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

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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 accompany him to the Northwest Territories to look for themselves.

Green is terrified. The park has 30,000
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Published April 6th 2013 by Dundurn Group (first published April 30th 2012)
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Lelia Taylor
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Marcelle Dube
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.
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!
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.
Ampersand Canada's Book & Gift Agency Inc
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.
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!
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.
Ho hum. I neglected to write a review immediately and now, four months later, cannot remember anything worth noting.
Margaret Bryant
Another solid read by Barbara Fradkin -- nice change of scenary up to Nahanni.
Maureen Coyne
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, 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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