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

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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
Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 8th 2000 by McClelland & Stewart
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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
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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
Saskatoon college professor solves murder of artist who paints penises of the men she slept with.
I did not enjoy this one as much as Deadly Apperances, but will read other books by her.
Good little mystery read. I liked it better than the first one I think.
een detective, dus snel uitgelezen. Aardig plot, maar wel overduidelijk
Not very good. Won't read anymore by her. Hard to keep my interest.
Read in Cuba, her worst, would not recommend
Aug 04, 2010 Sherry added it
Another Gail Bowen book that I am enjoying.
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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