they team up with experts from the area; ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I really enjoyed reading this story but everyone has to accept that it is considerably different than the rest of the books in Barbara Fradkin's Mike Green series. INMHO that is NOT a bad thing especially as Mike Green's arrogant, overbearing, aggressive and demanding attitude was brought down to a much more sympathetic and likeable character by some RCMP officers who, for a change, were actually portrayed as having some idea of what they were doing and by the fact that Mike was sur ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Fradkin is more at home in Ottawa where Inspector Green operates but she gives us a recognizable view of the Territories and the people who live and work there. We have the usual Dene tracker - weathered and quiet, along with a tracking dog, bush pilots, by-the-rules RCMP officers, and, of course, the vast wilderness full of grizzlies, wolves, rushing rivers and incredible views. The lost mine is just what we need. Since it is Insp. Green he is tied in through his errant daughter Hannah, ...more
May 21, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whisper of Legends, starts as Hannah Green goes on a canoe trip down the Nahanni River with her boyfriend and two other friends from college. There are three storylines in this book: Hannah's struggle to survive when things start to go wrong on the trip; the frantic search her father, Inspector Michael Green of the Ottawa Police embarks on when the group does not return on schedule; and a series of letters from 1943. I liked this book although at first the letters had me confused. But as the boo ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL

I almost did not finish this book, but I kept going and wound up finishing the book at 2 a.m. one night when I finally could not put it down. Inspector Michael Green goes into dense wilderness to find his missing daughter. He's an expert on the "mean" city streets but cowed by the vast and wild Northwest territories. The drive to find his daughter sends him canoeing down stage IV rapids, teaches him to track and sends him climbing mountainous terrain. The first part of the book feels slow and ra

Jul 09, 2013 Jayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This ninth book of the series drags Inspector Green far outside his comfort zone. When his daughter Hannah hits the whitewater on the breathtakingly beautiful and dangerously isolated Nahanni River, vague parental worries soon solidify into well-founded concern, for Green if not for the wilderness area’s RCMP.

Disturbing facts come to light about the expedition’s leader. A freak storm washes one of the group’s canoes downstream. Mining consortiums war with environmentalists. Soon Green and Sulli
The plot was a little weak, but the setting and auxiliary characters were well done and true to the North from my many years there. I was not very taken with the main character, an Ottawa RCMP inspector, who was way out of line even if he was right in the end. Unfortunately, the tendency for adventurers to go off into the wilderness without adequately telling others exactly where, what, when, etc. is a widespread bad habit not confined to the North. It can be deadly anywhere -- even Ottawa or Ca ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspector Green discovers his daughter, Hannah is missing in a big park in the NWT. He also learns she was not with a reputable tour company as she had previously told him, but with her boyfriend, Scott and two of his buddies. Green is comfortable sitting behind the desk at his Ottawa police office, not chasing through the rugged terrain of northern Canada. His good friend Staff Sergeant Brian Sullivan offers to accompany him to help in the search. As they continue to investigate, they learn mor ...more
As an Ottawa native, I was pleased to find a book in which the protagonist is an Ottawa cop. But Ottawa isn't the setting. In this book, Inspector Green goes to the Northwest Territories in search of his missing daughter, whose new boyfriend has taken her into the mountain wilderness in search of his personal goal... Something known only to him.

Proving Inspector Green's misgivings are right, some of his daughter's party turn up dead. So Green and his companions track the survivors, despite Green
May 29, 2014 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Fradkin has written a suspenseful tale and a breathless read about family, trust and betrayal, and the conflict between the man-made and the natural world. Mike Green is a flawed character--- and that makes him more interesting. The circumstances he finds himself in reveal that he is not a man of superhuman strength (as many mystery protagonists are) or a perfect man, detective, friend, and father. And that makes him much more believable. This is only the second novel in Fradkin’s series ...more
Laura May
Disappointing, especially since I enjoyed "Beautiful Lie The Dead". None of the characters captured my interest, even the protagonist Michael Green. Green spends the entire novel searching for his missing daughter (whom we know from other books) and her friends, who are not known to the reader. How can the reader be expected to care about the outcome of people that the author hasn't introduced. Tons of exposition. Story split between both of Canada's coasts. Ex-wife depicted as a caricature. I w ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Marsha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I am bored, on Chapter 12 and the authorities are still standing around looking at maps, trying to figure out where and how to search this huge wilderness. Clue! Inspector Green gave them a big hint. duh. I am skimming pages in hopes of getting to some action. This is a new-to-me author. I won't be reading more of her work. The plot line is familiar, predictable, and it takes way too long for anything to happen.
Marcelle Dube
Aug 25, 2013 Marcelle Dube rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first introduction to Barbara Fradkin's Inspector Green, and now that I've discovered her, I plan to find all her other stories. I was immediately caught up in Green's concern for his daughter, even though no one else thought she was in trouble. Green is a flawed, stubborn, completely believable hero and I look forward to reading all of his adventures. Highly recommended.
I don't usually read mysteries but I make an exception for this series because it's set in Ottawa and I like the realistic current background to the stories. In this case Inspector Green has to go to the Nahanni to find his disappeared daughter, so there's lots of great description of the north, and Neil Hartling of Nahanni River Adventures is prominent in it too. An interesting mystery as well.
Mar 18, 2015 EvilRegal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Der Anfang & die Idee vom Buch/der Geschichte waren richtig gut. ABER das ist auch schon alles....der Rest zieht sich einfach nur unendlich in die Länge, und für mich persönlich konnte auch das Ende nichts mehr rausreißen. Ich hätte mir wenigstens da nochmal mehr erhofft....aber leider war dem nicht so.
Ampersand Inc.
Feb 27, 2013 Ampersand Inc. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like Barbara Fradkin. Inspector Green is a plausible hero – complete with endearing faults. In this one he travels to the NWT on a mission to rescue his daughter from a canoe trip gone bad. There are issues of culture, mining, environment and family relationships. I was completely drawn in and couldn’t wait to finish. I think this may be her best one yet.
Dana Haggarty
Although I don't usually go for mysteries or suspense, I read this book since I used to work in Nahanni National Park Reserve. It did annoy me that there were several inaccuracies, especially the portrayal of the parks staff, but it was still an entertaining enough read. She did a decent job of describing the park and Fort Simpson even if she did get geography and details wrong sometimes.
Perth Library
The Whisper of Legends is the latest in the Inspector Green mystery series by award-winning Canadian author Barbara Fradkin. This one takes place on the Nahanni River as the Inspector frantically searches for his daughter who goes missing on a wilderness camping trip. He quickly learns that investigating in the wild is not the same as downtown Ottawa. Susan found the book riveting.
Sep 29, 2015 Caryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my second favorite book in the Inspector Green series. Green's daughter Hannah has gone off on a rafting trip, but when she fails to contact her father when he expects her back, Inspector Green begins to investigate. This book takes Green out of the city and across Canada into the wilderness-quite a switch for our protagonist.
May 31, 2013 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was my first Inspector Green novel but I quite enjoyed it! Loved the descriptions of the Nahanni regions, the back and forth character perspectives and the usage of letters. I have to admit, I was sometimes frustrated with the character of Hannah (why would you lie to your parents!?!) but obviously that's not surprising considering her age. I finished the book in one night!
Sep 01, 2013 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. Skilled storytelling and interesting characters made it enjoyable. The protagonist was likeable and the mystery was not revealed until near the end...I did not know who the bad guy was until the author chose to reveal it. I will look for others in the series!
Steven Buechler
Dec 17, 2015 Steven Buechler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fradkin also has a fantastic grasp of human fears and relationships. She gets into the minds of the characters here and tells the readers what they are thinking, even though those characters are fearful of sharing their emotions with others.
Jul 14, 2014 Kimberley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love that this is a Canadian mystery series. It seems I started reading the Inspector Green series in the middle somewhere, but I couldn't tell that I'd missed anything. I'll definitely be reading more of these.
Oct 03, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every time I read a book by Barbara Fradkin I wonder why she is not better known. I find her books comparable to those of Peter Robinson, both in the quality of writing and storytelling. This was one of her best.
Stephanie Bryant
Inspector Green is. Sure out of his comfort zone and it's hard to keep track of the good guys who turn out to be bad guys so it's an exhilarating read. Did it almost in one sitting.
Sep 23, 2013 Anie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ho hum. I neglected to write a review immediately and now, four months later, cannot remember anything worth noting.
Maureen Coyne
Jun 22, 2013 Maureen Coyne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barbara Fradkin's best book to date. It is a page turner.
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Barbara Fradkin (nee Currie), an award-winning Canadian mystery writer and retired psychologist whose work with children and families provides ample inspiration for murder. She is fascinated by the dark side and by the desperate choices people make.

Her novels are gritty, realistic, and psychological, with a blend of mystery and suspense. She is the author of three series, including ten novels feat
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