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A Killing Spring (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #5)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  249 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Gail Bowen, winner of the 1995 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel for her last Joanne Kilbourn mystery, A Colder Kind of Death, is back – with her most daring mystery to date.

In the horrifying opening paragraph of A Killing Spring, Reed Gallagher, the head of the School of Journalism at the university where Joanne Kilbourn teaches, is found dead in a seedy rooming hou
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 6th 1997 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1996)
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Helen
Jan 22, 2016 Helen rated it really liked it
I'm confused: I remember Julie and her husband separating and now she's married again, fine, but somehow there's a suggestion that she had another husband and had a child with him, a child who didn't prove as brilliant as she'd hoped. The character is as I remember but did I miss something here?
We're dealing with journalistic ethics in this one. Joanne is teaching an ethics seminar for the journalism faculty and we're close to year end with exams and final project deadlines rolling up. There is
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Peggy
Sep 08, 2014 Peggy rated it liked it
This is the first Bowen book I have read. It was a short novel and moved quickly. The main character is a journalism professor who gets involved when an unlikeable student comes to her for help and she rebuffs the student and rejects her. Another professor is found dead and then the troubled student is murdered as well. Joanne, the main character, looks to find the connections. The murderer wasn't exactly a surprise, but the story unfolds well. Joanne isn't always a sympathetic character either ...more
Marina Sofia
Aug 26, 2013 Marina Sofia rated it liked it
It's very easy to relate to Joanne Kilbourn - she represents the alternative life I could have if I'd stayed in academia and been a few years older. She is also a do-gooder, who is sometimes more generous in theory rather than in practice, who can jump a bit too quickly to conclusions - a flawed, very human heroine. The characters are well developed and you can feel that this book is part of a longer story arc (I haven't read the others). The mystery element, however, is not terribly compelling. ...more
Tina
Aug 06, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I love Joanne Kilbourn. I usually dislike "accidental" (i.e. non-professional) sleuths, but Bowen has somehow created a very special character. I have no conception of someone like Joanne - church-goer, very moral, unflappable widowed mother of four, always available to help anyone (even irritating characters who likely deserve to be left to stew in the messes of their own making) - this is a character I would expect to find incomprehensible. Instead, I'm finding this series surprisingly compell ...more
Nancy
Jun 24, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Joanne Kilbourn, a university professor, makes a grand detective.
Gypsykat
Nov 10, 2013 Gypsykat rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
My first Gail Bowen book and i was very impressed! This was a can't-stop...read-in-one-sitting book!

A 50 year old University professor/amateur sleuth in Regina, with a teenage boy & adopted daughter who is a gifted artist at home... a Native cop boyfriend.... Honestly, i bought this book mostly for the pretty cover art (and it was a murder mystery of course), and am very glad i did. I'll definitely be looking for more of her novels!
Debbie
Mar 08, 2012 Debbie rated it liked it
Pretty good story and an easy read with lots of Canadian details. The downside is that I have no affection for the heroine of this mystery series. I find her very judgemental and unsympathetic. She seems to have no empathy for other people. Normally if I can't identify at all with the main character, I won't read the books but in this case I am still reading the series so I guess that is due to the overall writing skill of Bowen.
Lynn Bornath
The mystery was good, the non-recurring characters were interesting, and the writing was down-to-earth. Many things happened in Joanne's personal life too, of course. Some of which made me sad. Read the full review.
Kate
Jan 18, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Not usually a fan of amateur detective mysteries, but these are all well written and intelligent.
Andrea Harris
May 24, 2013 Andrea Harris rated it really liked it
One of the best in the series. I really enjoyed it.
Mary
Sep 01, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-mystery
One of the better ones of hers
Eunira
Aug 06, 2010 Eunira rated it really liked it
One of her best, IMO.
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • Murder at the Mendel (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #2)
  • The Wandering Soul Murders (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #3)
  • A Colder Kind of Death (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #4)
  • Verdict in Blood (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #6)
  • Burying Ariel (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #7)
  • The Glass Coffin (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #8)
  • The Last Good Day (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #9)
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  • The Brutal Heart (A Joanne Kilbourn Mystery #11)

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