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Death Of A Hired Man (Mel Pickett #2)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Eric Wright introduced Mel Pickett in Buried In Stone. In his newest adventure, the retired officer from Toronto becomes involved in police work when a body is discovered in the cabin he owns. The day shift at the Ontario Provincial Police Station had just come on duty when they received a disturbing call - a homicide in a log cabin on Larch River. Sergeant Wilkie fears it ...more
Hardcover, First!, 197 pages
Published March 2001 by Minotaur Books
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Retired policeman Mel Pickett is letting farm laborer Norbert Thompson use his log cabin for the winter. When Thompson is found dead, Pickett wonders if some criminal is after him--the men are similar in age and build. And certainly Thompson seems to have lead an inoffensive life. Pickett is also getting used to his new wife, and dealing with the English granddaughter who recently discovered him. Then the police get two confessions to the killing--from two different people, with two different mo ...more
This is an excellent book! Mel Pickett hasn’t been followed-up since 2001 and I wish Eric would. It portrays the most sensitive layers of his character, including the dramatization of his oldest history. We see how Mel thinks of his neighbours, colleagues, wife, and the way he deals with a criminal in jeopardy. This man’s man balances the emotions of a real person. He worries, cares, and receives flack for overstepping.

The setting is a rewarding experience; certainly because it is a Canadian pro
This was a good book. It started out slow, in my opinion, but was a great book all and all, especially the ending.
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I think this book is a good small town mystery that makes you think and try to find out who the killer was.
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Eric Wright was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada in 1951. He is the award-winning author of seventeen crime novels, including his first novel, The Night the Gods Smiled, which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel, the Crime Writer's Association's John Creasey Award, and the City of Toronto Book Award. His memoir, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man, about growing up poor ...more
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