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Iced Under (Gatineau Hills Mystery Series #1)

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Her marriage over, Sara Wolesley takes her two daughters and abandons her life in Toronto to take possession of a rundown cottage on a frozen lake. But escape isn't that easy. Sara is broke and close to a breakdown when she falls on the ice. Below her, caught in a reed bed, is a child. Her name is Oralee Pelletier and she has been missing for five months.

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Published November 15th 2008 by Bayeux Arts
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Oct 31, 2010 Bree rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010, first-reads, signed
I spent the past week sick with a cold and found myself only able to concentrate on lighthearted smut while drugged up on antihistamines. Don't get me wrong, the smut has its purpose. But after a week of it I realized I might be getting well enough to graduate to minimal doses of cough drops and some solid reading material. My realization paid off when I remembered that I was a lucky first-reads winner of Nadine Doolittle's Iced Under.

I love this book, which surprises me considering the subject
Pat Lilburn
Apr 08, 2015 Pat Lilburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of Nadine Doolittle's books I've read. I tried to make it last because I was enjoying it very well, and I failed. Those are both excellent signs, and I'm looking forward to reading another in her Gatineau Hills mystery series.

What I especially liked about this book, what in fact blew me away were the characters. Charlene, and all that crazy illogic and shifting rationale and talk and pushing drinks and not drinking, all that "everyone else's fault but mine, I'm a really good g
The Crime Scene Scene
Iced Under is the first novel in the Gatineau Hills Mysteries by author Nadine Doolittle. Stunned by the abrupt end to her marraige Sara Wolesley takes her two daughters from their comfortable Toronto life to take possession of a run down cottage in Quebec. On the brink of a breakdown she discovers something moving under the ice, it is the body of a missing twelve year old Oralee Pelletier who had been missing for five months. As she works her way into the community Sara begins investigating her ...more
Anne Hill
Not really your traditional mystery

I choose this book because I like mysteries and it is written by a Canadian author. It is not your traditional who dunit. Great characters, very believable. The interactions are well crafted and the language is beautiful. You can picture the settings and can imagine being in on the conversations. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced mystery with a well defined hero. I would recommend it to those who like the more psychological, charac
Kay (Brigidsmomma) Compton
This was really good. At first, I didn't think I'd like it, but as I got reading, it became a don't put it down for me. a really bizarre story that just really dealt with a lot of issues that many folks face in our modern society. A woman who is struggling with divorce from a cheating spouse when she has no really marketable skills and is now living in a strange new community where English is not the first language so that adds to her frustrations. It also tells the story of how small towns can ...more
Lizzie Hayes
Sep 01, 2012 Lizzie Hayes rated it it was amazing
‘Iced Under’ by Nadine Doolittle
Published by Bayeux, October 2008. ISBN: 978-1-897411-04-9

Following a painful divorce from her TV director husband, Sara Wolesley takes as her settlement a cottage on Hennessy Lake in West Quebec. It was previously the home of her late friend Lester, but it is not until she moves there in late December with her two children, Darcy and Brittany, that she realises that in her distraught and unhappy state of mind she has accepted a very bad deal. The cottage is both
Oct 10, 2011 Charlene rated it did not like it
The characters are weak. The plot confusing although transparent. No Mystery about "Who done it".
A plot that would be closer to the writers heart would perhaps be: A woman goes to the cottage every summer with her kids, ends up having an affair while her husband goes to work every day of the holiday. While with her married lover in the sugar shack a little girl see them. The lover being terrified the girl will expose him chses her and she drown in the lake. He doesn't try to save her as he dosen
Leacy O'brien
Local setting... I know these places. A dark story , and a little bit easy to solve the mystery ..but still a good read.
Jul 13, 2014 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

this story is all about how things happen in Canada and how people handle live changes and the way psychotic people are involved.
Nov 10, 2010 Petra rated it really liked it
Even though about halfway through the book, I foresaw the outcome, I loved it! Very entertaining read, and that is what a book of fiction is supposed to accomplish, no? I was a bit surprised at the bad proofreading that went into it. Many many mistakes, especially towards the end of the book. Made me feel as if the person doing the work was getting sloppy and tired.
Oct 14, 2010 Cyd rated it really liked it
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I won this book here on Goodreads. The author mailed it to me herself. She signed it and included a bookmark, such a thoughtful touch. I really loved the book, it was dark and gothic. You could really identify with the main characters. Feel the desperation of the poverty and the disillusionment when the home was not what she imagined.
Josee Schryer
Aug 06, 2009 Josee Schryer rated it really liked it
Sometimes a murder is just a pretext to develop the cahracters in a book. this book is about three womwen and their difficulties with men. that a child is murdered makes an interesting background but the story is more about love and hate and trying to survive whenyou are a woman alone with children. well written.
Apr 09, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Almost gave it a four for the excellent writing style and story line but held back because the main character, Sara, needed to open her eyes a page or two sooner.
Oct 12, 2010 Mary marked it as to-read
I won Iced Under from First Reads. I'm looking forward to reading it now that it's arrived. It's in my queue.
Jan 07, 2011 Cassandra rated it liked it
I'm a bit of a slow reader but I am loving how this book is developing, I'll keep you informed!
Started it but had to put it down because several books came in from the library.
Jul 22, 2009 Jan rated it really liked it
I had trouble putting it down. Great plot, very interesting characters!
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Q&A with author Nadine Doolittle 3 11 Nov 11, 2011 06:56AM  
What makes a good mystery great? 3 9 Oct 02, 2011 01:24PM  
Nadine Doolittle is a Theatre Arts graduate from Studio 58 in Vancouver. She became a casting associate in Toronto, and then a reporter in Ottawa. She now writes mysteries full time from her home in Alcove, Quebec.
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Gatineau Hills Mystery Series (3 books)
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“Sara wasn't spooked by death, never had been. Dead bodies were reassuring once you got used to them. The body of her mother for instance--so unlike her mother in every way that all she felt about it was curiosity. Flesh became rubber. It wasn't just lifeless--a word that suggests limp or inanimate. It was beyond lifeless. To understand the power of the soul you have to see its absence. Bodies didn't bother her any more than a plant would.” 1 likes
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